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Free Games for All: PSN Store Back This Week

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Well, it’s been a long time coming, and it might be a little later than Sony anticipated, but the PlayStation Store is coming back.

Sony has announced that PlayStation Store service will be restored this week. Seen as one of the last steps in restoring full PSN service, the store was originally supposed to be back up before the end of May. Sony just missed that deadline by the skin of its teeth, though, as it last night announced that it hopes to have everything in working order for users in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia (excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea) by the week’s end. This week will also see the resumption of Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity.

Sony says it’s implemented "considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions" and thanked users for their patience and support.

"We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love," said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. "We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time."

Details for Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea as well as the remaining services on Qriocity will be announced as they become available.

Of course, this also means that customers don’t have to wait much longer to redeem their ‘Welcome Back’ packages from Sony. Everyone will get two free games and 30 free days of PlayStation Plus (existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will get 60 days free). Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days of free premium subscription while existing Music Unlimited Premium/Basic members will get 30 days plus time lost. PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items as a ‘welcome back,’ and Sony will be making a selection of movie rental titles available to PSN customers for one weekend (where Video Service is available).

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    alidan , June 2, 2011 5:42 AM
    dormantreignI still like Sony. But they needed a good kick in the balls.

    lets take a good look at why

    1 - they took out linux because a hacker said they may be able to pirate through it, not proven just MIGHT
    2 - they poed the hacker comunity which led them to figure out the ps3,
    3 - after figure out the ps3, they sued the hacker
    4 - after further enrageing the hacker, (and non hackers, who wants to wait 15 minutes every other damn day to go online) they decided to supena the ip addresses of everyone who went to his blog (some 5 million total)
    5 - this causes anon to go after them and the rest is history

    at step 1 and 2 they just made the hackers mad
    at 3 the hackers brought their steal toe spiked boots back as far as they could,
    at step 4 they decided not to kick, but back up, they need a running start
    at step 5 sony is left in a pool of its own vomit after going into shock, because one testicle just !#$%ing exploded, the other, though it had a sever case of testicular torsion, managed to pull through and not need to be removed.
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    mman74 , June 2, 2011 3:43 AM
    I know a lot of Xbox user will have a go at Sony. But as a PS3 user I am pleased that Sony is compensating me for not being able to access a service that they were providing to me for FREE.
    At worst someone has my email address. Even if they did get my card details, which is unlikely - card fraud is covered by the bank.
    Now I get two free games and a trial of Playstation Plus to look forward to.
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    adamboy64 , June 2, 2011 3:43 AM
    Woo! Free stuff.

    I ain't complaining.
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    aoneone , June 2, 2011 3:58 AM
    Same here. I was actually into PC multiplayer and a lot of reading LOL. I'm glad to go back to PSN.
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    bdcrlsn , June 2, 2011 4:45 AM
    I'll believe it when I see it.
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    dormantreign , June 2, 2011 5:17 AM
    I still like Sony. But they needed a good kick in the balls.
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    alidan , June 2, 2011 5:42 AM
    dormantreignI still like Sony. But they needed a good kick in the balls.

    lets take a good look at why

    1 - they took out linux because a hacker said they may be able to pirate through it, not proven just MIGHT
    2 - they poed the hacker comunity which led them to figure out the ps3,
    3 - after figure out the ps3, they sued the hacker
    4 - after further enrageing the hacker, (and non hackers, who wants to wait 15 minutes every other damn day to go online) they decided to supena the ip addresses of everyone who went to his blog (some 5 million total)
    5 - this causes anon to go after them and the rest is history

    at step 1 and 2 they just made the hackers mad
    at 3 the hackers brought their steal toe spiked boots back as far as they could,
    at step 4 they decided not to kick, but back up, they need a running start
    at step 5 sony is left in a pool of its own vomit after going into shock, because one testicle just !#$%ing exploded, the other, though it had a sever case of testicular torsion, managed to pull through and not need to be removed.
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    alhanelem , June 2, 2011 9:25 AM
    kinda sux i get nothing from this all because i got my ps3 on the day psn went down....
    since i didnt have a psn account BEFORE 21 April i get nothin...
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    back_by_demand , June 2, 2011 9:52 AM
    Sony can suck my balls, never wanted to use them before and now I never will.

    Their TVs suck ass, their Blurays players are not the best, their gaming community is not even in the top 3, their proprietary music players and memory stick formats are just a load of crap and their pricing structure would make even Steve Jobs blush.

    The only thing Sony is any good at is forcing other manufacturers to up their game and produce a better product at a cheaper price.

    Way to go.
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    rajaawad23 , June 2, 2011 12:43 PM
    wow! free games, free playstation plus for a month and also FREE delivery on ARMAINI sunglasses!cant be happier lol
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    techguy911 , June 2, 2011 12:46 PM
    Wow 2 free games that i already own and services that i will never use looks like class action law suit time for me.
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    valpanig , June 2, 2011 1:12 PM
    They can bribe some with free stuff, but they can't ever take our FREEdom !
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    JackFrost860 , June 2, 2011 1:17 PM
    dormantreignI still like Sony. But they needed a good kick in the balls.

