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Sony details PS3, PSP Welcome Back program post PSN restore
by Marcus Lai

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Sony Corp. this week detailed the Welcome Back customer appreciation initiative for Playstation 3 and PSP owners following restoration of the Playstation Network this week.

All PSN customers can select two PS3 titles for 30 days after the Playstation Store is restored. Titles include Dead Nation, Infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD + Fury.

PSP owners can download two titles for 30 days after the Playstation Store is online. Titles include LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Killzone Liberation.

In addition, PSN users will receive select rental movie titles, 30 days of Playstation Plus membership, 60 days of free subscription for existing Plus members, 30 days of free premium subscription to Qriocity Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members, 30 days plus time lost to Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription; and 100 free virtual items for Playstation Home.

Sony this week restored the Playstation Network division in the U.S.

On Sun., Sony said service was restored in the UK, Ireland, Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and South America .

Restoration includes sign-in to the Playstation Network and Qrocity division, including password reset; restoration of online gameplay across the PS3 and PSP; playback of rental video content; access to third-party services like Netflix and Hulu; Friends functionality, and Playstation Home.

The company said it has implemented new and additional security measures, including updating and adding advanced security technologies, additional software monitoring and penetration and vulnerability testing, and increased levels of encryption and additional firewalls.

The new Firmware 3.61 is a mandatory update that will require PSN users to change their password prior to login of the network.

The company expects to have service fully restored by the end of May.

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