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Sony To Offer “Welcome Back” Package: Free Games, PlayStation Plus and More

May 1, 2011 Written by Sebastian Moss

With the PlayStation Network down, and millions of people’s personal data (possibly even credit cards) stolen, some gamers have been clamouring for some kind of free gift from Sony to make up for all the trouble. At a press conference held in Japan, the technology company has announced they’ll do just that, giving gamers a belated Easter treat.

In a release to the press, Sony reiterated that “there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken”, but that the company “is committed to helping its customers protect their personal data and will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs.  The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in each region.”

Additionally, Sony will offer PlayStation Network and Qriocity users a “Welcome Back” program worldwide, which will vary depending on different markets.

Central components of the “Welcome Back” program will include:

  • Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
  • All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service.
  • Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
  • Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.

Further “Welcome Back” entertainment and service offerings will be rolled out over the coming weeks.

Do you think that makes up for the downtime? After all, it wasn’t Sony’s fault that they were hacked, but many could argue that they were slow to inform people about the security breach.