Buyers of Codemasters Software Company Ltd.’s Dirt 3 for Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 can’t utilize the title’s online mode this week due to a required download from the shut down Playstation Store.

The Dirt 3 PS3 SKU requires a DLC file to activate the online multiplayer mode, however the Playstation Store is not back online following an outage of the Playstation Network in late Apr.

Dirt 3 is a rally racing title that includes stages in Africa, Europe and the U.S.

Sony will begin sale of the new PS3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle May 31.

The PS3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle will include the PS3 160GB hardware, a copy of Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, the Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC Pack, and a Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.

Sony this week said it estimates the restoration of the Playstation Store by the end of May.

Sony May 15 restored the Playstation Network division in the U.S.

In addition, the service was restored in the UK, Ireland, Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and South America .

Sony this week said that the outage related to the Playstation Network and Qrocity services will cost $171 million for the fiscal year ending Mar. 2012.

Estimated costs include a personal theft insurance program, cost of ‘Welcome Back’ programs which offer users games, music and videos at no cost, customer support costs, network security enhancement costs, legal and expert costs, and possible future revenue decrease.

The company expects to have service fully restored by the end of May.

Access to the Playstation Network and Qrocity divisions has been crippled since Apr. following an external intrusion that compromised consumer data.

The company said it is taking steps to prevent future attacks, including enhanced levels of data protection and encryption; enhanced ability to detect software intrusions, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns; additional firewalls; establishment of a new data center in an undisclosed location; and the naming of a new Chief Information Security Officer.

Sony in Feb. began sale of the Playstation 3 160GB Killzone 3 Bundle at $299.99.

The PS3 is sold in a 160GB SKU at $299.99 and a 320GB SKU at $349.99.

Playstation Move Console Bundle includes the PS3 320GB SKU, Playstation Move Controller, Playstation Eye, and Sports Champions at $399.99.

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