When Sony announced the phased restoration of the PlayStation Network, they said we can expect details of the "welcome back" program in due time. That information is now at the PlayStation Blog ; this applies to North American PSN customers, who can take advantage "shortly after" Sony has fully restored the service.
First, all PSN customers can select two PS3 games from the following list; they'll be available for 30 days after the Store has been resurrected:
Those are some great titles right there. For PSP owners, they can download two free games from this list (also for 30 days after the Store is back):
Oh, but it doesn't end there.
— A selection of “On Us” rental movie titles will be available to PlayStation Network customers over one weekend, where Video Service is available. Those titles will be announced soon.
— 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers.
— Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.
— Existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days of free premium subscription.
— Additional 30 days + time lost for existing members of Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription free of charge for existing Premium/Basic members.
— To welcome users Home, PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items. Additional free content will be released soon, including the next addition to the Home Mansion personal space, and Ooblag’s Alien Casino, an exclusive game.
Okay, so some users might remain bitter. But this isn't a bad program, is it?