PSN to Offer Retail Games Cheaper on Day One

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Posted by patrickklepek (3468 posts) -

When a game is published at retail, there’s manufacturing and distribution costs that have resulted in the now-standard $59.99 price point. How come we’re still paying full price for those games in digital forms, then? The biggest reason is that nobody wants to cross retail partners, who are still important to the industry ecosystem.

Don't want to pay full price for Dishonored? Sony's got an offer you might want to consider.

Sony, alongside several major third-party publishers, are about to cross that line with the new “PSN Day 1 Digital” program. The new service will offer games like NBA 2K13 and Dishonored, alongside several others, for $53.99 on the same day they’re available at retail shops like Best Buy and GameStop for $59.99.

There are some catches, though.

One, you have to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber ($50 per year), and you have to pre-order the game. Within those two caveats, however, those games and more will be available cheaper via PSN.

The full list, as announced by Sony today, is below, including details on games that aren’t cheaper:

  • Resident Evil 6 (Available for download on October 2 - $59.99)
  • NBA 2K13 (Available for download on October 2 - $59.99/$53.99 for PLUS members, with pre-order)*
  • Dishonored (Available for download on October 9 - $59.99/$53.99 for PLUS members, with pre-order)*
  • DOOM 3: BFG Edition (Available for download on October 16 - $39.99/$35.99 for PLUS members, with pre-order)*
  • 007: Legends (Available for download on October 16 - $59.99)+
  • Medal Of Honor: Warfighter (Available for download on October 23 - $59.99)
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted (Available for download on October 30 - $59.99/$53.99 for PLUS members, with pre-order)*
  • Assassin’s Creed III (Available for download on October 30 - $59.99)*

The asterisk means those games are available for pre-order. Resident Evil 6, for example, is not. The + means the 10% discount (in this case, 007: Legends for PS Plus members) is available for a week after launch.

Basically, there are a bunch of options for publishers who want to opt-in to this program.

This is a big moment for the relationship between platform holders, publishers, and retail. I’m curious to see how (if) retail responds. And it’s one more reason Sony’s making Xbox Live seem like a joke.

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3468 posts) -

When a game is published at retail, there’s manufacturing and distribution costs that have resulted in the now-standard $59.99 price point. How come we’re still paying full price for those games in digital forms, then? The biggest reason is that nobody wants to cross retail partners, who are still important to the industry ecosystem.

Don't want to pay full price for Dishonored? Sony's got an offer you might want to consider.

Sony, alongside several major third-party publishers, are about to cross that line with the new “PSN Day 1 Digital” program. The new service will offer games like NBA 2K13 and Dishonored, alongside several others, for $53.99 on the same day they’re available at retail shops like Best Buy and GameStop for $59.99.

There are some catches, though.

One, you have to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber ($50 per year), and you have to pre-order the game. Within those two caveats, however, those games and more will be available cheaper via PSN.

The full list, as announced by Sony today, is below, including details on games that aren’t cheaper:

  • Resident Evil 6 (Available for download on October 2 - $59.99)
  • NBA 2K13 (Available for download on October 2 - $59.99/$53.99 for PLUS members, with pre-order)*
  • Dishonored (Available for download on October 9 - $59.99/$53.99 for PLUS members, with pre-order)*
  • DOOM 3: BFG Edition (Available for download on October 16 - $39.99/$35.99 for PLUS members, with pre-order)*
  • 007: Legends (Available for download on October 16 - $59.99)+
  • Medal Of Honor: Warfighter (Available for download on October 23 - $59.99)
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted (Available for download on October 30 - $59.99/$53.99 for PLUS members, with pre-order)*
  • Assassin’s Creed III (Available for download on October 30 - $59.99)*

The asterisk means those games are available for pre-order. Resident Evil 6, for example, is not. The + means the 10% discount (in this case, 007: Legends for PS Plus members) is available for a week after launch.

Basically, there are a bunch of options for publishers who want to opt-in to this program.

This is a big moment for the relationship between platform holders, publishers, and retail. I’m curious to see how (if) retail responds. And it’s one more reason Sony’s making Xbox Live seem like a joke.

Staff
#2 Posted by camwil (38 posts) -

PSN is on a roll

#3 Posted by heatDrive88 (2267 posts) -

I don't know about you, but if this is all Adam Boyes' doing, he is fucking KILLING IT.

#4 Edited by Morridin (75 posts) -

Cool, I'll get Doom3 then!

Edit: Ahw dang!

Still, even if it is only 1 day and just a few dollars, it is a small step.

#5 Posted by Rayeth (1021 posts) -

Hm. I don't think think this is going to add too many NEW customers. It might make some people who were already PS+ members buy more though.

#6 Posted by RuthLoose (780 posts) -

I, for one, can't wait for Amazon's anti-Day 1 Digital counter-measure task force to assemble.

