Amazon Adds PlayStation Network Store Ahead of PS4 Launch

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We know that both Sony and Microsoft want to further embrace digital game sales on their next gen consoles, but it appears the PlayStation brand is going to be a bit more aggressive in luring gamers away from discs.

Enter the new Amazon PlayStation Network Store. The online shop just opened its doors, with digital versions of PlayStation 3 and PS Vita games and DLC, and PS4 titles will be added as soon as the system launches on Friday, November 15.

A quick browse of the current Amazon PlayStation Network Store isn’t all that impressive. You’ll pay the same for Battlefield 4 digital as you would Battlefield 4 on disc, and Amazon’s digital PlayStation library isn’t very big. You will, however, receive a nice $5 Amazon store credit on a select number of games, and it’s here that we get a potential peek at the digital future on PlayStation 4. It can be summed up with one word: options.

PlayStation gamers will now be able to choose whether to download directly from PSN, which often features some nice sales of its own, or go through Amazon’s PSN Store, which could feature entirely different sales/deals on digital games at any particular time. Not to mention, we’ll be able to pay with PayPal on Amazon, which is a huge draw for me.

It’s still too early to predict how this will shake out. Amazon might simply be dabbling in the digital retail space on PlayStation. The lack of any big hoopla about the online store opening suggests that’s the case. On the other hand, that $5 credit could be a sign of things to come, and Amazon could have ambitious plans to create a PlayStation version of Steam. As someone that has saved literally thousands of dollars on PC games through Steam sales, I think that would be pretty fantastic.

We’ll keep any eye on the Amazon PSN Store and update you with any developments.

[Nice spot, Kotaku]

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