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PSN "Welcome Back" Program Expires

A day early...?

The PlayStation Network “Welcome Back” program has now expired.  If you’ll remember, PlayStation offered up a decent selection of games from which you could pick two for the PS3 and two for PSP – included in the options was the brilliant WipEout HD – as a result of their devastating network hack.

This expiry, though, has caused a bit of a stir.  Seems like Sony have pulled the games first thing on the 3rd (as the clock struck midnight) rather than letting gamers choose their titles during today, as you might expect.  In the US, the wording saidthrough July 3rd” which we’re guessing means ‘inclusive of’.

Here in the UK the press release stated ’30 days’, and it went live on the 3rd of June

One forum user (on Slickdeals) called Sony’s customer helpline to complain, and SCEA’s Jeff Rubenstein was the target of a few questions on Twitter.  “It ended today,” he said, speaking to a journalist rather blunty. “There were 30 days to claim it, not sure why people decided to wait. We were clear from the outset.”

I’m assuming most readers here will have already got their games, but did anyone who left it until the last minute feel a bit cheesed off when the games weren’t on the store today?

  1. DrNate86
    Since: Apr 2010

    To be fair, excluding extreme circumstances like your internet has been down for the last month, people should have downloaded what they wanted by now.

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 22:56.
    • skibadee
      Since: Oct 2009

      yep after all they have gave away move on.

      Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 01:13.
  2. easternjam
    Since: May 2011

    It sucks for those who may not have got round to picking their free games, but honestly why would you leave it this late?

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 22:57.
  3. scavenga
    Since: Jul 2009

    You snooze, you pay for old games.

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 22:57.
  4. Bodachi
    Since: Jan 2010

    Seems a little odd to pull it so quickly but you should of picked them up by now.

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 22:57.
  5. tactical20
    Since: May 2010

    I have no idea why anyone wouldn’t have already downloaded their games?

    Seems like it’s just another excuse for people to complain.

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 22:57.
  6. fattyuk
    Since: Apr 2010

    I’d be very surprised if there were that many people that were gonna leave it till the last day to redeem there freebies!

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 23:00.
  7. nemesisND1derboy
    Since: Apr 2010

    I take “through” in that context as “through to”.

    Like someone said above, why would you wait more than 30 days unless your internet was down.

    Don’t get any uproar there may be.

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 23:01.
  8. Watchful
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Oct 2008

    To be fair to Sony, a period of 30 days starting on the 3rd June does end on the 2nd July.

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 23:03.
    • djhsecondnature
      Since: Forever

      And thus ends the argument :-)

      Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 23:50.
    • yogh_wayne
      Since: Oct 2008


      Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 02:23.
    • moshi
      Since: Jun 2009

      I was under that impression too.

      Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 05:18.
      • GamingBlueBoy
        Since: May 2011

        No time to complain.

        Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 07:12.
  9. TURRICAN-808
    Since: Jan 2011

    I wasn’t sold on PS+. I didn’t sign-up to the 30 days free PS+, but i did get Infamous for free. What impressed me was that SONY also offered free movies, 3 of them i think. I watched a zombie movie, so all being said, sony were back in my good books.

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 23:10.
    • sesameseed
      Since: Mar 2009

      The free movies were absolutlely godawful though… at least the games were decent.

      Comment posted on 04/07/2011 at 01:47.
  10. bacon_nuts
    Since: Mar 2011

    I’m only slightly annoyed, I was going to use the PS+ on my brothers account after my 30 day trial had finished to get 60 days. Bit late now though. Oh well.

    Comment posted on 03/07/2011 at 23:12.

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