PlayStation Network is a multifunctional online service for PlayStation owners
PlayStation Network or just PSN, is an online platform for interaction between players and distribution of digital content, which are based on licensed video games. Thus, through the PlayStation Network the owners of consoles like PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable and, of course, the PlayStation 3 can choose to download video games from the network and communicate and to play together with your friends or random gamers.
PlayStation Network platform is available to players for free since you connect your console to the Internet, but some services charge for their use.
PlayStation Store – the online store of the licensed video game
PlayStation Store is an official and an inexhaustible source of video games for consoles from Sony, since the PlayStation 3. To use the store, the owner of the console must connect to the PlayStation Store via the PlayStation Network. The store presents a huge catalogue of video games, the range of which is increasing every week. Here with the help of various electronic payment methods you can buy any game you like, then download it on your console.
In PlayStation Store you can not only download full games for PlayStation 3, but also demo versions of games, special supplements, as well as videos and other content. It is worth noting that in the shop you can buy more games designed for PlayStation 1 and 2, but adapted for work on the PlayStation 3. This is a good chance to add to their collection for all lovers of classic games.
Digital distribution of games has a number of advantages compared to distribution on physical media such as optical DVD or Blu-ray. It is obvious that it is much easier to buy the game with a couple of clicks in the PlayStation Store from the comfort of home than in a real store. On the other hand, downloading games from the service can take a lot of time, because Sony imposes certain speed limitations for the stable operation of the service. Therefore, everyone decides for himself which option is the most acceptable.
PlayStation Pluse – distribution system of the licensed video game for the PlayStation subscription
All interested owners of the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Vita, Sony provides the ability to subscribe to PlayStation Pluse. For a certain amount for the duration of the subscription players will receive discounts in the PlayStation Store, a number of games every month at no additional charge, and other bonuses. PlayStation Pluse is issued for a month, 3 months or a year. There is also a version trial for 14 days which you can use for free.