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
- 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 Amazon.com 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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