SCEA Announces Expanded Availability For PSN Cards
It's the announcement many PlayStation 3 owners have been waiting for, despite the fact the product has actually been available in select retailers for quite a while. Thing is, many consumers had no idea where to find these nifty PlayStation Network Cards, and up until this point, we had limited official information.
Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced they're "expanding the availability of the popular PlayStation Network Cards to additional major retailers nationwide this holiday season." The cards allow you to bypass the need for a credit card; you simply purchase the Network Card at the retailer (sure, use cash), bring it home, then dump the money into your virtual wallet for the Store. And starting in October, these Cards will be available at Walmart, Best Buy, and select Sam's Club outlets. Sony will add Barnes & Noble College Bookstores in November, which should come as good news to all you university students out there. Starving college kids shouldn't have credit cards!
And in case you didn't already know, SCEA reminds us that you can currently find the Network Cards at Blockbuster, Pamida, Meijer Superstores and Speedway locations across the country. They are available in $20 and $50 denominations, and in all honesty, the timing is fantastic. Just yesterday, there were plenty of reasons to drop some money on the store, what with Wipeout HD, Burnout Paradise and Mega Man 9 launching. Said SCEA's Eric Lempel, Director of PlayStation Network Operations:
"The PLAYSTATION Network Cards are an easy way for PSP and PS3 fans to obtain great games, movies, TV shows and other entertainment through PLAYSTATION Network and we are pleased to offer them at major retailers nationwide. With the holiday season right around the corner, these cards are an ideal gift option for friends and family, whether they are movie aficionados, dedicated gamers or something in between."
We're still not entirely sure why GameStop is being left out of the equation, but with Wal-Mart and Best Buy getting added to the distribution list, most everyone should have access to the Cards over the next couple of months. And that's good news, certainly.
9/26/2008 Ben Dutka