Protect Your PS3 and PSP With the New PlayStation Protection Plan

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Here’s some news of the “better late than never” variety.

After a little over 3 and 5 years on the market respectively, the PS3 and PSP finally have a Sony-backed extended warranty plan. The PlayStation Protection Plan goes into action this month, and for a nominal fee you can sure up your console investment beyond the one-year manufacturer’s warranty provided at the time of purchase.

One- and two-year extensions are available under this new plan. For the PS3, one year costs $50 and two years costs $60, and for the PSP, one year costs $30 and two years costs $40. If you’re a bit of a klutz and want to further protect your PSP, Sony is also now offering an Accidental Damage plan for cracked screens resulting from accidental drops. The Accidental Damage plan runs $40 for one year of coverage and $50 for two years.

The catch here is that you must still be within the one-year limited manufacturer’s warranty period to sign up for the Protection Plan, so if you own a system before the PS3 slim or PSP-3000/PSPgo you are basically shit out of luck. As for the Accidental Damage plan, you have to register for it within the first 30 days of purchasing your PSP.

Fortunately, the failure rates for both the PS3 and PSP have been impressively low. My launch PS3 did crap out on me last year, but it’s safe to say that, given my line of work here, I work my consoles a lot harder than the average user (and one death is a lot better than the three or four Xbox 360s I’ve gone through). And my launch day PSP is still going strong after five years!

Call 1-866-716-7669 if you’d like to purchase one of these plans. Click here for additional info.

“The PlayStation® brand has long been synonymous with the highest quality in engineering and design, and it’s because of the reliability of the PS3 and PSP systems that we can offer the PlayStation Protection Plan,” said Glenn Nash, vice president, operations, SCEA. “We have heard from consumers that they’re interested in an extended service plan that’s backed directly by SCEA and leverages our technical expertise. While both the PS3 and PSP systems are designed with future-proof technology and built for long lifecycles, we’re looking forward to offering this service to consumers looking for added peace of mind.”

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