PSN Welcome Back Package: Activation instructions for PS3 and release update

By Posted 3 Jun 2011, 04:52

As most of you are aware, the PlayStation Network and more importantly, the PlayStation Store is now back online and working fine for PS3 gamers in Europe and the US. Sadly, the Welcome Back Package is not available yet, but the good news is that we have an update to give you.

We previously told you that it was just ‘coming soon‘, but now we have some further information from you, which actually comes direct from PlayStation Germany and their official Twitter account, as reported from Gamersmint.

According to them, the Welcome Back Package will be with you in a matter of days, meaning that there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to download the free games and use the 30 day PSN+ package over the weekend. Since this is PlayStation Germany, we’re not sure if this applies to the Welcome Back Package in the US too, but we’ll try to find an update on that for you today.

On a side note, Sony has posted a message on their Blog, informing users that the Welcome Back Package will come in the form of an individual section on the PlayStation Store. Apparently, users will need to download this as a file, and then afterwards you’ll have access to all the swag that Sony are offering in different regions. It will be interesting to see what those of you with multiple accounts can get your hands on. Theoretically, it could mean that you may be able to download 6 PS3 games and PSP games for free, with 2 of each platform from the US, Europe and Asia PlayStation Stores using your different accounts.

Speaking of Asia, the PlayStation Network is still not back up in Hong Kong and Korea, let alone the PS Store, so spare a thought for gamers over there while you all enjoy the PSN right now. We’ll try to find an update for you on that as well.

Are you looking forward to the Welcome Back Package?

  • http://twitter.com/PeacekeeperSun Phillip Chako

    Im glad its back up but I think they need to get all countries up not really fair… But hey thats Sony for ya…

  • http://twitter.com/PeacekeeperSun Phillip Chako

    Im glad its back up but I think they need to get all countries up not really fair… But hey thats Sony for ya…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1673185896 Nathan Hardy

      the thing is they cant just let all the areas back up at once because if there is a problem with the network still as in a glitch.. it would be easier to pic it up early and only have to shut it down in a few countries then the whole world again… in other words they are still testing their software and must be still preparing it for some asian countries… i live in australia and i still had to wait the extra week for the PSN but to be honest it was worth the wait

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alistahr-Wells/647497712 Alistahr Wells

     lies, i played mvc3 against people from japan and thailand

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alistahr-Wells/647497712 Alistahr Wells

     lies, i played mvc3 against people from japan and thailand

  • Ben MacRae

    Japan and Thailand are separate countries from Hong Kong(China) and South Korea, genius. As someone living in Beijing I can confirm we can’t even sign in let alone go on the playstation store. I think they should get our PSN back up before they re-activate the PS Store. It’s unfair we’re being neglected like this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYYKBRR5W7RWWUJBILRGDHX3QE Zoe Darcey

    I keep getting tonnes of error codes signing into PS home!!!!! I am sick of it! Does any one else still get this problem? xx

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake-Newcastle-Lindsay/100000795390690 Jake Newcastle Lindsay

    i am looking forward to the welcome package and i get onto ps home fine no error codes what are yous dowmloading

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake-Newcastle-Lindsay/100000795390690 Jake Newcastle Lindsay

    i am looking forward to the welcome package and i get onto ps home fine no error codes what are yous dowmloading

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake-Newcastle-Lindsay/100000795390690 Jake Newcastle Lindsay

    i am looking forward to the welcome package and i get onto ps home fine no error codes what are yous dowmloading

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ron-Clark/700495317 Ron Clark

    I’m looking forward to getting the welcome back package but I truly feel bad for Hong Kong and Korea as we are able to enjoy it our selves, let us all remember how we felt just last week and 3 weeks ago so remember them as you complain about not having something like the welcome back package. Hang in there Hong Kong and Korea your time is coming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ron-Clark/700495317 Ron Clark

    I’m looking forward to getting the welcome back package but I truly feel bad for Hong Kong and Korea as we are able to enjoy it our selves, let us all remember how we felt just last week and 3 weeks ago so remember them as you complain about not having something like the welcome back package. Hang in there Hong Kong and Korea your time is coming.

  • Jack Brady

    It’s not PS neglecting them. It’s that the leaders of the countries wouldn’t allow them to bring it back until all security measures had been thoroughly checked.
    EDIT: Am also looking forward to the Welcome back pack ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1419137988 Caleb Dolling

    grim for the asians

  • http://www.kellos.co.uk/ Kellos

    I’m looking forward to the pack arriving although I have most of the games already.  I’ll definitely be checking out the content from other regions to see what they have in store.

