Will next gen players be priced out of the game?
A lot of fans have been worried about how much damage next-generation games would be to their bank balance. After all, prices jumped $10 from Playstation 2 to Playstation 3, so why wouldn’t they jump again?
But gamers can rest easy – Sony have revealed that first-party Playstation 4 titles will sell at $59.99, at least at launch. This is the same price that Playstation 3 games are retailed at, and the statement guarantees that the four announced launch titles – Knack, Infamous, Driveclub and Killzone: Shadow Fall – will retail at this price.
However, Sony’s statement does leave room for price increases for third-party games, or even first-party games scheduled for release outside the launch window. Third-party companies are yet to reveal their prices for Playstation 4 games, but many websites, such as Amazon, are offering pre-orders of third-party games like Watch Dogs for $59.99, or £54.99 for UK gamers (who definitely lose out with the exchange rate). This seems to be a pretty concrete indication of third-party game prices. After all, Amazon, and other similar websites, offer price guarantees on pre-orders, where buyers will pay the lowest amount offered at any point during the pre-order. Therefore, Amazon must be pretty confident in the $59.99 third-party price tag, just because they can’t hike the prices at some point down the line.
This also seems true of Xbox One game prices after Microsoft confirmed that Microsoft Studies games would retail at $59.99 for the system, while third-party games are listed at the same price on websites like Amazon, again indicating that third-party studios will be charging $59.99 for next generation games.Obviously, there is room for prices to rise in the future, but for now it does seem like games won’t be burning a huge hole in anyone’s pocket (well… at least not a bigger hole than now anyway).