Sony's Good Will Gesture is 30 Days Free Playstation Plus

#1 Edited by N7 (3580 posts) -

Notes handed out before a Sony press conference today (timed so conveniently at 1am EDT in the US, and noon on the Sunday of Golden Week in Japan) reveal that Sony plans to offer free downloads of unidentified "content," 30 days of free PlayStation Plus access to new and existing members, and 30 days of free Qriocity service. The paper also says that PSN service will be restored "soon."

Source: Joystiq.

The official thing hasn't started yet, but that should be interesting news to some. What do you guys think?

EDIT: The live stream can be found here(Thanks KaosAngel)

http://www.irwebcasting.com/live/110501/02/293c6325f4/index.html    

EDIT 2: Official Press Release VIA The Playstation Blog
#2 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -

wow Joystiq rocker Reuters on this one. What Reuters said:

Sony said it would resume some PlayStation Network services this week and offer some free content to attract users back after a huge security breach that allowed the theft of personal information belonging to 77 million accounts.

Sony also said that it would create the post of Chief Information Security Officer and put in place stronger data encryption measures to bolster its protection of user information.


   
#3 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

People still gonna bitch, so I shall gladly read them under my post.

No complaints.

#4 Posted by s7evn (1072 posts) -

I'm curious about free "content". Playstation Plus and Qriocity don't really interest me though. I'll be happy to play online again.

#5 Posted by Centimani (550 posts) -

I'm not sure what else they could give. How happy I am with this depends on what kind of "content" is on offer.

#6 Posted by Surkov (992 posts) -

Also from Mark MacDonald's twitter: 


"PR in Sony conference packet says PSN back up "this week", PS3 to have forced system update that requires password change before login"
#7 Posted by npeterson08 (502 posts) -

I think people will want a free game... But honestly they have nothing to complain about.

#8 Edited by awesomeusername (4168 posts) -

Damnit, I'm not getting my PS3 until I graduate which is June. I'll have to go to my friends house everyday and get on.


@N7: You have to update your mini bio.
#9 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2430 posts) -

Cant believe people are actually bitching about this, a free service went down for a little while, get over it, their giving us free downloads and 30 day trials to Playstation plus and Qriocity. I think that should be a good enough apology.

#10 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

30 days of free Plus. Will they mention that any of the "free" games that you get on Plus become unaccessible if your membership expires?


"Here's free Playstation Plus and all those free games that come with it, but if you want to KEEP those games, you have to sign up and start paying" LMAO
#11 Posted by N7 (3580 posts) -
@McGhee_the_Insomniac:  I imagine it's like a free trial of Gamefly. Once it ends, you have you send your games back.

It gives people an incentive to keep the service.
#12 Posted by crusader8463 (14419 posts) -

I'm sure it will probably have some kind of catch like it's only for yanks. Doesn't interest me at all any way, as the service doesn't offer anything that I care about. I guess it's better then nothing?

#13 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@BigBoss1911 said:
" Cant believe people are actually bitching about this, a free service went down for a little while, get over it, their giving us free downloads and 30 day trials to Playstation plus and Qriocity. I think that should be a good enough apology. "
My god, it's not about PSN going down, it's about Sony having such bad security that our personal information is compromised. This has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with simply PSN being down.
#14 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -

Sony's press media site is getting hit hard, people really want to hear a flustered lady translate Kaz's speech in real time.

#15 Posted by N7 (3580 posts) -
@awesomeusername:  Oh man, I totally do. lol
#16 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@BigBoss1911 said:
" Cant believe people are actually bitching about this, a free service went down for a little while, get over it, their giving us free downloads and 30 day trials to Playstation plus and Qriocity. I think that should be a good enough apology. "
Did you not hear about the massive amount of personal info that was stolen and possibly credit card info? 
#17 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -
@N7 said:
" @McGhee_the_Insomniac:  I imagine it's like a free trial of Gamefly. Once it ends, you have you send your games back.It gives people an incentive to keep the service. "
That's what I'm laughing about. This is supposedly a "good will gesture" when it's really just an attempt to get more subscribers. Does Sony have any shame?
#18 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man: Sony just said there is no evidence of credit card numbers being accessed or of an customer damages related to the breach.

