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Sony apologises for PSN outage with bonus extras



Sony has revealed two new offers for PlayStation gamers affected by the PSN outage over Christmas.

Both Sony and Microsoft suffered distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks from the hacker group known as Lizard Squad over the festive period. This meant that the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were effectively unavailable just as thousands of gamers would have been logging in to try out their new consoles and games.

Sony has apologised for the attacks with a New Year's Day blog post from Sony Network Entertainment VP Eric Lempel. In the post, Lempel also outlined a couple of bonus offers for frustrated PSN users.

Any PlayStation Plus member that had an active subscription or free trial on December 25 will find that their subscription has been automatically extended by five days.

This extension will be applied at a later date, and any whose subscription expires before it becomes available will receive five days of PS Plus usage regardless.

With January's free PlayStation Plus games including inFamous: First Light, The Swapper, Prototype 2, DuckTales Remastered, Whoa Dave!, and Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, early 2015 is a good time to be fully paid up PlayStation gamer.

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Another offer that Lempel has revealed is a one-off ten percent discount on a PlayStation Store purchase. When available, it will apply to a total cart purchase, so if you're clever (and suitably cash-rich) you'll stack up multiple games, add-ons, and season passes before you check out.

This offer will be for all PSN members, regardless of PlayStation Plus membership. It will be made available "some time this month."

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