The Playstation Network is finally starting to come back up. Playstation will be “phasing in” the online gaming and store functionality over the next few days based on geographic region. Right now you can download the new software update regardless of where you live.
Updated as of May 15 3:04am EST: The Playstation network is restored in Ontario and all of Canada! Confirmed in Waterloo, Toronto and Victoria.
The shaded areas have the service restored so far in the US:
Contrary to the Bloomberg estimate of the May the 31st, it looks like the company is on target to have the Playstation network back up and running by the end of the week. Mr. Seybold, Sr director of Corporate Media, posted today on Sony’s American Playstation blog that he could not give an exact date as to when the network service would be restored. He did say that it would take “at least a few more days” leading us to believe that it will be up within the week.
The playstation network has been down since April 21st with a distributed denial of service attack. There have been a couple guesses to who is responsible for this, there were threats issued by Anonymous after Sony sued George Hotz, (aka geohot). Anonymous has now denied all responsibility for the attacks.