Wait for PSN to be back up, comprehending Sony’s plan

By Gary Johnson - May 3, 2011

The PlayStation Network continues to be unavailable for most users around the world as the downtime nears two weeks in length. A couple of days ago Sony announced the service will start becoming available this week, but while PS3 owners wait for PSN to be back up, we thought we would comprehend Sony’s plan.

Colin Moriarty from IGN is reporting that when the service first comes back online the PlayStation Store will not be available. Many PS3 owners will miss this feature almost as much as online gaming, but Sony is planning on giving users some free PlayStation entertainment content.

But as PSN is not back up yet are PlayStation 3 owners getting enough from Sony? Many PS3 owners took up the PlayStation Plus service as soon as it became available, but by giving everyone thirty days free access to the service is that unfair to gamers who have already paid for the service? People who have already paid for the service are getting the same treatment to those who have not.

More importantly it could just be a clever marketing ploy by Sony to get more gamers signing up to the service long term. The company has no doubt lost a lot of money during the downtime, but by giving gamers who have not yet tried the PlayStation Plus service a free experience may lead to many signing up for longer.

There is nothing wrong giving all users some free time on the PlayStation Plus service, but wouldn’t it be fairer if Sony gave those who have already paid for the service a little more? What do you think about this? Should subscribers to the service have got a little bit more form Sony?

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