#19 Posted by BigBoss1911 (2430 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man said:
" @BigBoss1911 said:
" Cant believe people are actually bitching about this, a free service went down for a little while, get over it, their giving us free downloads and 30 day trials to Playstation plus and Qriocity. I think that should be a good enough apology. "
Did you not hear about the massive amount of personal info that was stolen and possibly credit card info?  "
Has there been any legitiment reports of people having money taken from their credit cards?
#20 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

Way to be vague yet again, Sony. Can you please just tell us what the free content is, for Christ's sake?

#21 Posted by ChristianCastillo (1178 posts) -
@npeterson08 said:
" I think people will want a free game... But honestly they have nothing to complain about. "
Except for the possibility that their credit card information may have been stolen but that's no biggie, right?
#22 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Punk1984 said:
" @The_Laughing_Man: Sony just said there is no evidence of credit card numbers being accessed or of an customer damages related to the breach.

"
@BigBoss1911 said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:
" @BigBoss1911 said:
" Cant believe people are actually bitching about this, a free service went down for a little while, get over it, their giving us free downloads and 30 day trials to Playstation plus and Qriocity. I think that should be a good enough apology. "
Did you not hear about the massive amount of personal info that was stolen and possibly credit card info?  "
Has there been any legitiment reports of people having money taken from their credit cards? "
Having your home address. personal questions. Log in info and all that is a big deal as well. 
#23 Posted by awesomeusername (4168 posts) -
@N7: Mine is awesome and doesn't need change, ;D
#24 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -
@ChristianCastillo:  There is no evidence that credit card info was taken
@The_Laughing_Man: I understand you're point i just want to bite the whole credit card thing in the butt since it has caused people to go a little nuts
#25 Posted by N7 (3580 posts) -
@Punk1984:  Exactly. The guy just said that they wanted to let people know that they could be compromised, but there is no evidence whatsoever of any actually being compromised.

Although, this website is getting hit pretty hard. It has to buffer every six seconds. I can hardly understand what's going on.
#26 Edited by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@Punk1984 said:

" @The_Laughing_Man: Sony just said there is no evidence of credit card numbers being accessed or of an customer damages related to the breach.

"

They also just said they want you to throughly check their credit card statement, and check their purchase history, and change all of your passwords. It doesn't matter if they said theres no evidence, they still acknowledge that's it's a possibility. 
#27 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@Punk1984 said:
" @ChristianCastillo:  There is no evidence that credit card info was taken
@The_Laughing_Man: I understand you're point i just want to bite the whole credit card thing in the butt since it has caused people to go a little nuts
"
Credit cards are easily fixed. Call the bank. Course now that people has your address that info can be used. Also banks a wile ago said the credit card info was safe because of encryption. 
#28 Posted by Andorski (5240 posts) -
@BigBoss1911 said:
" @The_Laughing_Man said:
" @BigBoss1911 said:
" Cant believe people are actually bitching about this, a free service went down for a little while, get over it, their giving us free downloads and 30 day trials to Playstation plus and Qriocity. I think that should be a good enough apology. "
Did you not hear about the massive amount of personal info that was stolen and possibly credit card info?  "
Has there been any legitiment reports of people having money taken from their credit cards? "
How would one know?  CC fraud happens often, and people give their CC information over the internet enough that I doubt one could trace the exact place where that information was stolen over the web,

And that shouldn't matter.  The mere fact that Sony cannot vouch for their members' information being private is in itself a failure.  As an example, just because Michael Jackson didn't drop the baby he was dangling over the side of the window doesn't mean that crazy ass didn't caused any harm.

May he rest in peace.
#29 Posted by Surkov (992 posts) -
@PrivateIronTFU: 
The press conference is set to start any minute now(which should theoretically address this).
All of this is speculation at the moment. 
#30 Edited by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -
#31 Posted by Andorski (5240 posts) -
@PrivateIronTFU said:
" Way to be vague yet again, Sony. Can you please just tell us what the free content is, for Christ's sake? "
My guess/hope is that the content they are giving isn't just first party stuff, so they have to discuss with other publishers/developers what will be given free and how they will be reimbursed.

