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Does Sony let you gift games on PS4?

You would think you could, right?

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Quick Answer: No, Sony doesn’t let players gift previously owned games on PS4. Instead, you’ll have to buy the game and send the code to your friend, who can then redeem it.

If you’ve just finished playing a great game, it’s only natural to want to tell your friends about it.

If you bought the physical version, sending them their own copies is easy: just give ’em the disc, right?

But what if you bought the digital version of a game? Sure, you could Game Share, but maybe you’re uneasy about your account being signed in on a console that isn’t yours.

Thankfully, gaming platforms like Xbox and Steam allow you to gift games digitally.

But what if you want to gift someone a PlayStation 4 game? Sending it through the mail is too expensive, so there has to be another option.

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So, can you gift games on PS4

Short answer: No, but there’s a workaround

In 2019, Sony stopped letting retailers sell digital download codes.

That meant you had to buy digital copies directly from the PlayStation Store, which doesn’t let you buy codes to gift games on the PS4.

Purchases in the PlayStation Store are immediately attached to your account. But you can still buy DLC, virtual currency, add-ons, and season pass’ from retailers in digital form, so gifting those is easy.

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How to gift games on the PS4

You can purchase a digital game as a gift and send the game code to your friend, who can then redeem the code on their own PlayStation account and download the game.

Alternatively, you can purchase a PlayStation Store gift card and give it to your friend, who can then use it to buy the game themselves.

If you purchase a PlayStation Store or a PSN gift card , your friend will need to redeem the gift card on their own account to use the funds.

Can you gift physical PS4 games?

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Yes, you can gift physical copies through the PlayStation Store. Here’s how to do it:

Login to your account, search for the game you want to gift and select it. Then click on the “Buy as gift” option and enter your friend’s email address and any additional information.

Once the purchase is complete, a game code will be sent to your friend’s email address. Your friend can then redeem the code on their PlayStation account and download the game.

Wrapping up: Can you gift digital PlayStation games through the PlayStation 4? Not technically, but a couple of workarounds let you do it.

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