For the PSP, a plan that covers accidental damage to the screen is also available, but does not cover dead pixels.
- PS3 - 1-year ($44.99) or 2-year ($59.99)
- PSP - 1-year ($29.99) or 2-year ($39.99)
- PSP Accidental Damage - 1-year ($39.99) or 2-year ($49.99)
Third-party plans are available at numerous retailers including GameStop and Best Buy, which both replace broken systems with whatever stock is available, which could include used or refurbished systems.
Sony's plan does offer the security of knowing that it will be handled by official Sony technicians, but does not match third-party plans for convenience. Third-party plans have to be purchased along with the system so Sony gains the advantage there, offering coverage to all systems less than a year old.
It is unlikely, however, that this plan will be promoted by retail employees over a retailer's own plan. Shacknews has reached out to GameStop about its plans for incorporating (or ignoring) the PlayStation Protection Plan. Historically, the PlayStation 3 has low failure rates, but like all electronics, are subject to failure.