Sony explains why they didn't release LBP through the PSN

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PlayStation Network Senior Director Susan Panico has been chatting to analysts about the general idea of downloadable content and full games.

She mentions

“One of the things we found, though, was that the Blu-ray disc experience for marquee games like that [LittleBigPlanet] currently just work better because the consumer wants to go in and get that physical product,”

Now I personally have never felt that buying a game was an experience worth repeating unless I absolutely have to and would much rather be offered the option to download the full retail game for cheaper than I can pick it up in the stores for. Believe it or not I don’t want the manual and spam marketing with my game.

She also goes on to mention

“There’s also there’s also retailer relationships that we’re really sensitive to,”

“and making sure that we’re balancing those with the digital distribution content. It’s something we’re continually looking at on a title-by-title basis”

Now that makes more sense, I am pretty sure that the retailers would very quickly stop supporting the PS3 if all the games became available to download directly from the PSN.. For this reason alone I suspect we will never see downloadable retail games becoming the norm.

Source: 1UP

Last Updated: March 12, 2009

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