The day has finally come: the PlayStation Store is back online. Starting today, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable users can finally download all the content they've missed out on since the service went down on April 20. It's a few days late, but hey, at least it's back. If you've been waiting anxiously to play through the "Fallout: New Vegas" Honest Hearts expansion or to grab the "L.A. Noire" Rockstar Pass, now's the time.
The online marketplace has gone live and Sony has updated the store with a veritable truckload of content; there's quite a bit of ground PlayStation has to make up in the last month and a half. Still missing, however, are the goodies Sony promised in the "welcome back" package, including the ability to download two free games from a selection of five. Apparently, you can expect those items soon.
"You may have noticed that the content promised as part of the Welcome Back offer is not yet live," PlayStation Store director, Grace Chen, wrote on the PlayStation blog. "It is currently in the final stages of testing and will be available to download soon; we’ll be sure to let you know when."
What does appear to be live is the thirty-day free PlayStation Plus membership. Now would be a great time to take advantage of the regularly premium content on offer from Sony. PlayStation Plus members currently have access to full game trials of "Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2" and "Dante's Inferno," as well as full downloads of games like "Oddworld: Abe's Exodus" and "Sonic the Hedgehog 2." Beyond the free games, Sony has placed a ton of downloadable-content on sale.
You'll also finally have the ability to catch up on any game demos you've missed out on, including the "inFamous 2" demo. The demo includes a mixture of side quests and story missions.
Be sure to check out the PlayStation blog post, as the content update list is really massive. Here's hoping the store stays active without any further problems.