Sony’s ‘Welcome Back’ Package For PSN Users Includes Free Games

  @ibtimes on May 16 2011 5:45 PM

With Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity services officially back online, the company has sent out complete details on its Welcome Back package.

The package, available to existing registered PlayStation Network and Qriocity users in North America (US and Canada), will be made available shortly after the service is fully restored. It includes free games, free movie rentals, 30 free days of PlayStation Plus, a free month of subscription for subscribers to PlayStation Plus and Qriocity's Music Unlimited and 100 free virtual items.

For PS3 Users, they will be able to two download, for free, two of the following five games: Dead Nation, inFAMOUS LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, Wipeout HD + Fury.  PSP users will be able to download two of the following four games: LittleBigPlanet (PSP), ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation. The games will be available during a 30-day period after its restored; and can be kept forever.

The Welcome Back package comes after Sony has suffered one of the most difficult months in its history after a hacker infiltrated its online services database and accessed customer information. The hack forced Sony to shut down its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services from April 20 to May 15.

We developed the program as an expression of our gratitude for your patience, support and continued loyalty during the service outage. From all of us at PlayStation, thank you and welcome back! Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications and social media, said in a blog post.

Over the weekend, Sony also announced a few new security related measures available for its consumers. Its Welcome Back package includes free identity theft monitoring from Debix. It will also offer $1 million in insurance for users who have been victimized by identity theft.

For PSN and Qriocity users; is the Welcome Back package enough for not having the services for a month? Or do you feel it's a fair compensation? Feel free to weigh in under the comments section.

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