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May 16, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Sony’s apology gifts: Free games, movies, music

After restarting its PlayStation Network over the weekend, Sony today announced freebies it’s offering users to make up for the nearly monthlong outage.

The gifts are on top of the 12 months of an identiity theft protection service that Sony is offering to some 77 million users affected by its compromised network. It remains to be seen whether the gifts are enough to restore faith in the network and avert class-action lawsuits.

Users in North America are being offered two free games from a list of five older titles, including “inFamous” from Bellevue’s Sucker Punch Productions. The games will be available once the system is fully restored, and users will have 30 days to download their choices.

Other choices are “Dead Nation,” “Little Big Planet,” “Super Stardust HD” and “Wipeout HD + Fury.”

Sony is also offering PSP portable owners two free games from a list of four: “Little Big Planet,” “ModNation Racers,” “Pursuit Force” and “Killzone Liberation.”

Sony is also giving network users access to a selection of free movies over one weekend. The titles and timing will be announced later.

Network users will also get 30 days of free access to the premium “Plus” service and Plus subscribers will get 60 days of free subscription.

Users of Sony’s “Music Unlimited Premium Trial” subscription service will get an additional 30 days of free premium service, and subscribers to the premium and basic services will get a free 30 days of service plus time lost during the outage.

Sony’s also giving away 100 free virtual items to use in its PlayStation Home virtual realm. New free content will be added soon, hopefully including padlocks.

Comments | Topics: free games, Games & entertainment, PlayStation

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