A few weeks ago, Sony announced the final closure of the PS Store stores for its PS3, PSP and PS Vita consoles. An announcement that then caused an uproar among gamers, so Sony finally decided to reverse its decision (regarding the PS3 and PS Vita stores). However, the same PS Store is now at the heart of a legal attack on the “illegal monopoly”.
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The PS Store in an illegal monopoly situation?
Indeed, many criticize the way Sony distributes the games in dematerialized format as they can only be purchased through the PS Store. In fact, since 2019, the Japanese giant has banned third-party resellers (like Amazon, to name one) from selling PlayStation game download codes. In order to buy a PlayStation game digitally, the PS Store is therefore mandatory.
A monopoly situation which, in the opinion of various complainants, is not in line with the law and therefore allows Sony to regulate prices at its own discretion. And with this little game, it’s not uncommon for the Japanese giant to raise prices for games in its PS Store at launch, but also throughout a title’s lifecycle.
For example, the most recent Resident Evil Village (for which our full review can be found here) is being offered in its PS5 version on Amazon for less than 50 euros, while the version offered through the PS Store is 69.99 euros. And when we know that Sony is now offering a PS5 Digital Edition without a disc player, the player has to pay a high price for its game.
The heart of the concern lies in the fact that Sony has been preventing any form of competition in the market for games in dematerialized format since 2019, which could result in certain games being displayed in the digital version at 175% higher prices than the digital version. physically. Be continued…