Is Playstation’s “Welcome Back” Appreciation Program enough for you?

Sony is telling everyone that the Playstation Network should be seeing functionality return within the week for certain services. They will be implementing a phased roll out during the first week in May. In a post on the Playstation blog they announced that we will see a return of during the initial phase.

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) 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
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

This means that we will have most of the heavily used functions (and also Playstation Home) once again available to us very shortly. Also We are seeing some new security measures from Playstation including some new firewalls, automated software detection, and beefed up data protection and encryption.

 

Playstation Network

Is this too synonymous with "bad" to be good?

But this isn’t going to be enough to bring back a once loyal fanbase who feels as though their loyalty and trust has been shattered. Sony knows this very well and knows that it’s going to take more than a simple “We think we fixed it” to make amends. To help make things better Playstation is also showing a little peace offering in terms of free stuff. Since we all love free stuff here is a small bit if what you will be able to get with the roll out:

  • 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.

So the good news is that you’ll get 30 free days of Playstation Plus and Music Unlimited. Whether or not this is an effective traffic generator remains to be seen, but it is a step in the right direction. They have also planned to roll out more “Welcome Back” offerings in the future, but what those are most likely depend on how what the needs of the users will be.

The question remains what will help bring you back to the Playstation Network? Is there even anything that can be done to help bring you back? Are you like a cheated lover who will not be swayed by paltry trinkets or will this help bring you back?

(Update: 2:40:00 EST 5-2-2011) Sony has stated that while there was an outside intrusion there was (to their knowledge) no truth to the rumor that credit card information has been used in any fraudulent manner. This means that a big portion of the Playstation hacking fears may in fact be unfounded. This alleviates a big chunk of the fear for a large portion of the PSN fanbase. Either way if this was your big anger point it seems you may have less to worry about.

 

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Comments

Posted On
May 02, 2011
Posted By
Riggs

Are you kidding? This barely scratches the surface! 39.47% (15 votes)

^^^

YOU PEOPLE ARE THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE NEVER HAPPY NO MATTER WHAT! Unreal I breathe the same air as you pathetic people.

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Posted On
May 02, 2011
Posted By
wadoobie

Who do you mean “you people”? We’re elated that its coming back and needed nothing more than a fine “thanks for you patience while we get this sorted out.” Easy with the rage buddy.

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Posted On
May 03, 2011
Posted By
Mark

If Sony want to throw free things my way then they are more than welcome to do so.

I’m not really angry at Sony thats mostly directed at the hacker/s it’s pretty obvious the hacker/s don’t give a flying #### about gamers

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Posted On
May 03, 2011
Posted By
j@y

much appreciated SONY, bonus that we recieving 30 days free services.
some people need to realize that in the time that sony was down, they were trying to better there security systems so hackers cant break through.

thank you sony for everything.
no.1 fan.

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Posted On
May 03, 2011
Posted By
scottd

If you have praised or thanked Sony in any way for there let’s make it up to our customers plan. Your a Moron and i revoke your license to think for yourself.
Welcome back program i DON’T THINK SO
If your not a ps+ subscriber guess what its a free trial. In order to keep any free games you have to subscribe after the month is up.

Kudos to Sony though for using this time as a marketing ploy.

Current ps+ subscribers, your not getting anything either. Free month? Your service is not getting extended Think about it your only getting back the month they have been off line, which you have already paid for. In fact if you want to get technical Sony expects to be back up fully by the end of this month which puts the count at 6 weeks. So your still losing 2 weeks that you have paid for.

BRAVO, BRAVO, Sony for relying on the notion that all your customers are brainless morons that wont realize this.

As for the content package No where does it state that it is a game. If it is will most likely be a Sony game so they lose no money paying another developer to give there game away for free.
Think also what could they possibly give away on the store that people don’t already have? So there’s more than a chance the free whatever, you could already own.
I never expected anything from Sony so it really don’t matter to me, I knew they would do this. Sad really it’s just a slap in the face to everyone.

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Posted On
May 03, 2011
Posted By
xino

Sorry not good enough for me!

30 day free PSN+ is just another marketing method, since you can get 60 day free for trying PSN+

a free download sounds good, but wtf is it? it can be some stupid theme, dynamic theme, wipe3out hd fury AGAIN! or some garbage majority already own.

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Posted On
May 03, 2011
Posted By
DarthDiggler

The problem with posing this kind of question to the general audience is you are never going to get a realistic answer. For one you have Xbots that troll forums just to have their say about OtherOS, etc. Bitch about Sony’s history (which is history let’s keep in the past).

For the people who honestly own a PS3, sure they are pissed off now, but the moment the PSN comes back on they are all going to go back to playing. In a month or two no one will be talking about this. It will be all E3.

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Posted On
May 03, 2011
Posted By
wadoobie

I was worried about the exact same thing, however i am pleasantly surprsied that the we’re seeing mostly the “They hvae done enough. I’m good.” in a commanding lead followed by “We want more option”. The fanboys seem to be absent with the two extremes coming it at a total of 27% of our responces. Btw, thanks for the link, it was a harsh but interesting read.

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Posted On
May 03, 2011
Posted By
DarthDiggler

BTW — if you feel so offended by getting free PS+ for a month, check out this post.

http://sarcasticgamer.com/wp/index.php/2011/05/sony-says-were-sorry-with-an-ad-campaign.html

This guy was spitting the same vitriol as most of you and he got served.

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Posted On
May 06, 2011
Posted By
Gunloc

I just want to clarify this to people that PSN wasn’t hacked it was only SOE that was hack not PSN there two different things.

We discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”

http://www.gamersmint.com/soe-servers-to-remain-offline-till-friday-or-longer/comment-page-1#comment-59021

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/05/04/sonys-response-to-the-u-s-house-of-representatives/

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Posted On
May 06, 2011
Posted By
Gunloc

there is no second attack!, you morons!! and heres the proof Sony said it themselves that there wasn’t a second attack and it was only 24 million.

http://au.pc.ign.com/articles/116/1165583p1.html

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Posted On
May 06, 2011
Posted By
wadoobie

Nobody here said anything about a second attack. But thanks for the article share!

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