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Amazon opens PlayStation Network store, $5 PSN credit back on some purchases

Tuesday, 12th November 2013 10:52 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony is allowing digital retailers freedom to launch their own PSN store-fronts, starting with Amazon. The retailer has now opened its PSN shop in the States as an alternative outlet for digital PlayStation content.

Kotaku reports that the Amazon PSN Store is live now, and offers PS3 and PS Vita titles, as well as PSN credit vouchers and PS Plus memberships.

Recent release pricing sees titles like Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag priced at $59.96. You can also buy DLC and season passes for several games from the store.

To celebrate the store’s launch, Amazon will give customers back $5 of PSN credit when buying select items. If anything the ability to open third-party PSN stores breaks Sony’s monopoly on its digital wares. The competition can only be healthy for consumers.

What do you make of the above? Would you like to see an integrated version of the store on PS4? Let us know below.

Thanks Lezo.

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11 Comments

  1. Christopher Jack

    Even though:
    A) I have no current intention to purchase a PS3
    B) Amazon is unlikely to even open it to Australia any time soon
    -I think this is a brilliant move by Sony. My most major concern with the original all digital future Microsoft envisioned was the fact that you can only purchase digital titles from MS. At the very least this is a good sign for things to come.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. freedoms_stain

    If Microsoft don’t do something similar, Sony probably just won digital pricing for next gen.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. schrodinger_cat

    Prices in US are fine! Bring this in UK!!

    #3 9 months ago
  4. silkvg247

    @3 Don’t be silly, we don’t exist.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. TrickyAudio

    This is pretty huge. Hope we do see this, too.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. DrDamn

    @5
    Completely agree this could be massive. I was looking for Sony and MS to start moves which encourage the digital switch and this is a good first step.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    Nintendo has something similar with the premium Wii U. It’s a nice feature, especially as you tend to forget it’s there, then…. BOOOM!

    CASH BACK!!! :)

    #7 9 months ago
  8. DrDamn

    @7
    The cash back point is fairly minor in the grand scheme of what this could mean. People complain that the PSN Store and XBL Store are monopolies and therefore don’t compete with Steam which has competition from other places. Allowing others to sell digital copies of games like this opens up that competition for the PSN Store and could be huge in terms of the shift to digital.

    Never found enough to buy on the Nintendo eShop to get me some cashback :(. Disappointed we got shafted with 8% instead of 10% elsewhere too.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. MFBB

    #8 Platforms could be forced/agree to have certain prices or they are not allowed to open a store.

    We dont know If Amazon can do as they want with prices/discounts etc or if they have to follow some rules (which is more likely).

    #9 9 months ago
  10. DrDamn

    @9
    There will always be some rules – as they need to pay the publishers/devs for the codes in the first place, but they obviously have some scope as there are discounts and cashback detailed in the article above which aren’t available in the regular PSN store.

    #10 9 months ago
  11. RussellGorall

    This is the first good news I have heard from Sony in a while.

    #11 9 months ago

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