Memo says PlayStation Store to come back on May 24

Memo says PlayStation Store to come back on May 24

Summary: A leaked Sony memo indicates that the PlayStation Store will finally come back online starting May 24. Will you buy games, or are you done giving Sony your credit card info?


Now that the PlayStation Network is back online, many PlayStation 3 and PSP users are wondering when they'll be able to buy games through the PlayStation Store. And perhaps more to the point, many developers are wondering when they'll begin to see revenue trickle through the store again. Gamasutra reports that's expected to happen May 24.

Sony has purportedly sent a memo to developers and publishing partners outlining plans to get the store up and running again. It's been down since mid-April, when Sony took the PlayStation Network offline all together following a hacker intrusion that resulted in the exposure of more than 100 million user accounts (between PSN and the Sony Online Entertainment servers that run Sony's online role playing games).

The memo indicates that Sony will push content twice a week for the next two weeks to catch up with the backlog that's built up since April. The first push will clear out games and downloadable content originally scheduled for a late April release; three days later more games will be made available, and on May 31 and June 3, more content will be pushed live.

It's certainly frustrating for PS3 gamers to have access now to the PlayStation Network but not the PlayStation Store, but the good news is that the service is coming back online in less than a week. The timeframe is certainly consistent with previous reports that Sony expected the PlayStation Network and all associated services to be fully operational by the end of May.

Once the PlayStation Store is back online, customers should be able to download the games promised to them as part of Sony's "Welcome Back" package. PS3 owners with PSN accounts will be able to download two free games from the following list:

  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury

PlayStation Portable (PSP) users will get to choose from:

  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • ModNation Racers
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation

Sony's putting a time limits on the downloads, though - PSN customers are being given 30 days from the time the games become available to grab the free content.

Sony's official PlayStation Blog didn't have any details on the PlayStation Store relaunch plans as this article was posted; the details come specifically from the memo referenced by Gamasutra.

The PlayStation Store relaunch will require PS3 and PSP gamers to use a credit or debit card in order to make purchases (although pre-purchased Sony PlayStation Store gift cards, available through and elsewhere, are also an option).

After so many users already feel burned after hackers absconded with their account data, how many PSP and PS3 users will willingly give Sony their credit card information again?


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  • RE: Memo says PlayStation Store to come back on May 24

    What do you say, gamers? Are you willing to fork over your credit card info for the PlayStation Store once it's back online? Or are you taking a "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me" approach? Let me know.

    - Peter
    • RE: Memo says PlayStation Store to come back on May 24

      @flargh Er, yeah, considering Sony covered identity theft for up to 1 million dollars, and credit card info was encrypted anyways. Not to mention that there are numerous ways to buy stuff from the PlayStation store without ever touching your card. Buy a prepaid PSN card or hell, one of those loadable credit cards if you're really that paranoid.
    • RE: Memo says PlayStation Store to come back on May 24

      I never gave them a credit card number for the very reason of not knowing what they were going to do with it.
      You can guess whether I will give it to them now.
      There are *very* few online stores which I trust with my real credit card number.

      On the subject of the topic, it pisses me off that I find about the store opening from leaked memos rather than directly from Sony.
      • RE: Memo says PlayStation Store to come back on May 24

        @Scrabbler They probably are trying to avoid the missed deadline thing again. If they announce it then we would hold them to the date. If they miss the date because of some complication, we would get the lynch mobs ready to go again.
  • u lost another one sony, 360 here i come

    i bought ps3 about a year after it was released i payed upwards of 700 bucks for my 60 gig then after that i had to wait a long time before any half way decent games were out but i stood by sony then when i sent my ps3 to get repaired it came back broken i swallowed it but now this crap as welcome back who doesnt have /had infamous not to mention those other scrap titles that dont sell so they try to tide us over with them and i am a premium member to boot so yeagh i think i payed enough for sony so those who say we dont deserve snything cuz online is free stfu and to answer your question i would use my credit card again on sony but after this i dont think there worth it not to mention 360 has better nd exclusive games to purchase online not the bs sony gives us anyways thats my rant sorry but i am really really not happy right now with sony oh and as a final slap in the face they put a time limit on those crappy free downloads to boot for shame sony for shame
    the truth1215
  • RE: Memo says PlayStation Store to come back on May 24

    Hey Pete. Short answer, NO. I wont trust Sony in the future with my CC info. At least until they do some serious damage control in relation to the constant stream of attacks to Sony sites and subsidiaries. In fact, If they dont make good with the modder/hacker community, and these attacks continue, I certainly wont be buying a PS4 either. I dont think Stringer will change anything. He seems to be a hollow suit. Sony's heavy handed approach to consumer freedoms and modding, and the Geohot case in particular, as well as the removal of OtherOs has rubbed the hacking community the wrong way. If they dont kiss and make up, it will be "cool" to hack Sony for the forseeable future. They need someone at the top who realizes this. Perhaps paying hackers to find exploits, or an open source project that invites the hacker community to participate. SOMETHING to make amends. Otherwise, its gonna be more attacks, more damage to the companies reputation, and more staggering financial losses.
    Animus et Illuminat
  • RE: Memo says PlayStation Store to come back on May 24

    Sony = Evil