Making game purchases have never been easier thanks to the introduction of online digital transactions: why bother queuing up at the nearby retailer just to get your wanted game when you can just purchase it online and download for installation?
Not only does it allows convenience of getting a copy of the game at the comforts of your home so long as you have a internet to use with the transaction either with your home console or a separate computer, your digital download, too, is account-bound which gives you exclusive access to your purchase.
This means that, so long as your account is fully-protected (keeping your password to yourself and nobody else’s and enabling two-way protection), you and only you have the access to your digital purchase(s).
Yet, perhaps, the greatest perk of buying a digital download is that you can download the same game on multiple consoles of the same platform (that is, for example, you are an owner of multiple Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Nintendo Wii U or Switch consoles). This is a feature that is impossible to do when buying a physical copy which you can only use exclusively in a single device at any point in time, every time.
You may not have experienced making an online purchase of games before and is probably ecstatic in trying for yourself. But before you delve in with this online buying of digital contents, make sure you have the following requirements first:
- A valid PlayStation Network (PSN), Xbox Live, or Nintendo account (You can register online by clicking on the hyperlink attached or you could do so directly from your home console)
- Home console of choice corresponding your account type: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, or Nintendo Switch.
- Internet connection to get online
- Credit / Debit Card as mode of payment (if you have neither, do not worry, I’ll add a tutorial on how you could get a prepaid debit card for yourself (PayMaya) for your future online purchase)
Note: Always keep your personal or banking details private to yourself. This is one of those things which you cannot easily divulge without facing its negative repercussions later on.
If you already have the means to pay for your online purchases like a credit card or a VISA- or MasterCard-affiliate debit card, you may skip this part of the tutorial. Otherwise, read on.
- While I could encourage you to get to the nearby bank and have yourself open for your own personal account, this tutorial is not it. But if you want to, you may. Specifically for this tutorial, I am suggesting you making a PayMaya account using your smartphone device (iOS/Android). Unlike going for a bank account, having to register for a PayMaya account is totally free: this is your virtual account similar to PayPal, though they are not one and the same. Technically a prepaid debit card, putting credits into your PayMaya virtual account is as easy as going to the nearby 7-Eleven branch and asking the attending clerk to have your account loaded with credits (any reasonable amount) using the contact number you had used to register your account. Easy peasy. Note: PayMaya, as far as I know, operates only locally in the Philippines. If you are not from there, this step may not apply to you. But so long as you have the means to pay for anything online, you are good to go.
- With region as an issue, users have the option to opt on which region he or she would register his account even if it is not true to his real location. For countries that are not explicitly supported by the platform, its inhabitants can register accounts that are set for another country e.g. someone in the Philippines registered for a US PSN account because his country is not essentially supported by Sony (cold hard truth).
How to, then?
I would have skipped the fluff and delved straight to this point of the blog but thought of also catering for those who are complete newbies to all these things. As such, here is the point of this blog: Where do you get the cheap offers for your video game digital purchase?
According to region, I’m attaching some links where you can get them cheaper than the average retailers, especially against the gray market, partly in celebration of Play-Asia’s “Feversale“:
PlayStation Network (PSN) / PlayStation Plus Subscription
United States (Region: R1)
50 USD PSN Card (US): $48.49
Canada (Region: R1)
50 CAD PSN Card: $47.99
Singapore (Region: R3)
50 SGD PSN Card (Singapore): $47.99
15 SGD Card (Singapore): $13.99
Hong Kong (Region: R3)
750 HKD PSN Card: $107.99
500 HKD PSN Card: $65.99
300 HKD PSN Card: $42.99
80 HKD PSN Card: $11.99
Nintendo eShop Card
50 USD Nintendo eShop Card: $47.99
Xbox Gift Card
50 USD Xbox Gift Card: $47.99
3-Month Xbox Live Gold: $17.49
To be updated. . .
Note: Prices listed here is true to their source as of posting time and may be subject for changes in future time. I will be adding a change log for any future changes.