Good news everyone, the Playstation Network is being switched back on by region as I type this!  There’s a firmware update to download (3.61) before you can do anything, so it makes sense to get that downloaded so that when the switch-on reaches us we’re ready to go.

The new firmware won’t do a lot before the network returns, but when it does you’ll be required to change your password on your PS3 system before you can get online.

If using a PS3, your password can only be changed on your own PS3 (or a PS3 on which your PSN account was activated), as an added layer of security. If you have never downloaded any content using your account on the system, an email will be sent to the registered sign-in ID (email address) associated with your account when you first attempt to sign-in to PSN. This e-mail will contain a link that will enable you to change your password. In this email, click on the link and follow the instructions to change your password. Once you have changed your password you can sign-in to your account using your new password.

Kazuo Hirai has posted a video to Youtube to explain what is going on..

The network has already returned to parts of the USA, but now we just have to wait for it to reach our shores here in Europe.

Nice one Sony, glad we got there in the end.

Update!

The network is now up for those in the UK and I’ve been able to change my password.