#7 Edited by Krataur (340 posts) -

Preordering a digital download? What madness is this?

#8 Posted by MeatBoy (51 posts) -

Wonder what retail is thinking now.

#9 Posted by jonny_eh (58 posts) -

Preorder discount aside, being able to just buy new retail games online is pretty damn awesome!

#10 Posted by Rirse (258 posts) -

Really wish XBox live Gold would copy this already so I would could renew it again. Plus is just too good, and I do love them takiing ideas from Valve.

#11 Posted by SoyBob (161 posts) -

This sounds neat and exciting; until they start charging £50 in the UK because that's what the RRP is over here. If you're paying £50 for a game, you're doing it wrong.

#12 Posted by FoolishChaos (431 posts) -

Good for sony. But as someone who mostly plays PC games now, 10% off a day 1 purchase seems like a pittance.

#13 Posted by bigsmoke77 (786 posts) -

Microsoft is getting left behind in a alarming way.

#14 Posted by Phatmac (5721 posts) -

Good on Sony! I'm impressed. Microsoft better be making a deal like this as well.

#15 Posted by nomtank (121 posts) -

My measly hard drive weeps at announcements like this...

#16 Posted by CrunchinJelly (16 posts) -

Digital downloads should be cheaper than retail for everyone. Hiding it behind a subscription is stupid.

#17 Posted by xMEGADETHxSLY (446 posts) -

HALO 3 CAME OUT 5 YEARS AGO TODAY. also this is cool too

#18 Edited by Terranova (582 posts) -

I wonder if the same thing is going to happen to the EU PSN store they had SSX on there last week for download at £59 you can get it from Amazon for £20, of course that's a EA game and so they set the price but still no way anyone would pay that when you can get much more cheaper, It's a nice idea but it's needs every publisher to be involved not just a select few if digital only is going to be the way forward

#19 Posted by Dagbiker (6939 posts) -

Not much of a discount, and they arnt cutting out retailers. So thats good.

#20 Edited by Colourful_Hippie (4330 posts) -

Nice to see somebody on the console side try something like this, I've already been used to deep cuts on recent releases on the PC side and it's fantastic. Hopefully MS wises up when the next consoles come around or else they will be the arrogant one left behind like Sony was out of the gate with the PS3.

#21 Posted by chilibean_3 (1619 posts) -

Whoa. This is a pretty big deal. Good on ya, Sony.

#22 Posted by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Awesome, I may start subscribing to PS+

Sounds like they're really stepping their game up. I can't wait to see what the next console generation war is going to be like.

#23 Posted by arkum (4 posts) -

I wonder if we'll ever see the real numbers on sales of the download versions

#24 Posted by RecSpec (3762 posts) -

A neat idea but a couple things kill this for me 
1. The download speeds of PSN are pretty lousy at times. Especially after stuff launches  
2. PSN usually updates at around 6pm or so EST. Add the long download time to this and your game won't be ready until 8pm or so.  
 
It's a great start though. I'd be willing to buy full games online if added stuff like midnight launches and preorder bonuses like retail gets.

#25 Posted by wafflestomp (247 posts) -

I go back and forth on this. I mean, PSN is so slow to download anything. What is appealing to save $7 if it takes 7 hours to download it? You can almost always find it on sale on launch day anyway. Plus I like packaging.

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#26 Posted by Residentrevil2 (431 posts) -

This sounds very interesting. I wonder if Amazon will price match it?

#27 Edited by Lukeweizer (2607 posts) -

I don't really know if I'm liking this "get cheap things" for PS+. Most of it is stuff that I wouldn't buy or already own (speaking more about the free games), and not to sound snobby or anything, but $5 off a new game doesn't really do it for me. Most of the games will be on sale at Best Buy for $39.99 in 2 months or so. I'd almost rather just save the $50 a year I have to spend on Plus.

#28 Posted by Bollard (5246 posts) -

They would have to offer pre-loading too, as downloading on the day (especially via PSN) would be so slow you wouldn't get it before day 2 of release.

Otherwise this is still really cool.

#29 Edited by fargofallout (276 posts) -

I wonder if sales tax is included in these prices? (I've only purchased one item on PSN, which was a very long time ago, so I don't remember if they charge tax or not) If there's no tax, that makes this an even better deal. I also agree that Sony is making a much better case for their service than Microsoft is for theirs.

That being said, until the next consoles launch, I'm mostly done with the current consoles, so I only care as a matter of curiosity. Playing games on my PC is so much better.

#30 Posted by BetaMax (130 posts) -

@heatDrive88 said:

I don't know about you, but if this is all Adam Boyes' doing, he is fucking KILLING IT.

This man has a point!

#31 Posted by beepmachine (618 posts) -

GAME BIG DAY 1. That sounds like something a caveman would scream.

These discounts seem really small after years of buying games on steam.

