The PlayStation Network is coming back online right now. Sony has announced that Firmware Update 3.61 has been rolled out and service is being restored slowly, starting with the north eastern states of the United States. If you want to know the progress of the restoration, you can keep an eye on the map Sony has provided, which they’ve been updating as more and more states get the green light (literally). The first slew of countries getting the rollout are the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
With Firmware 3.61 also comes a password reset for all users. You will be prompted to change your password as soon as you log in.
"We strongly recommend that all PSN account holders with PS3s update their systems to prepare for when PlayStation Network is back online," said Vice President of Sony Network Entertainment Eric Lempel on the PS Blog. "The release of this update is a critical step as we work to make PlayStation Network significantly more secure."
Sony has also provided, via press release, a full rundown of the order of further service restoration.
Sign-in for PlayStation®Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
Restoration of online game-play across PS3 and PSP
Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC
Access to 3rd party services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and MLB.tv
'Friends' category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
The PSN will be fully functioning by the end of May. Thank god this crisis is coming to an end.