The PlayStation Network will be fully restored in most of the world by the end of the week. So says an official statement from Sony Computer Entertainment. With the re-launch of the PlayStation Store, and the resumption of Qriocity’s Music Unlimited service, Sony’s long public nightmare should finally be at an end.

It has been well over a month since the attack that prompted Sony to take PSN and Qriocity offline. Starting on May 15, some PlayStation Network functionality began to be restored, including the ability to play games online. Still, the long absence of the PlayStation Store has been a major sticking point for the PlayStation faithful.

An enormous backlog of PlayStation Store content waits to be published. Indeed, Sony has stated that it intends to publish content to the store multiple times per week until that supply of games, demos, and more has been worked through. Many gamers are likely already counting the days until they can claim their “Welcome Back” gifts, though the time frame for that promotion has yet to be announced.

The fully restored PSN, which won’t be coming to Japan, Hong Kong, or South Korea until a later date, will include the following:

  • Full functionality on PlayStation Store
  • In-game commerce
  • Ability to redeem vouchers and codes
  • Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs
  • Full functionality on Media Go

Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation, addressed the pending restoration of all PSN services.

“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love. We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”

With the PlayStation Network is scheduled for maintenance today, just how soon might the Store be back up? Sony isn’t saying, and by promising a re-launch by the end of the week, Sony has given themselves just a bit of leeway. Still, the company must know that they have no room left for error. The store must be up by the end of the week, and the restoration must be flawless.

Should the full restoration of the PlayStation Network be complete by Saturday, June 4, Sony will have just three days remaining until their E3 2011 Press Event. It is difficult to imagine that the PSN attack and subsequent outage will go unmentioned at the event. But given their huge games lineup for the rest of 2011, including inFamous 2, Resistance 3, and Uncharted 3, not to mention the launch of the (possibly downgraded) NGP, it is time for Sony to move on. With the last pieces of PSN restored, they should finally be able to do just that.

When the PlayStation Store returns, what is the first thing you plan to do: redeem a DLC code, download a demo, or buy a game?

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