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Sony opens online retail site for sales of physical consoles, games

Pitched as a convenience for gift-givers

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Sony has opened an online physical-goods store, where people can buy consoles, peripherals, and retail copies of several games.

The storefront streamlines the availability of those products for folks browsing all the other offerings on the PlayStation Store. This morning’s announcement pitched the marketplace as a gift-giving convenience, where “fans will find that prices on the new store align with those found at other retailers.”

PlayStation Plus subscribers are also eligible for free one-day shipping.

It’s another way in which Sony is consolidating PlayStation sales under its own roof. Back in April, the company stopped the sale of download codes for PlayStation 4 games through its retail partners.

Coinciding with the new storefront’s launch, Sony is offering two console bundles until Oct. 31: A PlayStation 4 plus 12 months of PS Plus for $339.99 and a PlayStation 4 Pro with a year of PS Plus for $429.99. That’s a savings of $20 and $30, respectively.