Sony restores all PlayStation Network services including the PlayStation Store

"Welcome Back" package now available in store

LOS ANGELES - Sony restored all PlayStaton Network services, including the PlayStation Store, in the United States early Thursday morning.

In an announcement posted on the official U.S. PlayStation Blog , Sony thanked PSN users for their patience and posted an enormous list of new downloadable games, demos, add-on content, themes, avatars and videos now available in the store.

Another store update with more additional new content was released in the store on Friday.

The full restoration of the PSN means users will be able to purchase games, TV shows and movies from the PlayStation Store; redeem vouchers and codes; buy items and expansion packs in-game; and resume use of the Music Unlimited streaming music service.

PSN account holders are now able to download the "Welcome Back" compensation package Sony is offering for the network outage. The package is available through July 3 for customers who had valid PSN accounts as of April 20.

In the United States, PlayStation 3 owners are allowed to download two games from this list: LittleBigPlanet, inFamous, WipEout HD and its Fury expansion pack, Super Stardust HD, and Dead Nation.

PSP owners are also able to download two games, choosing from LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Kill Liberation.

Sony is also giving away free movie rentals, free virtual items in the PlayStation Home, thirty days of free PlayStation Plus membership for non-members, and 60 free days to existing members.

Sony turned off the PlayStation Network on April 21 after learning hackers had breached their servers.

Computer experts at the Japanese electronics manufacturer worked with a leading security firm to determine the extent of the system intrusion. Sony discovered data from more than 70 million PSN accounts, including e-mail addresses, passwords, and store history, were stolen by the hackers during the breach.

Sony is working closely with FBI agents in an attempt to track down the people responsible for breaking into their computer systems.

The company only restored partial PSN service on May 15 after extensively rebuilding the network to make it more secure from a future hacking attempt.

In order to provide PlayStation account holders in the United States some peace of mind, Sony is offering one year of free identity theft protection service through Debix. Users will be able to receive fraud alerts and free identity theft insurance.

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