Sony is being sued over its expensive PlayStation Store, as the company continues to restrict digital sales to its own platform.
If you’re a PlayStation fan, chances are you’ve taken at least a look at the system’s online store. From your PlayStation device, you’re able to purchase and download titles of your choosing, but it’s rarely cheap to do so.
In fact, paying for a digital download is oftentimes far more expensive than finding a disk in a brick-and-mortar store. It’s as if gamers are paying for the convenience, rather than an actual fair price for the product.
If you’re picking up a PS5 restock in this week’s drops and want immediate access to all the PS4 titles you missed out on, of course you’ll take a look at the console’s store. But doing so will prove costly, and that’s not great when you’ve just splashed out on a next-gen device.
Of course, PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan claims that new games are worth the price you pay, but it’s an expensive market. And a new lawsuit claims that Sony’s pricing is only viable thanks to it limiting a competitive environment.
Sony Sued Over PlayStation Store Exclusivity
In 2019, Sony stopped allowing third-party retailers to sell download codes for PlayStation games. Because of this, the publisher has a complete monopoly on the digital games market.
Being able to charge what it wants for the games on the PlayStation Store, gamers are forced to pay or find the physical game elsewhere. And a new class-action lawsuit claims that people often end up paying 175% more for downloadable games than the same ones on disk.
The company is clearly profiting from this decision, however. After all, Sony is paying employees an insane bonus after the launch of the PS5!
It’s true that, while the PlayStation Store has regular sales, some games stay at high prices no matter their age. And now, Sony Interactive Entertainment is facing being sued over its digital exclusivity.
The lawsuit stipulates that Sony’s restrictions allow the company 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.”
Right now, it’s unclear as to whether this upcoming lawsuit will lead to anything. However, we’d like to hope that there’s a way for PlayStation Store titles to one day lose their exclusivity.
At the very least, it’d be nice for games to be more affordable. Especially as many developers appear to agree that gamers are happy to pay $70 for new games on next-gen.
Thankfully, Sony likes to give out free games to its players too, on occasion. Not only did we get 10 new freebies including Horizon Zero Dawn recently, but this month’s PlayStation Plus games are an excellent pick.
What’s more, gamers believe that this AAA title will be free on PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles soon!
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