Sony has finally restored PlayStation Network service after it was catastrophically hacked, with most of its previous functionality restored after nearly a month of downtime.
The most important points of their announcements:
The PSN’s most significant functionality has been restored (including online gaming) although certain features such as the store remain offline.
The PS3′s firmware has been given a compulsory update and users must change any passwords.
Not all regions are getting the updates and service restoration at the same time, so some areas may still have to wait some time.
The freebie “Welcome Back” package announcements are region specific and expected in the near future – the major elements are expected to be free game downloads and PSN Plus access.
Additionally, Sony claims it has instituted a wide range of security measures to prevent further disasters, although given they claimed their security was top notch and a major priority even prior to the hack, this may not do much to reassure those whose details are now in the hands of unknown hackers.