Sony has gone on to confirm that starting in April, they will no longer provide retailers with digital download codes for PlayStation 4 titles.
The rumour mill began swirling last week when a tweet from Wario64 on Twitter made the rounds. In his tweet, he included a leaked memo from a GameStop employee which stated that Sony would no longer allow retailers to sell digital titles.
Here is the full text outlining these changes (Sony full game digital codes at retail) pic.twitter.com/wY39bWyhaj
— Wario64 (@Wario64) March 22, 2019
This new policy leaves gamers who are unable to or are unwilling to use the digital storefront in a precarious position. Sony, however, offers a solution in which they are now increasing the denominations available for purchase at select retailers.
“To support full games and premium editions, SIE will introduce increased denominations at select retailers,” the PlayStation spokesperson said. “DLC, add-ons, virtual currency, and season passes will still be available.”
Truth be told, this decision to halt sales of digital codes at retail reeks of anti-consumerism. Sony is flat out taking away a popular way for gamers to purchase something they want in a way that they feel comfortable with.