Free PSN+ and Quiosity (sp? for that stupid name) isn't much for people who don't already use those services, but a free game would be a nice gesture.  I made a comment in another thread that all that Sony would have to do to keep me content is a free game and better security for my information, so this current offer is good to me as long as the free content is good.
#32 Posted by rjayb89 (7720 posts) -

I'm alright with that. I was never hoping for anything in recompense in the first place.

Online
#33 Posted by npeterson08 (502 posts) -
@Punk1984 said:
" @ChristianCastillo:  There is no evidence that credit card info was taken"
Everybody agrees, Sony seriously needs to buckle down on their security. Also, this ^
#34 Posted by carlthenimrod (1593 posts) -

Can't say I really give a shit about a free month of PS+ or Qriocity. I'll be interested to see what this free download will be. My guess is it will be something shitty like a rental of Spider-Man 3. Whoopie!

#35 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -
@CL60: It is also a possibility that your credit card info was stolen from any number of sources and circumstances; there is no evidence that it was stolen from Sony.
#36 Posted by N7 (3580 posts) -

Two things just to point out before I forget:

Sony will pay the fee for replacement credit cards.

Sony has not had any reports of stolen credit cards.

#37 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -

Might actually turn on my PS3 now.

#38 Edited by RsistncE (4496 posts) -
@npeterson08: @Punk1984: Uh actually Sony didn't say that. They said they weren't sure if credit card information was stolen which is not at all like the statement, "There is no evidence that credit card information was stolen." Additionally a few news outlets reported last week that there was a leaked database of credit card numbers from PSN users floating around, so it seems that there indeed is some evidence that credit card numbers were stolen.

EIther way, the point is that Sony did a shit job of protecting the personal information of it's clients and should be held responsible for it. End of story. The least the can do is offer up some free stuff to those clients as a form of apology.
#39 Edited by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@Punk1984 said:

" @CL60: It is also a possibility that your credit card info was stolen from any number of sources and circumstances; there is no evidence that it was stolen from Sony. "

And your point? People hacked Sonys servers and Sony doesn't know if your credit cards were stolen or not.  Why does anything else matter?

Other personal information WAS stolen.
#40 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -
@Surkov said:
" @PrivateIronTFU: 
The press conference is set to start any minute now(which should theoretically address this).
All of this is speculation at the moment. 
"
Oh, gotcha.
#41 Posted by Raven_Sword (3442 posts) -

Honestly, im kinda getting my multiplats on 360 more anyway due to them being better over there, but I still play PS3 for exclusives and all that, so I hope they can come back from this.
#42 Posted by Th3_James (2576 posts) -

Well, since I haven't really played anything on my ps3 in almost a year, i don't really care about playstation plus. Still, they fucked up on this pretty bad.



#43 Edited by 617_jbug (343 posts) -

so PSN store will not be up this week?

#44 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -
@CL60: My point is that they have no evidence that the credit card info was stolen so...it wasn't. Why do I always get into this with you?
#45 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -
@Punk1984 said:
" @CL60: My point is that they have no evidence that the credit card info was stolen so...it wasn't. Why do I always get into this with you? "
And who cares if they said they currently have no evidence? They also told us that it's possible and told us to closely check our credit card statements and check our purchase history. So clearly they don't know.
#46 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

They need better translators for this press conference.

#47 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -
@RsistncE: There is a press conference going on right now with Sony explaining what happened. They've said there is no evidence the credit card database was even accessed. Calm down. Yes Sony needs to make amends for this information theft. They are you're getting free content and a free month of PS+ and Qriosity (sp? gawd that name blows, I'm just calling it Music Unlimited)
#48 Posted by Raven_Sword (3442 posts) -

I would like to get a informal poll from people posting here on wether or not this Data breach will change their gaming habits on PS3?
#49 Posted by MightyDuck (1521 posts) -

Technically though, doesn't all PSN Plus content become unusable once your the service is not "re-upped."  So they'll be giving us content that we will lose in 30 days?

#50 Posted by Punk1984 (549 posts) -
@CL60: *heavy sigh* They didn't know for sure then and they erred on side of caution. (Something we should be glad they did) They've investigated it now and have found no evidence the Credit Card database was ever accessed. Stop trying to fear monger it doesn't get anyone anywhere.

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