While we don’t yet know the price of the Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X, we do the know the price of the games. Well, the AAA ones, anyway.
It has been revealed that NBA 2K21 will release on PS5/Xbox Series X for $69.99/£69.99. I hate that the UK gets screwed like this, as it converts to approx $87. In contrast the current gen version will launch for $59.99/£54.99. This shows that there will likely be a $10 increase across the board when it comes to the next gen games.
Speaking at the Gamelab conference last month, former Playstation exec Shawn Layden discussed pricing:
“It’s been $59.99 since I started in this business, but the cost of games have gone up ten times. If you don’t have elasticity on the price-point, but you have huge volatility on the cost line, the model becomes more difficult. I think this generation is going to see those two imperatives collide.”
This does make sense as games have become much larger and do cost a lot more to make than previously, but there will come a point where games will become out of reach for most players. Older gamers may remember games on the SNES and other consoles costing up to $80, so $70 isn’t too far off. But with a whole host of free to play and amazing indie games out there, justifying $70 for a single game may become harder to do.
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