I'll be the first one to say it, but I'm unsurprisingly disappointed by the sale. I have 75 things on my wishlist and out of the 1,065 items on sale, only two of them have never been on sale before (and are abysmal discounts), half a dozen others got the same discount as they've had countless times before, and not a single season pass or piece of dlc from my list was on sale. Ugh, total disappointment.
For the few who inexplicably are just entering the PS4 generation (or who don’t have PS+), there are some really good deals to be had. For the rest of us, probably not nearly as much. After taking a look, a decent number of my wishlisted games are on sale, but not yet close to CAG pickup prices. Personally, I think my sweet spot falls somewhere in the $4-10 range, and maybe $12-15 for a solid AAA game (though I tend to skew physical for AAA games). I also find that I will not pay more for a digital game if it’s been priced even lower in the past (thanks to psprices for that quirk). I’m curious if others have price metrics/measures they adhere to when making purchases (beyond just ‘as cheap as possible’ ).
That said, I’ll pick up one or two games in this sale, but will be waiting for that $9.99 or under price for many more. Too bad most devs just aren’t inclined (or incentivized) to reduce those prices more aggressively. To be fair though, I understand the desire to maximize profits, especially for smaller studios, and the prospect of potential money left on the table by discounting too much too soon probably weighs heavy on their decision-making. However, the other challenge they face is that as time goes by, their games lose that ‘mindshare’ factor too, so that when they finally get their prices reduced to many’s ‘buy’ window, they are forgotten or eclipsed by more recent games that have the player’s interest (or those more recent games that had their prices reduced more quickly). Hence, at that point, these studios/games might be losing sales entirely.
And Sony is definitely not helping these studios/games by reducing the use of the Wishlist function to the PS5.