Kazuo Hirai has release more details regarding the restoration of the PSN. Including details regarding the new firmware required to change your password once the service goes live. The firmware can be downloaded now in preparation. Note it may take a few attempts via the PS3, alternatively you can download the firmware here. Full details regarding the restoration can be found on the SCEE Playstation blog. Full release past the break.

“Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks. As covered in the post from earlier today, you can now update the firmware on your PS3 and change your password. Kazuo Hirai just announced that we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality.

Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole region. The process has begun and some countries are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach you.

In the meantime, now’s a great time to get your PS3′s firmware updated and change your password, both of which are required to get online.”

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