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Some PSN Services Return This Week, "Goodwill" Coming

If you're like most PlayStation 3 owners, you've been asking "when?" for quite some time now.

Well, Sony has issued a big update concerning the estimated return time for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. This update also includes some bonuses in a "welcome back" program.

Some PSN services will be restored this week, and all PS3s will receive a mandatory firmware update that requires users to change their Network passwords. Unfortunately, Sony boss Kaz Hirai said the PlayStation Store won't return until later in the month - which is bound to upset some people - but here's a list of what to expect this week:

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
  • This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

Sony also provided us with specific details concerning the attack, which happened at the company's data center in San Diego. Hirai reconfirmed the FBI's involvement in the case and as of now, it's "unclear" as to what the motive was behind the hacking. To make things safer, the company has tossed in more firewalls and added "enhanced levels of data protection and encryption." As for that "goodwill" Sony hinted at before-

The "welcome back" program will offer every PSN user a free month membership in PlayStation Plus, with current Plus members getting a free month as well. We'll also get "free entertainment content" downloads, although we don't have any details just yet. Well, that's not bad, right?

Tags: psn, psn outage, psn update, playstation network

5/1/2011 8:56:37 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (135 posts)

mid10smaradoarg
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 9:49:33 PM
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Finally!!!!

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Jed
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 1:33:44 AM

Loving that pic

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THE-GAMER
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 9:50:53 PM
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THANK YOU SONY !!!!!

love tha ps plus free month

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marcusfrommo
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 9:53:00 PM
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They announced that at 1 am today. Just saying. But what good is free ps plus without the ps3 store being open? Or will it be open?

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kraygen
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 9:55:33 PM

Ben has to sleep at some point.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:02:42 PM

You should still get all of the other features of Plus, like the cloud saves. And the Store is estimated to be back online within a month, so you should still end up with those freebies and discounts. Just sayin'

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SayWord
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:16:52 PM

There also might be a chance it would start when the store does go back online.

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CoolBLKguy
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:56:06 PM

Exactly. He has to sleep, eat, sex up his girlfriend and/or masturbate and actually play some games.

Last edited by CoolBLKguy on 5/1/2011 11:56:57 PM

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Godslim
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:11:28 AM

bens no superman lol

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parasitic
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:50:12 AM

Some services are restored this week like listed in the article. However normal PSN will resume soon after. I'm sure it won't take them a month to get PS3 store back up so you will be able to take full advantage of PS Plus.

I'm pleased about the news though although I will be back in my university home, so PS3 stays in my family home... I guess I will have to state clear orders to them to download every single freebie for me :D

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Gimmedat
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 7:46:26 AM

This was actually announced on May 1st.Either way this is great news,cant wait to get back to KZ3.So dont complain embrace what is coming back,and big ups to the demise of OBL.Yeah its a human death but it was by far justified,the man was a monster!

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LittleBigMidget
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 9:56:24 PM
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Bin laden is dead


Anyway, freakin' finally. Can't wait to get back on MK online

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The Doom
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:43:36 PM

Well, that's one villain put away for good. YOU'RE NEXT ZEUS!!!

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:46:02 PM

They should put Bin Laden in MK. I would practice all my fatalities on him.

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Douchebaguette
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 6:13:57 AM

That's messed up. I thought you were referring to the hacker and then a news flash popped up.

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kraygen
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 9:57:14 PM
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This is good news, be glad to be able to chat with friends again and getting a free month of ps+ is nice.

Personally I don't think Sony owed us anything, but I'm not surprised. That's just how they are and that's great because it's great customer service.

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rogers71
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 7:05:03 PM

Is it just me or is Sony really not out anything by giving everyone a free month of PS+.

Think about it. The people that get a free month, get some free games and avatars or themes, then when the month is up, all the games, avatars and themes go away.

I guess it is a way for Sony to show people what they have been missing by not buying the PS+ but I don't think it is any kind of goodwill gift either. That's just me.

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Lawless SXE
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 9:58:22 PM
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Yay! I suppose this means that the headlines will no longer be dominated by doom and gloom about the PSN and we can resume normal services. Sure, it won't really be back to normal until all services are functional, but it's a step.
>.>
Yeah, that really is my biggest concern with this whole affair. :S
Peace.

