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Staggered content hitting PSN store in EU and US

But free 'Welcome Back' package still unavailable and sites struggling with demand

The PlayStation Network Store has returned in the US, Europe and some other territories, although it remains offline in Japan. Content which had been scheduled to go on sale during its six-week absence is being gradually added to the storefront.

However, the free games and PSN Plus membership being offered to customers as part of the 'Welcome Back' compensation package are yet to become available, with Sony saying that the offer is in "the final stages of testing".

Nonetheless, a large list of new content has been published on the US and EU PlayStation blogs, with a further round of content becoming available tomorrow.

Some UK users have been experiencing problems with accessing PSN, receiving an 807 error code when trying to reset passwords or download content. Sony has attempted to allay those concerns by explaining that the problem has been caused by enormous demand, rather than any remaining technical issues.

"There are so many of you accessing the store at the moment that due to the excessive load, it is a little slow," wrote Nick Caplin on the EU PlayStation Blog.

"We are improving it as I write this, so you will see improvements in speed as the day progresses."

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