PlayStation Network back online in US and Europe

After weeks of downtime, Sony has finally restored most of the PlayStation Network allowing PS3 users to jump back into action with their favorite online games.

Sony’s social media manager Jeff Rubenstein has given some insight into some of the returning functions and what gamers can expect from Sony in the coming weeks as everything gets back into order.

“Sign-in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity (including the resetting of passwords), online gameplay for PS3 and PSP, playback of rental video content on PS3 (if within rental period), Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity on PS3 (for current subscribers), access to services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and, “Friends” category on PS3 (including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc), in-game leaderboards, and PlayStation Home [have been restored],” said Rubenstein on the official PS Blog.

Those looking for new demos, games, and media that has been missed over the last few weeks will find that Sony will be rolling out all the new content at multiple stages during the next couple weeks.

“To date, three Tuesday publishes were missed, which included items like Under Siege and the MotorStorm Apocalypse demo,” he said. “Rest assured that you won’t miss any of this great content.”

“To catch up on the large amount of material, we’ll be publishing to the PlayStation Store multiple times per week once commerce functionality is restored. We will update the PlayStation.Blog with information on timing of the Store restoration, as well as the full list of new content as each publish occurs.”

Currently, as the service is being restored, Sony’s Patrick Seybold has asked that users not reset their passwords or create new passwords as they are receiving an overload of requests and is causing stress on the servers.

“We’re currently experiencing an extremely heavy load of password resets, and so we recently had to turn off services for approximately 30 minutes to clear the queue,” said Seybold. “As such, a large number of people are attempting to change their passwords at the same time, it’s taking longer than expected for all those emails to clear all of the ISPs.”

“If you’ve requested your password reset, please give it a bit of time to reach your email. Thanks for your patience as we work to get everyone back online.”

Keep in mind Sony is offering a “Welcome Back” package to all the PS3 users for the PSN downtime. Details about the PSN compensation can be found here, Europe’s plan here.