This morning's PlayStation Store July Savings sale sparked a bit of a discussion in the Push Square Slack channel. Is Sony's digital storefront now at a point where it can consider itself just as good as the legendary Steam sales which PC players have fallen in love with for years? Indeed, as the PlayStation 4 generation has progressed, the Japanese giant has gone hard on pricing during sale periods as it slowly pushes us all towards a digital future. There will always be naysayers, but when you look at the sort of deals the PlayStation Store has presented in recent months, there comes a point where you have to welcome it. Let's take a look at the data and figure out whether or not Sony's digital shop really is just as good as those illustrious Steam sales.
To do this, we've used SteamPrices.com to work out the cheapest select titles have ever been on the PC storefront. Then, we'll see how that stacks up against the prices of discounted PS4 games. Let's take today for example. Right now, you can head on over to the PlayStation Store and grab Resident Evil 7: Biohazard for £7.99/$9.99, Far Cry 3: Classic Edition for £2.49/$2.99, and Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered for £15.99/$14.99. Compare those prices to Steam and PC players have been treated to £6.59/$9.89 for the Capcom classic, the Ubisoft remaster was slashed to £3.74/$4.99, and the lovely re-release of the PlayStation 3 classic RPG had an all-time low price of £23.99/$29.99.
This trend continues with Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, which can be bought right now on the PlayStation Store for £7.99/$8.99. Meanwhile, SteamPrices.com tracks the lowest price of the PC release at £7.19/$8.99. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter can be copped on PS4 for just £1.59/$4.99, while the least Steam users have ever had to pay is £2.99/$4.99. Last week's Multiplayer Days sale brought Dead Rising 2 down to £3.99/$5.99, just a dollar more than US users paid on Steam and only 25p more expensive than the cheapest digital PC version in the UK.
We could go on and make further comparisons, but we want to this Talking Point to be of a somewhat reasonable length. Of course, there will always be outliers where a Steam version has always been dramatically cheaper than a PS4 digital copy and vice versa. But what we're trying to say is that the PlayStation Store appears to very much rival Steam when it comes to sales nowadays. Gone are the days when a 50% discount was something noteworthy on the PlayStation Store -- that's actually probably more of a disappointment in 2020. The PS4 is now treated to deals that cut prices by 90% and even beyond and that's the sort of digital future you might want to live in.
Do you think PlayStation Store sales can now be considered just as good as what PC users experience on Steam? Does it get even better deals or does Valve's digital storefront still remain king? Place your vote in our poll and put your money where your mouth is in the comments below.