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PlayStation Store removes access to paid digital media

As technology continues to evolve and more and more innovators step onto the scene, you’d be forgiven for thinking that big names like PlayStation would have their ducks in a row when it comes to digital media. After all, more and more video games are being released with no physical counterparts.

However, it doesn’t seem like that’s the case at all. PlayStation users who used Discovery and made purchases via the app woke up on December 1 with an email about losing access to their paid digital media.

“As of 31 December 2023, due to our content licensing arrangements with content providers, you will no longer be able to watch any of your previously purchased Discovery content and the content will be removed from your video library,” the statement from PlayStation (which can be seen above) reads. “We sincerely thank you for your continued support. Thank you.”

The statement was also shared via the official PlayStation website, and a shockingly long list of the digital content being removed.

As far as we’ve been able to tell through research and reaching out to PlayStation Support (who did not respond), this content will not be reimbursed either. To sum it up, it means that users of the Discovery app have just lost out on money and the digital content they’ve paid for.

While this may seem small, it sets a troubling precedent that digital media has been heading towards for a long time. With it being so easy to remove digital media, more and more is being lost to the ether, meaning more people’s hard work and effort is no longer being preserved in a way that matters.

Does this mean a resurface in interest for physical media? Only time will tell.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is Editor-in-Chief of Gayming Magazine. She specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.