PlayStation Network returns next week, PSN users getting ‘welcome back’ gifts

It’s been ten days since the PlayStation Network was shut down by Sony due to what the company called “external intrusion,” or what the rest of us call a “hack”.

In that time, pissed-off gamers have been unable to play games or stream music and video via PSN, millions of credit card numbers may have been compromised, and some consumers have brought lawsuits against Sony. It’s not been Sony’s best week, let’s put it that way. But things are looking up.

For a start, the PSN will be back next week. In a Tokyo press conference, Sony confirmed the service would be making a phased return, with the following available (from some unspecified point) in the coming days:

• Online play across the PS3 and PSP (including 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 (not that Home’s four users will notice, amirite)
• Friend Lists
• Chat Functionality

Not only that, but the company also announced the ‘Welcome Back’ program, essentially a bunch of free gifts it’ll be giving existing PSN users. These include:

• Selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download – specific details to be announced.
• Qriocity subscribers to get 30 days free service.
• All existing PSN customers to get 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.

Discosean21 will be pleased.

[Via PlayStation Blog]

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