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Sony Aims to Have PSN Fully Online By End of May

Sony was supposed to begin a phased reintroduction of PSN and Qriocity services last week, however, the company delayed the rollout after the Monday discovery of a breach of its Sony Online Entertainment network. This breach, believed to be a part of the original PSN breach, resulted in the information of more than 20 million customers being compromised.

While we still don’t know when Sony will start bringing PSN and Qriocity back (the company today confirmed that it still didn't have a timeframe for users and it would be "at least a few more days"), we do know that the company expects to have it completely back by the end of the month. Shigenori Yoshida, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Sony spoke to Bloomberg via phone and said that, while the company is ‘uncertain’ on when it will restart services, its plan to have restarted the services fully by May 31 remains unchanged.

Yoshida’s comments have sparked panic that PSN will remain offline until the end of May. However, users would do well to remember that Sony has said on multiple occasions that it plans to reintroduce PSN and Qriocity services in phases. The reintroduction will be done regionally and the first services to come back online with the initial phase will be online game-play across PS3 and PSP systems (including titles requiring online verification and downloaded games); access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers; access to account management and password reset; access to download un-expired movie rentals on PS3, PSP, and MediaGo; and access to PlayStation Home, friends lists and chat functionality. So while it might be the end of May (a full six weeks after the breach) before PSN and Qriocity services are back in their entirety, you should be back online and playing games before then. That is, if you still want to.