Sony has confirmed that it will stop providing retailers digital download codes for PlayStation 4 games, starting April 1, 2019.
Talking to The Verge, a PlayStation spokesperson said: “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.”
“This decision was made in order to continue to align key businesses globally,” they said. “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.”
Sony’s decision means that anyone who doesn’t want to use their credit card for purchases on PSN can now only add to their digital library by purchasing virtual currency from a retailer and spending it at the PSN store, rather than simply buying a digital game code.
Concerns over store-bought digital codes started earlier this month when Twitter use Wario64 leaked a GameStop memo that explained the effects of the upcoming changes, such as how to advise customers about cancelling digital pre-orders or exchanging for physical editions.
— Wario64 (@Wario64) March 22, 2019
As pointed out by The Verge’s report, it is not yet clear if this only affects physical stores like GameStop, or if the decision will extend to online retailers such as Amazon.
The GameStop memo points out that there will be a one-week period after release for Days Gone and Mortal Kombat 11, during which people will still be able to buy digital download codes in-store. After that, you’ll be limited to season passes, DLC, and virtual currency. While Sony promises that currency will be available in increased denomination options, it has yet to announce what those will be.
Matt Purslow is IGN UK’s News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.
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