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Sony offers free games to PSN punters

Sony has detailed how it plans to make up the loss of 100 million customer details to its UK subscribers, giving them free access to PlayStation Plus and a pair of games to keep them quiet.

Under the banner of the company's 'Welcome Back' programme, UK-based PlayStation 3 gamers with PlayStation Network accounts will be allowed to choose two games from a selection of - somewhat outdated - titles: LittleBigPlanet, inFamous, WipeOut HD/Fury, Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty, and Dead Nation.

Those who have a PlayStation Portable and a Playstation Network account can choose two titles from LittleBigPlanet PSP, ModNation PSP, Pursuit Force, and Killzone L


PS3 owners get an extra sweetener to tempt them back on-line now the company believes its security problems to be a thing of the past: 30 days of free access to the company's PlayStation Plus service, which adds new features and exclusive offers to the usually-free PSN service. Those who already subscribe will see their accounts credited with an extra 60 days free of charge.

While free stuff is always good, offering a selection of pretty ancient games as compensation for the loss of more than 100 million customer records and an estimated 14 million credit card details is, perhaps, a little insulting - and there's no mention of the free credit protection and ID theft support that US subscribers were offered, either.

With Japanese regulators still refusing to allow the PlayStation Network to resume business in Sony's homeland, it remains to be seen if Sony's freebies are enough to convince users that the PSN service is safe to use once more.

If you want to take advantage of the offer, you must have had a PSN account as of the 20th of April 2011. Details of how to claim the freebies will be made public over the next few days, the company has confirmed.