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PlayStation Network Status: PSN Not Back Up, Firmware Update 3.61 Coming

We have an update on the PlayStation Network Online Status to give you now. Sadly, it isn’t the news that the service is back online, but we do know that users will be prompted to install a new firmware update on the PS3 as soon as it is back up.

There were previous rumors of a new firmware update coming soon to the PS3, and this has now been confirmed to be firmware update 3.61 as stated on the Japanese PlayStation website, as reported from TerminalGamer. Through the magic of Google Translate, we’ve learned that users will also need to change their password once they have signed into PSN.

Despite previous rumors stating otherwise, the Japanese PS site also states that PSN is still offline in Japan and that the service ‘will resume soon’. You can read the translated text in full here if you’re interested.

This information has yet to be posted on the US or EU PlayStation Blogs, so perhaps Sony is intending to switch PSN back online first in Japan, followed by other regions. Aside from the much talked about compensation package that Sony are offering to PS3 users, we hope that firmware 3.61 adds some extra functionality to the XMB – cross game chat support would be a lovely way of saying sorry, what do you think?

So to sum up, the PSN is still down, but you will get a nice new firmware to play around with when it does finally return. Let us know your thoughts on this.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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Deathnumber3
Deathnumber3

hi please me back sign in,ps network im respect for all people’s network!!!,this is me deathnumber3 and am hard player gamer,and am knowledgeable,i swear evils,please psnetwork do not know how much english,had anyone say a word,and i apologise to all which i offended,sorry. So please get back me back me profile psnetwork THANK YOU!! and respect me mate:) good day

Howard_1892
Howard_1892

COME ON BRING IN CROSS GAME CHAT PLEASE!

sickofit
sickofit

why the hell isn’t my password working? this is bullshit. it seems to be one problem after the other with you guys. 

Evan D. Vanzano

bingung!

coryxcorpse
coryxcorpse

i just logged on and then it kicked me and said playstaion network undergoing maintenance again wtf is going on and for the person that said itd b cool to play music and a game at the same time that would b the shit dude

Joel
Joel

PSN is coming back online tonight. You should be able to update your PS3 with the new firmware. A few states are already back online on the east coast. Sony is turning it back on region by region. All the states should be back online tonight. Here is the link that shows the states that are back online. http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/05/14/play-on

prest
prest

just downloaded new firmware and still down – in US

Guest
Guest

This is taking a bit too long Sony…. I really don't care about the firmware update…. Just get the PSN up and running for all of us gamers…

Ps3 4 life
Ps3 4 life

Y'all are babies it's been like 3 weeks and u have to get a Xbox get a life go outside get away from the tv or I u are such a big nerd and u need video games why don't u get a $400 Xbox so I can get the red ring of death in a few weeks just suck it up

ashfox
ashfox

im getting tired of this give me an actual date or ill just buy an xbox at least thier server isnt down

h8 xbox
h8 xbox

you ass holes need to stop saying you have a shitbox 360 no one cares…..

kevin
kevin

For all the idiots that want the other os option brought back all that does is ruin multiplayer gaming. Look at what happened to MW2 you cant even play the game anymore. You have a pc why do you care about it on the ps3?

p#$sed off
p#$sed off

Bottom line, sony f'd up. If they maintained control of sensitive data instead of giving nobodies the master key, we might not be here. All systems get hacked, too bad sony didn't care about user info. Thank god I listened to the voice in my head not to use the ps store just yet. 4 days later, here we are, millions of credit card info in the black market. They should be held accountable for that, repay all financial institutions for new credit cards to ps subscribers, as well as pay for any possible id theft. In this day and… Read more »

Nardii
Nardii

Hey i think its not that bad…. I get to catch up and beat all my games. I rather play online if i could, since i cant i really dont care… Playstation 3 is awsome and they got hacked, at least they didnt get a red ring of death cus they cant build a system properly… sorry 4 spelling its hard to type on this thing

