Sony Japan announced today that the PlayStation Store will be back online sometime this week in most territories. The company said that it will be restarting "full services" for all territories except a few in Asia - Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. Most other regions will be ready to go by week's end.
“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”
Sony went on to say that it has implemented "considerable security enhancements" to its network infrastructure, and conducted extensive tests of the payment process and commerce systems. The first phase of PlayStation Network and Qriocity restoration began on May 15 in the North America and European territories, followed by Japan and Asian countries and regions on May 28, when the company brought partial services back online.
The full restoration of the PlayStation Network (as well as part of services to become available on Qriocity )includes full functionality on the PlayStation Store, in-game commerce, the ability to redeem vouchers and codes, full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity (PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs) and full functionality on Media Go.