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Report: Sony No Longer Providing Full Game Digital Download Codes to Retailers

Report: Sony No Longer Providing Full Game Digital Download Codes to Retailers - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2019 / 1,934 Views

Retailers will no longer be getting full game digital download codes from Sony for the PlayStation 4 starting April 1, according to a memo sent out to GameStop.

Digital games after April 1 will need to be purchased straight from the PlayStation Network. However, DLC and PlayStation Network gift cards will still be available.


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16 Comments

kirby007 (on 24 March 2019)

I dont get why you would wanna go to a store for a digital code in the first place


StriderKiwi (on 24 March 2019)

If you're already there for other purchases.


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kirby007 (on 24 March 2019)

In that case id buy a real copy and not just the code or a psn card


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Azzanation (on 24 March 2019)

Digital codes dont take up house space. Those that don't want or have room for cabinets


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kirby007 (on 24 March 2019)

Azza in that case i repeat my first statement, just download it from psn


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Azzanation (on 25 March 2019)

@Kirby What about those that don't like putting bank card info on consoles? There are reasons why some prefer other methods. Also cards make great gifts.


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VAMatt (on 25 March 2019)

Gifting. You can at least hand someone a card, rather than say "I gifted you a game. Log in and check it out."


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VAMatt (on 25 March 2019)

Also, you may want to pay cash.


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kirby007 (on 25 March 2019)

Paying cash is probably the best reason yes, but as for gifting i would once again go for an actual copy


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Mr Puggsly (on 25 March 2019)

I think its more about cutting out the middle man, Sony wants people making game purchases directly from the PS Store.


Bandorr (on 24 March 2019)

How does the digital code market work? How much were stores buying them from Sony before? How much were they selling them for? Were they buying them for $40 and selling for $60? Buying for $60 and selling for $60? Or were they taking a loss. Buying for $60 selling for $50?


pikashoe (on 24 March 2019)

The first one obviously. Why would they sell them for anything other than profit.


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umegames (on 25 March 2019)

Stores don't profit from digital cards, its all free revenue because the stores aren't paying a cost to have the cards. If anything the publisher is losing because they are pushing the cards (even though its cheap as dirt to produce) but they hardly account for sales at all. Every month at best buy i have to remove a ton of cards from our inventory, and we 95% of the time haven't sold any.


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StriderKiwi (on 24 March 2019)

There's that Sony greed from 599 US dollar days cropping up again! Act right Sony, thanks to Google, next gen is already looking more competetive.


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