The Official PlayStation Blog was updated with some exciting news this evening.
First, Kaz Hirai discusses the PlayStation Network Restoration process in a brief video clip (nice watch, btw).
Also noted, is the release of new PlayStation 3 firmware, version 3.61. The update, which took me a few minutes, still produces a network error, but over the next few hours, network restoration will be released in regions/states. The emphasis of this update is for online multiplayer. The PlayStation store will NOT be available at this time. (see below)
Details of the 3.61 update below, courtesy of http://us.playstation.com/support/systemupdates/ps3/index.htm
New for 3.61: As a security measure, this system software update will require you to change your account password before you can again access PlayStation®Network *. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete this process. > See details
* Applies to the master account and all sub-accounts.
- When you change your password, an e-mail message may be sent to the e-mail address registered with PlayStation®Network (your sign-in ID). If you cannot receive messages at your registered e-mail address, you will not be able to change your password.
- If you cannot receive messages at the e-mail address you have registered as your sign-in ID, before changing your password, make sure you have an e-mail address where you can receive messages and then contact PlayStation® Consumer Support.
- Depending on your country/region of residence and the network environment you are using, you may not be able to change your PlayStation®Network account password or make use of PlayStation®Network services for some time after updating your PS3™ system software.
- The ability to change PlayStation®Network account passwords and use PlayStation®Network services* will be made available in all regions within a few days.
* This does not include the use of PlayStation®Store.
Hit up the link below to view more details of the PSN restoration and the map of North America to see the progress of your area.
We’re interested to know your thoughts on the update. Keep us posted on the progress of the restoration in your area by commenting below!