Amazon Agrees To Sell PlayStation Network Tokens -- A Sign Of Things To Come? - HotHardware
Amazon Agrees To Sell PlayStation Network Tokens -- A Sign Of Things To Come?

Amazon Agrees To Sell PlayStation Network Tokens -- A Sign Of Things To Come?

Sony and Amazon have an interesting relationship. On one hand, they're enemies. The Kindle rivals the Sony Reader, and vice-versa. On the other, they're best of friends, with Sony now being able to sell digital downloads codes for its PlayStation wares through the online mega-retailer's website.

A newly formed agreement between the two enables it to distribute another 200 videogame downloads for Sony's PS consoles, which is pegged as a move to adjust to demands to get games on-demand and online versus in a store on a disc. Furthermore, Sony's newest PSP doesn't even accept discs, so the plan makes even more sense for Sony to construct. The deal will allow Amazon.com to offer "tokens" that are redeemable at Sony's PlayStation Network store, giving users an easy way to gift others with game credits and the like. The move is fairly significant--it's the first time since the Network opened in '06 in which another retailer (brick-and-mortar or Internet-based) has been able to sell the tokens.



Honestly, we view this as a sign of things to come. Digital downloads are only going to grow in popularity, and with the new PSP proving that you don't have to have support for a physical disc, we get the feeling Amazon could be handling these duties for other console makers in the future. As always, only time will tell.
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In one sentence; is all about the money! Holidays Season is here Amazon needs sales to make revenue that is the cold hard fact...

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I think Amazon realizes (or should realize) that restricting competitors on their website is only going to hurt them in the long run.

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People goto Amazon because it quickly became a one-stop shop for pretty much anything they wanted. If Amazon wants to try to restrict what is being sold there, they will lose customers to places that offer the people what they are looking for.

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Amazon sells Xbox Live Points cards, so I see no reason not to sell this too - as long as Sony is willing of course.  This PSP go experiment will be interesting to monitor.

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Amazon costs more than they used to. I find that I don't use them as much anymore because of it.

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I don't think it's a big deal.  I wouldn't be surprised if the majority just bought the points through Sony.  It's not often that these types of points are on sale.  I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of Amazon's profit is from the third party vendors they have on the site.  It's somewhat rare to see an item from amazon in your search for a product.

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