Welcome Back: PSN returns…finally

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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:

PS3

Desempaquetando PSP lite

    Dead Nation
    inFAMOUS
    LittleBigPlanet
    Super Stardust HD
    Wipeout HD + Fury

PSP

    Killzone Liberation
    LittleBigPlanet
    ModNation Racers
    Pursuit Force

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.

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  • http://videogameholic.wordpress.com/ phazer

    I only have a PSP which I barely play nowadays, but I suppose a free LittleBigPlanet and Killzone/Pursuit Force is always good… especially considering how little time I spend on the PSN anyway. Would love trying out inFAMOUS if I had a PS3 though.

    • http://passthemsticks.com Mikey

      You know, my friend spends NO time on PSN, and he was telling me how he was upset he missed a sale on inFAMOUS at BestBuy. Said he could’ve got it for $10. I told him about this and he instantly felt better, though I’m sure he’d love to have a physical copy of the game.

      • http://videogameholic.wordpress.com/ phazer

        Yeah, hard copies are always better. Anyway, at least with the PS3 you should generally have somewhat sufficient space. My 360 is almost full with arcade titles, DLC and what not.

        • http://passthemsticks.com Mikey

          Yeah, I’m still chugging along with my 20 GB HDD on my 360. If they weren’t so ridiculously overpriced, I’d consider upgrading.

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  • Anonymous

    So I get to choose 2 of the 5 free games, and I already own two of them so my choices are dead nation super stardust hd or wipeout hd + fury

    • http://passthemsticks.com Mikey

      Yup, that’s how it works. Still gotta wait for the Playstation Store to come back up, though.

  • http://videogameholic.wordpress.com/ phazer

    I’m still studying so I don’t really buy new hardware. Since I can live with the lack of a bigger HDD and HDMI, I’ll only get an Elite if I win the lottery or something. Heh.

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