(Update: The store BOL.com already published the price of some games announced for PS5, see below.)
New generation consoles are about to hit the market, as their launch date is set sometime in October / November, all in an attempt to dominate a Christmas market that will undeniably be different from all others thanks to the COVID-19.
However, despite the fact that we have players at heart to get their hands on the new hardware and experience the ‘next-gen’ games … The truth is that we still have very good people who did not notice something very important.
After all, it looks like PS5 and Xbox Series X games will be significantly more expensive. And of course, as you may know, games for PS4 and Xbox One are not exactly cheap anymore, especially in countries like ours.
The price increase of PS5 games is terrible news!
So the studios and experts have been warning for several months! Development costs have skyrocketed in recent years, as it is now necessary to develop side projects for all consoles on the market, that is, for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and who knows, the Xbox Series S that should be significantly less powerful than the ‘X’.
So, in addition to having to buy a new generation console, it will surely cost between 400 and 500 €. You will also have to open the purse strings a little more when buying new generation games, since the price is expected to increase 10 ~ 20%.
After all, 2K has already begun hostilities to announce that NBA 2K21 will cost $ 70 on PS5 and Xbox Series X, while the PS4 and Xbox One version will remain at $ 60. These are prices for the North American market without VAT, that is, as you may have guessed, it is likely that the PS5 and Xbox Series X games will reach a scary € 80 (or more) in our ‘Tuga’ market.
First of all, it has to be said that this price increase is a bad idea for several reasons … That it will most likely encounter a serious ‘hate’ on the part of the players. Do you know why?
First, consoles are finally entering a truly digital world, as Sony has already confirmed that it will launch a cheaper version of its PS5 called the ‘Digital Edition’, which of course, does not have a Blu-Ray player. Of course, as new generation consoles will be anything but cheap, this model may well be the most popular.
However, despite the increasing popularity of Digital games, the truth is that players have not yet noticed any savings in the adoption of this business model. After all, when buying a game on Steam, PSN or Xbox platform, there are no costs associated with the production of the disc, there are no costs with the production of plastic or manual boxes, nor are there any costs of distribution to the most varied stores … Stores that also have to make a profit percentage in each game.
However, games arrive on digital platforms at the exact same price as the version found on the shelves of Worten, Fnac, etc … A price that does not make sense, especially when we cannot even sell it second hand.
Secondly, ‘free’ or ‘cheap’ games are getting more and more popular, we are talking about Fortnite, CoD: Warzone, League of Legends, or Overwatch and PUBG which cost something like ~ 20 € depending on the promotion in force . Thus, asking players € 80 or € 90 for a game for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, will definitely have a negative result in the community.
However, any AAA game today has DLCs, micro-transactions, etc … which are obviously extra sources of money. Which raises an important question, does it really make sense to increase the price of games? When do studios and publishers already make money by luck?
Lastly, subscription systems are also starting to gain some popularity in the market, such as the Xbox Game Pass, which could very well be the Netflix of games, if things continue to go well.
In short, I think that there is no great need for a price increase of this size. Being something that will almost certainly create serious problems in one of the most active and passionate communities in the industry, the gaming community.
Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.
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