Digital PS4 Games Are Now Sold on Green Man Gaming

Mafia 3, BioShock, and Uncharted are among the PS4 games now available on Green Man Gaming.

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Online game key retailer Green Man Gaming announced via press release today that it has partnered with Sony US to bring a bunch of PS4 games to its digital store. Buying game keys for the PlayStation platform is only available to those in the US.

"The Sony US partnership brings us a step closer to achieving our vision of becoming the number one digital games retailer in the world," Green Man Gaming CEO Paul Sulyok said. "By offering our customers a wide range of digital games that they can play on their favourite platforms, we're giving the gaming community the ultimate multiplatform destination to shop, connect, and get the best insights online."

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Green Man Gaming offers pre-release PC games at sometimes surprising discounts. This means you might be able to buy games like Uncharted 4, BioShock: The Collection, and The Last Guardian for cheaper than they'd cost on the PlayStation Store. We tested this, and games like Mafia III and Uncharted 4 currently offer a five percent discount off the regular price as long as you sign in with a free account. You can check out the PlayStation games page here.

Pages for Nintendo and Xbox games are also live on Green Man Gaming's website, though US customers can't purchase games for those platforms at the moment. Green Man Gaming signed a deal with Nintendo to sell digital games in the UK, so every game on the Nintendo page would show as "Coming Soon" if you're in the US. The Xbox page simply says, "Coming Soon."

The online retailer has been accused in the past of selling unauthorized game keys. It denied these claims, stating it sources its games "responsibly through authorized third parties." In response to the whole situation, Green Man Gaming now provides information on where the game key came from on its pages.

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DoubleM-K

The world is bigger than only the US...

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game4metoo

PC still gets the recent title's though

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Jinzo_111887

@game4metoo: And has free online multiplayer for many retail games, which is one thing both the PS4 and XBO lack.

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game4metoo

Wow. Sony is really trying to keep ppl from going to PC....not much of a discount lol

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Thanatos2k

GMG is a shady key reseller.

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maitkarro

What's the point of that, you can get the gift cards cheaper and also when you're a PS+ owner you can get discounts from the psn store.

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game4metoo

@maitkarro: y would I pay 50 for PS+ to get a discount when I could go gmg and go straight to the discount

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Aladan53

That's awesome! I hope we see more of this. Tired of dealing with Ebay and super expensive Amazon for digital games. I want good deals. I don't wanna see a triple A title physical copy for 15.99 and then 59.99 for the digital copy. WTF Amazon! Match prices or get near them!

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maitkarro

@aladan53: The prices will still be the same -.-, from where do you think they got the code of the game, also this is nothing new other keyshops have done it for years since ps3.

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da_nibbler

why only in the US? US prices are always cheaper, get the better sales and now this. **** off Sony!

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maitkarro

@da_nibbler: Just go fucking find another keyshop, this has been done already since ps3.

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That's Great.

Let's see what GMG do in holiyday sales, Imagine these 20% codes works with any PS4 game.

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effinjay

Who the hell is green man gaming?! lol Anyway I get digital only when I have too,no other reason to do it.It's a waste of money if I buy a game beat it,and it sits in my hard drive for yrs,just to say yeah I have that,just don't like it. So I sell it and put that money towards a new game. Cycle continues,and for the people like me who like statues,you can't pre order a game from xbl,psn and get the statue for the game. Last game I bought digital was cod iw, because that's the only way u could play cod mw early.

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chano880

@effinjay: Gree Man Gaming is one of the big digital distribution platforms on PC. Sometimes they do have good deals.

I agree with you on the rest, I avoid digital when possible (especially on my ps4) but more options never hurt anybody

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game4metoo

@chano880: ssshhh don't tell him. Let him stay in ignorance.

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Marky360

5% isn't much of a discount honestly but I guess it's better then nothing.

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silversix_

GMG is great but saving 5% on old ass titles is a joke.

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dhaynes25

I will start buying more digital games once they become cheaper than physical games. I buy a few a few digital games because they are cheaper than their counterpart

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Timesplitt

if you buy a $60 game from gamestop how much does sony get from that vs selling it direct on digital for $60

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Marky360

@Timesplitt:

Sony takes most of the cut from a new game that's why GameStop pushes used games so hard because that's where they make all their money. They make hardly anything off the purchase of new game sales.

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CyberEarth

@7tizz: Except now they are back to having a middle man (Green Man) vendor.

The logistics part I can get, but where does the consumer profit from that? Answer: he doesn't. Digital releases are often MORE expensive than their physical counterparts, with one notable exception: hard to find niche titles that have limited print runs.

I'll use FF XIII as an example. It was full price, $59.99 on PSN/digital when the game tanked and hit bargain bins quickly for $20. It was I think a full YEAR before digital prices ever caught up.

