Pretty much! Amazon, Bestbuy and Walmart do their E3 Pre-order sale where I can order yet to be released games at a discount. FFVIIR for example. I got around $50 during that sale compared to the usual $80 price at launch. Ik Ik, CAD sucks.
Wanted to go digital for my XBox One, since I wanted it only for Gamepass, don't generally play MS exclusives, and figured I could buy any games I wanted on the PS4. But it wound up being cheaper to get a console with a disc drive. Good thing, because I didn't realize that once games are taken off of gamepass you can't play them even if you'd previously downloaded them.