When is the PlayStation Network Going Back Up? And What Will We Get?

UPDATE: Click here for the latest on the PSN.

We have all been waiting patiently for Sony to bring back the PSN. So today Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International announced some pleasing news. They will soon "start a phased rollout by region of the services" They plan to start with these the most important:
  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
    -This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality
We can finally play some Mortal Kombat online, its just a matter of mere days now.
The proof is in the Blog.
Now for the cool news. What exactly are we getting for being so patient and loyal? People who already had a PSN account can expect to part of the world-wide "Welcome Back" Appreciation program. Here's the main stuff you get for free:
  • Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
  • All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
  • Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.
Please note that all free stuff will be available at a local level, so you have to check for your region to see exactly what you qualify for. And there will be even more things that you will get in the coming weeks as more services become available.

Click here to see why the PSN is still down.