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PSN 'Welcome Back' program details

Sony releases details about the PlayStation Network and Qriocity Customer Appreciation program for North America.

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Now that the PlayStation Network is back up and running, Sony has announced the details surrounding its promised 'Welcome Back' program for PSN and Qriocity in North America.

According to the announcement, the package "will be made available shortly after we have fully restored the service. More specific details about these offers and eligibility requirements will be posted as the services go live."

For starters, all PlayStation Network users can select two free games from the following list. (The games can be claimed for thirty days after PSN functionality is fully restored, and will be owned 'forever,' once claimed.)

    PS3 Games (pick 2)

    • Dead Nation

    • inFAMOUS

    • LittleBigPlanet

    • Super Stardust HD

    • Wipeout HD + Fury

PSP owners can also select two free PSP games from the following list. (The games can be claimed for thirty days after PSN functionality is fully restored, and will be owned 'forever,' once claimed.)

    PSP Games (pick 2)

    • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)

    • ModNation Racers

    • Pursuit Force

    • Killzone Liberation

Sony also detailed a handful of 'Welcome Back' goodies available to all PlayStation Network subscribers.

    For all PlayStation Network Subscribers

    • A selection of "On Us" rental movie titles will be available to PlayStation Network customers over one weekend, where Video Service is available. Those titles will be announced soon.

    • 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers.

    • Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.

    • Existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days of free premium subscription.

    • Additional 30 days + time lost for existing members of Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription free of charge for existing Premium/Basic members.

    • To welcome users Home, PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items. Additional free content will be released soon, including the next addition to the Home Mansion personal space, and Ooblag’s Alien Casino, an exclusive game.

"As a reminder, you will be able to access the above content shortly after services are fully restored," explains the announcement. "We are doing everything we can to make that happen as soon as possible."

From The Chatty

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    May 16, 2011 3:15 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, PSN and Qriocity Customer Appreciation Program detailed for North America.

    Sony releases details about the PlayStation Network and Qriocity Customer Appreciation program for North America.

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      May 16, 2011 3:19 PM

      Glad I didn't buy LBP or inFamous this week, was pretty close since they dropped so much in price.

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      May 16, 2011 3:33 PM

      Ah, I was hoping for one of the Uncharted games, but I will settle for inFamous and LBP.

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        May 16, 2011 3:55 PM

        Yeah, Uncharted 1 would have been nice. I finished 2 and it's just sitting around, guess I should trade it for the first one, but it's still 30.

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        May 16, 2011 4:05 PM

        i would have liked uncharted 1 or warhawk. i already own the 2 full titles

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      May 16, 2011 4:05 PM

      Smart move putting Infamous as one of the freebies. Get people playing the game and interested in the series, and when they finish Infamous 2 will be.

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        May 16, 2011 4:13 PM

        Frankly, all of the offered games are solid choices. They're all well regarded, and there's a enough variety in the genres to suit most tastes.

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          May 16, 2011 4:22 PM

          Yeah they are all good choices.. of course I own 4 of the 5 PS3 games already (Don't have Dead Nation)... so not really a good offer for people like me.

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            May 16, 2011 4:36 PM

            Yeah same thing for me. Hopefully Dead Nation is good!

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      May 16, 2011 4:21 PM

      So what game do I get if I've already got LBP?

      inFamous and.....?

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        May 16, 2011 4:29 PM

        I've had my PS3 since it's release and Super Stardust HD was my first PSN game.. I still go back and play it sometimes. If you like twin-stick shooters it's really good (and pretty). It's not too difficult to learn, but challenging to master.

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      May 16, 2011 4:34 PM

      what the hell do i pick if i own all those titles? (from the ps3 list)
      bleh... i wish they had more choices to pick from
      =/

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      May 16, 2011 4:38 PM

      damnit, Modnations is for psp only....

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        May 16, 2011 11:54 PM

        Yeah, would've really loved to pick this one up for PS3.

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          May 17, 2011 8:29 AM

          MNR is pretty fun if you can overlook the load times

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          May 18, 2011 7:43 AM

          me too, I was hoping it would be the PS3 version

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      May 16, 2011 4:51 PM

      sweet. ill take LBP and InFamous. but Sony isnt gonna get my money anymore off PSN. they failed big time in my opinion. gonna take a while to regain my trust.

