What we love and what we hate

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Sony’s PlayStation Store has been around since the days of the PS3, providing a digital outlet for PlayStation games and services.

While that’s a solid feature, the PS Store isn’t perfect. Let’s take a look at what Sony’s digital store has to offer and what it lacks.

What is the PS Store?

To keep everyone in the know, the PS Store is a Sony digital store that allows you to purchase a range of digital products and services, such as games, DLC (downloadable content), themes, demos, and subscriptions.

You can access the PS Store on any console including and after the PS3, on your mobile via the PS application, and on your computer (unfortunately there is no dedicated PS application for desktops).

What we love about the PS Store

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Starting with the pros, here are six reasons that outline what the PS Store has to offer and why you should use the PS Store.

1. The PS Store is a free service

First of all, the PS Store is a free service that comes with your console. There are no paywalls or recurring subscriptions to use it, and everything is tied to your PSN account, so you don’t need to create a separate account for this.

It might sound silly, the idea of ​​a digital store costs something. But, not too long ago, online multiplayer on consoles was free, and now you need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play online multiplayer on your PlayStation or Xbox, respectively.

2. Digital downloads are more convenient than physical purchases

The PS Store is where you buy PlayStation games digitally, and digital games offer great advantages over physical games.

Digital games are more convenient than physical games, allowing you to easily switch between games, as well as access them on any console just by logging into your account.

Digital games are also more eco-friendly (no plastic cases, packaging, shows on delivery, etc.) Digital games are also unlimited, which means you won’t run into any inventory issues. here.

Related: Physical Games vs. Digital games: which are the best to buy?

3. The PS Store has regular sales

PS Store offers

The PS Store has regular sales, offering discounts on a large amount of titles. PS Store sales never end, which means one sale ends immediately, another takes its place. More than one type of sale can occur at a time; new sales often appear because current sales are still in progress.

This means that if there’s a game – or DLC – you’ve had your eye on for some time, Sony could offer it in a sale at a nice discount on its digital price. And, if a game you want isn’t in the current sale, it could very well be in the next one, so it’s worth the wait.

4. PS Plus members can get discounts

PS Plus Discount Store

The PS Store sometimes offers PS Plus members an additional sale on top of the current sale price of a product. There are also “double discounts”, which means if you’re a PS Plus member and a game is 30% off, you’ll get 60% off.

5. You can remotely access the PS Store

Even if you are not on your console, you can access the PS Store from your mobile or your computer. It syncs everything, so you can always browse and buy games digitally without having to catch up on your console.

6. List of your potential purchases for reminders during sales

The wishlist section of the Playstation web browser

You can list items on the PS Store. By combining this with the constant sales that occur, you can be sure to grab a game you want to play at its best digital price. If any games on your Wish List are on sale, you should be able to see the selling price for your Wish List.

Adjusting notifications on the PS app on your phone allows you to get reminders on your wishlist, meaning you won’t have to constantly check your wishlist to see which games are on sale.

What we hate about the PS Store

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While the PS Store offers some great features, Sony’s digital store is also lacking in a few areas. Here are six reasons why you shouldn’t use the PS Store.

1. Sharing digital games with friends is a pain

While digital games are great, and you can technically share them with friends, the process isn’t as straightforward as sharing a physical game.

If you want to share your physical game with your friend, you just need to give it to them.

If you want to share a digital game with a friend, you need to log into your PSN account on their console or give them your account details to do so.

After that they can download any game from your digital library and play it … as long as they have an internet connection (you can only assign one console as the primary console to play digital games offline).

And, because they’re signed into your account, they can’t access their own digital game library, download your game, then sign out of your account and continue playing it.

So, yes, it is still possible to share digital games with your friends, but it is painful. Oh, and you can’t sell digital PlayStation games.

2. Full-price digital games can be very expensive.

Mortal Kombat 11 on sale on the US version of the PS Store

The PS Store has some great deals, you can’t deny that. However, one of the reasons the deals can appear like massive savings is that the total price of a digital game can be insanely high, even years after release.

Physical games generally get cheaper over time. And, while digital games can come down in price as well, they’re usually delayed and not as often.

For example, at the time of writing this article, Mortal Kombat 11 is on sale for $ 14.99 with its full digital price being $ 49.99. So, outside of a sale, Sony is pricing Mortal Kombat 11 at $ 49.99.

Whereas, you can grab a physical version of Mortal Kombat on Amazon for around $ 15 to $ 23 (you can upgrade the PS4 version to the PS5 version) and that price will only decrease over time.

Related: $ 70 Video Games: Is It The New Normal?

3. Sales can make you keep buying unnecessary games

While that’s not really a bad thing for the PS Store – more deals is a good thing, isn’t it? – the abundance of discounted games can lead to a slippery slope where you keep buying games “because it’s on sale, how could I not?”.

The enticing nature of PS Store sales can increase your digital tsundoku, leading to unnecessary after-the-fact justified purchases and a huge backlog of games that you may never be able to play once the novelty of buying something on sale is over. dissipated.

4. There is no written review system for the products.

The FIFA 21 game page on the PS4 version of the PS Store

If you’re looking to find out what people think of a product on the PS Store, there isn’t much you need to do.

There is a star system on the console versions of the PS Store, but no written reviews or a system giving an overall verdict or pros and cons of the game according to user reviews.

It’s a simple thing that the PS Store lacks – the ability to see what users think of a product a store is selling – and somewhat disappointing.

5. The browser version of the PS Store is not so well integrated

If you go to the browser version of the PS Store, you’ll find that while it’s usable, it just doesn’t feel fleshed out or integrated into the PS ecosystem.

A dedicated PS app for PCs might fix this, something akin to Steam, but the current version of the PS Store browser you currently have doesn’t seem optimized and clunky.

6. You cannot purchase digital PS games outside of the PS Store.

Right now, the only place you can buy digital PlayStation games is in the PS Store. Sony’s insistence that publishers sell the digital version of their PS games exclusively on the PS Store means that the format, pricing and digital marketing design of PS games is entirely down to Sony.

So you can’t look elsewhere for better deals or digital stores – it’s all on the PS Store, for better or for worse.

Could Sony create a more holistic digital service?

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While Sony could improve it, the PS Store has some good things going for it, especially in its regular sales.

That being said, the PS Store is an example of Sony’s current social and digital experience – it’s useful and sometimes good, but could be better.

Will Sony improve the PS Store and its social offerings over the next few years? It will be a good time for the players if it does.


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