Speaking to popular trade mag MCV, SCEE President Andrew House has said he wants to sell PlayStation Network games at retail.
In a move that would follow in the footsteps of Microsoft (GAME are already selling Xbox Live Arcade titles in-store) and SCEA (Gamestop sell some PSN content already), Sony Europe would shift the likes of Flower through the usual retail outlets like GAME and GameStation.
Not that this would be particularly new for a minority of titles – some retailers already stocked the likes of WipEout Fury – but it sounds like House has bigger plans.
“We would like to work with the right retail partners in Europe under the right model,” he said to MCV, “to undertake the same sort of activity [as SCEA].”
The beauty for some users is that downloaded games reside on the PS3’s hard drive, and are thus quickly accessible. This, we presume, would see the games being disk-based, even if they only took up a small portion of the space offered by Blu-ray.
Would you be interested in owning physical copies of currently PSN-only games?
Update: it’s not clear whether House was talking about boxed disks or codes that you’d enter online.