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It only does offlineRemember the whole deal about PSN/Qriocity downtime last week? Well things is starting to look brighter with Sony just releasing a press release detailing their plan to restore PSN services and even some gifts and free stuff to reward existing users for the inconvenience.

The two networks will be restored region by region with limited functionality at first. To get into the new PSN, a new system update must be installed that forces users to change their password. As a security precaution, the account password can only be changed on the same PS3 in which the account was activated, or through validated email confirmation. The new network will only support the following features initially:

  • Online gameplay for PS3 and PSP systems
  • 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
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

You might wonder, why is it taking so long for Sony to fix their servers? Well, many new security measures are installed, such as new firewalls, intrusion detection and enhanced encryption. Unfortunately, the details about the new measures are rather vague.

The good news Sony released in the press release is the implementation of a “Welcome Back” program aimed to reward users for their patience (or the lack thereof). Each region will be offering some content as free download and each user will be given 30 days of free PlayStation Plus membership. Qriocity users will be given Music Unlimited service for 30 days. Sony will add more rewards and compensations in the following weeks, depending on the region.

The fallout of the PlayStation Network downtime may turn out better than we expected. I wouldn’t say this is the best turnout, a downtime is already bad enough. Every user will be given freebies for their troubles, but that’s probably the least we expect from Sony, nothing less. Remember that Microsoft did a similar offer a few years ago when Xbox Live was down intermittently. If that doesn’t make you happy, at least this guy will be.

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