Sony Entertainment Network has been online since 2006, and it used to be known as PlayStation Network. It enables PS users to buy digital content directly from the publisher, instead of buying physical copies of games, movies or apps. SEN has existed for a long time and it has been expanding its offer from PS3 to newer models which appeared in the meantime. Many users have switched to online purchase of games and other PS content, and there are several options of purchase which suit everyone’s needs. You can link credit or debit card to your SEN account, or use specialized SEN Cards to purchase content from the online store. Whatever you find easier, there are certainly many benefits and some drawbacks of this method of purchase.
If you decide to create a SEN account and buy digital copies of games and other PS content, the first advantage you will notice is availability of the content. As soon as the game appears, you will be able to buy it online, without having to wait for the hard copy to appear at retailer stores. Whatever you buy stays in your online library, and you have instant access to all the content you have purchased so far. Another advantage is that you can access the library when using remote play as well, and you can connect to your account from any PS device and use whatever you have purchased.
SEN store often offers sales, discounts and special offers, which is not so common when it comes to hard copies. If you create a SEN account, you will be able to buy and download digital content and use these advantages for future purchases. In some regions, tax-free purchase is possible, which makes it even more affordable to buy the digital content from the SEN store. SEN Voucher Codes are available for the online accounts, which is another financial advantage of downloading digital content from the online store. You can obtain these Voucher Codes in a variety of ways, and you can redeem them on websites such as www.getpsn.net and use them to buy a desired game or app from the SEN store. Lastly, digital PS games and other content do not take physical space, unlike CDs.
When it comes to disadvantages, some people would call the lack of physical copy a drawback of digital SEN library. If you buy a hard copy of a game, you can own it, lend it or sell it later. When you buy a digital version, none of this is possible. The game is tied to your SEN account, so you cannot sell it or lend it to anyone. In case the SEN network is down, you will not be able to play the games from your library. This does not happen very often, but it happened several times. Lastly, in case your account gets hacked, you can lose all your purchases and be left without the games you collected for a long time.
As you can see, buying digital versions of PS games and other content has both the good and the bad sides. It is up to you to decide and choose whether your library will be tangible or virtual.