Go ahead and fire up your PlayStation 3, there is an update finally for your system. It’s update 3.61 and it’s another step to finally having PSN up and running (it’s still down as of this post, but the update is up for download)
Here is what the PlayStation Blog had to say,
We have been working on a new PS3 system software update that requires all PSN users to change their password once PlayStation Network is restored. The update (v3.61) is mandatory and is available now.
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.
I just did the update myself, it took around 5 mins to download, after that, it was just a regular ol’ install. Once completed, you will be left with the awesome message, PlayStation Network is currently undergoing maintenance. Yep, it’s still not up yet but we are getting closer. Once it is up now, you will be required to change your password. And of course, there is still no word on when it will be back up exactly. Until then, all of us PlayStation 3 gamers will have to resort to other means to get our online gaming fix, like maybe firing up your Xbox 360 and joining us for some Halo Reach later on tonight.
Update: Sony just emailed us and let us know that service restoration has begun.
Update #2: The rollout for PSN has officially begun.