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PlayStation Is Discontinuing Access To Some Paid Digital Content


“licensing arrangements”, A powerful reminder of the value of physical media

PlayStation has been emailing players that they will soon lose access to some Discovery content they have purchased, which can only boil down to an outcry…

If there’s one thing I absolutely don’t enjoy about the modern era, it’s the fact that anything I’ve purchased digitally can be taken away at any time for… literally any reason. I don’t own any Discovery content through my PlayStation account, but I’m sure others do. Certain players have received emails informing them that any Discovery content they own will no longer be accessible due to “content licensing arrangements.”

“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,” reads the statement from PlayStation. “We sincerely thank you for your continued support. Thank you.”

The statement was also posted on PlayStation’s website, along with a complete list of all the content being removed from the platform. I’m not in the mood to count how much is being removed, but it’s a long list; scrolling to the bottom will take you a long time. It’s a frustrating decision, and it serves as a stark reminder that you don’t own anything digitally forever. It also serves as a reminder that digital games like Alan Wake 2 set a dangerous precedent. What happens if one of the year’s best games is suddenly removed from store shelves?

You won’t be surprised to learn that PlayStation users aren’t thrilled with the news, with many emphasizing the advantages of physical over digital purchases. Let’s hope this turns out to be an anomaly in digital ownership, though I’m not optimistic.