PS Plus Free Extension For PSN Christmas Outage Rolling Out Now, PlayStation Store Discount Available Only This Weekend
The online store discount Sony promised as part of reparations for the Christmas PSN outage is set to arrive this weekend.
Sony announced the news on the PlayStation Blog, stating that the one-time use 10 percent discount will be available at 9 a.m. Pacific on Friday, January 23. The offer will expire at 9 a.m. on January 26. The discount can apply to an entire cart order, not just one item, so try to get the most out of your deal!
Sony will send out a promotion code when the time comes, which you use for your discount. Exclusions do apply, including subscriptions for PS Plus, Music Unlimited, PS Now and rental video content. The deal is offered to everyone--not just PS Plus members--as an apology for the outage.
For PS Plus members specifically, Sony is offering a free automatic extension to your subscriptions. A five day extension is being rolled out now (emails will arrive in coming days), and you don't need to do anything special to activate the offer.
The Christmas outage was caused by an outside DDoS (direct denial of service) attack, not simply technical failures on Sony's part. Xbox Live recovered much more quickly, however, causing frustration across Sony customers as the days drew on. It's a nice gesture to offer a discount and extension to console owners, but hopefully these issues are avoided altogether in the future.