These days, developers and publishers now let gamers choose to purchase their games digitally which made physical retailers seem like they might be in trouble because it meant that there would have fewer customers walking into their stores. However, it wasn’t the end of the world as these retailers began to sell digital game codes that allowed customers to purchase from their store and download the game at home.
This was ideal for customers who would prefer not to hand over payment information like debit/card details to companies such as Sony. Unfortunately, that will no longer be an option. According to Sony, it has confirmed that starting 1st of April, retailers will no longer be able to sell digital game codes for the PS4.
A company spokesperson was quoted as saying,
We can confirm that as of April 1, 2019, Sony Interactive Entertainment will no longer offer full games through SIE’s Global Digital at Retail program. This decision was made in order to continue to align key businesses globally. To support full games and premium editions, SIE will introduce increased denominations at select retailers. DLC, add-ons, virtual currency, and season passes will still be available.
However, if you’d still rather buy through a retailer, Sony has provided the option to buy virtual currency through these retailers, which can then be used to purchase games from Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN). Sony is also expected to offer increased PSN credit options through retailers to sort of makeup for it.