Everything you need to know about the PlayStation Network
Welcome to the PlayStation Network
Discover a online world of gaming, offers and communities with the PlayStation Network, or PSN for short.
PSN is the online home of all things PlayStation, linking your account to whatever PlayStation console(s) you have - PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Enjoy a host of features, from playing online and downloading games from the PlayStation Store, to social media and a wealth of on-demand music, movies and TV.
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PSN and PS Plus Membership
PlayStation Network is free to join, and offers all sorts of gaming, social and entertainment features for you to enjoy as soon as you sign up, including playing your games online. And while all this is great, if you upgrade to a PlayStation Plus subscription you can enjoy even more games, more offers and more storage!
One of the best features of PlayStation Plus is the Instant Game Collection. Every month there's a different selection of PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita games for PlayStation Plus members to download and enjoy, with at new games added to the mix all the time! That adds up to a lot of extra games to play every year, yours to keep for as long as you are a member of PS Plus.
On top of this, PS Plus subscribers can enjoy one-hour trials of PSN games and get discounts in the PlayStation Store, with special offers on games and add-ons that are updated regularly to ensure you always get the greatest deals. You could also enjoy exclusive access to the latest demos and beta trials, as well as jumping to the front of the queue for selected games. PS Plus is also required for online gaming on PlayStation 4.
TOP-RATED GAMES ON YOUR PLAYSTATION
Grab games on your PS4, PS3 and PS Vita every month
for the course of your membership
What you get on PSN and PS Plus
|PlayStation Plus||PlayStation Network|
|Instant Game Collection||✓|
|PS4™ Online Multiplayer||✓|
|Discounts & Giveaways||✓|
|Free Online Gaming for PS3™ & PS Vita||✓||✓|
|Connect with Friends||✓||✓|
|Download Games & Videos||✓||✓|
|All Round Entertainment||✓||✓|
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Join a massive online library
PlayStation Network offers a wealth of games to buy, download and play straight away from the PlayStation Store, with a massive online library offering the best games available on the PlayStation family. There's a wide variety of games to choose from, from the biggest blockbusters to the hottest indy titles, modern greats and even the chance to re-visit games from PlayStation's past with PSOne Classics.
And with an increasing number of games offering additional digital content after release, you can enhance your gaming with a wide range of add-ons. Map packs, character skins, extra missions and more can be yours to purchase via PSN, and you can even grab your Season Passes to ensure you get the full array of downloadable content for your favourite games and make a great saving, too!
Plus, PSN is the only place you can Cross Buy a selection of games buy the game for one PlayStation format, and you'll receive an exclusive PSN download code to play the game on a different console. You could grab the game on PS3 and get the PS Vita version at no extra cost, or pick up a game on PS4 and get a code to play it on PS3 as well.*
PlayStation 4 will also be offering an even wider back catalogue of classic PlayStation games. Through the new partnership with Gaikai, an ever-growing range of games will be yours to access and play online via cloud-based gaming no downloading, no taking up memory space, just the fun of re-visiting PlayStation's past!
*only available on selected titles
Multiplayer on PSN
Whatever PlayStation you own, you'll need to be signed up to PSN in order to play your games online (with a PS Plus membership required for PS4 users). You can play with your friends in organised online games, or just load up your game and play with whoever else is waiting in the lobby, join online tournaments or experience the intelligent matchmaking to let you find the right opponents for you from across the globe. There really is a world of online gaming possibilities awaiting you.
And even when you're not playing online together, PlayStation Network lets you share your gaming socially with your online friends by sharing and comparing your trophies using Social Media. Plus, the PS4's new Share Button allows you to upload your gameplay online and share it with your friends. Stream it live with Ustream or edit your best bits, even adding a voice over!
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Thanks to PlayStation Network, your PlayStation console can become a home entertainment hub, with a wide range of apps to let you enjoy the best movies, music, TV and more.**
There's the best in on-demand video services like LOVEFiLM and Netflix, catch-up TV with BBC iPlayer, 4OD and more, music videos with Vidzone and SONY's own Music Unlimited and Videos Unlimited, as well as the chance to rent movies in the PlayStation Store. Whatever kind of entertainment you're looking for, it's yours to enjoy straight through your console and onto your TV.
You can also surf the web using the online browser, check in with your friends using Social Networking apps like Facebook, and share videos with twitch, Ustream and YouTube. Whether you're sharing trophies, trading messages or uploading and sharing your gameplay, there's a lot of fun you can have on PlayStation Network.
**subscriptions may be required to access some entertainment services
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Top-up your Wallet
If you want to make any purchases from the PlayStation Store, you'll need to make sure your PlayStation Wallet has enough credit. To do that, you'll need to first purchase a PSN Wallet Top-Up.
Available in a range of numerations, PSN Wallet Top-Ups are a quick and easy way to make sure you can grab what you want, when you want it, from the PlayStation Store. They also make the ideal gift for the PlayStation player in your life, and are great for parents to keep a cap on their childrens' spending on PlayStation Network.
PlayStation Network on your consoleBack to top
|PlayStation Plus||PlayStation 3||PlayStation Vita||PlayStation 4|
|Instant Game Collection||✓||✓||✓|
|Online Game Saves||✓||✓||✓|
|Automatic Tropy Sync||✓||✓||Free|
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How to Download on PlayStation Network
You can order and enjoy a host of games, add-ons and Wallet Top Up to spend for your PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PSP through the PlayStation Network. These are digital downloads, meaning instead of sending you anything through the post, we'll simply email you a code to redeem.
PSN items can be ordered like any other product from the site, and at the same time as other products. The only difference is we won't ask for a delivery address when you check out!
I've Lost My Activation Email
If you should lose the email that contains the activation code for your games, expansion packs or other content for PlayStation Network, don't worry we can now re-send the missing code to you.
Simply head to My Downloads and follow the instructions and we'll be able to re-send you any activation codes you're missing.
• You will need membership of the PlayStation Network to redeem your code
• PSN voucher codes are case sensitive and must be entered exactly as displayed
• PSN voucher codes are only valid in the UK
• Once you have completed your purchase of a PSN Download, we cannot issue a refund as receiving an activation email is the equivalent of opening a physical box.
• You may experience a delay in receiving your code as high value orders may need to be checked before processing