PSN Change: Did Sony betray its Customers?

Come November 18th Sony will change its policy on PSN downloads. Currently people can download content on up to five devices, but soon that will be chopped to two. Games bought before the 18th won’t be affected, so buy everything you want now.

The main problem with this change is that some households have more than two PS3s or PSPs. Even if the parents aren’t gamers their children very well may be, and Sony is now asking families to buy games more than once if they have more than two devices. Is it just me or is that crazy?

If downloadable games were on disc people could play them on ten consoles and no one would care. If you buy the game it is yours and should be treated as such. In an early blog post I complained about Sony not letting me change my account to a master account. In that post, I mentioned that currently I can mooch off of my mom—well now I can’t. My parents have two PS3s in the house, so now not only can I not handle money, but I can’t download games from my mom’s account because that would be over the limit.

So either I should to be able to download games from my mom’s account, or handle my own money. But really I’d rather handle my own money.
Some people were abusing the system, which is probably a reason for the change. However, families with multiple systems, especially the PSP will be impacted by this change. I just hope with this change kids who have grown up with the PS3 and are now out on their own can handle their own account and decide which devices they will download their games on.

Not having freedom to handle one’s account, or handle one’s games, as they want is a betrayal.

What are your thoughts on the change? Comment below.


Don’t Make Me Change My PSN ID

Sony you’re great. You have great gaming systems and great games, but I ask one thing of you. Don’t make me change my PSN ID.

What do I mean by this? Simple, I bought my PlayStation when I was young, young enough my mother didn’t want me spending money without discretion online, so my mother being practical made my account a sub-account under her master account. Well now I am in college and basically on my own, and I want to spend money.

One Christmas, my mother bought me a $50 gift card for the PSN store. When I went to redeem my card under my account I got a message saying I can’t handle money. So now, anytime I want to use my money I have to log in to my mom’s account and download a game. I’m frugal with my money. On my mom’s account we have her money and my money, but once they are combined and some time passes, we don’t know how much is hers and how much is mine.

What I want from you, Sony, is to let me change my sub-account to a master account—without loosing the games I already downloaded. It is totally OK with me that afterward I won’t be able to get my mom’s games free. I just want to spend my money the way I want. Sony this works out for you, instead of me mooching off my parents I will have to spend my own money, sometimes for a game my mom already owns. You will double your money. That isn’t bad.

The way the system is set up now, I would have to create a new account with a new ID and separate my current account from my mom’s and attach it to the new one. Then I can’t play the games on my system that I love and enjoy. That is too inconvenient.

If I want to make it hassle free I can make a new account and just play my games from that account—but then I start my trophy count all over again.

I propose median between what I want and what you have. Create an automatic system that when an account holder turns 18 a screen comes up and allows people to change the account to a master account, if it isn't already. Also allow people to manually change their account status one time.

When I get a job and live, probably across the country, I don’t want to have to ask my mom about spending money. It is time for me to grow up—and PSN.