Sony has a dedicated PSN (Playstation Network) shop across several countries worldwide. However, content, costs and offers/specials differ from country to country outside the USA. Based on where you live, games may not be available in your home country whatsoever or are a lot more expensive. Broadly , the US PSN shop has the best variety in deals and games — so I would strongly recommend to begin using it. Additionally, there are some cases where sites like Amazon sell electronic codes that are even less expensive than the PSN Store itself. In the following I will explain the following things:
- How to setup an US PSN account
- How to purchase prepaid credit
- Special: PlayStation game vouchers & digital codes
- How to play US PSN games on your regular account
This tutorial applies for all countries. It does not matter if you’re in the UK, France or Australia. It is time to get benefit of this and get excellent deals on PS4 and PS3 games.
How to setup an US PSN account?
The first step in this tutorial is to make an account at the US PSN account. This can either be performed on your own PS4 or around the PSN site. The account is made based on your address, so the first step you need to take is find yourself an address in the USA. In case you have family or friends living there, simply ask them if you’re able to use their address. If not, I’d simply suggest to find yourself an address online and enter it. Special tip: Take an address located somewhere in one of the five US states that don’t have sales tax: Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, Delaware or Oregon. You can find an address using Google Maps. Hotels or residential areas work best in my experience. Now that we have an address, take the following steps to create the account:
- Log of your PSN account on your PS4
- Select New User and “New to PSN? Create an Account”
- Chose “Sign Up Now”
- Select United States as country, enter your birth date
- Next, enter the address that you researched before
- Follow the menu. Tip: When you’re using gmail, you can simply add or remove a . somewhere in the email address and it will still go trough (e.g. email@example.com -> firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Follow the next steps (mostly settings). Verify your email and you’re done
That’s it already. You know have an account with which you can buy games in the US PSN store. However, in most cases you won’t be able to pay for something because your PayPal account / email address does not match the address as defined in your PSN account. In the next step I’ll show you how to circumvent this.back to menu ↑
How to purchase prepaid credit?
Getting prepaid credit for your US PSN account is actually quite easy. The only thing you need is to go to Amazon.com or other websites and purchase digital PSN credit which is available from $10.00 to $100.00. I would personally recommend to buy the prepaid codes below $50.00 as higher ones seem to take longer to be delivered.
Shortly after purchasing the code you’ll receive an email with it or can simply copy it from the Amazon website. Now go to this website and enter the code there. You’re obviously also able to add the code on your Playstation4. That’s it. Your US PSN account is now charged with credit and you can start buying games.back to menu ↑
How to play US PSN games on your regular account?
As you’re now able to play the games in your PS4, they are now restricted to your US PSN account. Luckily, there’s a way to play with the US games in your regular PS account. This also has multiplayer and getting Trophies. The play only behaves like any other video game – no matter where you bought it. The solution to this dilemma is to specify your PS4 as the main console in the US PSN account. Due to this, everything that you buy on your US PSN account is shared with the other accounts on the PS4.
Here are the steps that you have to take:
- Select PSN
- Activate as Your Primary PS4
Afterwards, switch back to your regular PSN account. You can now play all games from there.
NOTE. It only works on PS4 and PS3