PlayStation Europe Explains Why They’ve Removed Prices From Blog Posts

January 27, 2016Written by Jason Dunning

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Last week, the PlayStation Europe Blog began posting their PlayStation Store and sale posts without prices. This week, Blog Manager Fred Dutton revealed that it’s due to all the different currencies used across Europe.

Now asking you to use the game’s hyperlink to see the price in your region (generated by your ISP) for each new release/sale, Dutton explained why they made this decision:

Here at SCEE, we cater for a huge number of territories across Europe and beyond, many of which use different currencies. In fact, we cater for about 20 different currencies across more than 30 countries. We’re both legally and ethically obliged not to be misleading in our communications, and by only listing prices iin, say, £ and €, we are potentially giving gamers in territories who do not use those currencies a false impression of the cost of an item.

Since each blog post would have to include 2,000 separate prices if they were to list each one for each region, and that would be impractical and difficult, “we’ve made the difficult decision to remove pricing information and ask you to click through to PlayStation Store.”

In response to someone who asked if Sony could allow users to see prices on the Blog by logging into the their PlayStation Network account, Dutton said, “Yes, this is a sensible suggestion, and a more sophisticated ‘logged in’ experience is certainly on our shopping list. That said, unfortunately it’s not quite as straightforward as a click of the fingers – it’s a significant undertaking with fairly wide ramifications. In short, it’s not something we’ll be able to facilitate in the short-term. But further out, maybe!”

On the European PlayStation Store, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is the Deal of the Week, priced at £24.99.

If you missed the announcement earlier today, the February 2016 PlayStation Plus free games include Helldivers, Nom Nom Galaxy, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and more.

[Source: PS Blog]