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Posted by Alex
UPDATE: Sony has informed us that Bloomberg's wording, which was the foundation of this story, is inaccurate and the May 31 "deadline" does not exist. There does not appear to be any hard deadline established, only to return services as Sony determines the appropriate security measures are in place. 

Venture Beat first broke the dispute, which we separately confirmed with Sony. It's suspected the confusion may have come from this line in the recent press conference: "We are aiming to restore full services including PlayStation Store and purchasing features for Qriocity services within May 2011."

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Hey, remember last week, when Sony said that it planned to get the ball rolling with restoring its PlayStation Network services starting last week? Right, just a quick reminder that it's not last week anymore. It's this week now. So, to be clear, last week came and went, and now this is this week, and yes your PSN services still aren't up. I know, I was confused, too. Just trust me on this one.

 So, uh... how's that SOCOM single-player, eh?
Now, on the subject of the PSN and when-ish you might actually be able to get back online, the answer currently is: "Dunno?" 

As of this morning, Sony does not have a firm timetable for getting PSN all the way back online, and is currently only stating that everything should be restored by the end of this month. This info comes from company spokesman Shigenori Yoshida, who told Bloomberg this morning that the company is currently uncertain exactly when everything will return to a live state, and that Sony has set a deadline of May 31 for all services to be restored.

Last week's plan to restore partial services fell by the wayside when Sony decided it needed to finalize testing to make sure its newly constructed system was operating correctly. So, until we get another projected time line from Sony, all we can do is sit, wait, and wonder which other version of Splash Damage's multiplayer shooter, Brink, to pick up tomorrow.
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Posted by HarryMacDougall

damn :/
Posted by sixpin

Kind of puts a damper on the PS3 versions of Brink and LA Noire this month.

Posted by CoruptAI125

I really wish they would get their act together and put a solid date on this.

Edited by Soulstoner

All your base are belong to Sony.

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I don't mind the delay in services until they know absolutely that the infrastructure's solid, but boy howdy, this is a black eye for 'em.

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Posted by buft

slow news day today.

Posted by Chubbaluphigous

I was planning to get Brink on PC anyway, but is there any need to have online for LA Noir?

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Eventually! 

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Edited by Chris2KLee

Wow, that "Welcome back" package had better get a few more additions. I feel real bad for the SOCOM guys right about now, at least Portal 2 and Brink are available on other systems, but SOCOM 4 is PS3 only. Even if the reviews hadn't been kinda mediocre, this has certainly screwed them over severely.

Posted by Yanngc33

This must really suck for them. They had a killer lineup of games this spring and all has been fucked because of the crash. Bet you guys don't know this but 3 weeks is a looooooong time to wait for gamers, Microsoft should make a "free month of live" deal for new users, it would kill the PSN (but not really)

Posted by Scarlet_Rogue

so....XBox LIVE....Playstation Dead?

Posted by Pr1mus
@sixpin said:
" Kind of puts a damper on the PS3 versions of Brink and LA Noire this month. "
Why L.A Noire? It's singleplayer only.
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Posted by Enigma777

Look on the bright side: We'll get more awesome news coverage from Patrick during the Happy Hour. 

Posted by xombi242

*dusting of the old 360* - Looks like they miss out on my Brink and LA Noir bucks.

Posted by Commando

Well now's the time for me to get ahead of the PS3 players in Mortal Kombat by playing it on Xbox!

Posted by zitosilva

It sucks to have to wait this long, but I'd rather they don't rush things and make security right this time around.

Posted by Yummylee

As long as I have online by the time that downloadable DnD game is released I can wait.

Posted by fox01313

Nice idea though proof for me will be when it's actually up for a while, guessing with it being down this long & this much attention drawn to it I've got a feeling that whatever hacker groups that took it out before will try to go at it again unless PSN has made some major changes to the network.

Posted by mosespippy

I need PSN so that Alex can play Motorstorm Apocalypse online and tell me how much he hates it.

