The PlayStation Network has been in what can only be described as terrible state since its outage, caused by hackers, began on April 21st. However, things finally started to turn around on May 15th with the restoration of online play, chat services, PlayStation Home and the syncing of trophies.
The PlayStation Store and Qriocity services took a while longer and were recently resurrected on June 2nd.
As a gesture of good will and to apologise for the downtime, Sony have offered what they are referring to as the ‘Welcome Back’ programme. This allows anyone who was signed up for the PlayStation Network before the outage to not only get 30 free days with the PlayStation Plus service, but also claim a number of free games for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.
The full list of free games and instructions how to claim them can be found after the jump.
PS3 owners can choose two of the following games as a digital download:
- WipEout HD & Fury
- Dead Nation
- Ratchet & Clank: Quest For Booty
PSP owners have the added pleasure of also claiming two of the following games, once again as a digital download:
- ModNation Racers
- Pursuit Force
- LittleBigPlanet PSP
- Killzone Liberation
In order to get your free titles you’ll have to go on the PlayStation Store and select ‘PlayStation 3 Free Games’ – which can be found under the ‘Welcome Back’ category. Once this has been selected you are taken to a screen where you can select your chosen titles.
While this may seem relatively straightforward, if you exit the store the content often disappears. Fortunately the EU PlayStation blog have offered a solution to any problems people are having.
So what’s your view on the PlayStation Network service being down? Have Sony handled the whole situation well and offered up enough compensation for your liking? Or has this hack, along with continued attacks on other Sony services made you lose trust in the brand?