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My wife, because she is wonderful, bought me a PS3 for Christmas. She bought it used on craiglist and probably paid extra for it because it already had a LOT of games on it.

I am wondering, if I set up my own PSN account and download other content, will I lose access to the games that the previous owner purchased? Or should I not have access to them in the first place? Is the previous owner able to purchase a new PS3 and download all of these games again? If I connect this thing to the internet will it check in and disable this content?

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+1 for wonderful wife. –  Colin May 15 '13 at 5:15

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Games and DLC downloaded on one user profile (with its PSN user) on the system can (usually) be accessed by other profiles and PSN users on the same system. As long as a system is "activated" for an account, it can play games bought by it. This means you can create your own profile on the system with a new PSN account and still access the original owner's games.

Each PSN account can be activated on up to two PS3 systems and two portables systems (Vita/PSP). The original owner can choose to deactivate your system remotely, and this will stop the games from working on your system (this applies if your system is connected to the internet, since the system checks if the console is activated fro an account periodically when your start running a game). I'd say you're safe to play his games on your account, be don't rely on them being available forever. In any case, avoid logging into his account if he kept the password stored on the system, since this will log him out if he's currently logged in and vice versa.

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If I were you I would just make a new PSN, no fun if games are already done for you. Now if he had DLC for games you will probably lose it if you make a new PSN account.

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Not true. You can have several PSN accounts on different profiles on the same system and all accounts will have access to other account's games/DLC. There are very few games/DLC pieces which are locked to a single account. –  JohnoBoy Dec 27 '12 at 10:43

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