Sony Announces Welcome Back Gifts And Secure PlayStation Network After Crash
BY TREVOR – MAY 5, 2011
POSTED IN: TABLETS
At a hastily called press conference this past weekend, Sony apologized profusely to its PlayStation Network (PSN) users and announced a much more secure network, safer than ever from hackers and server crashes. But they didn’t stop there. As a thank you to PS 3 gamers and PSN customers for their loyalty, Sony has an entire “Welcome Back” program in place to ensure they lose little or no market share in the competitive video game console market.
Free content download, as well as a free 30 day membership to PlayStation Plus, is being offered to those users who sign back up to the popular PSN. For those of you unaware of the problems the Japanese company is referring to, Sony had its PSN system crashed by hackers looking to obtain sensitive, personal user data, and it was down for several days. For those diehard gamers out there, that is an eternity without access to their favorite games, and many formerly pasty white video game junkies are now sporting a fresh, healthy look and sun-burn due to their unfamiliar sojourn out of doors.
PlayStation bigwig Kaz Hirai said that the “criminal act against our network” ended up teaching the company how to better defend against such attacks in the future, and noted that the system is now more secure than ever before. Also, he stated that all user info will be stored on a separate, even more highly encrypted and firewalled databank from the gaming system itself.
A slow rollout of PSN services will take place this week, and the restoration of gaming is the first step. Following that will come Qriocity Music, access to purchased movie rentals, your friends list, chat and PlayStation Home and account management rollouts.
The Welcome Back program will obviously be tailored to specific markets, but all markets will share some main benefits. Each territory will have a specific amount and type of content for free downloading made available. All existing PSN users will get 30 days free PS Plus premium service, and current PS Plus members will get their next 30 days for free.
The Music Unlimited service offered by Qriocity will grant 30 days free service to subscribers as well, in the countries where it is offered, and other details about the other services will be released as they become available. Check back here for more information as we hear from Sony on the particulars.
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