Sony is giving away old games to settle its 2011 PlayStation Network breach

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Are you still feeling bitter about the PlayStation Network outage that left PS3 and PSP owners offline back in 2011? Plex arrived as a downloadable app for PlayStation Network users in Europe and Asia last month, and promised that a North American rollout was on the horizon.

Now, as a result of a class action lawsuit, any gamer who had a PSN account at the time is eligible for one of a few digital rewards, including a free PS3 game, free themes, or 3 months of Playstation Plus for new subscribers. That day, it seems, is today. “For those not familiar, Plex organizes all of your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any device. While the release date is different, the software is the same – offering a horizontal browsing experience designed to surface content from your library that you should find especially interesting. Whether it’s your movie and TV show collection, your music library or your photos and home videos, Plex makes all your media beautiful by automatically incorporating movie posters, plot summaries, album covers and descriptions,” Jamaal Moore, a brand marketing manager at Sony Computer Entertainment America, wrote in a blog post. Plex on PlayStation gives you access to all the TVs and movies you have stored on your primary Plex server, and allows you to pick up where you left off on other platforms, as well as see your On Deck queue and of course have a look at ratings, summaries, cast information and more for all your stored media.

If you had a US-based PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment account any time before May 15th, 2011, you stand to score some old games and other goodies. Exactly what you’ll get from the settlement depends on a few criteria, like whether your accounts have been inactive since the hack and if you took advantage of the company’s “Welcome Back” promotions after service was restored in May 2011.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 console focused a lot less on media center functions when compared to the Xbox One at launch, and in fact the Xbone (and the Xbox 360) did get Plex before Sony’s game systems. You can’t apply the discount to pre-orders, for example, or subscriptions or anything bought on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, and PSP (although downloads purchased for those formats elsewhere are fine). 10 per cent still isn’t much, but it’s still better than nothing and at least they did manage to catch at least one of the hackers involved in the attack. Throw Plex on your PlayStation 4, and throw another copy a home server or computer, and you’ll be able to stream movies directly to your gaming console—a much more elegant solution for watching home videos than copying them to a portable hard drive or USB key. for example. But the arrival of Plex on PS4 actually goes a long way to making it a more comprehensive destination for those hoping to trim down the number of devices plugged into their TVs at any one time. Since the PlayStation 4 doesn’t let you connect to a DLNA server directly via the OS (so far), unlike the PlayStation 3, Plex is really the best option right now for those looking to pull up their other content on their PS4.

Plex and Sony say the app will be available in the PlayStation Store starting this afternoon Pacific Time, so keep your downloading finger at the ready. Cyber attacks have been making big headlines recently, from Lizard Squad’s Christmas Day attacks To North Korea’s Sony Pictures hack and the summer’s iCloud scandal. The bigger news, buried at the bottom of Sony’s post, is that the Plex for PlayStation app is only available right now to those who subscribe to Plex’s premium service—for a $5 monthly fee, $40 annual fee, or $150 lifetime membership.

The massive hack not took PlayStation Network offline for nearly a month in the spring of 2011 — it also led to the breach of account information from over 77 million users. We are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism.” Don’t expect this sort of thing to be going away anytime soon, however. DDOS attacks of the kind Lizard Squad is so fond of are easy to pull off and difficult to defend against, and the world of more complex hacks takes place in a constantly changing, difficult to predict environment.

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