The venom pointed at the PlayStation Network is always at its peak when the service is offline, as everyone tends to go back to their business when functionality is restored. That said, there's no denying that the platform's recent holiday outage was unfortunate, and even though a faction of cyber attackers may be to blame, Sony's come good for its consumers.

Writing on the PlayStation Blog, senior vice president of Sony Network Entertainment hopped online to once again apologise for the disruption – and confirm that everyone that was subscribed to PlayStation Plus on 25th December will have their subscriptions extended by five days. This applies to both free trials and full memberships. Moreover, you'll still be eligible if your sub has since expired.

The platform holder promises that much of this will occur automatically behind-the-scenes, and that it will provide additional information as and when it has it to share. Furthermore, as a gesture of goodwill to non-premium members, it will be offering a 10 per cent discount code for every PlayStation Network user, which will be good for one full transaction on the PlayStation Store.

It sounds like you'll be able to use this during a complete checkout, so theoretically you could buy several pieces of content at once, and still use the code – although, that's us reading between the lines. More information on this is, again, expected in the near future – presumably next week when everyone's back at work. In the meantime, let us know if you're satisfied with this compensation in the comments section below.

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