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        May 18, 2011 7:44 AM

        I am also getting LBP and inFAMOUS, we will see how the new security measures hold up

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      May 16, 2011 4:54 PM

      I can't decide what games to get! I don't think I am interested in inFamous or Dead Nation, so I have the final three to choose two from.

      LittleBigPlanet
      Super Stardust HD
      Wipeout HD + Fury

      Which of these two should I get? Is Super Stardust really awesome or is LBP1 not worth it since LBP2 is out there? Then again I don't know how much I care about Wipeout either, I love the demo but I dunno how much I will like the full game.

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        May 16, 2011 5:01 PM

        I loved inFamous, you should reconsider if you love open-world kinda games.

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          May 16, 2011 5:28 PM

          I do normally, but I am kind of sick of them at the moment, and the little bit of inFamous that I have played did not suck me in at all. I think LBP is a no brainer for me, but now I can't decide between Stardust and Wipeout.

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            May 16, 2011 8:48 PM

            infamous takes a while to get a feel for

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            May 17, 2011 10:00 AM

            They are very different games. Wipeout is a racer, Stardust is an arcade shooter. I have put way more time into wipeout.

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      May 16, 2011 5:00 PM

      So if I own LBP and inFamous, which 2 of the other 3 would you guys recommend?

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        May 16, 2011 8:42 PM

        This is my dilemma, one that I'm sure many others share. Most PS3 users already own those games.

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      May 16, 2011 5:29 PM

      anybody recommend dead nation? I already have infamous and plan on getting wipeout

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        May 16, 2011 7:04 PM

        Not a lot of replay value but it was pretty fun.

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      May 16, 2011 8:43 PM

      This is the topper in the cake. These are GREAT games being offered. I think Sony has done an amazing job digging their way out of the hole. I wrote on Sonys' perfect timing with all this in my blog this morning.
      http://geeklyupdate.blogspot.com/2011/05/pr-and-psn.html

      They have dodged a huge bullet with this one.

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      May 16, 2011 10:07 PM

      So can I get the two PS3 as well as the two PSP games since I have both?

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      May 17, 2011 12:11 AM

      The game selection is slightly different for European users:

      http://www.videogamer.com/news/sony_details_free_welcome_back_ps3_psp_games.html

      For the PS3, Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty replaces Super Stardust HD.

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      May 17, 2011 8:03 AM

      Not to be that guy, but I'd of rather had a 10 dollar credit put to my account to be able to put towards anything. I'd have probably just grabbed a "premium" theme so when netflix or my bluray starts I see something pretty for a minute =) Otherwise, I wasn't really interested in these games 2 years ago(or whenever each title popped out). Anyways, hate at me now because I don't like what you do =P

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        May 17, 2011 8:19 AM

        No I agree, giving people credit is a better idea. Dunno about only $10 but basically it gives people more choice, and would also encourage people to put the credit towards bigger purchases too.

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          May 17, 2011 8:27 AM

          I'm thinking $25 is the sweet spot.

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          May 17, 2011 5:26 PM

          Yeah the 10 was kinda just the 1st number that popped in my melon, but it would get people in the store using it again, or shit maybe even use it for the 1st time. Thought I was going to be pounded into oblivion because "its free you crying dummy" or something of the likes. Oh well, this is what we get though.

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      May 17, 2011 8:53 AM

      FREE GAMES!!!! Thanks Sony!!!

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      May 17, 2011 8:13 PM

      Just got inFamous when it was price dropped to $10 at bestbuy last week so I guess that's out. But I haven't played anything else so I have some options. Just feel kind of jipped picking an arcade title over a AAA title like inFamous for my second choice...

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      May 17, 2011 8:35 PM

      When can we pick these games up? When the store is no longer down?

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      May 17, 2011 9:54 PM

      UGH...the PSP titles are horrible. Would have preferred GOW: Ghost of Sparta, or even Patapon. Seriously. Killzone Liberation?!? Plus two more watered-down versions of PS3 hits? No thanks. Will definitely take InFamous and Dead Nation, though.