Sony has finally restored the Playstation Store services on the PSN Network. This is great news to gamers who have had to deal with downloadable content and online features being locked away and unattainable because of the recent intrusion by hackers. New content is bountiful, including demos for Red Faction: Armageddon, Motorstorm Apocalypse and Infamous 2, along with new PS One content and downloadable content.
It is nice to see that the catalog has been restored to its former glory along with new content to boot, but missing in action is perhaps the greatest part of the restoration of service. The the much-lauded Welcome Back package has been touted as the end all be all solution for Sony’s apology as well as aiding in keeping gamers interested in Playstation after what was a month-long drought of online content. This causes a certain amount of mixed attitudes for gamers, because although it is exciting to once again have a fully functioning online game console, the thought of continuing commerce with a business like Sony is somewhat of a double-edged sword. On one hand it is great that Sony has restored their services in full, but in reality these services are already part of the high price we pay as gamers for their product. To expect compensation for the disaster at Sony is not an expectation that is unjust, it is just a matter of keeping customers happy. The gift package will aid Sony in repairing their image, but until there is a real sign of atonement for their lack of disclosure, the Playstation Store will remain just another service that was just fixed for the sake of being fixed.