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PSN will be back up this week, Sony giving PSN+ to make amends

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Hey PS3 gamers! Did you enjoy your long weekend of solitary gaming? Are you aching to break some bones online in Mortal Kombat? Have you been staring longingly at your new SOCOM 4 disc, wishing you could take the battle online? Are your other multiplayer favourites gathering dust? Good news then, as Sony are confident they’ll have the PSN – brought down for nearly two weeks by mysterious, data-thieving hackers – back up this week.

Even better? To remove some of the sting of the inconvenience – and kinda say sorry for losing your personal details – they’ll be throwing in a few freebies.

When it comes back online, the PSN will come with an update forcing users to change their compromised details

In a press release the company said the initial phase of the PSN rollout, will include but is not limited to the following:

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation3 (PS3) and PSP (PlayStationPortable) systems
  • This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • PlayStationHome
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

So what will you, the loyal PSN user be getting as a peace offering?

  • 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.

I’m pretty keen on trying out PSN+ for a month, and it’s a nice gesture of goodwill…but I’m not entirely certain it’s worth all the spam I’m probably going to be getting in my inbox. Sony has assured this sort of intrusion won’t be happening again though. It’s hired a new chief information security officer who’ll be responsible for keeping hackers at bay.

Source : Playstation Blog.

Last Updated: May 3, 2011

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