Sony offering 10 percent PSN discount this weekend after holiday outages

Sony’s promised discount of 10 percent off a PlayStation Store purchase, part of the company’s make-good for the PlayStation Network outages around Christmas, will go into effect this weekend, Sony announced yesterday.

The company initially announced the deal earlier this month as an apology for extended PSN downtime during the holiday season, which was caused by denial-of-service attacks on the network from a hacker group known as Lizard Squad. Connectivity issues plagued the service for multiple days after Christmas.

All PSN users will be able to get 10 percent off a purchase in the PlayStation Store this weekend. It’s not that everything in the store is 10 percent cheaper; instead, the offer is for a one-time discount off eligible items in a total cart purchase. The deal applies to games and add-on content, including pre-orders, as well as purchases of movies and television shows from Video Unlimited. Items such as PlayStation Plus subscriptions, Music Unlimited content, PlayStation Now titles and Video Unlimited rentals are excluded.

Sony will provide the offer’s promo code later this week on the PlayStation Blog. The discount will be valid from 9 a.m. PT on Friday, Jan. 23, until 9 a.m. PT on Monday, Jan. 26. Customers must redeem the code and complete their transaction by that end time in order to get the 10 percent discount.

“We hope your New Year is getting off to a great start,” said Eric Lempel, vice president of Sony Network Entertainment. “Thanks again for your loyalty.”

The second part of Sony’s make-good is a five-day extension to PlayStation Plus subscriptions. Lempel said that PS Plus members won’t need to do anything; Sony has begun rolling out the extensions, and will notify users via email “in the coming days” with details.