PSN Welcomes me Back….Finally!

We knew it was coming, we just weren’t sure when.

Today my inbox was delighted to receive the official email from PSN regarding the return of the PSN store and the start of their “Welcome Back” program.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Welcome Back program for users of Sony’s Play Station Network is an effort to appease upset after a major security breach that put personal information (including passwords and credit card info) in the hands of hackers.

For the most part I have stayed away from discussion about this controversial breach of trust and how I felt as a customer. Suffice to say Sony felt the need to extend an apology to consumers and the Welcome Back program is an extension of that apology.

The email sounded a little something like this:

Dear MyaSharona,

Thanks for your patience and continued support during our service outage. To show you how
much we value that, we want to let you know about our “Welcome Back” appreciation program:

Two Free PS3 Games
Select two PS3™ games from the following list:
(yours to keep*)

  • Dead Nation
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super StarDust HD
  • WipeOut HD Bundle

Two Free PSP Games
Download two PSP® games from the following list:
(yours to keep*)


  • Killzone: Liberation
  • Little Big Planet
  • ModNation Racers
  • Pursuit Force

PlayStation®Plus—30 Days Free**
A premium subscription service that gets you access to free games, huge discounts and great exclusives.


100 Free Virtual Items 
To welcome users Home, PlayStation®Home will be offering 100 free virtual items.


This is our way of saying thank you for being a loyal fan. And once again, welcome back to PlayStation®Network.

The PlayStation®Network Team

If you have not yet received your email I would wager that it is on it’s way. With the free access to the PlayStation Plus service, I can’t help but wonder how many will continue the service even after the trial period. Is this a case of win/win?
With E3 literally around the corner I tend to think that Sony would be best to lay low after such a debacle and that instead of pushing the newest, the up and coming, that they enter into the next phase of damage control.  Of course what I think should happen is rarely what actually happens and so I wait with piqued curiosity as we approach anticipated major announcements.
But back to the question at hand. Sony’s Welcome Back program is providing us with some free, albeit old, content. Of the games available for you on your PS3 console, which ones did YOU download?


If you took advantage of the PS+ service, PSP downloads, or PS Home items, I’d love to hear from you as well.


Don’t forget that with the Welcome Back program:

  • You can download the available content on up to five activated systems that are associated with the PlayStation Network account.
  • Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.

About Sharon

Sharon is an artist who freelances in illustration, graphics, and web content. Be sure to follow her on twitter @myasharona and catch her as co-host of podcast The DPOD From The D-Pad.

Posted on June 4, 2011, in PlayStation 3, Video Games and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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