Retail gets PSN 'Game Cards' in NA, PSN vouchers in the UK

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Retail gets PSN 'Game Cards' in NA, PSN vouchers in the UK

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With the launch of Sony's PSP Go this week, the first download-only gaming device from a major console developer has finally arrived on the market. Given the profitability of the used games market and brick-and-mortar's relative stronghold on game sales, we asked Sony of America (SCEA) and Sony of Europe (SCEE) how they're going to get download-only games onto retailer shelves. SCEA's answer: PlayStation Network Game Cards.

According to an SCEA rep, 10 titles (all of which can be found after the break) will be available "in North America at select retailers" and should be available as of today. Unfortunately for retailers across the pond, no such luck -- at very least in the UK. An SCEE rep told Joystiq, "We don't have any plans for vouchers/gift cards like this ... at the moment we are only selling the PSN vouchers of £20 and £50 for the UK," though that isn't to say PSN Game Cards will never arrive on European shores.

At least for now it seems that SCEA will be keeping a foothold in retail with its download-only titles (and even some UMD-based titles now available as downloads) through these game vouchers. UK retailers ... well ... at least people will be coming in for the PSP-3000, right?
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  • Daxter
  • Motorstorm: Arctic Edge
  • God of War: Chains of Olympus
  • Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2
  • Patapon 2
  • Secret Agent Clank
  • Twisted Metal: Head On
  • SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 2
  • NBA 10: The Inside
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