Talking Point: Is the PlayStation Store Starting to Rival Steam Sales?

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The PlayStation Store July Sales have sparked quite a bit of discussion on the PS4 Games Slack Tip channel. Is Sony's digital storefront now at a point where it can count itself as good as the legendary Steam sales that PC gamers have fallen in love with for years? Indeed, as the PlayStation 4 generation has progressed, the Japanese giant has tightened prices during sale periods as it slowly pushes us towards a digital future. There will always be naysayers, but when you look at the kind of offerings the PlayStation Store has presented in recent months, there comes a time when you have to embrace it. Let's take a look at the data and see if Sony's digital store is really as good as those illustrious Steam sales.



To do this, we used SteamPrices.com to determine the cheapest selected titles ever seen on the PC storefront. Next, we'll see how it compares to the prices of discounted PS4 games. Take today for example. Right now you can head over to the PlayStation Store and grab Resident Evil 7: Biohazard for £7,99/$9,99, Far Cry 3: Classic Edition for £2,49/$2,99 ​​and Ni no Kuni : Wrath of the White Witch Remastered for £15,99 / $14,99. Compare these prices Steam and PC gamers have been treated to £6,59/$9,89 for the classic Capcom, Ubisoft's remaster has been slashed to £3,74/$4,99, and the charming re-release of the Classic RPG PlayStation 3 has seen an all-time low price of £23,99 / $29,99.

This trend continues with Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, which can be purchased now from PlayStation Store for £7,99/$8,99. Meanwhile, SteamPrices.com is tracking the lowest price for the PC version at £7,19/$8,99. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter can be copied on PS4 for just £1,59 / $4,99, while the least Steam users have ever had to pay is £2,99 / $4,99. Last week's Multiplayer Days sale brought Dead Rising 2 down to £3,99 / $5,99, just a dollar more than US users paid on Steam and only 25p more expensive than the cheapest digital PC version dear from the UK.



We could go on and make other comparisons, but we want this talking point to be somewhat reasonable in length. Of course, there will always be outliers where a Steam version has always been considerably cheaper than a digital PS4 copy and vice versa. But what we're trying to say is that the PlayStation Store seems to rival Steam a lot when it comes to sales these days. Gone are the days when a 50% discount was something of a standout on the PlayStation Store – it's actually probably more of a disappointment in 2020. The PS4 is now treated to deals that slash prices by 90% and even beyond that and that's the kind of digital future you might want to live in.

Do you think PlayStation Store sales can now be considered as good as what PC users are experiencing on Steam? Does it get better deals, or does Valve's digital storefront still reign supreme? Place your vote in our poll and put your money where you have it in the comments below.



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