Sony begins to restore PlayStation Network services

Almost a month since an online security attack took down Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, Sony is bringing it back to life.

Australia and New Zealand are among the first countries to get service restored to the PlayStation Network, along with countries across Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. Sign in should begin to work over the next few days, with other services  returning including video rentals, Qriocity music, and PlayStation Home.

“I’d like to send my sincere regret for the inconvenience this incident has caused you, and want to thank you all for the kind patience you’ve shown as we worked through the restoration process,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President for Sony.  “I can’t thank you enough for your patience and support during this time. We know even the most loyal customers have been frustrated by this process and are anxious to use their Sony products and services again.”

PlayStation users will have an update ready for them to install the next time they go online, with a password change prompt happening pretty much from the get-go. Once you’ve updated and changed your password, you should have access to the network.

And to show just how happy Sony is to have you back on its network, the company will be giving you a 30 days of access for free to its PlayStation Plus premium service, as well as some other freebies in a “Welcome Back” gift pack. If you’re able to get online this week and can’t see it, don’t be surprised: Sony isn’t gifting you until all its other services are online, so you might have to wait a week or two more for your present.