If you own a PlayStation console, be it a PS3, a PS Vita or a PS4 and you don’t live in the U.S., then perhaps you know how different prices can be between games sold in the U.S. vs PlayStation games sold elsewhere. In fact, depending on where you live, you could end up paying dozens of dollars extra when buying a game.
This pricing difference also extends to digital versions of games, which makes games a lot cheaper if you buy them using a U.S. PlayStation Network (PSN) account. Adding funds to a U.S. PSN account is a problem for many gamers that don’t live in the U.S. though. In a past entry, we showed you how to do it via Paypal to solve this issue.
This time however, we’ll show you how to add funds to your U.S. PSN account using nothing but your credit or debit card, even if you don’t live in the U.S.
Read along to get started.
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One of the best ways to add credit to your U.S. PSN account is to use PSN cards. In most cases users tend to buy these online from websites that add quite a premium to their price. However, not many people know that U.S. PSN cards can also be bought from none other than Amazon, and at face value nonetheless.
Even better, Amazon sells digital versions of PSN cards. That means that you don’t even need to wait for the card to arrive to you. Instead, you simply get the code right after you buy it.
The process of buying one from Amazon might require a bit of tweaking though.
Step 1: First, start by searching Amazon for ‘PSN card online code’. Once you find the card you want to get, add it to your cart and log into your Amazon account.
Important Note: Amazon accounts work across the globe with the exception of China and Japan. So, if you own an account from one of those two stores, you’ll have to create a new one.
Step 2: Before proceeding, enter your payment information. If you already have a debit or credit card linked to Amazon, then when you want to go ahead with your purchase, you will notice you are not able to.
You will see a message that reads: Online Game codes are only available to U.S. customers, as the screen below shows.
Here’s the trick to make this work.
Step 3: Even if you already have existing payment information, head to your Amazon account and just change your address (it is enough to add another one also) to a U.S. address.
Cool Tip: You can simply Google for any famous address, just make sure it is on a state that doesn’t charge tax for digital purchases.
Step 4: Once you change your address to a U.S. one, the operation will proceed. This process works this way because, contrary to so many other online retailers, Amazon does not perform an IP address check and nor does it seem to automatically contact your bank for authorization.
After you are done with your payment, you will be taken right away to an Amazon page where your code will be displayed. In addition to that, you will also get your code via email.
After that, you just have to redeem it via PSN website or through the PSN store on any of your devices. Happy gaming!