Sunday, May 01, 2011

Free PSN Plus for Everyone!

Good news! After the recent hacking tragedy of the Playstation Network. Sony will give free 30 day free service of the PSN. Also this week, the some of the services will be turned on. Of course, day 1 will start with turning on the online gaming part because that is the most important. What I am looking forward to is this "Welcome back" program and rewards program for sticking with Sony.

Update(1): It is official. According to the Japanese Official Playstation website, there will be a firmware update v3.61 for the PS3 once the PSN gets back online. The update will force you to change your password.

"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."
30 day free Playstation Plus is pretty much a standard trial. So I think. Maybe they will throw some more stuff for free out there from the PSN like movies or free game downloads or even free game content downloads. It is going to be tough buying back the hearts and regain their trust  because of this incident. Sony will spend much more money to try to win back what they lost. This is a big blow to the company as they reported that they only started to gain profits recently. 

Still, with these free stuff that will be handed to us through PSN are not enough to heal the wounds that was cut deep. Sony better give us something worthwhile not just trials or old movies from 90's or mini games.

I think maybe few days later when we go back to our normal gaming lives, we will forget about it but for those who entered their CC might not. For sure the fanboys will stick until the end. When the media stops covering the outage, maybe some more people will not care and forget about it.

I always knew that someday, someone might target the PSN and successfully troll the whole PS gaming community. I think I am one of the lucky ones who did not entered their credit card information so I had peace of mind throughout this thing. 

So yea, Sony will try to court your hearts back to them? Will you go back and say "Ok, let's make up Sony<3" or "FU...We are done! Get out of my house!".

For the official PS Blog Post from Mr. Seybold :

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