PSN Update: Asian Market Re-Launching May 28th. “Welcome Back” Package Detailed.

  • May 27, 2011 6:15 am

Fans residing under the PlayStatin Asia umbrella have had to wait long than most to get back at their PSN goodies and Qriocity accounts. The reasoning was that the local governments, especially, Japan, wanted solid evidence of Sony’s progress in shoring up security protocols before reopening customers to more potential security issues based on “empty talk”. While we can certainly understand the added aggravation it may have caused customers in said locations, we can also understand the various governments wanting reassurance a data breach of this magnitude never happens again.

With that said, Sony issued a new update today detailing the phased re-launch (starting May 28th) of PSN and Qriocity services in their Asian markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand — Honk Kong and Korea will be announced at a later date — while also detailing the regions own “Welcome Back” package. Hop inside for the full rundown…
The list of services that will be part of this first re-launch phase include:

  • Sign-in for PlayStation®Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
  • Restoration of online game-play across PlayStation3 (PS3) and PSP (PlayStation Portable)
  • ‘Friends’ category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
  • PlayStation Home
  • Access to other network features on services such as torne

Unfortunately, movie downloads that expired over the last months PSN downtime will not be recoverable or able to be re-downloaded.

Identity Theft Protection

Unlike Sony’s actions elsewhere in providing extra identity theft protection measures and services, the company’s Asian markets will instead see the launch of a new, extra hot line for customers whom suspect their stolen data has been compromised and used, as well as taking on any associated costs from the re-issuing of new credit cards due to fraudulent activity. Not nearly as good as identity protection services, but it’s at least something we suppose.

Welcome Back

In move similar to efforts out west, Sony will be offering Asian markets their own “Welcome Back” packaged (detailed here). The perks include a total of 4 free game downloads from a pre-picked list of PS3 and PSP games, a new free custom theme, 30 days of free PlayStation Plus services, and a new PlayStation Home perk that will be announced at a later date.

  • Free PS3 Game Downloads: The Last Guy (Chinese/English Version), Come on, LocoRoco!! BuuBuu Cocoreccho (Chinese/English Version), Trashbox (Chinese/English Version), Hustle King (English Version), WipEout HD Bundle (English Version)
  • Free PSP Game Downloads: Everybody’s Stress Buster (Chinese/English Version), LittleBigPlanet (Chinese/English Version), LocoRoco -Midnight Carnival- (Chinese/English Version), Modnation Racer PSP (Chinese/English Version)

While it’s disappointing that Asian customers won’t have the same free year of identity theft protection like users in the States do, it’s nice to see Sony doing something proactive for customers. Do the above perks seem good enough?

Read More: Sony (Phase 1 services), (Asian Welcome Back Package)


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  • Moose666man

    Worst selection of games imaginable considering what other regions are being offered. Frankly feel insulted