Posted by ProfessorEss
@Chris2KLee said:
I feel real bad for the SOCOM guys right about now, at least Portal 2 and Brink are available on other systems, but SOCOM 4 is PS3 only. Even if the reviews hadn't been kinda mediocre, this has certainly screwed them over severely. "
Yup. The timing of the PSN outage combined with the poor to middling reviews could possibly spell the end of SOCOM, potentially permanently (I'd love to see some sales figures on that one).
Posted by Scarlet_Rogue
@Pr1mus: well there is DLC (kinda shitty costume/item stuff, but it exists)
Posted by BulletproofMonk

Fuck.

Posted by Goldanas
@Scarlet_Rogue said:
" so....XBox LIVE....Playstation Dead? "
Not gonna' lie: This made me chuckle.
Posted by Afroman269

God damn it, so much for attempting to redeem my pc copy of portal 2 when the ps3 copy arrives......then again I should have known better.....but still...fuck you sony.

Posted by sixpin
@Pr1mus said:
" @sixpin said:
" Kind of puts a damper on the PS3 versions of Brink and LA Noire this month. "
Why L.A Noire? It's singleplayer only. "
I'm assuming without PSN, PS3 players won't be able to access the exclusive or pre-order DLC. I mentioned them specifically because those are the two games i'm mainly interested in this month. I'm getting them on 360, but I was just expressing sympathy for the PS3 fans.
Posted by AlwaysBeClothing

I hope its back up by Wed so I can enjoy portal 2.

Posted by LittlemanBodie
@xombi242 said:
" *dusting of the old 360* - Looks like they miss out on my Brink and LA Noir bucks. "
Isn't LA Noire a single player game?
Posted by GozerTC


Well Frack.  Good thing Portal 2 Co-Op doesn't require the PSN or I'd be pissed.  Though I can't use my STEAM version until the PSN comes back. :(

Good thing I pre-ordered Brink on STEAM and not PS3! :)

 

They'd better make a damn good welcome back package.  Sheesh.

 

Posted by MetalBaofu
@Yanngc33 said:
" This must really suck for them. They had a killer lineup of games this spring and all has been fucked because of the crash. Bet you guys don't know this but 3 weeks is a looooooong time to wait for gamers, Microsoft should make a "free month of live" deal for new users, it would kill the PSN (but not really) "
Unless something has changed since I first signed up, you have always been able to get a free month of XBL with a new gamertag.  When you go to sign up for gold for the first time one of the options is the free month.
Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

At least there's LA Noire....which I just realized comes out next week.

Posted by meaninoflife42
@Scarlet_Rogue said:
" so....XBox LIVE....Playstation Dead? "
  
Posted by RecSpec
@Everyones_A_Critic said:
" At least there's LA Noire....which I just realized comes out next week. "
Holy shit, that is next week isn't it?
Posted by XNaphryz
@LittlemanBodie said:
" @xombi242 said:
" *dusting of the old 360* - Looks like they miss out on my Brink and LA Noir bucks. "
Isn't LA Noire a single player game? "
Plus isn't the lead platform for that PS3 as well? I would think that along with it being single player and only on 1 disc due to the higher disc space for BR would mean the no PSN downloadable content wouldn't be as big of an issue.
Edited by Stubee

Poor Splash damage, id imagine this will heavily affect there early sales figures :(

Posted by Nadril

Man, all I want is to play some fucking MK online. 

Posted by BoFooQ

well I guess that gives me a good reason not to bother checking everyday.  I'll just wait till next month, got this copy of darksiders I've never tried, so that will kill some time.  would like to watch movies on netflix though.
Posted by kollay

Dang. This spells trouble considering people are going to be out of classes starting as early as next week.

Posted by nintendoeats

Want...to play...Portal 2...so badly...

