Okay, so your video game console just bit the dust. You’ve backed up your saved game files and transferred them to a new hard drive. But what about all the stuff you downloaded like demos, movies and games? You can’t copy them to a new console like saved game files, so what do you do?
In most cases PlayStation 3 owners simply need to sign into their existing PlayStation Network account from the new console to download previously purchased content. Activating the console through PSN is also important, as it is required to view some content. Remember though that PSN only allows a maximum of five (5) PS3 consoles to be activated per account!
Microsoft has a similar process in place for Xbox 360’s, with the first step being a visit to the Xbox support website. There owners can find a Content License Transfer FAQ, as well as a video walk-through presented by Xbox Live’s own Major Nelson. Once content licenses have been transferred, Xbox owners simply need to download the content to the new console.
Unfortunately for Nintendo Wii owners, the Wii Shop Channel does not currently support the ability to transfer content licenses from one console to another. What this means is that purchased software can only be used on the console on which it was originally downloaded, even if it is saved to an external SD memory card.