PSN> Nardii

b-boy
b-boy

is not just a week it could last till may 31

ps3 rules
ps3 rules

come on plz play station plz be back on i am getting bored here

PSN:ThirdGenderThing
PSN:ThirdGenderThing

i think their security went down after the earthquake….

crispyrice
crispyrice

How soon we forget that Xbox Live went down for two weeks back in 2008, only that wasn't due to external intrusion, but just laziness from Microsoft's end. Good thing they charge so they can not invest a dime of it to make the service any more reliable

Faithful Sony User
Faithful Sony User

Look, in my opinion, it sucks to not be able to play Black Ops online or Mortal Kombat or whatever game your waiting to play when the network returns. Yes, I'm disappointed, and yes, Sony should have been a lot tighter on security, but the reality is this: They have been hacked, and they are rebuilding the network so that when it returns, it is revamped and stronger than ever. I don't know guys, what would you rather? The PSN be back now, and be hacked again for more downtime, or wait an extra week and know that there may… Read more »

Kal
Kal

So everybody is gonna blame Sony for some fucking idiot who has too much time on his hands and decides to hack our shit. This shows how funny people really are. I wish Sony knew who you guys were and just cut yo shit themselves since you wanna be whiny lil bitches. Get some damn patience and wait, go play your fucking xbox until they get there situation together.

impacient ps3 playa
impacient ps3 playa

why dont u get ur little fingers a switch it back on its not dat hard cmon sony i luv ya but its takin to long

Edwin
Edwin

i love ps3 aint no doubt.. but its bs that they keep changing the dates to when the network will be back on.. sony dont fukin say anything until u know for sure when its going to be back on.. it just pisses me off to keep chekin and seeing that the network is still not back on..

virus
virus

ps3 online will be up may 31 trust me. new maps for black ops june 3

psn is gay
psn is gay

why didnt i buy an xbox along time ago, geez im so dumb

IEcrommers
IEcrommers

granted, sony are in the wrong with the way they handled the situation in terms of our personal information. They told an unfortunate lie to deal with a difficult situation BUT getting onto a lawyer for compensation? Grow the fuck up, seriously. Don’t get me wrong, i love my ps3, i’m happy to spend all day on it inbetween working 9 hour shifts, playing in a band, getting drunk at parties. My point is that even though i’m gutted that the psn is down, i’ve actually got a life outside of gaming and the psn will be back online when… Read more »

badave
badave

i went on psn last night it says uk get pick out of 5 games we can hav 2 games free that will do me

raiderron08
raiderron08

It's not about buying a Xbox 360 (already own one) or not being able to wait. Its the point Sony is straight out lying about the whole situation. They knew it wasn't going to be up, they keep saying another day or a couple days. You know damn well if they would have said right from the beginning it will be back up May 20th or the correct date people would have just moved on, instead they are lying about when it is actually going to be back up. I really don't like the controllers on Xbox so I didn't… Read more »

Jay
Jay

Im still holdin it down for the ps3, but i lost alot of respect for it after it being hacked and taking this long to redo the security system,

* for all the trolls out there, no , im not abandoning my ps3, ive had every playstation console since i was 5, ( now 14 ) from ps1 to the psp3 to the psp and pspgo.

LOL
LOL

dumbasses switchin to shitbox -___-

DC.17
DC.17

Lol It kills me how people will buy an entire new console just because of a few weeks of network downtime. What's gonna' happen when the networks back up? Sell your 360? Haha, waste of money. I'm not saying the PS3 is better or worse, but no matter what console it is; the fact that the network is down is what prompts you to go buy an entire console and a set of new games?

Unless you're Mr. Moneybags, or Paul Pierce, that shit's retarded.

Bob Lob Law
Bob Lob Law

Free network my ass. Just cost me 100 for black ops and a real network …..thanks Sony. That's still fairly cheap for online gaming entertainment that works!!!!

jvhasdbvgilcb
jvhasdbvgilcb

some ppl need a life. if u want xgame chat get on the xbox. if ur an impatient little ***** get an xbox. u will be back within a year. theres a reason it has taken this long to fix the servers. if u think ur so **** smart ask 4 a job at Sony and fix the servers urselves. Id rather the ppl at Sony take a ******* month 2 fix the servers if that means everything is secure. if u dont like this statement then get a life.

