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Useful Notes / PlayStation Network

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Also known as PlayStation Store and the enhanced subscribed version, PlayStation Plus.

As both Xbox 360 and Wii had their own Digital Distribution systems, so must Sony have one for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PlayStation Portable, and Play Station Vita.

The system seems to aim for a medium between Xbox Live Arcade and WiiWare, favoring both new downloadable games (usually a slightly more non-standard kind than Xbox LIVE Arcade) and games from the first PlayStation. Although, it should be noted that the selection of PS one Classics in Japan rivals even that of the Virtual Console, while other regions are a bit wanting at the moment. PlayStation Network is even beginning to have Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx-16 games available, as well as a huge release of updated Neo Geo games (along with their own controller). While the Japanese service is better than its Western alternatives, the PlayStation Network is still in the ring against both Xbox LIVE Arcade and Nintendo's pair of services.

Naturally, the service also offers downloadable movies, TV shows and other items aside from games; much of this was previously branded as Qriosity or as the Sony Entertainment Network, and could be used on non-PlayStation Sony devices like Blu-ray players; the other storefronts were unified under the PSN banner in 2015, and PlayStation Music has since ceased standalone service in favor of providing Spotify to users. PlayStation Now is a game-streaming service, while PlayStation Vue was Sony's attempt at an over-the-top TV streaming service (it closed in 2020).

In certain parts of Asia, the PlayStation Network holds the distinction for being the only online service available. Despite being Bad Export for You by lacking numerous services, and certain games, it does make up for it in other ways (for example, offering three different versions of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - English, Mandarin and Japanese, as well as offering both English and Japanese versions of various Final Fantasy titles). And it's not as if those living in the area have any choice, with Nintendo and Microsoft both choosing to ignore the market and not offer their services despite the pleas of a thousand gamers writing in to both each day.

Notable PlayStation Network games include:

PlayStation 3 games

PS One Classics

PS2 Classics

Downloadable PlayStation Portable games

Alternative Title(s): Playstation Store, Play Station Plus, PSN