Sony have announced that they will be issuing five free days of PS Plus to those who found themselves affected by the PSN outages over the Christmas period, and that there'll be an upcoming 10% sale as a "HolidayThank You" for bearing with the Christmas woes.Many people were left unhappy to find that their shiny new PS4 consoles couldn't get online this Christmas, largely thanks to hacker group Lizard Squad delivering on their promise, and taking down both the PSN and Xbox LIVE.
In compensation, Sony are gifting five free days of PS Plus to everyone who would have been playing online on PlayStation had it not been for some idiots. Here's the official blurb:
"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. 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."
That's pretty nice of them -- most of the time all that we get is a reminder to change one's password. However, the service outages on both consoles are unacceptable. Sony have shown themselves to be susceptible to attack time and time again, and as much as the stability of the PSN has improved somewhat over the past few years, it's still a service lagging far behind Xbox LIVE in that regard. Both Microsoft and Sony must do more to safeguard against attacks such as this going forwards. These are premium services, fuelled by paid consumer subscriptions, and as much as one feels for the staffers running around to try and fix things on Christmas Day, platform holders must take this more seriously than they have been.