First-Party PS4 Games Won’t See A Price Hike, Will Stay At $60By: Zach Walton - June 21, 2013
There was some concern earlier this week that the price of games would go up in the next generation. Microsoft helped calm fears by saying its games would remain at $60, and now others are starting to confirm the same.
Shacknews reports that a Sony representative has confirmed that the company’s first-party titles will remain at $60:
“…we have announced the pricing for our first party line up of PS4 launch and launch window games. All four titles, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Driveclub, Knack, and inFamous Second Son are all $59.99.”
The news should come as a relief for those concerned that Sony would push for higher game prices going into the next generation. A price increase wasn’t exactly out of the question as the ricing price of game development could be tied to a price increase at retail.
So, Microsoft and Sony are both locked in at $60. What about third-parties? They’re free to charge whatever they want so they very well could bump up prices to $70. It wouldn’t exactly be novel as Sony used to offer its first-party titles on the PS2 for $40 while third-parties charged $50. Could we see a similar situation on next-gen consoles?
As Shacknews points out, Amazon is listing all third-party games for next-gen consoles at $60. It very well could be a placeholder, but it’s not likely. These are most likely the prices that retailers were given to expect and I wouldn’t think that third-parties would try to shake up game pricing in the immediate future.
Instead, we might see game prices going up incrementally over the next few years through game pack-ins and extra content that they’ll argue warrants the price increase. In fact, some publishers already do this with digital deluxe versions of games that add a few bonuses for an extra $20. We can only hope that publishers will start to offer better bonuses if they intend to continue the practice.