Are Games Cheaper On The PlayStation Store?


Are Games Cheaper On The PlayStation Store?

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If you have a Playstation console you probably know that you can download games from the Playstation store instead of purchasing the physical games online or in retail stores. Of course that then brings up the question of whether these downloaded games are cheaper than their physical counterparts. 

That is what this article is all about! 

Regardless of whether you like playing video games or not, you are probably aware of the name, PlayStation. This video gaming console by Sony is so popular that we have all heard this name at least once no matter your age or whether you are a gamer or not. 

Name one young person with the Internet who has not heard of names like Call Of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Gran Turismo, Grand Theft Auto, etc. These games are so widely played that people would be surprised if you say you haven’t heard of at least one of them.

Being that there are so many great games people will often spend a small fortune on the latest games so trying to save a little bit of money on each game would be great! So are Playstation games cheaper on the Playstation store? 

The cost for the physical and digital Playstation games are often exactly the same price. Unfortunately downloading games from the Playstation store is not any cheaper than simply buying them from your local store. 

Downloading digital games is far more convenient of course as you can get new releases without preordering or waiting in line at a store but not having the physical discs has downsides as well. 

Ultimately it is a very personal decision on whether you prefer downloads or to buy the physical games. There are many pros and cons of each method but personally we prefer to buy the physical games mainly because you can sell them in the future if you no longer play it whereas digital games cannot be sold. 

Does the PlayStation Store only have expensive games?

If you decide that buying games on the PlayStation Store is what you prefer then you might wonder if only the expensive new releases are sold there. This is a common misconception that they only sell expensive games or the newest releases. But let me tell you one thing, this is a lie. The truth is, the PlayStation Store has games for everyone and the cheaper games often pack just as much fun as the expensive big-budget ones.

If you own a Playstation gaming console, you should know that you have many games that are very inexpensive and also very exciting. Some of them are 

  • Axiom Verge
  • Bastion
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Bloodborne
  • Celeste
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer
  • Etc. 

These games are also accompanied by a tasteful mix of awesome graphical elements and an apt soundtrack. Hence, their cheap price will definitely surprise you once you start playing them.

Now, these are just a few of the many cheap games that are available on the PlayStation Store. If you search online, you will find lists of many more. But, it is not just the cheap games that you can get. 

You can also get free games on the PlayStation Store! 

Many of the big-budget games that were released years ago by Sony are now available on the store as free-to-play. There are also a variety of games that are 100% free to play via download and they make money by selling you upgrades, bundles, etc. 

Are there any other things that can be done to get free games on the store?

Yes, many other exclusive features can be utilized by the PlayStation gamers but, do you know what you need for that? 

PlayStation Plus.

PlayStation Plus is a paid subscription service for video gamers who love exclusive cheap as well as free-to-play games. With this, they can play online multiplayer games with any other PlayStation Plus subscribers from around the world. But, this is not the only advantage that the members get.

Let’s see how this subscription works. PS Plus can be subscribed to in three basic ways – monthly, quarterly, and yearly. After testing the 14-day free trial, if you still like it, you can then go for a paid plan. And if you don’t like it, you must unsubscribe from it before the two weeks end or you will start getting charged on a monthly basis. 

You wouldn’t want that, would you?

While the monthly subscription is best for testing the subscription, you should go for the yearly subscription because it is the cheapest deal out of the three if you want to use Playstation Plus long term. 

It doesn’t end there.

Okay, let’s see what other perks PlayStation Plus membership gives you.

As mentioned above, PS Plus offers many cheap games to subscribers. Of course, the non-subscribers get cheap games too but, the subscribers also get exclusive sales on various games. On the other frequent sales run by Sony, the heavily discounted games have two separate prices out of which the cheaper one is for the PS Plus members.

And, these games are yours to keep forever. (Well, unless Playstation closes in the future.)

So, not only are games cheap on the PlayStation Store, but they are even cheaper with PlayStation Plus.

The regular free-to-play games

Every month, PS Plus members are offered two free-to-play games by Sony at a particular time. If you are successful at redeeming them, you get to keep them. But, you can only play these games while you have an active PS Plus subscription. 

If you restart your subscription after you have downloaded these games, you can still play them.

But, you do have to make sure that you download them when they are available, otherwise, you will never get them. Well, never is too strong a word because you might get these games for free after several years when they give them away again. Also, do not expect the free games to be the newly released big-budget ones.

Though there is a high chance that you will get the hits, don’t be disappointed if you only get the older big-budget games or the latest small-budget ones. Honestly, there is no reason to be disappointed if you get the small budget games because there are many which are packed with wonderful and exciting content.

If you don’t agree, check out games like Dead Cells and Arrog. You will know what I’m talking about.

The cloud storage option is the best

PlayStation Plus subscribers are also rewarded with a 100GB online storage option. Here, they can save the progress of their games and continue later from where they left off. They can sign in into their account from their console.

All the downloaded games are also saved here. So, even if you delete a certain game from your console, you can download it from the cloud storage and play. It is that simple.

PlayStation Plus members also get additional benefits like PlayStation Rewards and exclusives. The former is a platform developed by Sony where the players can get special offers on products. Some of the companies offering discounts and vouchers are Gadget Discovery Club, GT Omega, and Sony. 

And wait for it, more companies are planning to join this platform! In the case of the latter, you will get in-game accessories, add-ons, weapon cosmetics, and upgrades to up the level of your game.

After you see all of this and compare it with the subscription fee, you are in for a big surprise. You will realize that the subscription is indeed affordable and certainly worth it. This is because apart from the cheap games available on the PlayStation Store, you also get many perks to enjoy the PlayStation experience more.

Conclusion

Although games are not cheaper to download than they are to purchase them in a normal store or online you can get games cheaper through the use of Playstation Plus. Although Playstation Plus will normally not give you deals on brand new releases it will give you deals on many other popular games and the free games are also pretty amazing! 

Whether you want to download games or buy the physical copies is ultimately up to you but used physical games can often be purchased much cheaper than their digital counterparts. For most people buying physical games makes the most sense since you can often save money on the buying side (with used ones) as well as resell the games when you are tired of them or have passed them (something you can’t do with digital games). 

Matt Robbs

There is nothing quite so enjoyable as bringing back memories from your childhood. We used to spend hours playing pinball in my friends basement and that really got me involved in everything retro!

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