In my review of the PlayStation 4 I noted that digital download versions of all the big games are the same price on the US PS Store as the discs are on Amazon.com. That price is $60, which today translates to £36.98.
Now those of us lucky enough to get PS4 hardware early have access to the UK version of the Store, and we've had a nasty shock. Every game on there is way more expensive than both the US download and Amazon.co.uk's disc price.
The full breakdown
- Killzone Shadow Fall - $60 on US Store - £48 Amazon.co.uk - £53 UK Store
- Call of Duty Ghosts - $60 on US Store - £48 Amazon.co.uk - £55 UK Store
- FIFA 14 - $60 on US Store - £47 Amazon.co.uk - £63 UK Store
- Battlefield 4 - $60 on US Store - £47 Amazon.co.uk - £63 UK Store
- Need for Speed Rivals - $60 on US Store - £45 Amazon.co.uk - £63 UK Store
- Knack - $60 on US Store - £47 Amazon.co.uk - £53 UK Store
- NBA 2K14 - $60 on US Store - £55 Amazon.co.uk - £63 UK Store
- Lego Marvel Super Heroes - $60 on US Store - £50 Amazon.co.uk - £53 UK Store
- Assassin's Creed IV - $60 on US Store - £48 Amazon.co.uk - £58 UK Store
A cheeky workaround
In the meatime there is a bit of a workaround. It's possible to create a US PSN account with almost no effort, and while you can't use a UK credit card to pay for purchases on that account, you can buy PlayStation Network pre-paid cards from a number of online shops, many of which will instantly email you a redemption code. Most charge a small fee for the service, but we were able to get $60 of credit on our account for a total of £42.52 - a good deal less than the UK PS Store and Amazon.co.uk price. That $60 can then be used to buy a game on the US Store, and once downloaded it's playable by anyone using that console.