Playstation Store Welcome Back Package Now Available

By BlueZeroBlueZero


For those users who were freaking out for the last month as the Playstation Network was down, today is the day when you grab a tissue and wipe away those tears. As Sony has promised, the "Welcome Back Program" is now active as of 3pm for me. I just popped onto the PS Store and noticed it is extremely slow and is throwing random number errors (like 80023103) when I try to download items. Hurry to your precious PSN and login to the PS Store to get started. For everyone else who is still in front of the Internet, here's my guide on what to download:

Since I am now getting error (80710D36) when I try to enter the Playstation Store, I can't see the current options. Therefore I go to the news feed and select the new DLC button to get in the store that way. So far the store has been sooooo bogged down I haven't been able to download anything. The closest I've gotten is where the store item has the shopping bag icon showing it's now in my content folder.

PS Plus Free Games

The first stop is to browse over to the Playstation Plus area and select the free 30 day item from the menu. Next you will want to download all the "free" items thanks to the PS Plus subscription. This includes awesome games like Comet Crash and Sonic 2. You will see a lot of the games and content in the Playstation Plus part of the menu but do take a look for other free DLC like the new Socom ones. I'm going to download the Killzone 3 map pack since it is made free by PS Plus and it should still be around when my free subscription runes out.

You can also play any of the 60 minute full game trials though I see this more as an extended demo session. I mean the normal demo of Infamous 2 probably lasted me 45 minutes and was an extremely long demo. Kuddos to Sucker Punch for giving me a boss fight and allowing me to see the Uncharted engine in action.

  • Choose Your Two Free Games

I'm personally choosing Dead Nation and Wipeout HD when I can download the free games. I already own LittleBigPlanet and have already played through my friend's copy of Infamous. I also already own the excellent Super Stardust HD. To get the best value from your free games, I would suggest picking Infamous and Wipeout HD if you don't already own these.

Here's the list of free games for the US PS Store (You get to choose two out of the list):

  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury expansion
  • LittleBigPlanet

Dynamic Themes

Now here is the goldmine ready for you to start blasting away with dynamite. Simply browse through all the dynamic and premium themes and look for the ones which are now free thanks to PS Plus. The first theme that comes to mind is the Playstation Plus theme since it makes perfect sense. Of course go for the popular dynamic themes like the fire log and fishtank.


Go to the avatar section of the store and download all the premium avatars which are now free thanks again to Playstation Plus. I can't get to that menu area due to the errors and no content showing up, so please explore on your own leisure.

Saved Games Cloud Backup

The final thing to do is to go through your super long list of saved games and choose to add them to Sony's saved game cloud server. There doesn't appear to be a quick way to just select all your games and throw them on the server. So I would suggest backing up the saves which are locked or saves which are extremely valuable (I'm looking at you Mercenaries 2 and Resident Evil 5). Make use of the save backup so if for some reason you lose the saves, all it takes is a month subscription to Playstation Plus to recover your saves. As someone who has spent hundreds of hours gaming, I protect my saved game files because I can never get that time back.


Whenever you can get on the Playstation Store, make sure to go crazy downloading all the free content and games on the PS3 and PSP. With Sony getting hacked again, this time on their Sony Pictures website, it's going to be a rough fifty years of cyberwarfare between corporations and legions of hackers. I guess I'll be on the sideline enjoying my personal 3D gaming system created by SoNinSoft.

  • Small Additions: There are also three free movie rentals in the US Playstation Video Store. You can choose between HD and SD of Ghostbusters, Final Fantasy: Spirits Within and Bad Boys
  • You can also grab the "100" free items for Home. There are two free estates and tons of clothing for both your male and female characters. The Home store interface is still just as laggy and errorprone for me on a Saturday (June 4th).

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