What is PlayStation Network?
PlayStation Network, or PSN, is the free* to access online service for PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation Vita.
On PSN you can purchase games, download films and play against other people and on PS3 you can also chat to friends whilst playing games. What makes it so special is that it's free* to sign up to PlayStation Network.
PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation Vita all support online multiplayer gaming. Online gaming makes your games go further and can bring hours of extra fun as you go head-to-head with players from around the world in a variety of exciting games such as Killzone 3 (PS3), Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PS3), Resistance Retribution (PSP) and WipEout 2048 (PS Vita) to name just a few of the games that you can play online.
PSN is full of exclusive content, from the minis range of bitesized games to films and programmes not found anywhere else. You really are spoilt for choice on PSN.
Download the latest Game Demos
You'll find some of the latest PS3 and PSP demos ready for download on PSN, so you can try some of the latest games ahead of their release. If you're a PlayStation Plus member then you can have the demos delivered directly to your PS3.
Your PSN profile is more than a name; it's your passport to a whole new world of social features that go beyond your PS3, PSP or PS Vita. Assign yourself an avatar and a name that represents you and then explore PSN.
- Compare trophies with friends from both the PlayStation®3 system and eu.playstation.com
- Share your recent trophies, total trophies, overall level and how far you have to go to level-up.
- With your unique Portable ID show off your trophies and level status on your favourite official game sites, social networks and other websites.
Video & Chat Messaging
Whether it's to arrange your next game online or just to catch up, PS3 acts as a communication portal to other PS3 users on your PSN friends list. You can use the on-screen keyboard or the Wireless Bluetooth Keypad (sold separately) to type messages, the Bluetooth Headset to chat away or the PlayStation Eye to see your friends.
- Text and chat with friends.
- See which of your friends are online and what games they're playing.
- Use voice chat for real-time communication.
- Video chat with up to six people using the PlayStation Eye Camera.
Take your PlayStation 3 Online
It's not all about online gaming though! PS3 is a hub that delivers a whole host of digitised delights.
- PlayStation Home - Meet friends, play games and go shopping! Explore games in their own PlayStation Home environments and you can even go to the Moon!
- VidZone - Watch thousands of music videos from your favourite artists for free*.
- On Demand - Catch up on your favourite TV programmes with the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4OD on your PS3
- Internet Browser - Check your favourite sites and forums on the built in Internet Browser from the comfort of your sofa.
The PlayStation Store is home to some of the best digital entertainment available. This ever-expanding library gives you access to games, demos, movies and more for your PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation Vita.
PlayStation Store on your PS3 and PSP
PS3 features an enormous hard drive, built-in WiFi and you can stream or download HD content straight to your console. So utilise this amazing console's full potential with thousands of games, demos, movies, themes, avatars, map-packs and additional content for your favourite games all available from PlayStation Store.
Just turn on the system's built-in WiFi and go to the PlayStation Store logo on the menu to get access to all the downloadable items for PSP! You'll find games, add-ons, PSone Classics, movies, comics, shows, themes and wallpapers waiting for you.
The PlayStation Vita takes handheld gaming to new levels with a great combination of cutting edge graphics, exceptional online modes and multiple control methods. Play next generation portable games and watch films on the Vita's crystal clear 5?OLED touch screen before accessing the PlayStation Store to check out all the new and exciting content that awaits you.
New Games and Add-Ons
Hundreds of titles are available to download from PlayStation Store, some of which you won't find anywhere else, and the great range of PSone Classics brought back by popular demand.
You'll also find add-ons for some of your favourite games like Killzone 3, Call of Duty and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception that include all manner of items to keep you gaming.
No matter your budget or what games you like, you'll find something on PlayStation Store as it's easy to navigate and all games and their add-ons are in one place. To purchase any of these amazing titles or their add-ons just top up your PlayStation Wallet using a PlayStation Network Card.
Rent or buy thousands of movies
Get lost in a fantasy land or cling to the edge of your seat in the latest adrenaline fuelled action film, no matter what your favourite genre is, PlayStation Network has you covered. You can download films on your PS3, PSP & PlayStation Vita, so you can watch your chosen film in the comfort of your own home or on your way to work.
PlayStation Store on your PC
Too many games on your PSP? Then download Media Go. This free* software enables you to move games, music, save data, films, comics and chotos between your PC and PSP effortlessly.
It also provides a doorway to PlayStation Store via your PC or laptop.
How to join PlayStation Network
Signing up to PlayStation Network couldn't be easier. Plus, it's FREE*! Sign up using the steps below and unleash the full potential of your PlayStation 3!
Create an account via PS3
To join PlayStation Network, go to the PlayStation Network logo on the XMB menu under PlayStation Network on your PlayStation 3, PSP or PS Vita and follow the simple on screen instructions to create a new account.
Create an account via PC
Away from your PS3 but can't wait to get started? Sign up via PC at eu.playstation.com.
For complete PlayStation Network Terms and Conditions, please see the PlayStation Network Terms and Conditions Page