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Kiryu
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:06:00 PM
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PS+ for one month Thank u Sony.
Playstation Forever.

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tes37
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:07:39 PM
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I think this is overly generous of Sony giving away free content. I was a returning customer anyway and I hope Sony realizes that not everyone was crying for free stuff. I wish Sony the best with their network and I'm looking forward to having regular service restored.

LOL at Hezzron's reference to Osama Bin Laden the other day and now he's dead.
Osama... that is.

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Highlander
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:30:07 PM

Indeed. Terrorists deserve only one outcome.

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Hezzron
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 8:35:32 AM

Bin Laden's death being announced around the same time as PSN coming back on. Coincidence? Hmmm....

Man, that WAS weird...even for me!

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DirtySkillzHD
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:08:05 PM
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Ben ur only 27 hours late

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:08:20 AM

If you require minute to minute updates you could always try a site with a staff of more than 1.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:12:04 PM
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See, just like I said over a week ago,
(& even though Sony didn't need to do so), that they would do a "goodwill gesture"

+1 to Sony

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Riku994
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:13:33 PM
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Free PS+ will be fun.

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Killa Tequilla
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:15:48 PM
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Clarify " this week " please?

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BikerSaint
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:12:49 PM

Killa Tequilla,

The long clarification.....

If You can get on the PSN this Monday, then it's up.

If you can't, then it's down.

These same observations can also be applied to.....
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Sun

The short clarification....

Whenever it's up, then it's up.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:46:16 AM

C'mon guys...

What I meant...

Sony said on the 26th or 27th (not sure) they will bring PSN back up within a week, meaning by tues or wed...

Or this week meaning anywhere from mon - sun?

Does Sony mean by tuesday or by sunday?

Everyone keeps saying within a week, but noone knows what they are talking about...

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Fane1024
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:08:58 AM

Kaz said the initial (limited) version would be rolled out to the various regions and that the roll out would begin "shortly". Given that he said so around 24 hours ago, I would bet the first region (likely Japan) might go live any time now, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's Tuesday (or even later) before it's live everywhere.

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Temjin001
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:16:10 PM
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I wonder what the free downloadable goodies are. I wouldn't mind having a downloaded copy of ME2. hmmm hmmmm Sony? Maybe that's asking too much =p
That's fine, I can live with a I *heart* Sony PSN avatar.

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Fane1024
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:20:01 AM

Remember, the average month of PS Plus means at least 4 free games...and it's likely to be above-average, given that items originally set for release during the down time will be pushed forward.

The ones already scheduled for the next month or so include Crash Commando, Alien Zombie Death, Streets Of Rage 2, and Golden Axe 2, plus at least 1 PSOne classic.

I would bet Sony sweetens the pot a little, as well.

However, I wouldn't expect a full $60 (third-party!) game like ME2. :P



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Gamer Girl Gemo
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:16:55 PM
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I just realized something... If we're all getting PS+ when this comes back, doesn't that mean we need the PSstore in order to get those extra features?? Unless Sony means they'll start the 30 day thing after PSstore is back up. Otherwise that seems like kind of a waste... I'm excited to be able to have PS+ for a month, but won't the PSstore being down cut into that time? Just a thought...


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Killa Tequilla
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:28:23 PM

Im pretty sure it's after the Ps store is up, you have to activate + anyway so...

My theory with this is Sony is trying to get people to purchase Ps+ that normally wouldn't have in the 1st place. People will see that the service is worth it.

More people buy + = Money for Sony, people without + get free content.
It's a win - win.

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johnld
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:28:30 PM

maybe thats why sony is giving out free month of psn plus. they're making it up to plus subscribers and figured to extend it to everyone since they're thinking that the store will be done for about a month. its a good move too, they let people have a taste of what plus has to offer and lets them choose whether they want to keep it going for all the things we get.

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The Doom
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:27:12 PM
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I wonder this means better running servers and maybe cross game chat? They DID say chat functions

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Killa Tequilla
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:29:29 PM

... but they DIDN'T say Cross Game Chat.

