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PS4 News       Thread starter PSXHAX       Start date May 8, 2021 at 2:21 AM       2,538       7      
Proceeding the PlayStation 3 Linux Class Action Settlement and recent PS5 C-Bomb CMOS Battery Issue, according to mainstream media reports including Bloomberg and IGN Sony now faces a lawsuit with proposed class-action status in Caccuri v. Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (3:21-cv-03361) filed on May 5th in a San Francisco U.S. Northern District of California Court over purportedly creating an unlawful monopoly in limiting the digital purchase of PlayStation games to PSN Store by halting digital download game code sales through 3rd-party retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart in 2019. ⚖️

According to IGN.com on this matter, to quote: "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."

Bloomberg.com points out the following argument from the suit as well, to quote: "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."

As with the PS5 C-Bomb CMOS Battery Issue, this exclusivity is particularly concerning to those with a PS5 Digital Edition console who do not have the option to purchase disc-based games at more competitive prices than $ony offers on their store... with the push towards an all-digital videogame console similar to online video streaming services, it will be interesting to see where this leads. :unsure:
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jwooh

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Digital games should be far cheaper than disc games, to begin with, you get nothing when buying them. I have seen several times where one of those digital game cards be $59.95 and the disc version be $39.95. The sports titles are like this a lot of times when the price drops they don't pull those cards they keep selling them.
 

Doyle444

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Agree with @jwooh
Digital version should be cheaper as product materials haven't been used such as the disc, the case, production of disc, transport of disc etc.

I always thought by now digital games should be cheaper or... same price as disc, BUT when you are done, you can sell it to say a friend or family member, a user buys the game and the license is removed from the original buyer and passed onto the new user, O-buyer gets a notification to say the licence has been removed and no longer playable, new user downloads it and plays like normal purchase. The money for the game cant be redeem to real, just adds to the PS Store funds. Simple.
 

jwooh

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There is not really any reason but money to be able to make it where digtal games can be sold when done with them. They could make some kind of usb that you can buy when you're done with the digital game you can transfer it to that usb to resell it or trade it just like a disc game.
 

Datriax

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Not sure just how many more examples the general masses need to be smashed over the head with, to realize that all-digital is the last nail in the coffin of competition. Especially in locked down markets like consoles, where the console manufacturer, holds the keys to everything.

These companies don't push for all-digital because it's better for the customer, or better for the environment, or better for anyone, other than themselves.
 

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