Updated February 24, 2017

How to activate a PlayStation Portable system

Find out how to activate your PSP system on your SEN account.

 
 

You can activate your PSP system on the system itself, by connecting it to your PlayStation 3, or a computer connected to the internet.

You cannot activate your PSP using a PlayStation 4, PS Vita or PS TV.

To activate your PSP on the system itself:

  1. Connect your PlayStation Portable to the internet and go to [PlayStation Network] > [Account Management] and press (X button). You may need to sign in if you are not already signed in.
  2. Go to  [System Activation] and press (X button).
  3. Select the type of content you want to play on your PlayStation Portable, Game or Video, and press  (X button).
  4. Select 'Activate' and press  (X button).
  5. You will see a message to confirm that your device is now activated or to let you know that you have already reached your activation limit for the content type.

To activate your PSP on your PlayStation 3:

  1. On the PlayStation 3 go to [PlayStation Network] > [Sign-in] > [Account Management] > [System Activation] and press (X button).
  2. Highlight 'PlayStation Portable System' and press (X button).
  3. Connect your PSP to your PlayStation 3 with a USB cable and, on your PSP, go to [Settings] > [USB Connection] to place it in USB Mode.
  4. On the PlayStation 3 select the type of content you want to activate on your PSP and press (X button).
  5. On the PlayStation 3 highlight 'Activate System' and press (X button).
  6. You will see a message to confirm that your device is now activated or to let you know that you have already reached your activation limit for the content type.

To activate your PSP on a computer connected to the internet:

  1. Download the PlayStation Network Downloader and install the software.
  2. Sign in to your PlayStation Network account.
  3. On the PlayStation Network account management site, go to the 'Devices' tab and select the 'PlayStation Systems' link on the left.
  4. Connect your PSP to your PC with a USB cable and, on your PSP, go to [Settings] >  [USB Connection] to place it in USB Mode.
  5. On the PlayStation Network account management site, choose the type of content you want to activate - 'Game Content' and/or 'Video Content' and select continue.
  6. Your PSP will download a file to its memory stick to activate it for your chosen content type.
  7. PlayStation Network Downloader will launch on your PC.
  8. Click 'OK' on the PlayStation Network Downloader 'Activation Completed' dialogue box.
  9. Select 'Continue' on the PlayStation Network account management site.
  10. You will see a message to let you know that your device is now activated or to confirm that you have already reached your activation limit for the content type.