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johnld
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:32:49 PM

give it up on the cross game chat already, no offense. we really dont need that feature in my opinion. would you rather have someone talking into you ear about a game while playing a different game? when i play, i want to immerse myself in the world. if its a really good game, i ignore everything. messages, chat invites, and game invites gets ignored. there are already chat features on the ps3 by the way. you can even do a video chat.

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Highlander
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:38:44 PM

It means that for a start they fully patched the Apache servers used to host PSN...known vulnerability!? Despite everything I've written about the security and encryption and hashing of data on PSN, the flaw in the armor turns out to be a patchable flaw? *sigh* I know that most organizations have many servers that are not fully patched, it's almost inevitable on a large network. On the other hand, if you know you are a target, you take precautions - like patching servers. Of course they were more than likely doing a global upgrade to patch the servers as part of the data center move. Which might explain the timing of the attack since the data center move was approaching fast. The attackers were clearly aware of the vulnerability, so they may have decided to attack while they felt the servers would remain vulnerable.

Let that be a lesson to all security professionals, patch all known vulnerabilities as soon as you know they are there and there is a patch available. If there is no patch do what you can to mitigate the vulnerability and remain vigilant.

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Beamboom
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 6:48:14 AM

@high: Yeah I know. I have no further comment on this topic really, only that it adds to my opinion about their former level of security.

Oh I can't help myself, gather your downthumbs, folks. Here goes: They were damn lucky if this was done by some hackers (Anonymous?) that just wanted to spank them. If this was done by (typically) russian industry hackers aiming for their customer database they would quite possibly have been above their heads in uglyness now. And that's probably why Homeland Security is on this case.
Keywords: Sloppy & unfocused.

However, creds en masse for the quality of their information flow from Sony lately. I think this is the work of the external consultants too, lets hope Sony have learnt from this - I think they must have.


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The Doom
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 7:18:33 AM

@johnld
But they did say 'chat' so there might be an upgrade/improvement coming by. If you don't want it, then don't use it. You don't have to join every invite and you can make your party invite only. Not a lot of features in general are 'needed', but don't you think it's cool to take to your friends no matter what game they're playing?

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Beamboom
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 8:46:30 AM

johnld: So just because you don't need it the rest of us should not want it, then?

The poor excuse of a chat that is there today disables the possibility to play *any* game. They could just as well remove it. I'd love a cross game chat, cause I got a lot of friends on my list, and I do not only play complex games that require me to focus on the game. Plus we could share experiences while playing the same single player game. Or whatever. I would love it, so would The Doom, so *we* really would enjoy such a feature. So just stfu, no offense.

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gangan19
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:35:01 PM
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don't need anything from Sony besides a case of Sam Adams summer ale, since summer is coming ;)

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pillz81
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:07:54 PM

I second that motion.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:35:06 PM
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Well, that's nice but utterly useless. I like to keep my games and play them when I have the time, what can I do with a bunch of stuff that expires in a month?

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Oyashiro
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:01:08 PM

The only things the expire with the PSN+ are the free games for PSN+, You keep everything else. Plus they are giving more non-PSN+ things for free too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:18:54 PM

What else does it give ya but free stuff and cloud storage?

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Oyashiro
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:52:46 PM

Some really good discounts on DLC and games. Some have been as much as 50% off.

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:10:42 AM

plus the cloud storage rocks.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:41:58 AM

yeah if I can find a discounted game or DLC I want then I'll grab it. Of course thatll hafta wait till the store is up.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:57:44 AM

World you don't have Ps+?
Anything you get from PS+ you will keep forever... weather it's a free game or a discounted game... If the Kz3 map pack is still in the store, hurry and grab it cuz' its free with Ps+. Even avatars you get, anything you get you keep. Cloud storage goes away when your PS+ expires. If i were you I wouldn't use it because if you do you will want it forever unless you plan on buying Ps+. Cloud storage is hard to resist.

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johnld
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:59:05 AM

doesnt really expire, if you decide to get plus again, you can keep playing it. kinda like beating a game and moving on to a new one.

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Fane1024
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:29:07 AM

In my experience, the games will never expire, because once you go Plus, you never go back.

