Make donations for Japan relief from the PlayStation Store

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’s headquarters are located in Tokyo, and so we’ve heard firsthand of the disaster’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 options with 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 the Red Cross. Sony takes nothing. However, some users were riled up when they noticed they were being charged tax on their donations.

In follow-up comments 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’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




  • frankthetank18 - March 22, 2011 3:34 a.m.

    @ ChuckB Your right, I didnt expect anything in return when I donated but a lot of people will not donate at all and that is sad. I just wish more people would donate.
  • ChuckB - March 22, 2011 3:01 a.m.

    ...Frank, that would be sad if that's the case because this isn't the time to expect something in return.
  • frankthetank18 - March 22, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    Great idea but I think more people would donate if sony gave free games, for example if you donate $25 you can pick a psone classic or a mini. I think propably you could only pick games published by sony but maybe other companies would offer some games to.
  • DVTClark - March 22, 2011 1:37 a.m.

    hey I like that theme, I really needed a good theme for my ps3, I'll donate and get that. what a win win situation here.
  • RebornKusabi - March 21, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    I haven't played my PS3 in awhile but I'll fire it up and donate $50 anyways. Tax doesn't bother me (even though that issue is non-existent now) as long as IT ALL goes to aid efforts.
  • Thequestion 121 - March 21, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    I will definitely donate.
  • WillisTron - March 21, 2011 10:24 p.m.

    @ GamesRadarJustinTowell Good on you mate, good to see that there's some good in the world, I've got an extra $10 sitting in my account, can't think of a better use for it :)
  • CharlieFockstrot - March 21, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    You can use PSN cards, it worked for me (uk)
  • F4G1TR0N - March 21, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    Does anyone know if we are able to use Psn cards for this or does it have to be from a debit/credit card
  • GR_JustinTowell - March 21, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    I did this! £10 well spent.

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