Digital Future Of Console Gaming Drops Even Further Behind PC After Price Hike

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 11:30 AM
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Before the launch of both the Xbox One and Playstation 4 there was much controversy over the prices of digital titles, particularly after Microsoft and Sony had made such a song and dance out of the digital future.

Exorbitant prices in comparison to PC digital downloads gave people little choice other than to buy the often cheaper retail copies, and to add salt to the wound Microsoft has inexplicably raised the prices of its first-party games yet further on the Xbox Live store post launch…

Originally priced at an already considerable £44.99 in the UK, the big launch trio of Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome have bizarrely seen a £5 price hike to £49.99 in recent days, defying all logic.

It’s currently not clear why this has happened or indeed if this is going to be a permanent change for first-party published titles, but it doesn’t bode well for the digital future on consoles. PS4 digital pricing was hit by similar controversy before launch when EA priced its titles at a staggering £62.99, before bowing to pressure and knocking them down to a mere £54.99/$90. Gulp.

Can the consoles ever have a digital future without competition in the marketplace?

Would you be willing to lay down £55/$90 for a hotly anticipated PC title?

 

 

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12:07 Dec-12-2013

I won't be buying a console till this crap changes.

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13:23 Dec-12-2013

Just get rig upgrade then...

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20:45 Dec-11-2013

what did they expect?? these prices are extremelly high. why would anyone buy the same game for a higher price? i know that modern games cost a lot more create but stil... our salaries arent getting larger. quite the opposite in fact..

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19:34 Dec-11-2013

It doesn't matter what the price of the game is people are still going to buy the games that they want. If the next call of duty game was £60 or even £70 people would still buy it, people go for the brand not for the price. And because games like CoD are for both console and PC the price will be the same for both systems. PC exclusives ftw!

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18:13 Dec-11-2013

This one time I spent £50 on steam...
It got me 3 full games, 6 DLC and a signed photo of Gaben.
#mastarace

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17:32 Dec-11-2013

In that pic, the hungry zombie is the rapacious publisher and the victim below is my poor bank account...

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20:43 Dec-11-2013

LOL

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08:15 Dec-12-2013

:(

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16:03 Dec-11-2013

****ing EA

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15:55 Dec-11-2013

90 dollars for a game that you finish in less than 8 hours? NO THANKS.

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17:58 Dec-11-2013

too right when you can get the same thing for pc for £30 on amazon

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15:39 Dec-11-2013

£50-£55 for a game is insane money, I know inflation is bad at the moment but that's taking it a wee bit too far. I have no idea how both Song and Microsoft expect to make sales with this crazy price hike over their last generation. I'm just thankful i'm a pc gamer and can get a bit of a return with my investment with those steam sales ;)

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14:16 Dec-11-2013

PC Roooccccckkkkkkkkkkkksss :D

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12:08 Dec-11-2013

PC gaming FTW..:D

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15:56 Dec-11-2013

Brace yourself. Winter Sales is coming.

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16:03 Dec-11-2013

My favourite time of the year :D

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16:16 Dec-11-2013

already braced my myself..:D

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18:02 Dec-11-2013

you might want to get your wallet held down

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11:46 Dec-11-2013

Steam sales all the way!!

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11:45 Dec-11-2013

The pricing on the digital market is a joke for consoles. The biggest problem is that they sell games at the RRP, whereas game retailers will lower the price to remain competitive. Because consoles only have one marketplace for digital downloads, they don't have to be competitive.

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