#32 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2682 posts) -

@Krataur said:

Preordering a digital download? What madness is this?

Never used Steam then?

#33 Posted by WarlordPayne (694 posts) -

If it was a permanent price drop that'd be one thing, but requiring pre-orders makes it kind of pointless. There is usually at least one retailer selling the full box game for cheaper than that if you pre-order. They need to just knock $10 or so off the price of digital games, forget this pre-order nonsense.

#34 Posted by Shortbreadtom (687 posts) -

Whoa. Remember when PSN felt like a joke?

#35 Posted by Lifendz (142 posts) -

Why not state the 17.00 for 3-month PS Plus plan?

#36 Posted by daedelus (91 posts) -

I always shy away from digital downloads when there is a similarly priced retail disk. I save a lot of money reselling games.

And pre-ordering a digital download is madness, as a digital download has infinite supply.

#37 Posted by Shuborno (938 posts) -

Great idea.

+1 to wishing MS did this. I hate that I have multiplayer 360 games on discs because I don't want to be fishing for discs when the urge to play a round here or there hits.

#38 Posted by Agikamike (55 posts) -

@Shortbreadtom: And now xbox live seems that way.

It's interesting how many people say they don't really use PSN because "all their friends are on the 360." But from my experience, more people are just watching Netflix. If you and your friends got together and decided to use the ps3, problem solved?

#39 Posted by Neurotic (632 posts) -

@Terranova said:

I wonder if the same thing is going to happen to the EU PSN store they had SSX on there last week for download at £59 you can get it from Amazon for £20, of course that's a EA game and so they set the price but still no way anyone would pay that when you can get much more cheaper, It's a nice idea but it's needs every publisher to be involved not just a select few if digital only is going to be the way forward

This.

Wasn't it £50 for Borderlands 2 as well? That's more than you could get it from Amazon. Same is happening with Assassin's Creed III.

Well, it's progress I suppose.

#40 Posted by handlas (2658 posts) -

Sweet. Too bad my harddrive is always full and I'm constantly deleting games to make room. Plus I fear the future of not having physical copies and not being able to retrieve games I purchase digitally through PSN. Not a problem now of course... except with their movies. Bought a movie but deleted it because I needed the space. Wanted to rewatch the movie later but PSN doesn't allow you to redownload movies you bought... it acts like you never owned it.

#41 Posted by RoninAutomaton (19 posts) -

Well, here’s a thought:

Does that mean if you buy a PSN Day 1 digital version (ex: pre-ordered Dishonored at $53.99 w/ PS Plus subscription), would you lose access to that game if you reach the end of your PS Plus subscription and chose not to renew it?

#42 Posted by PurpleSpandex (282 posts) -

PC gaming master race checking in here. Oh thats a start buddies, good job Sony.

#43 Edited by Agikamike (55 posts) -

@daedelus: Preloading games is pretty nice. PSN's done that before, with Sorcery. Hopefully they do that for this.

and @RoninAutomaton: PSN+ games only expire if they are free. Any money transactions are simply discounts and the game acts as normal.

#44 Posted by Kingloo (85 posts) -

To the people who will complain that this isn't enough of a discount, you should remember that, of the 60 USD, only about 7 goes to manufacturing and distribution. So at 53 they actually are giving you all the benefits.

#45 Posted by Ujio (565 posts) -
There's another "disadvantage" in that it doesn't seem as if there are any pre-order bonuses going this route.
#46 Posted by wumbo3000 (936 posts) -

I'm not sure this is that big of a deal. I think this only helps out people who buy a lot of new games. For me personally, the fact that you have to a PS Plus member kinda sucks. I usually only buy 3-4 $60 games a year, so if I'm dropping an extra $50 just to get them for 6 bucks cheaper, then it's not really worth it.

#47 Posted by 9999dmg (132 posts) -

This is awesome, I love being able to download game day-and-date on my VIta.

#48 Edited by handlas (2658 posts) -

@wumbo3000 said:

I'm not sure this is that big of a deal. I think this only helps out people who buy a lot of new games. For me personally, the fact that you have to a PS Plus member kinda sucks. I usually only buy 3-4 $60 games a year, so if I'm dropping an extra $50 just to get them for 6 bucks cheaper, then it's not really worth it.

PS Plus is great tho. That's like completely disregarding it.

The membership pays for itself with all the free games they give you. Given you actually want the games they offer. I had PS Plus for a year and enjoyed the offerings. The one hour game trials were also pretty nice... essentially demos.

#49 Posted by ChrisTaran (1565 posts) -

Playstation 3 has over the past couple months overtaken the 360 for me as my primary console. And it's stuff like this (along with everything else Plus has been doing) that has made it so desirable to do!

#50 Posted by SolidOcelot (318 posts) -

The discount isn't significant but at least it sets an interesting precedent. Hope this evolves into something more competitive.

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