Sony Europe Plans To Make Good On PSN Downtime

Sony will apologise to its PlayStation Network account holders in Europe by handing out free games, the company announced on its official blog today, while it sorts out the logistics of its identity theft protection program. So, what will you get, Europe?

"We will be offering PSN users the opportunity to select two PS3 games from a list of five, as well as offering PSP users the opportunity to choose two games from a list of four," writes Sony Computer Entertainment Europe communications head Nick Caplin. "We will let you know exactly what games are available very soon."

SCEE has been generous in the past with giveaway games, handing out free first-party titles to PSPgo investors in 2009. We would expect first-party downloadable titles to be on offer as part of the "Welcome Back" effort too.

Yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment America outlined its plans to offer free identity theft protection to its PlayStation Network members for up to a year. SCEA said it's working on its make-good program, "evaluating ways to show appreciation for your extraordinary patience as we work to get these services back online".

The PlayStation Network has been offline since April 20 and is expected to return in some capacity by the end of this week.

SCEE's Identity Theft Protection Offering []


    So would that apply to us in Australia too? Or will there be some separate announcement for us? Presumably telling us we get nothing because Sony (and, indeed, the entire games industry) hates us?

      America gets a year worth of identity theft protection, europe get a few free games, Australia gets a note that due to the expense of repairing the PSN, the cost of games will increase to $130...

    yes playstation says it has been down sence april 20, why have i been out of service sence april 17?

    tired of no gameing why did i waste my money on this ps3? think its time to turn it into a boat ancor!what a waste!!!!

      No gaming? The PSN being down has no affect on the extensive library of fantastic single player games on the console.

      Better off selling it instead and investing in some grammar classes.

    Hmm, We're PAL region, but we're not on completely the same network as PSN Europe, not sure if this will reach us in Australia. Hopefully it will.

      I thought that we actually were on the same network. We share the same PS Home server.... but yeah, will just have to wait and see what happens.

    I've got PSN accounts for most regions. I wonder if I can download free stuff for every one of my accounts?

    hmm its too bad that inFamous 2/L.A. Noire aren't out yet, since they are good single player games. I've become so bored that I'm getting one of the last endings for heavy rain.

    For those not sure about which PSN regions this offer applies, it definitely includes Australia & New Zealand as it clearly states AU & NZ at the top of the blog entry mentioned(see

    What if you are an active games purchaser, and already own the games being offered for free?

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