Since last month Sony has teased how it fully intends to make it up to PSN users who were forced to sit through the online network's over-extended downtime, resulting from a massive security breach that saw hackers make off with the personal details tied to millions of compromised PSN accounts.
With the grand re-opening of the PlayStation Store earlier this week, Sony today has at last officially launched its "Welcome Back" customer appreciation program. To recap, PSN users who signed up for their accounts before April 20th are entitled to two free game downloads for the PS3 and PSP each from the new "Welcome Back" section of the PS Store:
PS3 owners can pick two of the following games to download and keep forever:
- Dead Nation
- Super Stardust HD
- Wipeout HD + Fury
PSP users select two of the following games to claim for free:
- ModNation Racers
- Pursuit Force
- Killzone Liberation
PSN users will also get one month free access to PlayStation Plus through the Welcome Back section of the PS Store, to give them a taste of the premium subscription benefits they could be enjoying. Sony reassures that this free month of PlayStation Plus membership will not attempt to auto-renew itself by charging your credit card behind your back. Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers meanwhile will see their membership periods extended by an additional 60 days at no extra charge.
All PSN users are entitled to 100 bonus virtual items for use in PlayStation Home, though Sony will still need to roll these out for digital download assuming you care enough about Home. Perhaps more interesting then are the free "On Us" streaming movie rentals available for PSN users this weekend only, whenever the Video service goes live anyways.
The Welcome Back program begins today, and runs until July 3rd, so grab the free games while you can!