Europe could finally be getting prepaid PlayStation Network cards, according to an online retailer listing.
Belgian site consoleshop.be is currently listing prepaid PSN cards – in €20 and €50 denominations – for release on October 1, the same day that the PSP Go launches. The site is also offering pre-orders on PSP Go and PSN card bundles.
PSN cards, which customers can purchase and then redeem to download games, are currently available outside of Europe, notably in Japan and North America, and PSN director of operations Eric Lempel said recently that US stores are doing “a pretty good PlayStation card business.”
While no plans have officially been announced to sell PSN cards in Europe, the upcoming launch of the download-only PSP Go has seen retailers call on Sony to introduce new initiatives to help stores drive sales.
“You need to see some sort of revenue streams coming off the back of these machines, otherwise from a retail point of view it’s just not worth it, and so Sony will need to come up with some sort of mechanism so that if we’re going to sell the machine it’s beneficial to ourselves and to our customers,” Chips MD Don McCabe told us last month.
We contacted Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for comment, and were told that the image pictured is actually an altered US PSN card. The company has yet to return our request for comment on the possibility of PSN cards being introduced in Europe.