We have an upcoming VHBL release which will work for a game that is only available on the US Playstation Store (although, yes, I am following up with another hacker who might have something for people in EU, more on this as soon as I can confirm). This means, if you don’t have a US account and a way to purchase games on the US PSN, that you are screwed. Last time I checked, Sony runs several checks in the background and makes it difficult for non US residents to use their credit card on a foreign Store. The same is true for Paypal.
Independently of VHBL, there might be a few games out on the PS3 or the Vita that you’d like to get in the US, either because they are cheaper there, or simply not available at all in your country. And maybe, like many of us, you’d rather not have Sony know your Credit card number anyway. The best way I’ve found to add US credit to my PSN wallet, despite me living outside of the US, is to get US PSN Codes instead of trying to go through Paypal or the Credit card route directly on the PSN.
There are many places that sell US PSN Codes for people outside of the US, and we’ve mentioned a few here. Several of you were quick to note that we didn’t mention the best way of all: Amazon. Well that’s my bad because I could have sworn that Amazon was doing pretty drastic checks about your IP and your credit card when you purchase from them, but apparently I was wrong.
Amazon started somewhat recently selling US PSN Cards. They have both $20 cards and $50 cards. What’s really interesting about them is that they cost much less than the price you would have to pay to get those from other less respectable places, including eBay or others. As a matter of fact, PSN Cards on Amazon are even cheaper than face value! (well, 1 cent less, but still…)
Of course, ebay sellers, or sites like PCGamesupply don’t want you to know about the trick below
Basically the only thing to do to buy US PSN codes on Amazon even when you don’t live in the US, is to lie about your billing address. Now, your bank might not like that and reject the payment, but that hasn’t happened to me yet (and there is a solution for that too, see below). Here is a detailed way to do this:
Step 2) If you don’t have an Amazon account, you should be able to create one quickly at the login step. Note that Amazon accounts are shared worldwide. If you already have an amazon account in France, UK, etc… it will work in the US (this is not true for China and Japan, where you will have to create another account)
Step 3) Enter your payment information. That’s where the trick is:
This is what happens if you put your real billing address on the card, Amazon tells you “Online Game codes are Only available to US Customers”
But if instead you use an American address (google for any famous hotel name in Seattle, or whatever), you’ll get the following, and you can complete the purchase:
This works because Amazon does not check your IP, and, more importantly, does not seem to contact your bank automatically to confirm the billing address (which lots of online sites do today. I am pretty sure the PSN does it, and I know iTunes and Paypal do it). Not sure how long this will last, so enjoy while it does.
If you use an existing account and already have a credit card, you can temporarily change your credit card’s billing address by editing it in your payment settings, that will work too.
If you are worried about your bank rejecting your fake billing address, you can:
- Buy yourself an amazon email gift card
- After that, change your billing address on your credit card in Amazon
- Proceed to buy the $20 or $50 PSN card
- Amazon will ask you again for the credit card number, but in the end will use the gift card to pay for the PSN Card, which means your bank will not need to be involved in that one transaction.
Disclaimer: the Amazon links above are affiliate links. If you buy through me, you don’t pay anything more but I get a percentage of the sale.