Hmmmm...that doesn't rhyme...let me try again.

Once you go Plus, you stay on the bus?

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RadioHeader
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 3:31:34 AM

That's some beautiful poetry there, Fane. Brought a tear to my eye.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:10:30 AM

No I don't, it isn't worth it to me cuz I buy very little on the network. And now you folks are trying to confuse me, do the freebie games and PS1 games I download become unplayable when the service goes away or not?

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jimmyhandsome
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:28:31 AM

To my understanding, games you BUY at a discount, you keep (ie any of the 50% off for plus members deals). Games that are labeled FREE that you download, you lose after your subscription expires. Hence why I don't think it's entirely worth it.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:44:51 AM

@World
Anything that is 100% free is only playable while you are a subscriber. Anything you pay for, you keep. So, PS+ get a lot of really huge discounts on things from DLC to games (mini's, PSP, PS3, and more). The free month may be beneficial to you if you find any discounts you want to invest in.

I find the discounted games are often the best. Remember those DLC awards from a month or two ago? Those games are all discounted. Plus, you might get to try a BETA or some demo's only available to plus.

Might be a good month for free!

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slugga_status
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:10:42 AM

@ World

Everything you get from PSN as a Plus member you keep. Now once your Plus subscription expires that content will be unusable until you resubscribe to PS Plus. Also, you have to remember to cancel your subscription because it does have automatic renewal.

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Dancemachine55
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 10:59:54 PM
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Free content.... AWESOME!!!

PS Plus looks like a great service, I'm just really concerned that people will kick up a stink when they buy free or discounted items and won't be able to use it when the free 30 days are up.

It's a great way to hook people onto PS Plus, but for people without credit cards or the funds to keep their Plus subscription, I can foresee a lot of problems with people getting peeved that they can't access their discounted or FREE items.

I just hope the Xbots don't get all over this. IGN and Kotaku have been having a sensationalist journalism field day with all this PSN stuff going on. I'm sorry, but while Live is a good service and all, PSN has the better content. Also, Sony can match Live's service anytime they are ready, they just prefer to give gamers what they want for free. (cross game chat excepted - I know, I know, many of you here don't care, but amongst my circle of friends, that 1 feature is such a big deal breaker between 360 and PS3 that they ignore other great PSN features and focus on the 1 important thing missing, claiming it is the reason PS3 is still far from dominating)

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PorkChopGamer
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:03:23 AM

There are alot of other things that Live does that PSN doesn't, from a universal party system to VOICE messages to being able to watch The Seven Year Itch on Netflix with your wife who's visiting your son 300 miles away. And cross game chat is mighty handy when you don't want to pause your game every five minutes to type a text response. Both services allow you to play games, but there the similiarity between the two ends.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 1:01:17 AM

" I'm just really concerned that people will kick up a stink when they buy free or discounted items and won't be able to use it when the free 30 days are up. "

Once again, you keep it all.

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Fane1024
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:38:58 AM

@PCG

I was with you until the last sentence.

@KT

No, you don't. Most of the free content is unusable if your subscription lapses. The stuff that remains usable is pretty much fluff (e.g., themes you'd never buy).

...which is why Sony added a free gift not tied to PS Plus to the package.

I think it's genius: give people a reason to pony-up for a subscription.

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RadioHeader
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 3:41:37 AM

About this xgame chat - I can't chat at all while gaming. If someone walks in and says Hello, they'll have to wait 2 to 5 mins before they get a Hello back. It's just xbots grasping at straws. I'll keep the awesome games and those guys can keep chatting to their friends while waiting for kinectimal adventures 2.

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ZettaiSeigi
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:07:14 AM

But then again, they have NO reason to complain if they actual bother to read. The PSN reminds you that most items you obtain for free by being a Plus subscriber would be deemed unusable if you end your subscription. The PSN always informs you about this before allowing you to download.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:47:24 AM

@killa
you keep the discounted games.

It is NOT true that you permanently keep the 100% free ones. You only get to play them while you are a PS+ subscriber. Yes, you techinically keep them forever, but you CANNOT play the 100% free titles once you cancel your subscription.

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BIGRED15
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:09:41 PM
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sounds pretty good considering I wasnt really expecting anything. Oh sony you shouldn't have!

