PSN, PS Store fully functional by the end of the week — Sony

PlayStation Network and PlayStation Store are on the final stretch to full recovery, Sony announces today.

Following weeks of hacker-induced interrupted service, the company expects the offerings to be once more fully functional in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories, Asia, Hong Kong, and South Korea by the end of the week. Services in Japan will remain unavailable.

The initial target was by the end of May, but we already knew it may slip by a few days.

“The company implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure,” Sony reminds, “as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions.”

“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,” adds Kaz Hirai, Executive Deputy President. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”

End of the week then, no exact day or timing is provided.

Sony’s E3 press conference takes place next Monday, June 6th; that’s cutting it awfully close.