PlayStation gamers may soon be able to get back online.
After days of being shut out from online services, Sony says the PlayStation Network and Qriosity services will return this week in a phased rollout. It also announced new steps to enhance online security. The PlayStation Network was brought to its knees last week after Sony’s data center in San Diego was hacked. More than 70-million names, addresses and possibly credit card numbers were stolen. Sony shares fell more than four percent on Thursday, and many PlayStation gamers said they planned on switching to the rival Xbox Live service.
Sony said all PSN customers will have to change their account passwords before signing back into the service. It’s giving all existing customers a month of free membership to its premium service, which offers access to demos and betas and deals on the PlayStation Store. Sony says more offers will be made available as customers return to the service.