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DIsmael85
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:09:51 PM
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Was waiting for the updates on this site. Finally some positive information regarding Sony. Most everyone has Negative spins on everything Sony has done so far. It's like jeez guys like no other Company in the history of man has ever been hacked into or far worse. I'm just glad to hear it'll be up this week so I can get some serious gaming done. I still want to play with my Steam buddies with Portal 2 online. Game is ultra fun.

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the P-O-B
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:13:26 PM
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WELL , this is so great l get free stuff ..... sounds good ... except , its still is not on ..... maybe they should of told u good luck using it.... HEY ITS STILL OFF .. how can we use it .... l want it on , PERIOD .... this is stupid , at best ... people saying cant just turn on gaming BULL ..... thatrs what there doing .... read it .... AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT THIS!!!! they turned it off because of the hacks stealing sonys content .... NOT MY CC INFO. so they punished all 70 million of us ... NOT GOOD ... they do owe us for sure!!!
they need to figure out how to handle tthese hacks better turn the store closed , r something .. KEEP THE ON LINEGAMING (ON) l know they can now....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:20:36 PM

what is with the ellipses man?

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DIsmael85
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:29:36 PM

I don't think I compute. Were you just cyber censored?

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Oyashiro
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:55:18 PM

I don't... think... You have any... Idea... of what... your talking.... about...

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Jawknee
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:21:31 AM

Dude?

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:20:49 AM

Immidiately seek medical attention

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:49:33 AM

Why do people continue to insist there are over 70 million PSN users? There are only just over 50 million PS3's sold worldide, I thought.

I mean... I know Jawk has a US, EU, and JP account... I have 5 on my ps3 from friends and family...

People hatez facz.

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PorkChopGamer
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:05:26 AM

@underdog

Because Sony LOVES throwing that inflated number around to make it seem like there are that many users to the layperson. Hey, 77 million people can't be wrong, right? And it came back to bite them hard when the crap hit the fan. I figure a conservative estimate of about 40 million actual users connected to PSN. Factor in the people that made fake accounts just to get an LBP trophy, it's a little less than that.


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jimmyhandsome
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 11:19:33 AM

Agreed, Porkchop. I mentioned that in an earlier post. Sony as recently as a month ago started sprouting out that there are "77 million unique PSN users". Well thats the number that the general media- including non-videogame sites- latched onto when they reported user info being compromised. Makes it sound alot worse than it is.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:50:45 PM

Oh ok... so because Sony was wrong, we can be wrong when it benefits us also. I had the same criticism before with Microsoft fudging sales with shipped and also with Sony when they bragged about all those accounts, also. I continue to have that criticism. Why can't people say "78 million accounts compromised" instead of saying 78 million people got screwed?

I dunno about you guys, but I hate being wrong.

Perhaps that's why I never am...

lol ;)

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TheAgingHipster
Sunday, May 01, 2011 @ 11:26:01 PM
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Hmm... Well, I would have preferred a voucher for a free game or something, since my Internet sucks (thus making a Plus membership pretty worthless for me), but this is a great gesture on Sony's part. I approve.

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Fane1024
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:47:31 AM

There will be free "content" besides the PS Plus stuff, which will likely be a game (rather than, say, add-on DLC) so that everyone can use it, but it looks like it will differ by region.

It may even be distributed via voucher code; a lot of the free stuff is.

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:12:25 AM
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I would like to point out that I'm pretty sure Sony is intelligent enough to wait until the store is up to hand out the free ps+.

Seems to be a lot of people questioning the free month and the store not coming back up. I highly doubt they started our free month of plus today only to put the store up in 3 weeks.

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frylock25
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 4:38:11 AM

some people are just dumb as ****

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 1:34:36 PM

No doubt frylock, apparently they can't read either, because I'm not the only one to point this out and yet there are still people who keep making this complaint.

Sad to see that although the gaming community has grown exponentially over the years, it seems that the majority who joined have the I.Q. of a really smart potato.

