PSN Might not be back until May 31st.

After almost 3 weeks since pulling the plug on it’s online service. Sony announces that they plan to have PSN FULLY restored by May 31st.

This comes after the week where Sony said that some PSN services (online gaming included) would be back on within the week during the press conference.

However according to the EU PS Blog, they gave the information out at the conference with the information Sony had at the time, and they did not have information on the full extent of the damage done to the PSN servers. News later came in the form of Sony “Testing” the new system to make sure an attack of this magnitude does not happen again. However Sony refused to release a time frame keeping the “It will be back soon” plan.

If PSN does come back online on the 31st the outage would have lasted six weeks, which is the most downtime an online service has had since Xbox live went down back in 2007.

I was looking at the UK GameSpot story, and they seem to have misunderstood what Sony have said.  Sony said they are focusing on getting partial services restored and that the PS Store and Qirocity will be back later in the month.

With any luck we might start seeing PSN online gaming back within the next couple of weeks. However I cannot confirm this.

I also have become the “source” of information regarding the PSN outage on Facebook.

Personally I have not missed online gaming that much since it’s a nice break away from it. The first thing I will do when PSN is back is get my steam account and PSN accounts linked so I can access Portal 2 on my PC for free.

Here is the latest statement from the EU PS Blog.

As you may know, we’ve begun the process of restoring the service through internal testing of the new system. We’re still working to confirm the security of the network infrastructure, as well as working with a variety of outside entities to confirm with them of the security of the system. Verifying the system security is vital for the process of restoration. Additional comprehensive system checks and testing are still required, and we must complete that process before bringing the systems online.

As you’ve heard us say, our utmost priorities are the security of the network and ensuring your data is safe. We won’t restore the services until we can test the system’s strength in these respects.

When we held the press conference in Japan last week, based on what we knew, we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system. We know many of you are wanting to play games online, chat with your friends and enjoy all of the services PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer, and trust me when I say we’re doing everything we can to make it happen. We will update you with more information as soon as we have it. We apologize for the delay and inconvenience of this network outage.

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