After getting hacked, having confidential customer data stolen, and spending close to a month offline, Sony was sure to have lost a few fans. Sony’s offering of two free games for everyone and a free month of their PlayStation Plus and Qriocity services was an attempt at making amends for the debacle. It’s six weeks after coming back online, and at a shareholders meeting earlier today Sony said that 90% of PS3 owners have returned.
In reality, I’m thinking they should’ve said something along the lines of “90% of PS3 owners have returned to claim their free games,” since this really isn’t a solid way of understanding the effect the PS3′s downtime had on its user base. I’d much rather know how much of a decrease the number of people playing online has been since the incident, but I’m 90% sure I won’t get an answer to that. What I can get an answer to is how many of you have returned, and if you have, was it only to claim your rewards or have you actually played online and/or used the PS Store? READ MORE
The Playstation Network has been down for what seems like forever, though it has been about a month. Well, upon it’s triumphant (right?) return, they will be giving all those who suffered through the loss some free stuff. Honestly we should all be thankful we are getting anything at all. I know you couldn’t play your precious Call Of Duty which you don’t pay to play online. The only deserving ones are those who pay for the PS+ service.
They will be welcoming everyone back officially quite soon, and that’s when you will get a crack at your free stuff. The free items you will be lucky enough to receive are for the United States and Canada only. However those in EUROPE or LATIN AMERICA can read about their packages. Now head past the break to check out your free shit! READ MORE
For those who don’t already know, a little over a week ago the Playstation Network was hacked. What does that mean for you? Well the hackers now have all of your information. Whatever payment device you use to make your PSN purchases, your name, address, all that good stuff. They now have it.
So, keep an eye on that credit or debit card, maybe even consider canceling it, or asking for a card number change. Sony is now (finally) deciding to beef up their security. You can read about it HERE, and look below the article in the “see also” area for connecting articles. (A QUICK UPDATE FROM THE SEXY ADAM DODD) While our personal info was taken when PSN was hacked, all credit card info was encrypted. So while it’s still possible for hackers to find a way to get it, you probably don’t need to cancel your cards.