- You can have multiple “users” on one PS3
- Each user has their own:
- Theme & background settings
- Save data for PS3 games & software
- Friends list & messages (when associated with a Playstation Network account)
- All users share:
- Saved data for PS1/PS2 games
- Games in the Game menu
- Everything in the Image, Music, and Video menu
- Not password protected
- Each user can be associated with one Playstation Network account.
Playstation Network (PSN) Accounts
There are two types of PSN accounts: Master and Sub. Both types have these properties:
- Password protected
- Online ID (nickname)
- Access to online community & Playstation Store
- Mailbox for sending & receiving messages to other accounts
- Trophy collection that can be viewed by friends
PSN accounts do not cost anything to create and there is no subscription fee. An account is required to play games online.
Eligibility requirements for master accounts and sub accounts vary depending on the country or region of residence.
For details, read the Terms of Service for your region.
PSN Master Accounts
These are standard accounts. You need to be a certain age (generally 18 or older) to create a master account. With one you can:
- Use a “Wallet”–add billing information to make purchases on Playstation Store
- Associate (manage) up to six sub-accounts
PSN Sub Accounts
Sub-accounts (“subordinate accounts”) can be used by anyone, including children/minors. They are assigned to a master account (e.g. of the parent/guardian) therefore a sub account can not be created without an existing master account.
Some games are known to prevent sub-accounts from playing online (offline works fine), despite the user being a reasonable age and having the consent of the parent. If you are creating an account for your child and will allow them to play games online and do not need to control their actions, it would be advised to create a Master account for them.
- The associated Master Account has the following control (Parental Control Settings) over the Sub Account:
- Some voice/video chat restrictions