Secondly, we have the dubious PS3 digital debacle. Bought lots of digital games for PS3? Upgraded to PS4? Well too bad! You can't play what you paid for! It gives consumers a terrible taste when digital games don't carry over.

Digital should be ~30% lower than physical releases, full stop. Then you'll see consumers migrating readily to it.

Oh - and both Amazon and Best Buy have 20% discount programs for new releases. Buy it digital? Pay full price! So not only do you not get any resale value out of what you purchased, Sony can revoke your licenses at any time, for any reason (it's in the agreement for PSN).

The only time I buy digital from Sony is if it's the ONLY way to get a title, or it's offered at a very steep discount. With this generation of console, it's pretty rare to find digital-only titles that need to be tied to PS4. Steam regularly runs sales at 50% off or more, even for newer released titles. Sony just doesn't have it's digital act together.

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Tirnoth

@CyberEarth: "Secondly, we have the dubious PS3 digital debacle. Bought lots of digital games for PS3? Upgraded to PS4? Well too bad! You can't play what you paid for! It gives consumers a terrible taste when digital games don't carry over."

My question to you is why are you still holding onto games you've beaten? And if you haven't beaten those games, why aren't you taking the time to play them then? The PS3 has been around since 2006. It's 2016. A long time has passed since then. If its taking you this long to play those unfinished or unopened games then it's probably a sign that you were never interested in playing them in the end. As for the PS3 debacle you mentioned - you've known that Sony isn't a company that allows a lot of backwards compatibility with their products with the exception of the early fat PS3 consoles. Knowing that, you shouldn't have sold your PS3 and if you did, then that's your own fault.

It sounds to me like when people whine about a console not having backwards compatibility (which is pretty much a lot of consoles both past and present), is that its something for them to whine about (talk about entitlement folks here).

Bottom line here is if you really care that much about beating those titles you've own or just wanting to replay them, then you probably should hold onto that console instead of using it for down payment on a newer console. It's a business after all. People do seem to forget this important element.

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CyberEarth

@Tirnoth: My question to you is why are you still holding onto games you've beaten? And if you haven't beaten those games, why aren't you taking the time to play them then? The PS3 has been around since 2006. It's 2016. A long time has passed since then.

You must be playing some REALLY terrible games if they make you want to never go back and replay them. Additionally, if there weren't interest in older titles, PS2 on PS4 wouldn't be a thing, neither would the PS3 streaming service.

you've known that Sony isn't a company that allows a lot of backwards compatibility with their products with the exception of the early fat PS3 consoles.

lol... wut? PS4 has been the lone exception to Sony's B/C. Vita is B/C with PSP (PSN games). PS2 was B/C with PS1. Early PS3 (which I have) is B/C with PS2 and PS1. Get a clue.

Bottom line here is if you really care that much about beating those titles you've own or just wanting to replay them, then you probably should hold onto that console instead of using it for down payment on a newer console.

Bottom line is that it's a DIGITAL purchase, including some titles that are PSN only. Sony should have had compatibility with the PS4 with titles purchased online. Instead, everyone that purchased digital titles on PS3 got hosed. Either they have to pony up for "remasters" to PS4, or the titles aren't available. What will happen with PS5? We don't know. Maybe all those purchased digital titles go POOF! again.

When digital pricing has a clear premium over physical medium, and for all of the reasons I outlined, digital a poor investment. Physical is the way to go, and you're arguments (and assumptions) absolutely hold no water.

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Tirnoth

@CyberEarth:

"You must be playing some REALLY terrible games if they make you want to never go back and replay them. Additionally, if there weren't interest in older titles, PS2 on PS4 wouldn't be a thing, neither would the PS3 streaming service."

Most people I know, don't ever go back to replaying a game, but different strokes for different folks. Some people sell the games they beat to use as down-payment for newer titles. Is that a bad thing?

"lol... wut? PS4 has been the lone exception to Sony's B/C. Vita is B/C with PSP (PSN games). PS2 was B/C with PS1. Early PS3 (which I have) is B/C with PS2 and PS1. Get a clue."

I think your confusing backwards compatibility with ports. Backwards compatible is something you own from a past gen console that you can use on a newer console withoutpaying for it. Your thinking of past gen/platform titles available on the PSN as backwards compatible are in actuality, ports.

On a side note; those titles weren't necessarily aimed at people who already owned them, but people who have never played them.

"Bottom line is that it's a DIGITAL purchase, including some titles that are PSN only. Sony should have had compatibility with the PS4 with titles purchased online. Instead, everyone that purchased digital titles on PS3 got hosed. Either they have to pony up for "remasters" to PS4, or the titles aren't available. What will happen with PS5? We don't know. Maybe all those purchased digital titles go POOF! again.

When digital pricing has a clear premium over physical medium, and for all of the reasons I outlined, digital a poor investment. Physical is the way to go, and you're arguments (and assumptions) absolutely hold no water."

