Ah, the global economy. When you compare the price of a game in select countries, you may notice huge differences. A game may cost half the money in the USA for instance than it costs in Australia or many countries in Europe.
The move to digital content has not changed that a whole lot. If you browse Amazon.com for instance for PS4 games that you can purchase digitally, and then compare the price to games in other countries, you will notice that you can often make a bargain on these purchase.
Want some examples? The digital code edition of Call of Duty Ghosts is priced at $39.99 on Amazon.com, while the same game, albeit not as a digital edition, costs €64 on the German Amazon store and £44.22 on Amazon.co.uk.
64 Euro are about 87 US Dollar right now, while £44.22 about 73 Dollars.
While a digital code to non-digital game comparison is not fair, it is not possible any other way as there are not any digital code offers on the UK or German Amazon store for the PS4 right now.
That's not the only game that is cheaper. You will notice for instance that Amazon.com discounts select digital code games every now and then, and that you can make an even better bargain then.
Here is a short list of US games for the PS4 that are discounted on Amazon's US store right now (price subject to change):
That's not all though. You can also buy PS3 games and use the PS3 to PS4 upgrade option to get the PS4 version of that game for an additional $9.99.
What you need to do
If you are not from the US, you cannot buy these digital games on Amazon.com. The reason for this is that you do need a US shipping address even for digital goods.
The other thing that you need is a Sony Entertainment Network Account that is registered to a US address, and a credit card.
What you do one-time
Buying and redeeming games
There are some caveats that you need to consider. First, you may pay taxes on your purchase in the US. This depends a lot on the State of the address that you have selected.
There is also no guarantee that this will work forever. While it is unlikely that Sony will ban users who have purchased games in a different country, or even remove those games from the account, it could happen.
You do need to be aware of the risk associated with it.
Last but not least, you may not be able to play the game in your native language if it is not English. This depends a lot on the game though.Advertisement
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