KSOJX
KSOJX

Uhmm ….yea lol we would be happy for cross game chat i it were FREE…..

Snydeman
Snydeman

Good bye Sony! Hello Xbox!!! You get what you pay for! In this case I would rather pay for something that works then get something for free that half a$$ works. Peace out Sony!

Who cares
Who cares

I don't care how long it takes I just what a date..I'm not paying $60 a year so I can play a video game ps3 all the way…

Adam
Adam

I've been reading though everyone's comments over the last two weeks. The people that want to switch to xbox because they want to "express their feelings of distane", well, thats all your doing. Your crying because you have no life outside of sitting infront of your flatscreen, galavanting around with your virtual friends. Your seriously going to buy xbox? F*cking bullshit you are. You've gone about 336 hours without online play, and your going to ditch a 300+ system, a library of games, and DLC. Then your going to purchase another 300+ system, and rebuild a library at roughly 70… Read more »

Game Reeper
Game Reeper

Be patient cuzz ps3 is the ishhh…dont get ur feelings hurt just deal w it dummies!!!

jason
jason

Hey anbody know if we do have the right to sue……..? identity theft is a pretty serious issue….it happened to us once….but thank god for insurance! I do believe Sony would have covered there ass with us use there soft ware for free?

john
john

http://blogs.forbes.com/oliverchiang/2010/12/27/p

just thought i would post this

F Sony
F Sony

Still not working

Annoynomous
Annoynomous

Man i think sony needs a whole new make over because xbox players talkin smack like the same thing cant happen to them just because they pay for online that doesnt mean anything i always wanted to b able to b in chat parties and listen to my own music while we playin our game.

pS3 4ever
pS3 4ever

I will buy your ps3's no joke for $100 your going to wbox anyway so just give them to me lol Fan boys!

lee
lee

shut up mich

Jordan
Jordan

id rather pay for online and not get hacked

GAME LOVER
GAME LOVER

It would be real nice if they would come out and tell us a time frame. Once again, it took them two day before they would say that something was up. Now, they are making things worse by giving us some B.S. about when it will be back up. Nobody gives a sh_t about an update, we all kinda figured that due to what happened, Sony would have to make some changes. HELLO !!! JUST GIVE A POST ON WHEN IT WILL BE BACK ONLINE, THAT'S IT.. For those of you that don't know, we are paying for the stupid… Read more »

ps3 kid
ps3 kid

well yea this is bulls nuts but i still wouldnt get X-boX im a psn kid yea it sukes that people have nothin else betta to do but pik on us gamerz wats really gonna suk is if our net stats for erased….PS3 is still ma pik…..HURRY up psn i wanna kick sum azz on madden……give us the right DATE

ps3 kid
ps3 kid

well i really dont give to big 1'zz bout X-boX ps3 is still sick is suks that people better to do but to pick on gamers(hahahaha)but wat eva wat is really onna suk is if we lose our stats on the net…………just hurry up psn i wanna kick sum azz on madden…….give us the TRUE DATE

Mich
Mich

To those who want to trade their PS3’s for an XBOX please JUST GO DO IT. Geesh, most of you are complaining about PSN being down for 2 weeks and that SONY is ‘lying’ well let me tell you this, if you’re such a smart ass why don’t YOU go and help sony fix this problem, since you think you have what it takes instead of complaining? Just play the game called ‘real life’….it has unlimited capabilities and won’t harm you…it’s not like this is the end of the world. Idiots.

Patrick Seybold
Patrick Seybold

It's back up guys…I just put the finishing touches on the network this morning myself.ENJOY!

