Do you like money? Of course you do! That’s probably why Sony’s giving out free PlayStation Store credits to people. Yes, you read that right. People in the United States are reporting getting messages direct from Sony on their PS3s that give them a free $10 credit to use in the PlayStation Store. Coincidentally, this is happening on February 20, 2013, the same day as Sony’s big PlayStation 4 conference. Perhaps this is a situation where Sony is trying to buy our love and loyalty. If it is, you know, I’m cool with that.
Some people initially speculated this gift was distributed as part previous promotion back in October 2012, where people who spent $100 on the PlayStation Store would get a $20 PSN credit. It isn’t. I didn’t participate in that promotion and the $10 credit is sitting in my PS3′s inbox right now. It’s just some random gift and, as the note attached to the credit says, a means of Sony thanking people for being a customer and owning a PS3.
I say PS3 because I did not get this message on my Vita. I logged into it first and my Group Messaging inbox was empty. It was only as I began writing up this news to alert all of you that I decided to check one more time, turning to my PS3. Sure enough, there’s one item in my inbox and it’s a $10 PlayStation Store voucher.
Redeeming it is easy, if you got one of these messages. Open the message from PSN. The $10 PlayStation Store voucher icon should be highlighted. Press X. The PlayStation Store app will be opened. A box will show up with a code already entered into it, and all you have to do is select confirm. $10 will be added to your account. Then, shop!
It seems the PlayStation Store vouchers will be distributed to all PlayStation Network members. If you’re curious, however, I had my code by 11am CST on February 20, 2013 and I’m a PS3, PSP and Vita owner. I’m also a PlayStation Plus member and have purchased items from the PlayStation Store before. I doubt that has anything to do with this unexpected boon.