Sony has finally unveiled its Welcome Back program to make up for the month they took down the PlayStation Network (PSN) after being hacked, with millions of user data and credit card information stolen.
Sony’s Welcome Back program includes two free game downloads and a 30-day trial with PlayStation Plus. The offer is definitely nice, but I just don’t know how I feel about it. In a way it reminded me of how Microsoft lost the antitrust lawsuit in 2006 and ended up passing out free PCs and discounts of their own software to public schools. It’s less of a settlement than it is a way to shove their products down people’s throats.
I’m sure I’m just being cynical. I’m sure a lot of people who use PSN regularly are thrilled to receiving free games as well as a free test drive to Sony’s premium online service. I’m just not one of them, even though my personal data was stolen just the same.
So what does it take for me to get back to the Sony bandwagon? I don’t know, maybe a hug and a card?
The main issue for me is that I simply don’t know if I can trust Sony again. The fact that they’re still getting hacked means I’m still wary of again having my information stolen. It’s nice they’re passing out free Burnol, but it doesn’t mean I’m not afraid of being burned again.
I haven’t turned on my PlayStation 3 since the day I heard about the hack, and their Welcome Back program isn’t so tempting for me to hastily update the console anytime soon. I still love you Sony, but let’s take a step back and just see what happens, okay?
What about you? Are you happy with Sony’s Welcome Back program? Or did you expect more from Sony?