Jason
Jason

You get what you pay for, I own both systems and never put any of my info on the PS3, I like the PS3, but Love XBL…I pay a yearly fee for XBL, and I have had no problems at all, Yes the XBL was down for 2 weeks a few years ago, 2 weeks! We are working on week 3 here with PSN. I have MK9 for PS3 and really want to play online, but hey, it gave me a chance to play the Story. Hang tight, the PSN will be back online soon, But I will never put… Read more »

Chad Michael Lacey
Chad Michael Lacey

To everybody stating that they are buying an xbox or are going to sell their ps3: nobody cares. Sony is an international corporation. Selling your ps3 and buying a 360 isnt going to affect them. There are plenty of loyal Sony customers that will buy your ps3 and enjoy it. Or even new Sony users. Its still a great machine. Just because Sony made an error doesnt mean you should just give up. Sony has been giving us awesome stuff for so many years, and every company goes through some sort of snag. Microsoft has gone through just as many.… Read more »

Danny
Danny

I am very happy to stay with sony as because i believe that they r the best.Sony always produce good products.i almost got everything from sony like tv,laptop,sound system,and many more i have never been faced any kindya problem with sony products and ofcourse i believe they will fix this situation very very soon so plz guys i request u stop blaming to them n be patience for a little while thank u………

Considerate Gamer
Considerate Gamer

Great! I bet when the network comes online it will be overloaded with all the people downloading the update from the servers. Any though given towards that?

farbrorblau
farbrorblau

PS3 IS a better machine than Xbox there is no doubt about that. Plus PSN is for free while people have to throw away their money every 3rd month for Xbox live just so microsoft can bribe companies to release games earlier on their machine. I own them both and i will continue to be a Sony "fanboy" for the clear fact that their machine is better. But also i am seriously pissed at them for not speeding things up. I know they have said it but i actually WANT them to work around the clock to bring it back.… Read more »

michael_d
michael_d

im seriously considering selling my ps3 and not buying any other console i learnt that life's not that bad without being in tha house all through summer staring at the tv

Miss Bri
Miss Bri

I'm sticking w/ PS3…I refuse to pay money for using the network. I would really enjoy to know when PSN will be back up. I keep hearing different days, times, weeks. Please keep an update. =)

jason
jason

still no update of sony thanks a lot.bill gates thanks you from the bottom of his wallet.if you didnt laught you would cry [now iam fighting back the tears]

xPSNxUSERx
xPSNxUSERx

I heard it wasn't going to come back up untill next week in Aussie?

xPSNxUSERx
xPSNxUSERx

I heard it wasn't going to come back up untill next week in Aussie?
Sony Needs to put there heads together and Get PSN online asap or people will change over to XBox .

Nick
Nick

eeh i switched from xbox to ps3 cuz i had the elite 120 gb harddrive to a 320 gb harddrive ps3 a week later psn go's down, talking about luck huh xD

ps3 i stand behind u
ps3 i stand behind u

All of u cod crybabies need to grow up ps3 has a superior gpu and CPU processing Systems go buy a Xbox and pay for a service that Sony provides for free mind u its fact that the Xbox service has crashed more then the ps3 and Sony has giving us quality updates the ps3 is a 3d unit because of a firmware update so quit crying there is a lot more to life when u climb out of your moms basement take your time Sony ill be write hear when u get it Bake up and for anybody that… Read more »

guest
guest

3.61 firmware means nothing at all, whenever they add a new security feature the firmware number changes, hoping your gonna get some kind of XMB update is just stupid.

matt
matt

hey sony do the world a favor and just fix the goddamn thing then reboot it. no more of this bs better yet give up on PS3 and convert PSN to the PS4

JJLION
JJLION

Quit being nerds and get a life ps is not the world make real freinds get a job go running video games are old do something funn enjoy life get some sun shine

cisco.f630
cisco.f630

Have both xbox and ps3,,,but ps3 is still better………so be patient people

da22
da22

T.O u sound stupid y would u leave PS3 free on line play for 360 n u have to pay to play and just like it happen to ps3 it can happen to xbox 360 there both computers

hurryup
hurryup

Sony responds with enough apathy to run a Powerplant over there…lol

Had Enough!!!!!!!
Had Enough!!!!!!!

