Yesterday, Sony finally felt that PSN was ready to be turned back on and initiated a restart internationally. The button was pressed, and people are trickling back online on the Playstation Network. For the moment, not everyone is able to get back on due to delays in certain areas, but for the most part, it’s all green lights. Unless, of course, you live in Japan. Many people may remember when Xbox Live went down during the holiday season. It was down two weeks, primarily because the influx of new users was too much for Microsoft’s servers at the time. It’s good for historical comparison, though it was very different from the problems PSN is currently facing.
It’s been almost an entire month since PSN was taken down, following its being hacked (supposed by the group Anonymous). There has been a lot of back and forth with this issue, and a bit of drama, but it’s good to finally see it getting slowly resolved. April 20th was the day PSN was initially taken down, and that was a long time ago – I’m fairly certain that millions of dollars have been lost, for both Sony and developers. I’m sure even more money will have to be sacrificed to fund the Welcome Back program that they’re running as an apology.
Speaking of that program, here’s what they’re offering:
Super Stardust HD
Wipeout HD + Fury
Based on what Sony is saying, PS3 and PSP owners are able to choose two of the titles from each platform you own, for free. Once the Playstation Store comes back online, they will be available to everyone to choose from for 30 days for download at no cost. The games you choose will be yours forever.
Aside from the free games, current Playstation Plus subscribers are getting an additional 60 days of free use of the service added on to their remaining time. But no gamer will be left behind, as even those who are NOT PSN+ users will still get a free 30 days. Think of it as an extended trial. There are a few other various parts, but the icing on the cake is the 100 free virtual items for Playstation Home. Not sure how many people really use it, but hey, it’s free.
This is definitely a fairly strong gesture from Sony, but with the severity of the situation, it was undoubtedly called for. The Playstation Store isn’t back up yet (at the time of writing), but be sure to check it out and claim your free stuff when you can.