    I think that thay just got a kick in the balls ;) 
  • 3 Hide
    macewrox , June 2, 2011 1:44 PM
    Man, ever since the PSN went down I've gotten a job, moved out of my parents house, and gotten a girl friend.

    I can't want to play again.
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    everygamer , June 2, 2011 1:55 PM
    So, does anyone else see all this that has happened to Sony as a good thing like I do. From a consumer perspective one would hope that all this effort means that they have a more robust security model in place now and will be more pro-active at keeping an eye on it.

    Sometimes you have to get burned to start doing things the right way.

    Now I wonder if all the companies (Microsoft/Google/Apple) have learned something from this and have started re-evaluating their security models and procedures. I would hate to think that all they are doing is sitting back and scoffing at Sony when it should be viewed as a case of how important network security really is and at the very least protecting consumer data.

    Microsoft ... Apple ... Google ... pretty much anyone on the internet who has our credit card information take notice, you could be next.
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    everygamer , June 2, 2011 2:06 PM
    back_by_demandSony can suck my balls, never wanted to use them before and now I never will.Their TVs suck ass, their Blurays players are not the best, their gaming community is not even in the top 3, their proprietary music players and memory stick formats are just a load of crap and their pricing structure would make even Steve Jobs blush.The only thing Sony is any good at is forcing other manufacturers to up their game and produce a better product at a cheaper price.Way to go.


    Uh .. Sony is one of the top TV manufacturers in the world, likely the highest quality. Samsung provides the best quality for price but Sony has best overall quality.

    Blueray, bash it all you want, but technologically it was better than HD-DVD and that format is now dead. With the growth of streaming I am not sure how many more physical formats are going to exist beyond blue-ray but there are always people that want higher quality ... which means larger data formats .. which means a need for optical storage. I doubt you would want to wait for a 50GB movie to stream to your TV, and those guys out there with the 60 inch TV's don't want to sacrifice quality so they want their blue-rays.

    I have never had an issue with the playstation network when it comes to playing games online. The Xbox 360's social networking and game matchup features are better but that goes along with the old saying "you pay for what you get". Xbox costs $$ PS3 was free. The PS3's strengths have been in its ability to be a multimedia device (Blue-ray, streaming video, game/movie/tv purchases, standards complaince with streaming servers) and Xbox strengths have been online gaming and social networking. The newer black xbox closed that gap a bit since its not as loud when playing DVDs.

    Comparing anyone in the MP3 market to Apple is a waste of time at this point, Sony and other manufacturers created MP3 products because in that market there is pressure that when there is a cool type of product, every company has to put one on the market, even if they know they have no change of pulling down the top dog (apple=ipod=top dog). I doubt sony ever really looked at the that market seriously in fact you can see them distancing themselves from music and into video technology over the last 10 years (TV / Blue-ray / high quality sound equipment / etc)

    Sony hardly knows how to make anything cheaper than anyone else.
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    captaincharisma , June 2, 2011 2:50 PM
    techguy911Wow 2 free games that i already own and services that i will never use looks like class action law suit time for me.


    LMAO first you have to see if your parents will cover your legal fees to sue sony because you were unable to play your precious call of duty for a few weeks
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    i7Rocks , June 2, 2011 4:54 PM
    mobrocketBingo... its that and the new cards they setup in your name you and u to prove the charges werent you... PSN was "free" but you did pay for it when you bought the system... just cus xbox charges you for it directly doesnt make the others "free" its just bundle in the cost of the game / system..


    When you guys grow up and actually are able to get credit cards and take out loans you will discover that it takes a SSN to do anything, and of course that is not information sony has so not sure how you assume people can take you name and magically end up with credit cards in your name. Its ok, we were all dumb kids once, maybe talk to your parents about how credit works.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , June 2, 2011 5:25 PM
    Good move Sony +1
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2011 6:52 PM
    @i7Rocks

    Whats the bet the crooks can obtain your SSN based upon personal information that might have been compromised, it's relatively easy to trick a service representative into believing your someone else just by answering a few 'secure questions', with 65% of your identity a crook could quite easily recreate/obtain the other 35%

    but im pretty sure your SSN is impenetrably secure, i mean how many institutions have access to your SSN right.......
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    techguy911 , June 2, 2011 9:05 PM
    captaincharismaLMAO first you have to see if your parents will cover your legal fees to sue sony because you were unable to play your precious call of duty for a few weeks


    I am already talking to a lawyer to see if there is one in works if not i will start one and no im 46 ,single and no kids and own my own computer business and both parents are dead i would have to use a ouija board.

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