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Sony PlayStation now comes with extended warranty.

In a rare move, Sony has launched an extended warranty plan for PlayStation and PlayStation Portable owners.

The PlaStation Protection Plan, announced Monday, allows PlayStation owners to extend an existing warranty on their game consoles by 1 or 2 years. While for PlayStation 3, the 1-year and 2-year Protection Plans cost $44.99 and $59.99 respectively, for the older PlayStation and PlayStation Portable (including PSP Go and PSP-3000), owners have to pay $29.99 and $39.99 for 1-year and 2-year plan respectively.

According to Sony, the plan extends the coverage available in the manufacturer's one-year warranty, which covers shipping and repairs at no charge done by "PlayStation-trained service technicians."

Owners of PlayStation Portable can also avail of accidental damage plan ($39.99 for 1-year and $49.99 for two years) that includes replacement of the handheld console's display in case of an accidental damage. However, there's a caveat - the accidental damage plan must be purchased within 30 days of the purchase of a new PlayStation Portable.

"The PlayStation brand has long been synonymous with the highest quality in engineering and design, and it's because of the reliability of the PS3 and PSP systems that we can offer the PlayStation Protection Plan," said Glenn Nash, vice president, operations, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA), in a statement. "We have heard from consumers that they're interested in an extended service plan that's backed directly by SCEA and leverages our technical expertise."

"While both the PS3 and PSP systems are designed with future-proof technology and built for long lifecycles, we're looking forward to offering this service to consumers looking for added peace of mind," Nash said.

PlayStation rivals Xbox and Wii do not come with extended warranties.
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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
Date:May 4, 2010
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