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Encyclopedia > PlayStation Network
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PlayStation Network, often abbreviated to PSN in the gaming community, is Sony's free online service provided for use with their PlayStation 3 [1] and PlayStation Portable video game consoles. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... Game console redirects here. ...

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User registration

Icons of the various features of the PlayStation Network. From left to right: Sign Up, Game Demos, PlayStation Store, Friends and the Internet Browser

Registration is performed via the PlayStation 3 console or a personal computer. There are currently 5.5 million users registered on the network. Two types of accounts can be created, master accounts and sub accounts. The master account, as the name suggests, allows full access to all settings including parental control but the master has to be over the age of 18 to create an account. Sub accounts can subsequently be created with desired restrictions set and monitored by the master account holder.[2] Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ...


Since master/sub accounts are not linked with the PS3 serial number, which allows users to buy and sell used consoles, they can be used with different physical consoles as a guest user. Therefore a single PS3 console can have multiple master accounts. A PSN registration is required for the PlayStation Store access and a guest user's account can be used to download PSN Store purchased items to a friend's console, but an account is not required to access the PS3's own web browser. The ability to use PlayStation Store content licenses for re-download is limited to five different PlayStation 3 consoles though. PlayStation Store (PS Store) is Sonys PlayStation Network online shopping service provided for use with either its PlayStation 3 video game console or a Personal Computer. ... An example of a Web browser (Mozilla Firefox) A web browser is a software application that enables a user to display and interact with text, images, videos, music and other information typically located on a Web page at a website on the World Wide Web or a local area network. ...


The PS3 console has been launched in most areas as of March 23, 2007. Some sites speculated that potential PS3 customers from outside of Japan and the US would be able to pre-register their favorite usernames online at the PlayStation Store.[3] This proved to be true, as European gamers were able to register prior to the March 23 release using their PC, giving the added benefit of being able to quickly pre-register their details and more importantly, secure their chosen and world unique username.[4]. Its probably worth adding that Xbox Marketplace and Xbox.com have offered this feature for years. is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Services

On May 15, 2006, at the PlayStation Business Conference, Sony confirmed that they were preparing for an online service tentatively named PlayStation Network Platform with free online play. Sony also announced some new features at their TGS 2006 conference (Ironiocally, TGS should be called CGI because everything Sony showed at the show was in CGI). is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gamers play Sonys PS3 in TGS 2006 Booths at the Tokyo Game Show in 2004 The Tokyo Game Show , or simply TGS) is a video game expo / convention held in Tokyo, Japan. ...


The full list of planned services for the PlayStation Network Platform is as follows.[1]

Communication/Community
  • Account created through user registration
  • Lobbies/Matchmaking
  • Scores/Ranking
  • Game data upload/download
  • Presence/Friend List/Avatar (Gamers may also choose to use their own individual friends list)
  • Voice/Video Chat
  • Messaging
  • Free Internet Browser
  • PlayStation Home
Account
  • User Registration
  • Single Login ID/Handlename issue
Commerce

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PlayStation Store

Main article: PlayStation Store

PlayStation Store is an online shopping service based service for the PlayStation Network which is available for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable consoles. The store uses actual currency and PlayStation Network Cards. Some have complained that the store does not have as much content as the Xbox 360 Marketplace. PlayStation Store (PS Store) is Sonys PlayStation Network online shopping service provided for use with either its PlayStation 3 video game console or a Personal Computer. ... The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... Taiwanese PlayStation Network Card (800NT$) PlayStation Network Card (or Ticket) are prepaid cards used to buy PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable contents in the online PlayStation Store. ...


PlayStation Home

Main article: PlayStation Home

PlayStation Home is a community based service for the PlayStation Network which will become freely available when it launches in early 2008. Home allows users to create an avatar character for their PlayStation 3 console. This avatar will get their own house, which can be decorated with items players can receive in several achievements. Also included in the online virtual world is the ability to meet other PS3 users, interact, play games, show friends different types of media saved on the PS3 hard drive, and much more. In the future home will also expand, allowing players to have more items such as clothing, luxury housing, household items, which can be purchased via PlayStation Store. Crititcs have complained that the beta of Home is extremely unimpressive, and overhyped by Sony. The PlayStation Home logo Home (trademarked as Homeâ„¢ and known more practically as PlayStation Home) is a community-based service for the PlayStation Network which has been in development since early 2007. ...


Features

  • All of the online services, from sign-up right through to voice and video chat, are free, as is normal multiplayer gaming. The only things that are not free are paid-for downloadable content and subscriptions to premium services, such as massively multiplayer online games. It should be noted that for some third-party games, the online service is free on PSN but is paid for on Xbox Live. It should also be noted that that statement is not factually true, and that Xbox Live gives you voice chat and friends lists across all games in addition to world class downloads that the Playstation Network is not capable of offering.
  • The PlayStation 3 has a fully functional web browser, developed internally by Sony. Much like the PSP browser, the PS3 browser also supports bookmarks and most other standard features found in modern web browsers. Its support of JavaScript and Flash is limited; while YouTube is fully accessible, Flash content of IGN and GameTrailers, for example, is not. Critics have complained that the browser is almost impossible to use without a keyboard, and that loading times are substantially slower than those on a computer, or on the Nintendo Wii.

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References

  1. ^ a b Hirohiko Niizumi, Tor Thorsen. "PlayStation Network Platform detailed", GameSpot, March 15, 2006. 
  2. ^ Sony PLAYSTATION®3 System Software Online User's Guide. Retrieved on 2007-07-09.
  3. ^ Three Speech semi-official Sony PLAYSTATION®3 blog site. Retrieved on 2007-07-09.
  4. ^ Sony European Customer Registration. Retrieved on 2007-07-09.

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External links

  • GameTrailers With "E3 2K6 PS3 Network" Video
  • Official Home Beta website
  • PlayStation Home @ JoyStiq

 
 

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