PS4: How To Buy US Digital PSN Games
We explain how to create a US PSN account so that you can download PS4 US digital PSN games.
Published on Nov 27, 2013
You may be aware that US PSN PS4 games are significantly cheaper than they are in the UK due to the US to UK exchange rate and, consequently, you may want to know how to create a US PSN account so that you can download US digital games for a lower price.
In order to download US digital PSN games, you will need three things: a US PSN account, a US Amazon account and a US shipping address.
In this article, we'll walk you though the steps you need to follow to do these three things.
Before you go any further, however, you should be aware that this is against Sony's terms of service and as such, you could find your US content invalidated if Sony takes issue with what you're doing.
Plenty of people already do this on the PS3 without any problems whatsoever, so it appears Sony is pretty lenient, but, of course, this is at your own risk.
How To Create a US PSN Account On PS4
To create a US PSN account start off by logging out of your PSN account on the PS4 and then selecting new user.
Now, select 'Create a User'. This will take you through to the user agreement and, once you've accepted that, to a PSN welcoming screen, where you need to select, 'Next'.
You will now be at a log-in screen. Instead of entering your log-in details, select, 'New to PSN? Create an Account' at the bottom of the screen.
Now you will come to a screen that's titled 'Sign up for PSN'. Select 'Sign Up Now'.
At the next screen you will now need to input your country/region, your language and your date of birth. Set your country as 'United States' and enter your language and date of birth as normal (be aware that the US format for date of birth is month/day/year, rather than day/month/year).
Now you need to pick your City, State/Province and postal code. We're not sure if the postal code and city need to match up, but, naturally, we went for Beverley Hills, 90210 and that worked fine.
Next, you will be asked for your Sign-in ID, which is your email address, and a password.
You can't use the email address that your UK account is registered with for a new PSN account so, if you've got another email account, use that, or create a new one.
Once you've entered the necessary information you will have to enter your online ID and your name. Enter whatever you wish and then you will go though a series of screens where you have to set your preferences on how you want your name to be displayed, who can see your friends list, and so on.
Once you've done all that, you've got your US PSN account.
How To Get A US Shipping Address
Before we get on to buying US digital PS4 games, you will first need a US shipping address.
There are likely a number of websites that will offer this service, but we used Borderlinx.
All you need to do is create an account by entering your name, email address and password. You'll get an activation link sent to your email and, once you've clicked that, you will have access to a Borderlinx account with a US address that you'll find under 'My Suite Addresses'.
These websites can be used to ship products to, but as you're only going to be dealing with digital codes, there's no need to worry about that.
How To Buy US Digital PS4 Games From The Amazon PSN Store
Though there are other sites you can purchase US digital codes from, for the sake of ease we've stuck with Amazon.com - who will often be among the cheapest.
Now that you've got your US address, go to the US Amazon site and create yourself a US account.
Go to the Amazon PSN store and pick out whatever digital PS4 game it is that you want to buy.
When you checkout, enter the US address that you got from Borderlinx or a similar site as your shipping address.
We used a UK card to pay for the game we bought and found that you cannot use the UK address that the card is registered to when buying your digital PS4 game.
Instead, use the US address as your billing address - this worked fine for us despite the fact that we paid with a UK card.
You should now be given a code that you can redeem on your PS4 to download the game that you've purchased.
How To Redeem A US PSN Code On Your PS4
In order to redeem your US PSN code, open the PlayStation store on your PS4 while logged in to your US PS4 account (you can't redeem US codes on a UK account) and scroll to the bottom to select Redeem Codes. Put in your code and you'll now own the game.
One thing to be aware of is that if you purchase any DLC for the game you've purchased in the future, you'll need to buy the DLC from the same region. In other words, UK DLC will not work on a US digital copy of a game and vice versa.
We're also aware that some of you will want to play US PSN digital games on your UK account, in which case, you'll need to do the following.
How To Play US PSN Games On Your UK PS4 Account
If you want to play the US PSN digital games you've downloaded on your UK account - as well as earning Trophies - then you'll be pleased to know this is possible.
If your US account is not set as your primary account, then any content downloaded from the US store will be locked on your UK account, as denoted by the lock symbol in the image below.
What you'll need to do is log-in to your US account, go into settings, select, 'PSN', followed by 'Activate as Your Primary PS4' and then 'Activate'.
If you now log back in to your UK account, you should find that US content is now unlocked.
So there you have it. US PSN digital PS4 games downloaded for a cheaper price, available to play on your UK account.