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mid10smaradoarg
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:16:29 AM
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GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

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Lawless SXE
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:26:03 AM

If you're talking about free stuff, you should probably remember that Sony is a Japanese company... >.>

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mid10smaradoarg
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:29:58 AM

Im talking about bin laden's dead

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Lawless SXE
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:55:23 AM

Yeah, that's why I said if. But I don't see how a death is cause for celebr-

You know what, I'm not going to go there, it'll only cause a s**tstorm of epic proportions.

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jimmyhandsome
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:31:01 AM

Yea, please don't go there, Lawless.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:51:18 AM

I'm with you Lawless. I'm glad he's no longer a threat, but any time a human being is killed, it's a little sad that it even became a necessity. It's probably good it happened, but I weap for his soul.

Maybe it's because neither of us are American?

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jimmyhandsome
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:45:06 AM

Why do you weep for his soul?

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:56:45 PM

@Jimmy
Why don't you?

What sort of life would have led a person to get the point where he did all the terrible things he did?

I find the whole thing tragic. With all his abilities and charisma, he could have been so much more. Yet, for whatever reason, he revelled in committing atrocities that led to people celebrating his death.

I find the whole story tragic. When you think of it that way, it is a little sad. It's not like he was a murderer from birth. Something happened. I don't know what. But something. And the long story that led him to having his death celebrated is likely a sad and tragic one that, I for one, wish had been different for so many people's sakes.

The saddest part of all is that he likely never realized how wrong he was. He likely never had the chance to understand how wrong and evil he had behaved.

That is why I weap. It suggests that not everyone can be redeemed... That there is a point of no return. And that is depressing.

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pottejd
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:23:21 AM
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So we get a free month of playstation plus, but we presumably don't get access to the store to use it for the next 3 weeks or so? I don't care, I'm still pissed off. I bought a PSPGo on discount the day the network went down and so now I have this brick sitting on my desk, unable to do anything with it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:44:28 AM

you can use your brick later.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:49:51 AM

man stfu its getting old

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:52:36 AM

PSPGo was discontinued. That should have been a warning sign to you to get a 3000 instead.

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Mog
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 12:46:24 AM
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Awwwww, I would of loved free $30 on the playstation store as an apology.

My hopes are way too high.

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FM23
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 3:09:45 AM

That would be great. I don't care for plus, give me the free credit so I can get some free DLC.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:57:47 AM

It is too high. lol. When you consider it.. put it this way...

78 million PSN accoutns.
50 million PS3's sold worldwide.
approx. 80% of PS3's connected to the internet

Which means... that's about 38 (80% of 50 = 40 + 28 multiple accounts over the 50 actual ps3's = 38) million additional accounts held by people at LEAST. (I know there are 5 on my PS3).

38 million wasted accounts x $30 per wasted account = $1.14 billion to no one... Plus another couple billion to real people.

Yeah... was never gonna happen. Little return for huge investment.

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___________
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 4:03:46 AM
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god dam it!
out of all the times PSN could of gone down it had to be when the infamous 2 beta my most anticipated game of the year was out!
now were going to miss out on that, the red faction Armageddon demo which is out this wednesday, and the DNF demo is apparently suppose to be out this week too!
looks like its time to sell the downstairs ps3, and get that 360 ive been waiting for.
no freaking way am i waiting till the end of the month to get store access back!

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ZettaiSeigi
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:10:24 AM

Oh, we've been expecting you! And since you're getting rid of your PS3, then I suppose you're on your way out of this site as well?

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the P-O-B
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:34:03 AM

it still not on..... just checked... yes thats how lve been checking for the 12th day now!!!!! maybe tomorrow , r maybe tue. , r maybe wed.... ????????????????? how r we going to use all of that great free stufff ????? l kind of wanted to change password ..... if they r turning it on , by region..... and the hack lives in the first region..... (I WANT A DAMN TIME & DATE) ldont want free stuff .... l want it on

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Mog
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:47:15 AM

Selling your ps3? You will eventualy come crawling back. Im sure of it. Sell it if you want, its your loss.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 6:04:44 AM

He said downstairs PS3, which kind of implies that he has one upstairs too. I don't really understand why anyone would have more than one anyway, unless they had someone living with them that was into gaming as well (not a very common occurrence in my circle). Eh, whatever. Congrats on joining the Xbox side of things, I guess. Now you can rant to us all about Halo, Gears, Alan Wake and Too Human. I can't wait. :D
Peace.

