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[PlayStation®Network] Updated 03/13/2014

Most content purchased from the PlayStation Store can be accessed from different PlayStation 3 systems (such as your friend's PlayStation 3) using the Sony Entertainment Network account that purchased the content.


Maximum Number of Systems

There is a maximum number of systems that can be activated with one account which differs depending on the content. These limitations do not apply to the PS4 as it employs a different method of content management.

For purchased/downloaded content before November 17, 2011 the number of systems for activation is:

  • For Game Content - Five (5) PS3 and/or portable systems

  • For Video Content - One (1) PS3 and up to Three (3) portable systems

As of November 18, 2011, number of systems for activation is:

  • For Game Content - Two (2) PS3 and/or portable systems

  • For Video Content - One (1) PS3 and up to Three (3) portable systems

If you exceed this amount, you'll need to deactivate a system and then activate the new system.


Click here for information on how to activate/deactivate a system.


To access your Sony Entertainment Network account on a different PS3:

  1. Create a new local User Account on the other PS3 system. (Users icon (Users) > [Create New User])

  2. Go to PlayStation Network icon (PlayStation®Network) and select Sign Up icon (Sign Up for the PlayStation Network).

  3. When the screen prompts you highlight "Use an Existing Account" and press the X button icon button.

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to associate your Sony Entertainment Network account with the new (i.e., your friend's) PS3 system. Once this step is complete, it will bring you back the XMBTM home menu where you will be able to access your PlayStation Store Download List.