Make donations for Japan relief from the PlayStation Store

And get a free exclusive PS3 theme

If you're looking for an easy, reliable way to donate to the Japanese relief effort, Sony is making the task as simple as pushing the X button.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony Computer Entertainment president Jack Tretton said, "Sony Computer Entertainment%26rsquo;s headquarters are located in Tokyo, and so we%26rsquo;ve heard firsthand of the disaster%26rsquo;s impact from our colleagues and friends. As we here in America watch the tragic events that continue to unfold, you might be left thinking, 'Is there any way I can help?'"

And of course, there are many ways for Americans to send aid. Sony is adding to the list of optionswith a special page on the PlayStation Store, allowing users to 'buy' a donation in the amount of $2, $5, $10, $25, or $50. Making a donation will also net you an exclusive Japanese PS3 theme.

Tretton promised 100% of all donations will go directly to theRed Cross. Sony takes nothing. However, some users were riled up when they noticed they were being charged tax on their donations.

In follow-upcomments to the blog post, Sony social media manager Jeff Rubenstein assured everyone that all taxes will be refunded in the form of PSN wallet credit. Apparently Sony didn't build a way for the PlayStation Store to offer tax-free items.

Despite that snag, Sony hopes you'll show your support.

"Many gamers in particular feel a special bond with Japan, even if they%26rsquo;ve never traveled there personally. Its ingenuity and innovation have shaped our industry, and its culture and style have brought a sense of community across the world," Tretton said. "Please join us now in helping the Japanese people during this great time of need. Together we can have a significant impact on the relief process."

[Source:PlayStation Blog]

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Mar 21, 2011