May 17, 2011

Sony Offers Welcome Back Package To PlayStation Users

Sony is now offering incentives to users who return to their Playstation Network after it was compromised by a major security breach.

The incentive includes two free PlayStation 3 games from a choice of five, and a month's free membership to premium services.

Senior PR manager for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) Jonathan Fargher told BBC it is a good offer.

"Clearly there's going to be a minority of people out there who have some of those games. We certainly believe the welcome back program and the choice of games that we're offering, for free, is good value."

He said that it is the first step in regaining the trust of PlayStation users.  Future plans also include an identity theft protection scheme, which will be outlined to users soon.

SCEE head of communications Nick Caplin wrote in a blog post that users could pick two games out of the following titles:  Little Big Planet, Infamous, Wipeout HD/Fury, Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty and Dead Nation.

"I would like to thank all of the developers and publishers involved in this program for their support in making this happen. We certainly couldn't have done it without you," Mr Caplin wrote.

"You will be able to access this content once PlayStation Store comes back online and we are doing everything we can to make that happen as soon as possible."

Users were also offered 30 days free PlayStation Plus memberships, which offers special content that is not available to free users.

Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive 60 days for free.

Video games blog Kotaku valued the Welcome Back package to be between $50 and $104 per user, depending on how many services the customer was already subscribed too. 

Users will have up to 30 days to claim their Welcome Back package once the PlayStation Store goes back online.


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