When Sony released PlayStation 3, it came with this brand new thing… The PlayStation Network, also known as PSN. This service allows PS3 and PSP (PlayStation Portable) users to connect to the internet and play their favorite games with people all around the world. PSN was announced in 2006 at a meeting, and released when PS3 first hit stores. The PSN is free for everyone, it allows the use of internet, the PlayStation Store and the PlayStation Home. Unlike Xbox (Microsoft Points) and Wii (Nintendo Points), PSN uses a wallet-like-system. You can add real money to this virtual wallet, and when you buy something from the store, it will just make the transaction from there. There are a few ways to add money to this wallet, some of these are: Credit Cards, PlayStation Network Cards and tickets which can be bought in many stores all around the world. Both ways are easy because at the credit card transaction you just need to enter your information, the amount you want to add to your account and that’s it. For the PSN cards you just need to enter a 12 digit code.
As the PlayStation Network is free, there is an optional optional service with a monthly fee. The PlayStation Plus (also known as PS+) will allow it’s users to get the newest game demos, automatic updates, premium content and other fancy stuff, while being able to use the standard PSN applications. Users can buy a three month or a yearly subscription. North American users also get a subscription to Qore as a bonus.
Qore is an online magazine for the PSN. Currently it’s only available in North America. It gives never before seen footage, exclusive access to game demos and interviews. All videos are in High-Definition. FirstPlay is also an online magazine, but for people from the UK, and it comes out weekly rather then monthly.
The PlayStation Store
The PS Store is an online marketplace for PS3 and PSP users. Users can download full games, downloadable content, and movie/game reviews from here. The store is updated every Tuesday. The PS Store was not available for a long time because of the PSN outage.
With so many things Sony made for the PlayStation 3, many things can go wrong, like a PS3 laser replacement + PS3 YLOD and many other errors, so every once a while a PS3 repair is needed. These PS3 repairs are important to keep the console alive.