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___________
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:00:10 AM

thank you lawless.
i was starting to believe i was the only one here with a brain!
you people are so predictable, i can almost see the replys when im writing this!


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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 1:01:59 PM

"I can almost see the replies when I'm writing this."

That's Jimminy Cricket. You should listen to him.

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BikerSaint
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:32:18 PM

______________,

Tsk, Tsk.....For someone who always acts like he knows everything, I find it extremely amusing on how little you really know.

If you read around the net, you'll find out that the inFamous beta will be extended once the PSN is fully up.


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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:12:02 AM
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Just a curiousity, on PS+ after the 30 days, does the stuff we download become locked when the trail is over?

Also does this mean I will finally be able to use my costume vouchers for Dissidia Duodeciem, I have 3!

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VampDeLeon
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:21:09 AM

If you buy discounted items, you can still keep playing/using them after the trial is over.

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Fane1024
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:46:02 AM

Ultima,

IIRC all of the games that I've gotten for free but two (Stacking and Flying Hamster) show an expiry date (in the "Triangle" menu on the XMB) which is the end date of my subscription. When I added more months, the date changed.

I think none of the other free stuff (e.g., the KZ3 maps) has that expiry date attached but the file format may just not be able to display it.

For each item that will expire, a screen pops up before you agree to "purchase" it telling you it will expire.

Anything that costs you money (and a lot of other lesser free stuff) is yours permanently.

p.s. Come to think of it, I think Sam & Max 1-5 also have no expiry date.

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VampDeLeon
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:19:21 AM
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On the bright side, PS3 won't have as many 'whiny' users anymore..

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the P-O-B
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:38:27 AM
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YOU CAN NOT BUY ANY THING (NEWS FLASH) ITS STILL FREAKIN OFF!!!!!!

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ZettaiSeigi
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 5:52:12 AM

News flash: Everybody knows that the PSN is still down. So stop whining already! You'll enjoy the Plus service once Sony gets the PlayStation Store up, and they said it'll be any time this week. Not today, but this week! Once it's up, raid the Store to your heart's content.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 6:08:50 AM

Bloody hell, SHUT UP! It's been a day since they announced that PSN would be restored within the week. That leaves a whole six days, and Sony only knows how much longer the Store will take to go live again. We get it, okay, you miss being able to play online, but there are a ton of offline games out there. Enjoy them in your time off from Black Ops, or whatever the hell your MP poison is. And you'll get your free Plus whenever it does come back, so stop whingeing. No wonder they call the youth of today the generation of entitlement (Implying of course that you are <16, and if not, you're certainly acting that way).
Peace.

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BikerSaint
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:41:28 PM

Now we really see why you call yourself a "Pissed Off Bast*rd".

Quick remedy:
Just send each of your mirrors a 1 pound package of Limburger cheese to go with all their whine.

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Lord carlos
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 8:28:26 AM
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Sony should give all the dead psn games away for free ie. calling all cars,mortal kombat 2 & a few others that i cant remember,as the online aspect of these games are virtually barren.
Not saying anything bad about these games infact calling all cars was awesome with 2 player splitscreen online play & MK2 is a classic.
It would be cool if an online community was created for underrated/unknown games out of this psn outage!

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nath08
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 8:30:42 AM
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Now would be a great time to add some form of party chat.

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nath08
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 8:30:44 AM
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Now would be a great time to add some form of party chat.

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nath08
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 8:30:46 AM
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Now would be a great time to add some form of party chat.

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Gabriel013
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 8:42:54 AM
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Interesting choice of "Goodwill gesture".

To make use of it you will no doubt need to sign up for autobilling once the free period has expired. Cancelling is something they will be hoping many users either forget to do, or get hooked and remain as paying subscribers.

Yes I am being cynical.

How much is 1 month of PSPlus? I'd rather have that in store credit so I could use the goodwill to purchase something which would still have any value AFTER the first 30 days is gone.

