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Sony Facing Lawsuit Over PlayStation Store Digital Sales Exclusivity
 

 
Battling the Store's supracompetitive prices.

Sony is facing a lawsuit that claims it is operating an unlawful monopoly by restricting purchases of PlayStation games to the PlayStation Store.

As detailed by a Bloomberg report, the class-action lawsuit, filed by consumers, notes that by restricting digital purchases to the official PlayStation Store, Sony Interactive Entertainment are able to charge up to 175% higher than physical games sold by retailers both online and in-store. With modern games like Returnal commanding $70, you can see why people are trying to find the best deals on their games. Those who want to remain digital, however, are restricted to what Sony charges on the PlayStation Store.

“Sony’s monopoly allows it to charge supracompetitive prices for digital PlayStation games, which are significantly higher than their physical counterparts sold in a competitive retail market, and significantly higher than they would be in a competitive retail market for digital games,” explains the lawsuit.

As detailed by a Bloomberg report, the class-action lawsuit, filed by consumers, notes that by restricting digital purchases to the official PlayStation Store, Sony Interactive Entertainment are able to charge up to 175% higher than physical games sold by retailers both online and in-store. With modern games like Returnal commanding $70, you can see why people are trying to find the best deals on their games. Those who want to remain digital, however, are restricted to what Sony charges on the PlayStation Store.
“Sony’s monopoly allows it to charge supracompetitive prices for digital PlayStation games, which are significantly higher than their physical counterparts sold in a competitive retail market, and significantly higher than they would be in a competitive retail market for digital games,” explains the lawsuit.

Sony stopped allowing third party retailers, such as Amazon, from selling digital download codes for PlayStation games back in 2019. Nintendo has also done a similar thing, suspending European retailers from selling first-party digital game codes.

While Sony brought an end to digital download codes being sold by other retailers, those companies are allowed to sell PSN credit. However, this still requires a user to pay Sony’s asking price for a game, rather than being able to pay the often cheaper prices retailers offer for disc-based versions of the same game.

While Sony may be facing legal action, it’s not the big case of the moment. That’s the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit, which is currently ongoing, and spilling games industry secrets all over the internet.

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 1 month ago '06        #2
xastey 
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I only see a case for games say months after release when discs naturally gets lower. Digital sales should lower but I don't feel it should be a 1:1 with the current price of physicals. What they should have is a just a convenience fee on top . But I can also see them add more because they have to have someone check the current market constantly to keep it in line vs just doing it once for a sale.


Also with stores it's actually taking up space ... For digital it's a one time space allocation and then bandwidth.


Everyone will get 2$ from this if it does win lol
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 1 month ago '20        #3
GreenDragon  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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2k for 15 at target, 2k for 60 in the psn store
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 1 month ago '20        #4
5ive04our  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x115
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 GreenDragon said
2k for 15 at target, 2k for 60 in the psn store
Like fr imagine how many digital units can be moved if they were the equivalent to in-store. Cyberpunk is still 59.99 in the Xbox live store .. This why physical disc will never die.
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 1 month ago '10        #5
acegutta22  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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That's why the digital PS5 is a bad move
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 1 month ago '04        #6
justinjones 
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Sony stopped allowing third party retailers, such as Amazon, from selling digital download codes for PlayStation games back in 2019
hmph. did not know that

 1 month ago '18        #7
No Religion  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Think Sony is bad? Check the prices on Nintendo games in their store that's years old. Mario games don't lose their value.
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 1 month ago '04        #8
Vince McMahon  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Sony is still selling at least one 2014 PS4 game for $60
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 1 month ago '18        #9
SFamilyRep  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 No Religion said
Think Sony is bad? Check the prices on Nintendo games in their store that's years old. Mario games don't lose their value.
With PS2 graphics in 2021

 1 month ago '08        #10
R. Almighty 
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Interesting.. I see a lot of deals on ps store compared to in-store games.. But also buy physical copies when a deal is available... sounds like this is about digital only people..

 1 month ago '17        #11
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 acegutta22 said
That's why the digital PS5 is a bad move
Yep, only good to jailbreak imo.

Honestly tho, this sh*t ain’t news and this lawsuit getting laughed out of court. Gamers need to stop crying about everything and make their voices heard with their wallets. It’s mad annoying seeing fans trying to tell other fans what these companies should and shouldn’t be doing. Only valid complaints is asking for better games
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 1 month ago '05        #12
kaseemromani 
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 No Religion said
Think Sony is bad? Check the prices on Nintendo games in their store that's years old. Mario games don't lose their value.
you can still buy digital nintendo games from third party retailers like amazon,walmart,best buy etc you can't do this with Playstation since 2019 which is what this lawsuit is about I think
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 1 month ago '06        #13
snaxxx 
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This is why I stayed physical , just doesn’t make sense to pay the same price or more for digital when I can get it for cheaper via disc ... and can always resell or trade if I want
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 1 month ago '20        #14
Iron Stan 
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Buy discounted game cards buy digital games problem solved I have at least $350 in psn store credit for less than $250

 1 month ago '18        #15
Oswaldgatesjr  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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Sony stay taking Ls
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 1 month ago '05        #16
PhrozenMenace 
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That's why it's always stupid to have fewer options



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