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Almost a month ago, Sony had a grand reopening for the PlayStation Network after a malicious attack by internet bad guys. In an effort to apologize to loyal customers Sony assembled a Welcome Back kit, which offered a chunk of free content and games. If you haven’t taken advantage of this offer, you better act fast, because this Sunday is the last day for this offer. All you need to do is visit the PlayStation Store and hit the tab marked “Welcome Back.” Also as another friendly reminder, for those of you who’ve already redeemed your freebies, you may want to make sure your billing for the free PlayStation Plus service isn’t set to auto-renew. Of course if you’ve enjoyed the service, then by all means keep it, but we can already imagine the phone calls Sony is going to get when the auto-renewals start kicking in.
One day after making its long awaited return, the PlayStation Store is now starting to roll out the highly anticipated PSN “Welcome Back” content. Release times may vary by region, but it is already available stateside. We have to warn that there are still a few kinks when trying to download it, most likely due to the high traffic loads for this content. So if you run into an error message or two, don’t freak out. We’d advise that you wait a little bit longer and allow the dust to settle. You’ve waited this long, what’s a few more hours? Just in case you’ve forgotten your options, allow us to refresh your memory. Full list of downloadable games after the break.
Kept us waiting long enough! Almost a month ago the PlayStation Network told us it was going to the store for a loaf of bread and almost never came back. In all seriousness Sony has for the most part kept their word on completely restoring the PSN. We heard May 31st and it’s only a couple of days later, so we can accept that. We’re just glad to see things in full swing. We’ll be the first to tell you the “Welcome Back” freebies aren’t showing up, but we expect that to be fixed soon. We’d also like to warn you that if you’re getting an error when trying to sign-in, keep in mind there are potentially hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of people all trying to get in at the same time. Once everyone is over the initial shock of things being back to normal, it will be easier to get in, but keep on trying if you wish.
Well folks PS Vita just might be the real thing. A bit of web surfing may have uncovered Sony’s big secret. We’re not sure why Sony has a developer subdomain named: Vita.SCEdev.net , but they do. Perhaps Vita was a concept name that got scrapped? Things are really starting to look suspect here, but all will be revealed in just a matter of days. If this one is on the money, this might be the worst name change since Nintendo went from Revolution to Wii. Renaming a PlayStation product is very uncharacteristic of Sony and is the main reason we’re still not sure about this. The PlayStation brand is highly recognized and a name like Vita really makes no sense. We still say name the thing PSP 2, but that’s just our two cents.
They said it, now they’re doing it. Sony is making good on their promise of free identity theft protection for PSN and Qriocity customers. If you’re feeling uneasy about the recent intrusion, just signup and they’ll send you an AllClear ID Plus activation code. Subscribers will have until June 28th to redeem this service. The service is said to offer up to $1 million in protection. This covers us just fine, but not too sure about all the pro athletes and entertainers online. Does this fix everything? No, but it’s a step in the right direction.
During the recent PSN outage, Sony had made statements of some freebies for disgruntled PSN subscribers. We now have details on who’s getting what. Aside from a free month of their PlayStation Plus service and select free movie rentals, you’ll have a pick of up to four free games (two for PS3 and two for PSP). People will have thirty days from the date the PlayStation Store reopens to pick from a list of select titles. Hit the jump to see what games they’re giving up.
After a few weeks of frustration, the PlayStation Network is almost back in action. Firmware version 3.61 is now rolling out as we speak and Sony recommends that you change your network password after updating your system. Details on the new firmware are sketchy. Sony is only saying that this is one of the steps in getting users and their consoles ready for when the PlayStation Network is back online. We’ll have more as it comes.
Update: PlayStation boss Kazuo Hirai has released a video addressing the situation. Move past the break to check it out. SPOILER ALERT! He doesn’t provide a return date for the PSN.
The PlayStation Network and Qriocity were thought to be back in action by now, but so far no luck. Last week’s hopeful return date has came and went, but where exactly does that leave once active PlayStation Network members? Well according to Bloomberg Sony is setting the stage for a May 31st return for the PlayStation Network and Qriocity. This information is said to be coming from Tokyo based spokesman Shigenori Yoshida. If this holds up, that would have the PlayStation Network down for well past a month! Hopefully we’ll see something sooner than this, but just in case you happen to own an Xbox 360 or decent PC, we won’t tell if you switch your Brink pre-order over at the last minute.
With the PlayStation Network’s availability listed as TBD (to be determined). We couldn’t help but wonder are you mad yet? I’ve talked to some of my friends who are PlayStation faithfuls and it’s a mixed reaction. Sure, a Sony internal mistake didn’t cause the current outage, but did they handle it the best way? In a short answer, I say no. The main issue being not enough upfront information about what was going on. Instead we got the Wizard of Oz “nevermind that man behind the curtain” treatment. The fact that an external source was able to poke their way into what was once supposed secure, it gives a lot to think about. The real question is what will be done to compensate for the downtime? At least for those who are subscribed to PlayStation Plus. To all others complaining: you get what you pay for. It’s too bad that this happened during a major multiplayer exclusive (SOCOM 4) and on the eve of MotorStorm Apocalypse, another major exclusive title. Sony is generally a first class company and I’m willing to wager they’ll make an effort to smooth things over. However is it too little too late? We’d really like to know what you think. Be sure to participate in our poll below.
Word has came from what is said to be a PlayStation employee blog that the less than popular PSP Go’s production has been stopped. With the NGP (PSP2) officially on the way, this makes some sense. This also would imply that the Next Gen Portable should be releasing soon. Sony has claimed that they will continue to “meet the demand,” but let’s be honest did anybody really ever want this thing in the first place?