Sony has had another lawsuit filed against them regarding its digital game sales. The suit alleges that PlayStation customers have been overcharged by “billions” of dollars because of policies that prevent retailers from selling their own digital game codes.
The lawsuit Cendejas v. Sony Interactive Entertainment was filed in the United Stated District Court for the Northern District of California. It follows a separate lawsuit, Caccuri v. Sony Interactive Entertainment, which is arguing the same issue.
Before April 1st, 2019, PlayStation Store digital games could be purchased at retailers with code cards. This allowed retailers to set the prices and put them on sale. This is no longer an option, meaning Microsoft’s digital game store sometimes gets better prices than Sony’s. Microsoft codes are still sold at retailers for Xbox consoles.
The Cendejas case also specifically calls out the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, since it only supports the PlayStation Store. The standard PS5 supports discs, giving players the ability to look around for physical versions for games.
According to attorney Richard Hoeg, similar cases will likely be lumped into one to be heard in court.
“You’ll only get multiple lawsuits if there is some element of a complaint/proposed class that is materially different from other claims,” Hoeg told GameSpot. “In general, though, you’ll just be looking at one case.”
Sony has made it impossible for certain retailers to offer console parity on their digital game sales. For instance, Newegg has recently been taking $10 off on digital Xbox games, including Resident Evil Village and Biomutant. Without a way to sell game codes, retailers can’t offer savings to PlayStation users.