At last

We suspect hardcore gamers will have tried this already - indeed, we suspect they've been trying it every day since last month - but: turn on your PlayStation3 and try logging into the PlayStation Network. It should work!

If you've been living under a rock, you won't know why this is a surprise. Well, last month the whole PlayStation Network was taken down after a massive hack which stole 70 million users' personal data - including some credit card data, though not, it seems, enough to allow much fraud. Sony said they'd basically have to rebuild the whole damn thing from scratch to patch major security holes, a task which was supposed to take them two weeks but has actually taken four.

But now, finally, Sony has started returning online gaming functionality - as well as online music and movie streaming - to users. If you're in the UK or Europe, you should be able to get back on, though the system will ask you to choose a new password.

Things are still a bit shaky, though. Within 10 minutes of UK users being able to get back on yesterday, the network crashed, because so many multiplayer-starved

In fairness to Sony, they're really sorry. 'I'd like to send my sincere regret for the inconvenience this incident has caused you, and want to thank you all for the kind patience you've shown as we worked through the restoration process,' said Kazuo Hirai, executive deputy president.

Good enough - or are you still furious with Sony for the last month's failures? CNET is running a Facebook poll where you can cast your vote, or you can sound off in the comments below, of course.

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