Destiny Microtransactions Dominate PSN Paid Add-Ons

A glance at the PlayStation Store’s current top paid Add-Ons rankings reveal that Destiny’s new Silver system is off to a strong start. To put it another way, that means that silver purchases are among the most popular paid add-ons being downloaded across all games available on Sony’s consoles. We asked Sony, and representatives told us that this listing includes add-on purchases in the last seven days. The three different tiers of silver purchases are all in the top five for recent sales, as you can see in the picture below.

Players are opting for the mid-tier purchase of 1100 silver ($10), followed up by the more expensive 2300 Silver option ($20). 500 Silver ($5) is the least popular option of the three, coming in at slot five.

It’s also worth noting that the only thing that is selling better than these microtransactions is The Taken King expansion itself.

[Source: PlayStation Store, via Destiny Reddit]

Our Take
I am firmly in the camp that cosmetic microtransactions can be an appropriate way to help fund an ongoing game’s development and money making. Right now, Destiny’s microtransactions exclusively fuel new emotes and cosmetic event items. If Destiny begins to have Silver affect in-game functionality or progress, I’ll be a lot more negative about it. Until then, it’s hard to take issue with the system, or the enthusiasm that players have for finding new ways to express themselves with their in-game characters. Based on what PSN is reporting here, the Destiny community seems to agree.

the author Matt Miller