Unfortunately, technically you can no longer gift a digital copy of a game, on PS4 or PS5. Although this was an option, it is no longer possible. Now, if you want to gift a digital game to a friend, we recommend that you send them a PlayStation Store gift card so they can purchase the game for themselves.
It’s not ideal, but it’s the only real option. You can buy someone a physical game, but then you will have to send it to him and they won’t be able to play it if they’re using one PS5 Digital Edition. While inconvenient, if you really want to buy a game for someone without them technically buying it on the PlayStation Store, a physical copy will be your only option.
Fortunately, if that’s really the way you want to do it, Sony continues to make physical copies of all of its proprietary games. Sony Worldwide Studios and major third party securities of other companies. All the best PS5 games they will be available physically and digitally in the near future.
Why can’t we give away PS digital games anymore?
As of April 1, 2019, Sony has banned retailers from selling download codes for full digital games.
“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,” he told The Verge a spokesperson for PlayStation. “This decision was made to continue aligning key companies globally. To support full games and premium editions, SIE will introduce larger cuts at select retailers. DLC, add-ons, virtual currency and season passes will still be available ”.
Previously, people could purchase digital game codes through stores such as Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop. Now, however, it is no longer an option. Unfortunately, there aren’t many other options for those looking for different routes to gift games to their friends, especially if you’re strictly looking to grab a digital copy.
What about game subscriptions?
Even if you don’t directly gift a game, you do does also the ability to buy your friend a subscription service like PlayStation Plus. Anyone who subscribes to PlayStation Plus gets free monthly games that they can keep forever, with premium titles often offered, so PS5 owners have access to many games. In addition, they will also have instant access to the PlayStation Plus Collection, a selection of PS4 games accessible to PS5 users who are PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Alternatively, you can gift your friend a PlayStation Now membership. This service doesn’t have as many newer games and also doesn’t support PS5 game versions, which means there won’t be any features like ultra-fast loading or 120 FPS support. With that in mind, it grants access to a relatively large library of several hundred games. These games can be streamed, so they don’t need to be downloaded to a console before playing.
PlayStation Store gift card
It’s not ideal, but if you’re wondering how to gift PS4 digital games to your friends, you’ll need to buy them a gift card. Fortunately, you have several denominations to choose from, and it gives your friend a choice in what he chooses.
1 or 3 month PlayStation Plus membership
Playstation Now 1 month subscription
PlayStation Now doesn’t have a ton of newer games, but it does have a huge library of PS3 and PS4 titles that can be streamed. If you’re not sure if you’re getting a particular game, gifting a PlayStation Now membership will work fine.