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May 14, 2011 // 7:46 pm - Following the release of PS3 Firmware 3.61 and the PSN restoration announcement from Kazuo Hirai, Sony's Senoir Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold tells PSN users to 'play on' confirming that PlayStation Network restoration officially begins now.

To quote: Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks. As covered in the post from earlier today, you can now update the firmware on your PS3 and change your password. Kazuo Hirai just announced that we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality.

Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole country. The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state. Well be updating the map below as service comes online in individual states.

It will take several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country, so please keep checking back for the latest updates. In the meantime, nows a great time to get your PS3s firmware updated and change your password, both of which are required to get online.

Notice: If your state is illuminated but your service has not yet been restored, please be patient it can take a little while for the servers to populate fully.

Sony Says Play On - PSN Restoration Officially Begins Now!

Sony Says Play On - PSN Restoration Officially Begins Now!

Sony Says Play On - PSN Restoration Officially Begins Now!

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#36 - PS4 News - May 15, 2011 // 7:44 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by anulu82 View Post
up, but i cannot change my pwd, 'cause the store site is or "under maintenance" or "problem loading the page". it's like now a 2nd DDoS for Sony

Yea, this is what I read on it: http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2011/05/16/email-password-reset-notice/
Email Password Reset Notice

Some of you have mentioned that you have not received your password reset emails. With the huge number of people coming back online at the same time and resetting their passwords, it is creating significant email traffic to ISPs. The consequence is that some of the ISPs are throttling the emails.

We are currently trying to resolve this, but in the meantime please be patient and refrain from submitting multiple requests. You will receive you reset email and be able to get back to enjoying your online gaming.

Also from the US Blog: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/05/15/update-on-service-restoration-rollout/
Update on Service Restoration Rollout

We’re currently experiencing an extremely heavy load of password resets, and so we recently had to turn off services for approximately 30 minutes to clear the queue.

As such, a large number of people are attempting to change their passwords at the same time, it’s taking longer than expected for all those emails to clear all of the ISPs.

If you’ve requested your password reset, please give it a bit of time to reach your email. Thanks for your patience as we work to get everyone back online.

#35 - Brenza - May 15, 2011 // 5:41 pm
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Right now we came back to a worldwide offline service!!!

LOOLLL

#34 - anulu82 - May 15, 2011 // 3:24 pm
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up, but i cannot change my pwd, 'cause the store site is or "under maintenance" or "problem loading the page". it's like now a 2nd DDoS for Sony

#33 - GrandpaHomer - May 15, 2011 // 3:15 pm
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and rest of the Europe up since 9 PM CET

#32 - Thursday - May 15, 2011 // 2:51 pm
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any word on bypass methods that may work for 3.55cfw users?

#31 - ccenzz - May 15, 2011 // 2:43 pm
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Mail server not up, i didn't sign up.

#30 - Denida - May 15, 2011 // 2:24 pm
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Worked for me too, which is in Scandinavia (Denmark)

#29 - GrandpaHomer - May 15, 2011 // 1:37 pm
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BTW - UK PSN went back online over an hour ago - just in case you've not noticed ...

#28 - madmax69 - May 15, 2011 // 1:36 pm
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Am online now - Scotland.

#27 - Denida - May 15, 2011 // 10:43 am
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It should be able to be varified through emails for those n your case, as many are in that case, myself included...