Posted by sixpin
@XNaphryz said:
" @LittlemanBodie said:
" @xombi242 said:
" *dusting of the old 360* - Looks like they miss out on my Brink and LA Noir bucks. "
Isn't LA Noire a single player game? "
Plus isn't the lead platform for that PS3 as well? I would think that along with it being single player and only on 1 disc due to the higher disc space for BR would mean the no PSN downloadable content wouldn't be as big of an issue. "
Agent is the lead PS3 sku from Rockstar. I don't think LA Noire is, but I could be mistaken. And disc swapping isn't a big deal either way.
Posted by budokaz

Oh thank god for Giant Bomb. Only version of this story so far which hasn't been about the shock and awe but about what is actually going on.

Was going crazy here with all the reports making out the whole thing will go online at once on the 31st.

Posted by FrankCanada97
@sixpin said:
" @XNaphryz said:
" @LittlemanBodie said:
" @xombi242 said:
" *dusting of the old 360* - Looks like they miss out on my Brink and LA Noir bucks. "
Isn't LA Noire a single player game? "
Plus isn't the lead platform for that PS3 as well? I would think that along with it being single player and only on 1 disc due to the higher disc space for BR would mean the no PSN downloadable content wouldn't be as big of an issue. "
Agent is the lead PS3 sku from Rockstar. I don't think LA Noire is, but I could be mistaken. And disc swapping isn't a big deal either way. "
LA Noire is the lead as well.
Posted by fabiosooner
@Nadril: I believe MK requires you to download an online pass, right? If so, these used to be handled by the PS Store. If this is true, you may need to wait for the STORE to come back and won't be able to play MK online even if online multiplayer is restored right now.
(unless, of course, you have already downloaded the online pass on launch day. I guess sometimes it's good to be an early customer...)
Posted by Gabriel
@sixpin said:
" @XNaphryz said:
" @LittlemanBodie said:
" @xombi242 said:
" *dusting of the old 360* - Looks like they miss out on my Brink and LA Noir bucks. "
Isn't LA Noire a single player game? "
Plus isn't the lead platform for that PS3 as well? I would think that along with it being single player and only on 1 disc due to the higher disc space for BR would mean the no PSN downloadable content wouldn't be as big of an issue. "
Agent is the lead PS3 sku from Rockstar. I don't think LA Noire is, but I could be mistaken. And disc swapping isn't a big deal either way. "
You are it is, it was first slated as an exclusive before it went multiplatform unless I'm crazy.
Posted by sixpin
@FrankCanada97 said:
" @sixpin said:
" @XNaphryz said:
" @LittlemanBodie said:
" @xombi242 said:
" *dusting of the old 360* - Looks like they miss out on my Brink and LA Noir bucks. "
Isn't LA Noire a single player game? "
Plus isn't the lead platform for that PS3 as well? I would think that along with it being single player and only on 1 disc due to the higher disc space for BR would mean the no PSN downloadable content wouldn't be as big of an issue. "
Agent is the lead PS3 sku from Rockstar. I don't think LA Noire is, but I could be mistaken. And disc swapping isn't a big deal either way. "
LA Noire is the lead as well. "
Good to know. I'll be interested to see if there is any performance differences.
Posted by Yanngc33
@metalhead87 said:
" @Yanngc33 said:
" This must really suck for them. They had a killer lineup of games this spring and all has been fucked because of the crash. Bet you guys don't know this but 3 weeks is a looooooong time to wait for gamers, Microsoft should make a "free month of live" deal for new users, it would kill the PSN (but not really) "
Unless something has changed since I first signed up, you have always been able to get a free month of XBL with a new gamertag.  When you go to sign up for gold for the first time one of the options is the free month. "
They changed that when they renamed Silver Free. They don't give you anything now
Posted by Donos

Sorry Sony, that's about 2 weeks after I get my new PC, and a month after I ran out of patience. I might as well just sell my PS3 at this point, I'm certainly not going to risk dumping any more money into it.

Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror

a week before E3? now that's cutting it close. But damn I hope they've "something" with it. I'm not missing PSN but i want MK codes :/

Posted by craigbo180

The first paragraph of this article sounds like it was written by Wheatley.

Posted by TorMasturba

Sony ain't doing too good huh!!!

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