PlayStation to ban physical retailers selling digital game codes

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The PlayStation maker Sony has confirmed that it will stop selling digital PS4 game download codes in all physical retail stores.

Following the circulation of rumours regarding the move last week, Sony told The Verge that it would cease selling all digital download codes from April 1.

This has caused concern for some gamers who are reluctant to input their personal card details into Sony’s PlayStation Network, but who prefer the ease of a digital version of a game.

“We can confirm that as of April 1, 2019, Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer offer full games through SIE’s Global Digital at Retail program,” a PlayStation spokesperson told The Verge.

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However, it added that customers will still be able to purchase virtual currency in the form of gift cards from bricks-and-mortar retailers, giving gamers an option to purchase a digital copy of a game without disclosing their card details.

“This decision was made in order to continue to align key businesses globally,” it added.

“To support full games and premium editions, SIE will introduce increased denominations at select retailers. DLC, add-ons, virtual currency, and season passes will still be available.”

It is not clear whether online game retailers like Green Man Gaming, Amazon or the online arms of physical retailers like Game will still be allowed to offer digital download codes.

This is likely to pile yet more pressure on the physical video game retail market, as sales increasingly shift towards digital copies and they become increasingly dependent on their relationship with publishers to stay afloat.

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