News: Sony says that all PS3 and PSP gamers except those in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea will see PSN back up before the week of E3.
The PlayStation Store will be back up this week in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and parts of Asia like Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. However, Sony has delayed the relaunch of the PS3 and PSP eCommerce service elsewhere in the Asian market. This includes Japan, where Sony is headquartered but meeting the most government scrutiny, as well as Hong Kong and South Korea. The PlayStation Network is just coming back online in these countries, where the outage lasted a solid 38 days.
So, on top of to having to wait an unlucky thirteen additional
days to log into PSN (while PSN was down everywhere else for 25 days), gamers in these three countries now have to deal with few details on the full restoration. "Details for Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea as well as the remaining services on Qriocity will be announced as they become available," according the latest PSN update from Sony.
Japanese PSN users in are also dealing with a lackluster "Welcome Back" program, where highlights include Hustler King and The Last Guy on PS3. Good games in their own right, but not the inFamous or Dead Nation selection that other countries are benefiting from. Gaming Target
will have more news about PSN and the PlayStation Store as it develops and E3 2011 draws near. Stay tuned.