Might Sony Suggest An Extended Service Plan For Your PlayStation 3?S

Why succumb to the high-pressure retail pitch for an extended service plan, when you can extended the warranty on your PlayStation 3 or PSP directly through Sony with the PlayStation Protection Plan?

Sony gives consumers a weapon against the pressure put on customers at retailers like Best Buy to purchase extended care contracts by offering their own extended care contracts. The PlayStation Protection Plan will allow owners of the PlayStation 3 and PSP to extend their warranties for up to two years after the initial one year warranty expires.

One year of extra protection for the PS3 runs $49.99 $44.99, with another year tacked on for $10 more. PSP plans run $29.99 and $39.99, though an additional $10 will add Accidental Damage coverage, which means Sony will fix it even if you crack the screen by sitting on it.

"The PlayStation brand has long been synonymous with the highest quality in engineering and design, and it's because of the reliability of the PS3 and PSP systems that we can offer the PlayStation Protection Plan," said Glenn Nash, vice president, operations, SCEA. "We have heard from consumers that they're interested in an extended service plan that's backed directly by SCEA and leverages our technical expertise. While both the PS3 and PSP systems are designed with future-proof technology and built for long lifecycles, we're looking forward to offering this service to consumers looking for added peace of mind."

North American PS3 and PSP owners can sign up for an extended warranty by calling 1-866-716-7669. It's available to new purchasers as well as folks who are still within their first year of warranty. Visit the protection plan web page for more terms and conditions.

Edit: Sony called us to correct a mistake in their press release. A one-year warranty upgrade for the PlayStation 3 is $44.99, not $49.99 as previously stated.