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No PSN cards "at this time" for Europe and US [Update]

We were as happy as can be when we first heard about Sony's PLAYSTATION Network cards. Buying a card from a retail store and dancing around the whole credit card ordeal seemed like a breath of fresh air, especially for those too young to hold a plastic or those too paranoid about putting any personal information on the internet (what some may dub as "public domain"). We warned you guys that Sony didn't currently say anything about cards outside of Japan. Turns out we were wise not to get your hopes up too high.

No news about North America, but Sony spoke to CVG and stated that no, in fact, they had no plans to bring the PSN cards to Europe at this time. In the future, perhaps? Maybe Sony Europe will take charge and set something up instead of leaving it to the main offices. CVG also points out that during the European launch of XBox Live, there was an issue of the same manner -- no plastic, no online gaming in Europe. Let's hope in the future, this is not a trend.

[Update: We contacted SCEA PR Manager Al de Leon about the availability of the Card in the US. "As far as the PLAYSTATION Card, we don't have any updates to the payment system to announce."]

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1. PSN cards or not, PS3 owners can still buy prepaid credit cards which are the same thing, only with these you can use them as often as you want if you put money on them. No constant buying of one-time use cards.

Posted at 1:18PM on May 10th 2007 by Jason B.

2. I dont think people should get so worked up about things like this. Its merely Sony trying the market. If this idea flops then the damage is only in Japan not "worldwide".

Posted at 1:29PM on May 10th 2007 by shase

3. well if most people would understand that these cards are just the same as a prepaid credit card, which works fine with the PSN store. so, why cry over it if you arent getting them? just go to your local Walmart, check cashing store, or anywhere else that has prepaid credit cards, buy the card, load it up, and enter it just like a regular credit card. works just the same and you dont have to be 18 to have one of those either. its the same exact this, its just that more people want it bc it says sony.

By the way, does anyone have any idea whats goin to be on the store today? hopefully some good demos. we need something like Lair,the darkness, or something thatll blow us away, being 360 got a Forza demo today. i have both and im a fanboy of both. just wish sony would pump out more demos, so i know what not to waste my money on.

Posted at 1:54PM on May 10th 2007 by tony

4. That sounds like a good idea, bu i wished you could have a swipe card that you could top up like for a mobile phone, then you can put as much or as little as you want! That they should do, no?

Posted at 11:48AM on May 11th 2007 by Insomniac

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