Sony can do whatever they want with their products. It's a business. If you don't like their business strategy, plain and simple: don't buy any of their stuff. No one's putting a gun to your head telling you to go buy a Playstation with a company whose business strategy you happen to dislike. A lot of Playstation 3 titles weren't exactly exclusives so buying it on the Xbox 360, Wii, or in some cases, PC, were optional ways to go around if you hated Sony. As for some of Sony's PSN only titles - well, that sucks to be you for selling your PS3. If you cherished those games that badly, you would have kept your PS3.

On the subject of the remasters; just like I said about past gen/platform titles that are available digitally, they weren't necessarily marketed to people who already played it, but to those that never played them. Maybe you don't see it that way, but people in the business of making money DO.

As bad of an experience you've been having with the Sony, whiningabout it online, in particular on a game review website, isn't going to changeanything. If your that dissatisfied, vent to Sony or stop buying their products. It's not like what Sony's been doing all these years has been anything new.

As a general rule of thumb, never sell your console unless you are truly finished with it. It's not a hard concept to learn.

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CyberEarth

@Tirnoth: Most people I know, don't ever go back to replaying a game, but different strokes for different folks. Some people sell the games they beat to use as down-payment for newer titles. Is that a bad thing?

Downpayment? lol you must be young. Downpayment is something you make for a major purchase, like a car or a house. It's not for a $60 game or a $400 game system. As for never going back to replaying games - you must be insane. Remakes happen BECAUSE people want to go back and play the games. Example: Final Fantasy VII sold a ton on virtually every platform it was re-released on. Are you telling me it's because people didn't play it on PS1? lawl.

And you've basically proven my entire argument - physical is cheaper and allows you the option to resell. Digital does not. Maybe you should go back and re-read exactly what I was saying.

As for some of Sony's PSN only titles - well, that sucks to be you for selling your PS3.

You truly fail at reading comprehension. Really, truly, fail. I stated specifically I still own a launch PS3 (with B/C). It still doesn't make it right for Sony to have PS3 PSN titles that don't carry over to PS4 PSN - especially when your ID does. They know exactly what titles you own and have purchased.

Money. That's the only reason. Sony shafted gamers in their journey from PS3 to PS4. And it might happen again with PS5.

There's no reason to purchase digital, given Sony's track record.

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Tirnoth

@CyberEarth:

Downpayment? lol you must be young. Downpayment is something you make for a major purchase, like a car or a house. It's not for a $60 game or a $400 game system. As for never going back to replaying games - you must be insane. Remakes happen BECAUSE people want to go back and play the games. Example: Final Fantasy VII sold a ton on virtually every platform it was re-released on. Are you telling me it's because people didn't play it on PS1? lawl.

Downpayment = preorder is what I was thinking. What does young have anything to do with it. I think I can research something if I find I'm in the wrong about something. Also, how am I insane for not going back to replaying games. Do explain.

Are you talking remakes or remasters? There's a difference. A remaster is just an enhanced port which is typically what you're seeing a lot of these days. A remake is new assets being recreated from scratch. A lot of remasters are happening because they're cheap to do and easy to make money off of and or because the companies out there quite frankly have lost the ability to come up with something new.

And you've basically proven my entire argument - physical is cheaper and allows you the option to resell. Digital does not. Maybe you should go back and re-read exactly what I was saying.

I didn't flat out say physical wasn't the better option, but I also for the record don't want to dismiss that there is a market out there for digital. Physical sales as a whole have been going downhill for sometime if you haven't noticed. Best Buy for instance, doesn't carry a large selection of physical PC copies or any other retailer for that matter if you haven't been out lately. Contrary to what you think, digital does have positives such as you don't need to worry about bringing something with you all the time or worrying that it will break or taking up space inside smaller living conditions.

"You truly fail at reading comprehension. Really, truly, fail. I stated specifically I still own a launch PS3 (with B/C).

Says the guy who didn't pick up on what I said an earlier post about the early PS3 consoles having backwards compatibility:

"you've known that Sony isn't a company that allows a lot of backwards compatibility with their products with the exception of the early fat PS3 consoles"

You also failed to read what 7tizz posted when he quoted you back:

"Hence why I said 'most'. As a collector - I'm well aware there's a higher value in some games."

It still doesn't make it right for Sony to have PS3 PSN titles that don't carry over to PS4 PSN - especially when your ID does. They know exactly what titles you own and have purchased.

Explain how it doesn't make it right. You sound entitled. Why does Sony have to allow you? What just because you already own something on a previous gen console? If a company like Nintendo and Microsoft allows it, that's them, not Sony. It doesn't seem that big of an issue apparently since their continuing on this trend. If its a bigger issue that you make it out to be then I'm sure it would have changed or at least been acknowledged by Sony. If not, then don't bother supporting them then.

