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Sony Playstation Network creeps back online

Sony has announced that a "phased restoration" of its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services has begun.

The embattled outfit released a firmware update, numbered 3.61, as a part of plan to bring the Playstation Network and Qriocity serivces back online. Unsurprisingly, the update requires users to change their passwords to use the services.

Writing on the US Playstation Blog, Patrick Seybold Sony's director of corporate communications said head of gaming, Kazuo Hirai, "just announced that we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality. The services "will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out," he confessed.

Europe's second class citizens get a lot less detail than their US cousins, with Nick Caplin, SCEE's head of communications simply telling gagging gamers to grab their updated firmware now.

Announcing the restoration of services following a three-week absence, Kazuo Hirai, said: “We are taking aggressive action at all levels to address the concerns that were raised by this incident, and are making consumer data protection a full-time, company wide commitment."

In a videocast he reckoned the network was now super secure

Sony’s Music Unlimited music-streaming service and its Online Entertainment gaming network are also being restored from today, the company said.