Playstation sucks!!! I hope they never come back online. After all of the firmware updates, the system is no where near the same one I originally bought. So I called them up and asked for a refund, but they won't do it. They said it was at their option to change it up if they deem necessary. So, I hope they go bankrupt. Everybody reading this, do like me. Throw your ps3 away, buy an xbox and never purchase another sony product ever. That will show them they can't treat consumers anyway they "deem necessary". Come on, lets stand together… Read more »

McRib
McRib

Straight up BULL SHIT psn still FUCKIN down come on now. FUCK!!!!!!

lastar
lastar

dont car for the new functions or the 30days of free shit i dont care about and have no plans on useing. just want my playstation to do what i paid for it to do. If you really want to put a smile on my face, give a real date when the network will be up.

michael thomas
michael thomas

when psn comes back which is hopefully tomorrow, you guys should add me on : LegitxScopezx9 or ELiiTE_KiLLS 🙂

kywhitt
kywhitt

i just want to play call of duty!

dylan
dylan

whoo hoo just got a xbox i love watching the sony stock drop fuck them they keep telling us it will be up it will be up well fuck this you can only fuck around with us for so long im done and my fucking lawyer will take care of the lawsuit.

Psn:hkhan9
Psn:hkhan9

I phoned up psn they said it should be up in a couple of days  if u don't believe me call psn (07931834352) 

(thumb this up so people can see and call psn)

Joe
Joe

**** xbox. sony is better

PISSED OFF PLAYER
PISSED OFF PLAYER

im sick of this i dont like your system im seriously thinking about swiching to xbox

Distrustful
Distrustful

Frankly, I don't trust anything this site says, since they are advertising illegal software in this notice. FYI Games sells pirated games, and nothing legitimate.

Gramatron 5000
Gramatron 5000

Now is a good time for apple to launch a gaming console. lol

ithottso@yahoo.com
ithottso@yahoo.com

so i what your saying is i get a free upgrade for all of my personal info….thats an even trade. thanks!

Javman95
Javman95

plus, we also get a month of playstation plus for free, so im gna get everything while i can for free 😛

As for the losers who want an XBox, u dont need to tell us, just do it and waste £40 for online when u could play it for free in a few days.

PS3 RULES!!!!

PSNshouldBashamed
PSNshouldBashamed

My credit card information was stolen, yes this was a direct result of this Hack on PSN. I am out thousands because of this, although the monies will be returned to me by my bank I am forced to cancel my cards, very frustrating to say the least. There is a class action filed against sony for this breach of trust, I am on board and want a BIG apology. This is so disappointing to say the least.!

PS3-solid
PS3-solid

i got an xbox as a free gift and its shitty. you have to pay in order to play. F*** you xbox. SONY is the best, im still waiting for the PSN to be up. hopefully soon but im willing to wait.

Jonny
Jonny

Whatever happened to playing single player games? While I did go out and buy an xbox it wasn't because I couldn't play online, it was because I ALSO wanted an xbox. There are tons of great games out there that people can play and enjoy without being online, Gran Turismo, Tiger Woods, Fall Out, Crysis 2 campaign, and single player franchise mode on any EA sports game are all great alternatives to playing online multiplayer. I completely understand everyone's frustration as there are many people that play games like DC Universe which is online only but a few weeks of… Read more »

Sony sucks
Sony sucks

Hey sony you idiots maybe you can ask bill gates for help? they manage to keep there network up for years with no longer than a 24 hour downtime ever!! sad boys go back to making vcr's and tv's you cant handle this computer stuff leave that to the big boys in seattle!!!

TWIN
TWIN

I dont need any updates, I dont need a sorry, or a compensation package, just get PSN back online and thats enough…..