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frylock25
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:00:55 AM

1 month works out to about $4 or $6. at $50 plus tax its around $4.50 a month but at the 3 month its almost $7. provided they want you to buy it for the year.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:13:55 AM

I rather agree.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 10:02:16 AM

They won't give money. They can't even say how many PSN accounts are legitimate. they would waste over a quarter billion if they did that.

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 1:37:58 PM

technically there's no tax on psn so no need to do that math.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 1:47:20 PM

I pay tax on PSN purchases....

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Fane1024
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 3:39:45 PM

...as do I.



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the P-O-B
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 8:55:37 AM
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1 l bought this machine to play online games , not to watch tv , r music.....
2 l do not steel , and l hope they catch and throw the bums in jail .... l spend my hard earned $! and alot too...
3 that is why online gaming ON , not OFF !!! THEY CAN DO IT !!! do u really thhink l want to buy any thing right now any way ... till they figure this out HELL NO!!!!
4 l do want change password NOW not later
5 they said they were done , and were going to start turning online gaming on , WHAT REGION IS ON ???? (you would think the U.S.A. with the most gamers would be first?)

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frylock25
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:06:13 AM

1.i bought it to do all the things it can do which includes play online games watch movies and tv...
2. a lot of us dont steal.
3. it will be on soon.
4. you will change it soon.
5. once again america is the center of the universe and is the biggest place ever. no where is more important than here and we should be first in line.

s/

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jimmyhandsome
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:37:31 AM

1. Play single player.
2. Yea I don't work in the steeling industry either. But I am surprised you have a job.
3. Huh?
4. Why? No one can get into the PSN now, including people who hacked into PSN.
5. They didn't say they were done. And I don't think the US has the most amount of PS3 owners. I could be wrong though

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kraygen
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 1:40:11 PM

this is one of those atrocities that comes from 8 year old children being given free reign on the internet.

Go whine to someone willing to listen, your mommy perhaps.

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Underdog15
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 1:48:18 PM

Not even mommy wants to listen, Kraygen...

Not even mommy.

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Fane1024
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 3:55:47 PM

@Jimmy (et al.)
Joystiq just posted details on how many PSN accounts are registered in each country. The U.S. has BY FAR the most accounts, followed by the U.K., Japan, France, and (I believe) Canada. Some of the accounts in the top three countries are no doubt secondary accounts of people from other countries, but it's clear that the U.S. has the most users (31 of 78 million).

It's still on the front page for PlayStation news, if you want to see for yourself.

@ POB
It makes no sense to open service in the biggest market first. You start with a smaller group in case something doesn't quite work right, so you have time to fix it before more people are affected, just like with a beta test.



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Pyramid
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 1:56:02 PM
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Nobody talks about PSN Plus. They gonna give a credit? I mean extend the subcription for the time was offline?

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BikerSaint
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:46:36 PM

Pyramid

Huh...have you NOT been reading these threads?????

PS+ users "WILL' "WILL" "WILL" get a free month extension.

Are ALL of these threads & posts clear enough now?

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BikerSaint
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 2:48:30 PM
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Anyway, I find all that Sony's doing for us as great news.

And soon, even Matt Damon will be able to go "Good Will Hunting" once again.

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the P-O-B
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 7:45:53 PM
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hey lm sorry about whining .... lm 53 not 8 .... l dont have no idea how computers work .. l dont even own one ... had a friend bring a lap top over ,to turn my internet box on.... l read press release ... l thought they be turning on online gaming now & the rest when they figuure it out .... remember they said a day or two at first .... that was SONY too.... if they said 2 weeeks .. l would of been fine with that . this ps3 is the only reason l have internet on ..... so if it was going to be off for a month or 2 ... could of turned off internet a month r 2 .... if l knew .. l guess l miss playing online golf miss competition .... single rounds is not cutting it , l guess ----- SORRY AGIAN l will shut up to .... signed the POB

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Lairfan
Monday, May 02, 2011 @ 9:27:39 PM
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I'm really interested to see how the inFamous 2 beta is gonna be any help to the devs at all, seeing as how people had at max two days to actually play around with it. I really hope they extend the deadline on it, especially since the store's coming back online at the end of the month.

Damn hackers. Impacting the quality of games now too.

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