Japan will be the last country to regain access to Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity video and music services after April's cyberattack on the network. Plus: A brief outage--for maintenance.
On the music front, Sony long ago ruled with the Walkman, and stumbled badly with its Connect service. Can it reclaim lost glory by relying on the cloud and its PlayStation network?
A major security breach has blemished the reputation of Sony's fledgling subscription music service, Qriocity. Sony had plenty to worry about even before the intrusion.
The restoration in Japan and other Asian countries will begin tomorrow, allowing gamers to play titles from the PlayStation console. Qriocity will also become available again.
Those using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will be permanently banned from the PlayStation Network and Qriocity media service, company says.
The cloud-centric "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" streaming service debuts in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Word is that Sony will bring it to the U.S. soon.
PSN and Qriocity users can now go to Sony's site to sign up for an identity-theft protection service. They need only to input an e-mail address to receive an activation code.
Sony's PlayStation Network could be out of action until the end of the month. Online services including Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment won't be fully restarted until 31 May.
Stringer offers explanation for Sony's slow response, as meanwhile company offers year of free ID-theft monitoring to U.S. customers who were registered with PlayStation Network and Qriocity prior cyberattack.
Sony still has no answers for its customers who'd like to access its video and game downloading center. Cloud music subscription service Qriocity is also unavailable.