While some consumers may be surprised to see a $499 price point for the upcoming Xbox One console, we’re pleased to hear that it looks like Microsoft won’t be increasing prices for individual Xbox One game software. Sony recently said that their own PS4 games won’t be priced at above $60 like current-generation games, but third-party publishers may look to charge more for Xbox One and PS4 games if they deem it necessary.
We now have confirmation from Microsoft that first-party Xbox One games like Forza 5 and Ryse will have a retail price of $59.99 at launch, and won’t be priced higher than that as some initially feared. What hasn’t been confirmed yet though is the full price of third-party Xbox One games, with the worrying addition that we don’t know the price for third-party PS4 games either.
Sony’s Jack Tretton revealed back in February that PS4 games would be priced from anywhere from free up to $60. What he didn’t confirm though is whether this just relates to first-party releases from the company, or games from the likes of EA, Ubisoft and Activision as well.
Imagine if we see a scenario where Forza 5 is $60, but Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts on the Xbox One will cost $70 instead. Having said that, online pre-orders for games are still being listed with $60 price points, so hopefully we’ll see this set price across all tiers of games on the next-gen systems.
Keeping a $60 price for all next-gen games would obviously be common sense for the consumer, but will one or two publishers be tempted to ask for more, due to the “increase” in technology? There’s also the little matter of PS4 and Xbox One digital prices that have yet to be confirmed as well.
What are your thoughts on the pricing model for next-gen systems? Do you think we’ll see increased prices for third-party games or not?