Gamers who download some big October titles from Sony’s PlayStation Network will get a price discount off the game’s regular MSRP in retail stores, Sony announced in a blog post Tuesday afternoon.

The program is called PSN Day 1 Digital, and it also marks the first time that AAA titles from third-party publishers are available for download on the PlayStation 3 at the same time as they are released in stores.

Some highly anticipated titles, including Dishonored, Need For Speed: Most Wanted and NBA 2K13, will cost only $53.99 when downloaded via the PlayStation Network on launch day, and 007 Legends will have a 10% discount for the first week, according to the Sony blog. Additionally, Doom 3: BFG Edition will be available for $35.99 on the first day, $4 less than the retail release.

These discounts are only available to PlayStation Plus members, Sony’s new $50 annual online service. The other catch is gamers must preorder the game through PSN before launch.

Other games are participating in the digital download program, but not offering a discount, including Resident Evil 6, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and Assassin’s Creed III.

Players will still be able to purchase physical versions of these titles for PS3 at retail outlets.

This is just one of many recent experiments by consoles with digital delivery. New Super Mario Bros. 2 was available for download on the 3DS the same day it hit stores. Nintendo has also said its first-party titles would all be available for download on launch day for the Wii U, its new console.

Would you download a game instead of purchasing a physical copy if you have the option? Let us know in the comments.

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