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Deactivate old PS3’s

Idea 376 | Posted in by | March 17, 2010

Deactivate old, broken PS3’s from the new PS3. Without having to call Sony.



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Airmo  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

This one is a no brainer Sony. Due it like iTunes handles it and let us just deactivate all 5 systems and then we have to go back and reactivate the systems we want active on our own actually at that system.


eaferrari24  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Please! This would be tremendously helpful for us who have gone through multiple PS3’s



Jas-n  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Would also mean we could deactivate older, broken PS3’s.


Chippendale666  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

This is a great idea! I recently sold my fat playstation and was clueless about this. A few days later i bought the slim but now I can’t download movies from the video store cause it says the fat PS is still activated 🙁

I’m still crying about that.


ediddy999  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Agreed copy the iTunes model. I know a guy that is on his 3rd PS3 and he probably has never deactivated his PSN account on the first two PS3s because they died. This could be a real issue in the future.


SeanScythe  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Yes I lost one of my 5 logins when my system died and I sent it to sony to get fixed but I wasn’t able to deactivate it.


TheRook21  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I agree my ps3 died and had to deactivate my account round one of my friends (another is taken up by a friends dead ps3) so I have my new ps3 and 2 friends ps3’s when I regularly go round each of my friends houses and it save me bringing my ps3 along…

There are also download caps on most UK broadband connections so downloading my 30+ PSN games each time we visit seems rediculous..


hawknelson  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Definitely! My YLOD PS3 died last month, and I need to deactivate the old one so I can download videos on my new PS3.


makingmusic  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

This would be incredibly helpful for those of us that have gone through multiple refurb’d 60gb units. The things don’t last forever, and whenever I get mine back from Sony, that’s one less available activation.


RandySore  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

@hawknelson Dude thats the best suggestion. Im having the same problem


toology01  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

THis is needed especially since the ps3 has a 10 year life span. After broken ps3s, upgrading up to the slim or larger HD model (and the average user not knowing a manual deactivation is needed at the time), we will all eventually use up our 5 activations in time. Every other company allows you to remotely deactivate devices (netflix, apple itunes etc.) I dont know why this should be any different.


TheL1T1G4T0R  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Even if they don’t want to do it that way, they could at least charge us a fee to delete our PSN IDs off any and all PS3s like I suggested.


Goaliegeek  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I like what iTunes does. Go into your account by clicking your name on the top right of the store, click deactivate all computers, then re-enable the one computer you are on.



dotCody  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Naw, leave it the way it is. It’s another nuisance for those damn Game Sharing thieves.


BlingOnMyWrist  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

True toology. I had my iTunes activated on two of my old computers which both died (and 3 more working), Just a simple click click and I could use it on my new one.


BlingOnMyWrist  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

@dotCody, I would have to say that they’re in the minority, and there should be some other sort of system enabled to combat game sharing. It really screws us over if our PS3s are sold or broken, and especially if you’re looking to download video content (which is already annoying enough if you have 2 PS3s at different houses…).


jayrockslife  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

After my PS3 broke, I called sony figuring they’d be able to do this and they told me I had to figure out which consoles I had activated and manually deactivate them.

So I ended up having to call a dozen of my friend and have them log on to my psn to figure out who had my account activated on their ps3 so I could use my new one. 6 hours after I got my ps3 set up I was finally able to download my stuff again.

Meanwhile when I put windows 7 on my laptop, I went in itunes and it said I was maxed out and all I had to do was go in account settings and reset authorized computers. Would be nice to have this on my PS3


irk_t_great  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

This is so vital, I’m on my 5th playstation and I can’t deactivate any of my accounts. I’ve called Sony and they’ve just said too bad. If this playstation goes down before i can deactivate it, i’ll be screwed.


Detsuki-G  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I really need this feature as well.


KILLZONE79  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

i agree with this idea, i cant activate the video store on my KILLZONE79 account because my old PS3 died so i had to create a whole new account for the video store.

i gave this idea 2 thumbs way up!


MrBeatdown  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

My PS3 died last year and I sent it to Sony for repair. I ended up getting a replacement unit sent back but my old system is still active even though it was probably sent to the scrap heap. I’m completely locked out of the video store because of this.


PublicSudoku  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

If dumb old Microsoft can offer this, surely you can, Sony!


Rev_Chris  |  March 17th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I own 3 ps3 systems and have one login at a friends house (so I can earn ME trophies instead of him) I have had one ps3 die without sending it in and now if any of the 4 I have left die on me its TFB if I want it deactivated.



joeman013  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Deactivation via website would be sufficient



SirTrigalot  |  March 17th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Yes do this but for safety reasons make this available with your login info under account info on


bubblersound  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

my ps3 was stolen 🙁 so i cant watch psn videos any more.


