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Sony will no longer allow retailers to sell digital codes for games, add-on cards and PSN$ cards will remain

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I've never seen full digital games or add-ons being sold in stores.
I only know PSN/XBL cards and PS+/XBL Gold memberships.
Might be a US only thing?



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Barozi said:
I've never seen full digital games or add-ons being sold in stores.
I only know PSN/XBL cards and PS+/XBL Gold memberships.
Might be a US only thing?

They are pretty common here, though I don't know how well they actually sell. If you go to a retail, I'd assume it's to either get a physical copy or one of those digital pre-paid cards. Still, this is a loss for the customer, more options are always better.



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1 less choice for gamers. Too bad.



HollyGamer said:
RolStoppable said:

Retailers sell consoles because they make the money on software sales.

Did you read the thread title  " 

Sony will no longer allow retailers to sell  " digital codes "

No one say they will stop allowing retail store  selling physical disc. Also there are others thing they can sell merchandise, special edition, toys, peripheral etc. 

Yes, I read it. But apparently you didn't read my post because you thought the portion you cut off wasn't relevant. Here's what you deleted:

Last year we had a thread about the Austrian retailer Gameware who stopped selling Xbox consoles after the announcement of Gamepass. They have no interest in selling a box that might not net them any money from software sales. They continue to sell Xbox games, but they leave it to other retailers to work with the very slim margins on console sales.

Xxain made the argument that retailers won't stop selling consoles when console manufacturers make efforts to remove retailers from game sales, but there's already an example of a retailer who stopped selling Xbox consoles because of that. Retailers make fewer $ on the sale of a console than they make on the sale of a physical game despite the MSRP of a console being significantly higher than the MSRP of a game. When retailers look at a situation where they'd have to allocate a lot of shelf space to a product that doesn't net them a good return (such as a customer purchasing a console and going digital-only with software purchases), then they have to ask themselves if it's even worth it to sell consoles.



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Idt this is that offensive. Kind of makes sense.



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Game specific ones were pretty useless.


Just get a store card and add funds to your wallet to buy whatever you want on PSN.



    

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It isn't a big deal but sad for the few who bought them.






ironmanDX said:
I usually buy my digital codes from other sites or ebay because they're cheaper than the official store...

Hopefully Microsoft doesn't follow Sony.

Nailed it. CDkeys is full of digital games cheaper than retail or digital store price.



Well this explains why the people at gamestop were bashing Playstation and praising Switch and XBox. I believe the girl worded it as, "Thats Sony, always trying to nickle and dime their consumers" when some was complaining about a lack of charging cable with the PS4 controller they bought. Then went on to say how the Switch controllers came wich charging cables out of the box and have vastly superior battery life.

This has no affect on me as I mostly buy physical games only, but it seems retailers are fighting back, fruitless or not.



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I think this is more so a response from Sony to retailers, because (for example) best buy has been reducing shelf space for sony product (gaming in general) quite a bit to the point theres not enough room to represent all the games in stock on the shelf, nor do we put out promotional shippers because of floorspace for higher profit products like TV's, headphones etc. in short, retailers outside of gamestop have more revenue and profits to earn on other products than gaming, so the investment is not there.