Developers and publishers are now letting players choose to purchase their games digitally these days. Naturally, this means that physical retailers like GameStop may suffer from lack of physical copy sales. That’s why they sell digital game codes that allow customers to purchase it from their store and download the game at home.
This was ideal for customers who preferred not to hand over payment information like credit card details to companies like Sony. Sadly, that will no longer be an option. Sony has confirmed that starting April 1st, retailers will no longer be able to sell digital game codes for the PS4.
A company 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. 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.”
If you still want to buy through a retailer, you can buy virtual currency through these retailers, which can then be used to purchase games from Sony’s PSN. Sony will likely offer increased PSN credit options through retailers to make up for it.