Sony have released the following statement announcing the ‘phased restoration’ on its online gaming network PSN today:

“Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that restoration of its game services will begin today. The phased restoration will include the return of nearly all of SOE’s portfolio of online games, the reinstatement of SOE’s game forums and websites, and added functionality to require players to reset their passwords…SOE will also be offering its customers a “Welcome Back” program that includes special game content and services to all registered Station Account holders. As part of this program, players will receive 30 days of additional game time plus one day for each day SOE’s services were down. The details of this program are available at ”

The absolute disaster that was the PSN hack, and subsequent ‘head in the sand’ attitude of Sony toward it and the potential risks involved to end customers has caused untold damage to the brand and future of the Playstation. I’ve personally met many Xbox Live players who have switched in the last month, and won’t be going back either. The restoration of service and the ‘Welcome Back’ program hold no interest to many people now.

What are your thoughts? Anyone happy to go back online with PSN or have you completely lost trust with Sony now?