July 4, 2022

Best answer: Sony’s purchase policies don’t allow retailers other than the PlayStation Store to sell digital game downloads. Because of this, you’ll need to buy a gift card if you want to give your friend a digital game.

How to buy a digital copy of a PS4 or PS5 game for your friend

Unfortunately, you technically can’t gift a digital copy of a game anymore, on PS4 or PS5. While this used to be an option, it’s no longer possible. Now, if you want to give a digital game to a friend, you’ll want to send them a PlayStation Store gift card so they can buy the game themselves. It’s far from ideal, but it’s the only real option. You can buy someone a physical game, but then you’ll have to ship it to them, and they can’t play it if they are using a PS5 Digital Edition. While inconvenient, if you truly want to buy a game for someone without them technically purchasing on the PlayStation Store, a physical copy will be your only option.