Tokyo-based Sony spokesperson Shigenori Yoshida stated today that they expect PSN to be fully operational by month’s end. New security is being tested as we speak to ensure breaches that led to the online service’s collapse will not happen again. Now, there’s a small catch: Yoshida was speaking on behalf of the PSN/Qriocity service in Japan, not for America.
Sony of America has not set a solid timeline as to when North American PS3 owners can expect the service to be back online. If the service is indeed fully functional by May 31st, it would be a total of six weeks since the initial attack from hackers. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has said that some portions of PSN would be working before the end of May, yet many PS3 continue to wait.
With Sony setting a date to have PSN back online, what will this mean for their showing at E3 the following week? Will the company discuss PSN’s restructuring, or simply show a bevy of Triple-A titles to ease the pain? Discuss.