As expected, after an evening down for maintenance the PlayStation Store has finally come back online in the US and Europe this morning.
A statement on the official PlayStation Blog reads:
"I'm happy to confirm that PlayStation Store is open and you can now download content and redeem voucher codes. We will update you with the full lists of new content available to PlayStation Network members and PlayStation Plus subscribers here on the PlayStation.Blog in the next few hours.
"You may have noticed that the content promised as part of the Welcome Back offer is not yet live. It is currently in the final stages of testing and will be available to download very soon; we'll be sure to let you know when."
In the US Sony's detailed the first big PlayStation Plus update post-down time, with a game trial for Dante's Inferno and discounts on a plethora of game add-ons set to become available in North America this Friday. See the full details here.
The freebies appear to be dripping in for Europe as well. So far Streets of Rage 2 is a confirmed costless title as well as the brilliant Burnout Paradise on PSN Plus (which non-subscribers get free for a month).
[UPDATE: Sony's detailed the EU PlayStation Store 'welcome back' update - and it's frickin' massive. You'd almost think it's been down for over a month...]
Sony's told users experiencing error messages when trying to access the store that the problems are due to "extremely high traffic" and to "just let it settle down a bit this first few hours."
Company spokesperson Nick Caplin added: "There are so many of you accessing the store at the moment that due to the excessive load, it is a little slow. We are improving it as I write this, so you will see improvements in speed as the day progresses."