    A day after PSN came back online my blu-ray drive died in my PS3.  I was not impressed as it was the 2nd console I’d had to buy as my first one got the yellow light of death :(   This might make up for it a little bit..

  • http://www.kellos.co.uk/ Kellos

    I’m looking forward to the pack arriving although I have most of the games already.  I’ll definitely be checking out the content from other regions to see what they have in store.

    A day after PSN came back online my blu-ray drive died in my PS3.  I was not impressed as it was the 2nd console I’d had to buy as my first one got the yellow light of death :(   This might make up for it a little bit..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=715917863 Joel Tuckwell

      Dude I got YLOD as well, it sucks, I got an Xbox 360S with the profit of selling my PS3 games :)

      • http://www.kellos.co.uk/ Kellos

        Fair play. I might get an Xbox but it would only for exclusives as I prefer the PS3. I have about 80 PS3 games and blue rays, so that’s quite an investment…

      • http://www.kellos.co.uk/ Kellos

        Fair play. I might get an Xbox but it would only for exclusives as I prefer the PS3. I have about 80 PS3 games and blue rays, so that’s quite an investment…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/BPDZFHPBX4MTLHXUQ2FMTTU4CM Jeff P

    The welcome back package is the only reason I’ll be in the Playstation Store as I’m certainly not going to be dumb enough to give them my new credit card number.  I also refuse to buy preloaded PSN cards from stores. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

    • http://twitter.com/lacrossestar83 lacrossestar83

      How were you fooled into buying a PSN card?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001605633644 Oli Moulden

    Sorry, i’m very simple, and confused, so it has not been released into the general public yet? Am i correct?  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=519996394 Thomas Joseph O’Shea

      That is corrent

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001605633644 Oli Moulden

        Thanks :) 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001605633644 Oli Moulden

        Thanks :) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001605633644 Oli Moulden

    This is a genuine question, and although all the previous comments point to the fact it has not been released, I’m still both confused and, well no just confused. :/ 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625121473 Ryan Tweek Guest

    i went on the welcome back package and there was an error and now i cant download anything

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kieran-Fraser/780612908 Kieran Fraser

    the package is glitchy…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001605633644 Oli Moulden

      i know right, such bs. :/ 

  • Thomas Parry

    Ryan tweek guest, I’m having the same problem, I got my ps+ memebership, I had access to free dl games, but I was booted off by an error, and now I cant get them :/

  • Thomas Parry

    Ryan tweek guest, I’m having the same problem, I got my ps+ memebership, I had access to free dl games, but I was booted off by an error, and now I cant get them :/

  • fasidis1

    i cant download welcome back package and disappear on the playstation store and i have download ps plus free only

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohammed-Mubarak/1298317461 Mohammed Mubarak

      me too im scared we might not get games and id die if dont get dead nation man ill kill myself

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohammed-Mubarak/1298317461 Mohammed Mubarak

      me too im scared we might not get games and id die if dont get dead nation man ill kill myself

  • fasidis1

    i cant download welcome back package and disappear on the playstation store and i have download ps plus free only

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SKTE3CNZLNQHBGEDWD5TF5NTU Nick Gloria

    here a solution for error with the game downloads go into account management, you might not get inthe first time just keep trying, then go to>transaction management>services list>SCEA Promotions to download the games and just keep spaming the button till it takes you to the psn marketplace and download your game

    • fasidis1

      thnx 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SKTE3CNZLNQHBGEDWD5TF5NTU Nick Gloria

    here a solution for error with the game downloads go into account management, you might not get inthe first time just keep trying, then go to>transaction management>services list>SCEA Promotions to download the games and just keep spaming the button till it takes you to the psn marketplace and download your game

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Johnson/1849242249 Ed Johnson

    so If your a die hard ps3 fan and bought  all the free offers from the welcome back pack way back when they first came out your screwed cause sony doesn’t want to well come u people back… I guess?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Johnson/1849242249 Ed Johnson

    so If your a die hard ps3 fan and bought  all the free offers from the welcome back pack way back when they first came out your screwed cause sony doesn’t want to well come u people back… I guess?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Johnson/1849242249 Ed Johnson

    so If your a die hard ps3 fan and bought  all the free offers from the welcome back pack way back when they first came out your screwed cause sony doesn’t want to well come u people back… I guess?