Sony introduces prepaid PlayStation Network cards (in Japan)

PS3 owners clamoring for a method to pay for the services of the PlayStation Network without the requirement of a credit card may be happy to know that Sony is planning the release of prepaid cards in June. However, for now, this news applies only to the Japanese territory.

By Eugene Huang

Please choose method of payment: credit card | Edy
| PlayStation Network Card/Ticket

Please choose method of payment: credit card | Edy |
PlayStation Network Card/Ticket

Currently, PS3 users in Japan can buy goods and services on the PlayStation Network in one of two ways: by credit card or by "Edy", which is a service that transfers monetary transactions to a mobile phone account. However, according to a recent report on Impress Watch, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan announced today that it will be adding a brand new method of payment on the PS Network starting in early June.

Called the "PlayStation Network Ticket", these prepaid cards will be available in select convenience stores across the country, which include such chains as Lawson, FamilyMart, Circle K, Sunkus, Ministop, Daily Yamazaki, and Seicomart. Customers are also given the option of using post office ATMs, as long as they order them in advance through a related website.

The cards are offered in values of 1000 yen (US $8.34), 3000 yen (US $25.02), 5000 yen (US $41.70), and 10,000 yen (US $83.40). On the back of each of these cards will be a 12-digit alphanumeric code that users will be able to input when prompted for payment.

Currently, this service has only been announced for the Japanese market. Sony Computer Entertainment America has yet to announce a similar method of payment for the North American region.

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