Activation links your PlayStation or Sony device and your SEN account, so you can use your device to access your purchases from PlayStation Store. You need to activate a device if you have not previously used it with your account before, or if you are using your device to play a type of content that it has not played before. You need to activate each compatible device on your account with each content type separately.
You can activate a PlayStation system on as many SEN accounts as the highest number of possible local user accounts on the system.
This means that you can activate a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 on up to 16 SEN accounts at once and you can activate a PS Vita, PSP or PS TV on one account at any one time.
|Number of local user accounts|
|Xperia mobile device||1|
|PC (Media Go)||2|
|HDTV/Sony Home Entertainment System/Sony Blu-ray Disc Player||15|
Any content that you have downloaded to your activated PlayStation system is available to other local user accounts (subject to content age restrictions). Each type of content needs to be activated separately on each device you want to use to access it. See more information about sharing content here.
The number of devices that can be activated on your account is limited for each type of content. For example, if you have two PlayStation 3 systems activated for games content, you cannot sign-in on a third system with your PlayStation Network account information and download and play a game. You would need to deactivate one of the first two PlayStation 3 systems to allow you to activate the third.
|PS4||1 (2)||1 (2)||No limit|
|PS3||2||Any seven of these devices|
|Xperia mobile devices||N/A||No limit|
|PC (Media Go)||N/A||2||N/A|
|PC/Mac (streaming via compatible web browser)||N/A||No limit||No limit|
|HDTV/Sony Home Entertainment System/Sony Blu-ray Disc Player||N/A||N/A|
Your device is activated on your SEN account when you sign-in to PlayStation Network and download either free or purchased content from your Download List/Library to the device. The device will only be activated for the type of content downloaded and needs to be activated separately for each content type.
Find out how to download content or choose one of the following devices to find out how to activate it without downloading content:
There are a few reasons that device activation may fail. Check the following before contacting us: