Sony To Grant PS Plus Members Five Extra Days For Free Following PSN Outage


To appease those users affected by the three-day PSN outage over the Christmas period, Sony has announced plans to offer members a five-day extension to their PlayStation Plus subscriptions free of charge.

Much like the recent move to extend the festive sale on the digital storefront, the goodwill gesture¬†is essentially a way for the company to place the community front and center after a trying holiday period. Taking to PlayStation Blog,¬†Sony’s Eric Lempel thanked the players for their patience during the unscheduled downtime, which was crippled by a strategic direct denial of service attack on Christmas Eve.

Since access to PlayStation Network was impacted during the holidays, we wanted to show our appreciation for your patience by offering all PlayStation Plus members that had an active membership or free trial on December 25th a membership extension of five days. The extension will be automatically applied, so no action is necessary to receive the extension.

Though that extension in question isn’t available just yet, we understand that Sony plans to reveal more information via PlayStation Blog in the coming weeks. But a five-day extension isn’t the only perk that the Japanese giant is offering, given that non-PS Plus members will be entitled to a one-time discount code for the PlayStation Store that takes 10% off any game, DLC or item of your choosing.

As with that aforementioned PS Plus extension, the code won’t be available until later this month. But still, this is a nice gesture from Sony, who has had to take a similar course of action in the past — offering two full-sized games in the aftermath of the crippling 2011 hack, for instance. We’re just hoping that these outages become rarer and rarer as time goes on and technology advances — but hey, who knows.

Tell us, were you affected by the Christmas PSN outage? Indeed, are you satisfied with Sony‘s response? Let us know in the comments section below.

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