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Sony Details PSN Welcome Back Program

As the PlayStation Network finally starts to get up and running again Sony have detailed the free games that they promised all PS3 and PSP users as compensation for the inconvenience of 25 days without online gaming.

In North America All PlayStation Network customers can select TWO PS3 games from the following:
  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury

For North American PSP owners, you can download TWO games from this selection:
  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • ModNation Racers
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation

As well as this some other features and content will be made available for free for a limited time:
  • A selection rental movies will be available for free over one weekend. The titles will be announced soon.
  • 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers.
  • Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.
  • Existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days free.
  • PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items.
  • Additional 30 days + time lost for existing members of Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription.

In Europe the game selection is slightly different with Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty replacing Super Stardust on the free PS3 games list.   

Sony have also said they will be providing multiple weekly updates to the PlayStation Store this week to try and catch up with the backlog of content that was supposed to be added to the store in the missed weeks. In an FAQ posted on the PlayStation Blog Sony's plan for getting all remaining PSN services back online is broadly discussed: “We will update the PlayStation.Blog with information on timing of the Store restoration, as well as the full list of new content as each publish occurs”.

A number of games that missed planned events during the downtime will have them rescheduled, including the double XP weekend for Call of Duty: Black Ops that was missed, SOCOM 4 will have some kind of event to re-engage fans, and the inFamous 2 beta will be extended.

All PSN content and services are planned to be back online by the end of the month.


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