Ahmay  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

i bought 40 plus psn titles. my account is on 4 other ps3’s… one of them is down. i really need this option… people please vote up…


Ahmay  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

please give us this option..


HammerScythe  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

this is a must have vital option!!! we need it!!!


Batman_Forever  |  March 17th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

didnt kno you could do that. i’ll have to call sony sometime


Senjutsu_Dav  |  March 17th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

“Would also mean we could deactivate older, broken PS3’s.”

Yeah, that’s good! =D


IceReign  |  March 17th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

This is really necessary i have a dead PS3 and i am not willing to spend 175 just to deactivate it.


favian  |  March 17th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

i sold my 60gb a few months after it came out to pay some emergency stuff, and i never got to deactivate it. i had one unite YLOD on me (My fault since i prevented any ventilation to the system), so i never got to deactivate that one either. This feature is absolutely necessary.


madman32395  |  March 17th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

why not have the feature of when you top out at 5 have the ability to deactivate all and start over?


mener  |  March 17th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I agree to this i had 2 ps3 with the ylod i couldent deactivate my acount


Chibi-Laharl  |  March 17th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

how do we get this to the top?


Dandonian  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

This is an absolute must.

I called Sony and asked them to deactivate all my accounts as I didn’t realize you were limited to 5. I have 4 in my house and have sold a few over the years in order to trade my way to the 60GB with BC built in.

I always formatted the drive which deleted my account and I had no way of knowing that I still needed to deactivate the PS3. I currently have 2 PS3’s in my house that I can’t activate.

It sucks, knowing that I am being punished for basically being a long term Sony console owner who wanted the version of the PS3 that could play all my Playstation games, just because there were no warnings about deactivation.

It also sucks that somewhere out there, people who bought the consoles from best buy, have my account activated without knowing it and I have no way to track them down and ask them to deactivate it.


Hawt  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

I too have gone through multiple systems. I wasn’t even aware that was something I needed to deactivate.

I also had a few roommates I no longer speak with that have my account activated on their PS3s.

My brother-in-law just got a new PS3 and I am visiting them. I went to activate my account so I could play some Everyday Shooter and it wouldn’t let me.

I called Sony and they just told me I could put in a request but they couldn’t say if it would be accepted or not.

Hopefully they accept it and I don’t have to re-buy games because they refuse to deactivate a system of some jerk ex-roommates I don’t talk to anymore.


xjustice1920  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Yes, i have a broken PS3 fat with at lest 2 other friends accounts activated on my system.


billythekid247  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

PLEASE!!! I have 3 broken PS3’s in my past. I can’t DL movies because one of the broken ones had my video account on it. Now I’m screwed.


Visel  |  March 17th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

This should definitely be on the top. Apple and MS do this with their downloads why can’t sony. We pay for the content and then have no control over system deactivation if the console in no longer in our hands. RIDICULOUS! Systems do break and we do log-in to other PS3’s. This shouldn’t be difficult to do.


eaferrari24  |  March 17th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

1. is broken
2. returned ps3 due to price drop (forgot to deactivate it… just deleted account)
3. formatted without deactivating
4. activated and using
5. was on friends ps3 just cause i wanted to login to my account at a friends house to play lbp (downloaded my costumes so account was auto activated)… friends ps3 broke

I am on my last one for not knowing something that sony never educated us on..


eternal-senshi  |  March 17th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

It’s just more money for the big companies. I wish they would allow this but I have huge doubts.


MeanMrMustard  |  March 17th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I had a launch 60gig YLOD 2 years ago, did a sony repair and thay didn’t deactivate it. Had it again last month, did the gilksy repair, deactivated it for game and video and bought a new slim. Activated it and none of my backed up purchased video content would work.Had to fax them a copy of the reciept of my new slim to get the video back.


PeaTearGriffon  |  March 18th, 2010 at 12:11 am

This is seriously important. I’m at the point that if my ps3 breaks (which I’m sure will YLOD any day now as its overheating a lot), I won’t be able to access any of my downloads.


BenchyUK  |  March 18th, 2010 at 12:53 am

Would be a great help. I have the odd old machine dotted around that i never deactivated


Wurzelwicht  |  March 18th, 2010 at 3:24 am

Same problem with several old rental PS3.

To prevent misuse (sharing and deactivating accounts) provide such an option just once or once a year.

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