Money. That's the only reason. Sony shafted gamers in their journey from PS3 to PS4. And it might happen again with PS5.

Money is a bad thing to make!? WOW! Who knew trying to make money wasn't everyone's goal in life. If money isn't, then you don't mind working for free?

If Sony shafted gamers so bad, why are they doing so well in sales worldwide? I mean, they aren't exactly lagging behind the Xbox One by any stretch despite not landing number one in sales in three months based on figures that Microsoft themselves won't give much details on like units sold. Oh but wait, you said from PS3 to PS4! Where could we get the data on that because honestly in the end, it doesn't matter because the PS4 is clearly doing a good job selling itself. Just because you have a negative image of Sony, doesn't mean everyone else does.

There's no reason to purchase digital, given Sony's track record."

Then don't? Problem solved? Glad you need to publicly whine about it. Other people seem to be just fine buying from digitally. Just like how people don't mind spending extra money in retail than buying online because they don't have to worry about waiting around to getting a replacement or dealing with difficult returns or paying the return postage simply because they changed their mind or ensuring their getting a product that is as advertised.

Let me reiterate something that you don't seem to be getting: If you hate the direction a business such as Sony is taking, then send them your thoughts in a professional manner either by e-mail, letter, social media outlets like their Facebook or Twitter page, or by doing what I've pointed out multiple times, not buying any of their products so they will get the point.

Using ad hominems against me isn't going to solve your problem you have against Sony but whatever. You do what you think is right.

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CyberEarth

@Tirnoth: Just stop trolling. Seriously. You're arguing for argument's sake. You have no point. Absolutely none.

You asked a question as to why people hold on to old games. I answered it. You feigned ignorance (or you didn't feign) and wanted to pick a fight.

My point still stands: physical is much better than a digital platform in terms of Sony's offering.

Let me reiterate something that you don't seem to be getting: I don't care what you think. This article and thread are about digital media (specifically Sony's offering). I can freely voice my opinion of it here, which is an appropriate outlet to do so. This is as much of a social media platform as Facebook and Twitter. And if you don't like it, you can stop reading and replying.

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Tirnoth

@CyberEarth:

Just stop trolling. Seriously. You're arguing for argument's sake. You have no point. Absolutely none.

I'm not trolling. You're arguing for arguments sake because you want to be right about every point you make. Plus you were tossing ad hominem's at me so whose the bigger f***** troll here.

You asked a question as to why people hold on to old games. I answered it. You feigned ignorance (or you didn't feign) and wanted to pick a fight.

I asked you and wanted to continue to debate. Is your view of debating consider a fight? The way you acted openly against me in your first post made it appear that way.

Let me reiterate something that you don't seem to be getting: I don't care what you think.

You do seem to care what I say because obviously your replying back. Most people who don't care what others say wouldn't respond back or say it for that matter.

This article and thread are about digital media (specifically Sony's offering). I can freely voice my opinion of it here, which is an appropriate outlet to do so. This is as much of a social media platform as Facebook and Twitter. And if you don't like it, you can stop reading and replying.

And I can kindly respond back to people I don't agree with. You don't get to tell me what to do. You don't own this forum in case you didn't know. And why don't you try taking your own advice.

My pick with you is your negative attitude you have with Sony and for honestly for good reasons. You whine and complain about something that really isn't all that productive and the way you respond to anyone who disagrees with you, shows your lack of maturity. Underlining and bolding words like you've done to me is an exact example of that.

Next time watch what you say and how you respond towards people and maybe you won't run this situation.

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CyberEarth

@7tizz: Ironically, Sega is poised to do exactly that. Sega has been releasing some of their Master System/Genesis era stuff on Steam at very reasonable prices. I read their intention was to release all the way through Dreamcast stuff. All Sega needs to do is follow suit on every console.

I think MS is the best poised to take advantage of digital. Most of their stuff comes out on PC anyways.

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CyberEarth

@7tizz: Old? Sure. But comparatively, they are doing it right. You can pick up a collection of games for under $10. Nintendo? $5.00 each. Sony? PS2 games are $10-15 on PSN, each. Xbox at least has added some b/c.

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CyberEarth

@7tizz: Try and buy an old copy of Mega Man. Or Chrono Trigger. Or lol... Earthbound. There's some expensive stuff out there in the physical world.

Original games are worth so much these days, that China is even reproducing fake ones (that contain the ROM and work in original consoles). Seriously, Google it. Oh here, I found one for you:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/276235734/mega-man-x-snes-16-bit-game-reproduction?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_b-electronics_and_accessories-video_games&utm_custom1=839d48c3-05e1-48d2-b016-5dbb1be3989e&gclid=CKrqxsWtyM8CFQgaaQodozUFAA

Now ain't that some crap?

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