Own a PlayStation? Currently suffering from withdrawal after weeks of downtime following Sony’s major security breach? Good news: Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network is now being brought back online in phases. The first phase has brought the following features back online and should be active now:
- Sign-in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity
- Online game-play for PS3 and PSP
- Music unlimited for PS3 and PC
- Access to third party services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
- Friends lists, chat functionality
- Trophy comparison
- PlayStation Home
Sony has also begun rolling out a number of new security features. Most noticeable is the mandatory password change prompt that users will receive upon their first login to PlayStation Network. You’ll be forced to change your password from the PS3 that your account was originally activated on or through your account’s verified email address.
Here’s Sony’s President and GCEO, Kazuo Hirai, announcing all of the changes:
So what are you waiting for? Time for some Call of Duty!