Posted Tue May 17, 2011 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
The PlayStation Network is up and running, with full functionality expected to return later this week.
It's been a trying time for PlayStation owners, but the restoration of the network this weekend was met with a great deal of excitement.
At this point, the PlayStation network should be back up and running across the globe. You should be able to jump on and play games with your friends right now. You can check your trophies, visit your Home, and even jump on third party services like Netflix and Vudu without error.
The store is down, and will likely remain down for another few days. Sony says it's the last thing that will be going up and that the relaunch of the store will coordinate with the release of a "Welcome Back" package meant to help entice users to stay with PlayStation.
Sony isn't messing around when it comes to freebies. PS3 owners will be able to download a free copy of 'iNfamous,' 'LittleBigPlanet,' 'Dead Nation' and a few others. You're limited to two games from the list, but two free games is still a pretty slick setup. PSP owners get similar treatment in the game department. You'll also be getting a few free movie rentals and 100 free virtual items for PlayStation Home.
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