It was only yesterday that we reported about PlayStation Network coming back online for developers. However, earlier today Sony started to roll out a mandatory PS3 firmware 3.61 update which will prepare your consoles for when PSN comes back online. This update will prompt you to change your PSN password from either the console from which the account was registered or through validated email addresses. Good news is that Sony has started phased restoration of PSN & Qriocity services in Europe and North America.
Sony has put up a map of the US and as you can see in the image embedded above, PSN is back online for majority of the states in America.
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.
So that’s how the password changes will work. Nevertheless, do keep in mind that it will take substantial time for the company to bring back PSN online for everyone across the world. As previously mentioned, this is a phased process and most of us will probably have to wait till the end of May for PSN to come back online in our respective countries.