Sony will reportedly cease their providing of digital codes for PlayStation games to retailers beginning April 1st, in a strange policy change.
Gamers are currently able to buy digital PSN codes from retailers such as GameStop and Amazon before redeeming them via the PlayStation Store. However, that's all set to change next month, with Twitter user Wario64 posting a photo of a memo said to have been sent from Sony to GameStop.
The memo explains how these changes will affect GameStop and other retailers, as well as gamers who get their games through such avenues. The biggest concern at the moment pertains to customers who have pre-ordered titles that come out after April 1st. Sony has encouraged them to switch their reservations to a physical copy of the game unless it's Days Gone or Mortal Kombat 11, which are the two exceptions.
Here is the full text outlining these changes (Sony full game digital codes at retail) pic.twitter.com/wY39bWyhaj— Wario64 (@Wario64) March 22, 2019
“Sony has recently announced that full game digital download codes will no longer be available to purchase from other retailers worldwide effective April 1, 2019,” the memo reads. “After this date (with some specific exceptions), Sony full game digital downloads will only be available for purchase through the PlayStation marketplace. Guests with reservations on full game digital versions of PS4 games that release after April 1st, 2019 should be encouraged to switch their reservation to a physical version of the game. As an exception, full game digital versions of Days Gone and Mortal Kombat 11 on PS4 will be available for sale in GameStop stores for one week after their respective official street dates, and reservations on digital versions of these two titles will be filled."
This probably translates as bad news to a lot of PS4 owners, as Sony's online payment options aren't all that flexible outside of the US.
Fortunately, though, the option of purchasing PlayStation Store cards still remains, and they can be had in increments of $10, $20, $40, $75, and $100. However, those hardly match the exact prices of titles and gamers are sometimes forced to purchase an extra card to cover the cost.
However, according to the memo, Sony plans to offer incremental currency add-ons to cover any additional sales tax on PlayStation 4 games. Meanwhile, and oddly so, digital add-on content will still be available for purchase at retail stores.