Sony compensates gamers for PSN downtime

PlayStation owners are being compensated for the downtime suffered by PSN over Christmas.

The PSN was brought down by a group (called Lizard Squad) who apparently wanted to show Sony and Microsoft how easy it is to bring down their networks. But they only really succeeded in angering gamers and upsetting everyday consumers.

The networks were the subject of a DDOS attack, which left both PSN and Xbox Live down for days.

Sony is compensating PSN owners by offering a ten per cent discount on purchases and a five-day extension to their PlayStation Plus subscription.

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,” Sony informed fans via its blog.

The extension will be automatically applied, so no action is necessary to receive the extension. We will post additional information here on the blog when the extension becomes available. If your membership or trial ends before the extension is available, you will receive five days of Plus to enjoy once the extension becomes available (we will notify you when).

In addition, sometime this month we will announce that for a limited time, we will be offering a 10 percent discount code good for a one-time discount off a total cart purchase in the PlayStation Store as a thank you to ALL PSN members.

The discount can be used towards great content available on PS Store including blockbuster new releases, award winning indie games, game add-ons and season passes, and an enormous selection of TV and Movies.”

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