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Sony PS4 game price expectancy for third-party

We have some pleasing news for those of you planning to buy the Sony PS4 console this year as your next-gen system of choice. Following on from Microsoft’s recent confirmation that first party Xbox One games will retail at $59.99, we now have another guarantee from Sony that their own first-party games will come in at the same price as well.

Although some consumers had initially feared a price hike in the transition to next-gen, it’s great to see Sony and Microsoft sticking to the same price points of current-generation console games. Remember though, this is all related to first-party games, not titles from other publishers.

Sony and Microsoft have somewhat been careful to specifically mention that this $60 price will only cover first party games such as Killzone Shadow Fall and Forza 5. What this means is that they are giving third-party publishers like EA and Activision, the choice on whether they want to raise prices further and make games such as Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts – higher than the $60 price.

They may be giving third-party publishers the power to raise prices, but the obvious question is – will they actually have the guts to do it? A specific publisher isn’t going to look good from a consumer perspective if most games including third-party games are $60, but that specific publisher’s game ends up at $70 or even $80.

Of course, some third-party publishers may be tempted to ask for more, but it could be a PR disaster if they actually did and consumers start pointing the finger. Perhaps with Sony and Microsoft announcing $60 prices for their own games early, it is also sending out a message that they expect their publishing partners to do the same.

What are your thoughts on the fact that we keep hearing about first-party prices, but nothing about third-party prices yet? Do you have a feeling that some publishers may try and ask for more? Would there be any specific game that you wouldn’t mind paying higher than $60 for?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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