Playstation is a Japanese video game brand that consists of five home video game consoles, as well as a media center, an online service, a line of controllers, two handhelds and a phone, as well as multiple magazines. The brand is produced by Sony Interactive Entertainment, a division of Sony; the first PlayStation console was released in Japan in December 1994, and worldwide the following year.
PlayStation is a network of video game consoles, but soon extended to encompass smartphones, tablets, Blu-ray players and high-definition televisions. As of April 2016, over 110 million users have been documented, with 113 million of them active monthly as of June 2020.
PlayStation Network’s services are dedicated to an online PlayStation Store, a premium subscription service for enhanced gaming and social features like PlayStation Plus, movie streaming, rentals and free purchases (PlayStation Video), music streaming (PlayStation Music, powered by Spotify) and a cloud gaming service (PlayStation Now).
The Play station Store is a digital media shop that offers a range of downloadable content both for purchase and available free of charge. This includes full games, free-to-play games, add-ons, demos, music, movies and background themes. The store is updated with new releases each Tuesday in North America and each Wednesday in PAL regions. The store accepts physical currency, PayPal transfers and network cards.
If you would like to link your PayPal to PlayStation Store, simply add it as your default payment method and select it during checkout. You can also use PayPal to top up your wallet, which can then be used to make PlayStation Store purchases.
A child account doesn’t have a PlayStation Wallet, and can only make purchases using funds from the family manager’s PlayStation Wallet within a monthly spending limit. This limit is automatically set to 0 when the account is created.
If you add a payment method while shopping on PlayStation Store, the payment information will be saved to your account.
On your PC or any web browser sign in to account management.
Select Payment Management > Add Payment Method.
Enter your PayPal information.
In Playstation 5
When you turn on Set as Default, this payment method will be used the next time you buy something.
In Playstation 4
If you find any difficulty in linking your Paypal account to Playstation store then:
Signing up to the PlayStation Network is free. Two types of accounts can be created: Master accounts and Sub accounts. A master account allows full access to all settings, including parental controls. Sub accounts can subsequently be created (e.g. for children) with desired restrictions set by the master account holder. A sub account holder has the option to upgrade their account once they reach 18 years of age.
PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) is a paid PlayStation Network subscription service that provides users with access to premium features. These extras include early access to upcoming games, beta trials, regular PlayStation Store discount, occasional discounts on a variety of non PlayStation related products, and the ability to have system software updates and game patches download automatically to the console. As part of the subscription, members are given new PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 games every month and 100 GB of internet storage space for saved game files. PlayStation online multiplayer requires a subscription to PlayStation Plus, free-to-play games excluded. Users may choose a monthly, quarterly or annual subscription.
Membership includes access to a rolling selection of games. New titles are made available every month, to be downloaded immediately or added to a library for later access, before being replaced by a new selection of games. Members can keep all games in their library as long as they remain a member of PlayStation Plus. If their membership lapses, these games will become inaccessible. Once membership is renewed, the games will become unlocked again.
In Australia PlayStation Plus 12 Month Membership is $79.95
PlayStation Network Cards are a form of electronic money that can be used with the PlayStation Store. Each card, or ticket, contains an alphanumeric code which can be entered on the PlayStation Network to deposit credit in a virtual wallet. Sony devised the payment method for people without access to a credit card, and PlayStation owners who would like to send or receive such cards as gifts. The tickets are available via online retailers, convenience stores, electronic kiosks and post office ATMs.
In 2012 Sony introduced a cross-buy initiative, whereby a game available for multiple PlayStation devices need only be purchased once. Players who download the PlayStation 3 version of a game can transfer to the PlayStation Vita or PlayStation 4 version at no extra cost, and vice versa. Users have immediate access to supported titles in their digital game library, even when they upgrade to the newest system.