Chris cringle
Chris cringle

Suin Sony? For what free online lost? Or because your piece of shit loser self just found a scapegoat for all your recent purchases? Lol xbox hahah have fun, once psn back up your gonna kick your own ass xbox is the most non next gen system besides wii. It has a enormous power source, it has a vent on top which dust can easily get in and cause issues, it has the red ring of death, no bluray, paid for online, 1/8 the processing power, it's loud as hell sounds like an earthquake when it's running, and the controller… Read more »

cracker11
cracker11

Sony u suk i wanna kill some mofos in call duty

Todd
Todd

I'd be happy is Sony offered a voucher to get a game of our choice for poor customer service and downtime.

Console King
Console King

xbox live NEVER went down u bum. At the end of 07, during the holiday season, the servers were so packed that if you were trying to play COD4, you couldn't play ranked games for about 9-10 days, however, you could still play custom game modes. We were still online the whole time u douche bag. I've always had both consoles. for anybody getting your shit pushed in your the PSN hacking, wake up bum. Never put all your eggs in the same basket you cum stains.

Gurpreet
Gurpreet

people need to be patient…theres more to life than ps3. does anyone remember the days of playstation where there was no such thing as online gaming. I think i used to have more fun playing back then. this problem sony are dealing with is going to take some time. Japan have just come off the worst earthquake in history. To ask sony to fix a problem for everyone around the world globally ( millions of people) and talking about how it shouldn't take this long to complete maintenance are completely stupid and are the type of people if the world… Read more »

Keegan
Keegan

i could not agree more. Sony is not taking care of business if i ran a company like that and i am losing money everyday. operations would take a couple of days not weeks. i dont care about online gaming like it's my life but you at least owe them. a back online PSN date. not saying soon because rember the customers is always right you are just going to make your customers madd. so that 77 million could drop to the lowest consumers you have ever seen like a food store in a small town damn near empty.

opus
opus

Is Sony incapable of giving us a firm date of when PSN will be up?

joe
joe

do you retards actually think sony will read any of your bitching?….lmao why dont you take this 2 weeks as an oppurtunity to get a girlfriend if you can you geeky pukes

Babs
Babs

I think sony should add a new "zombies" map using hackers as targets…….

JDRAKEK
JDRAKEK

I think it's funny all of these comments about going out and buying an Xbox because of this. I have all 3 next gen systems, and have been that way since owning Coleco Visiion and Atari. I do it because I'm a gamer, and love games, NOT to "get back" at a company. You realize that you are saying, "I'm mad at Sony – so mad, in fact, that I'm going to go and give $300 of my money to their competitor cuz I so smrt!! – oh, and I'll also PAY MORE MONEY to be able to play online"… Read more »

bartman152
bartman152

if you don't wake up sony we will all h8 u and plus put it on tomorrow not 2 weeks time tomorrow get it in your thick brain filled with nothing that we all are really angry so plz put it back on plz

MadPS3Customer
MadPS3Customer

Sony obviously isn't very focused on their gaming consoles in electronics. I hatre Xbox and have tried my best to stay faithful to what I thought was #1 in elctronoics (sony.) Apparently not though, I'm really about to jump on the band wagon and go get an Xbox. Not just b/c it's been down for 2 weeks but b/c Sony waits 3 or 4 days at a time to post updates, and they are not even informative updates or dependable b/c they keep saying this week, no next week, o wait.. by the end of the fucking week. Sony, if… Read more »

Texazboi254
Texazboi254

Everyone jus shut up and wait….

LiveTheDream
LiveTheDream

I wish Sony would simply be more honest to the customers. It took six days for them to be wise up and tell consumers information was stolen, then keep people guessing on when the network will be up…. I am glad this is a free service so I can not complain, what makes me even more happier is the hacker can use my information as well, as a kid i was taught to share thus hackers should be able to view my information and use it as they wish.

bigdaddy
bigdaddy

i think psn should give everyone that plays black ops the new escalation map pack for free since we have to put up with this down time!!

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