Why are next gen console game prices higher?

Posted by uninspiredcup (12952 posts) 10 months, 30 days ago

Poll: Why are next gen console game prices higher? (27 votes)

It costs more to make them, or something. 37%
Something to do with goverment tax? They tax more because of next gen? 11%
Any option but greed 52%

My friends, I'v complained about it before, higher console prices and thus, publishers trying to raise pc prices.
Even though, pc has been "next gen" for around 5+ years.

Why are console games for PS3/Xbox360 £39.99 and PS4/XboxOne titles £49/£59?

Before, with titles like Farcry 3 and Assassins Creed 3 build for even more powerful hardware in mind, the price didn't rise at all. But now. it has.


Does an explanation for this other than "greed greed greed" explain rationally the reason for this?

#1 Posted by Couth_ (10359 posts) -

Because the £ is in decline and the $ is taking over

#2 Edited by R3FURBISHED (10848 posts) -

@uninspiredcup Still $60 in the States

#3 Edited by dobzilian (2817 posts) -

I wondered this. Its not due rising prices either as just last week I paid £40 (50 if had it there and then) on Mario Kart 8 and it use to be that Nintendo charged excessive amounts for first party.

Have PC Game prices gone up as I have yet to pay much attention but as were on the matter I thought I'd ask as I'm from the UK too.

#4 Posted by lostrib (43014 posts) -

Haven't noticed in the US

#6 Edited by lundy86_4 (44364 posts) -

In Canada, it's due to the poor performance of the CAD.

#7 Posted by inb4uall (6520 posts) -

It's because you;re all inferior to us Americans. Except belgium. Fuck those belgians. >__>

#8 Posted by gameofthering (10469 posts) -

I don't know how people can spend more than £30 for a game (on any system).

#9 Edited by lawlessx (47220 posts) -

@lostrib said:

Haven't noticed in the US

go USA!

#10 Edited by dobzilian (2817 posts) -

@inb4uall: Go Belgium ♥. Seriously good game of Football. 2 Teams proud to wear their Shirts.

#11 Posted by Jebus213 (8922 posts) -

I am now more confident than ever that OP is mentally challenged.

Please seek help immediately.

#12 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (26438 posts) -

I don't know about you (maybe it's because I'm American) but The Prices of games are the same as they have always been.

#13 Posted by Cloud_imperium (6447 posts) -

greed

#14 Edited by dobzilian (2817 posts) -

@LegatoSkyheart: Games on PS4 and X1 have a extra £5 / 10 occasionally (from what ive noticed) here in the UK. 102 US dollars.

#15 Posted by airshocker (31018 posts) -

Prices aren't higher for me. They've been at $60 for awhile now.

#16 Posted by hoosier7 (3985 posts) -

This isn't new, happened for the PS3/360 too.

There's a lack of games out currently so they know they can get away with it.

#17 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

No difference in price for me.

#18 Posted by darkangel115 (2247 posts) -

1) they cost more to make

2) the user base is smaller, hence lesser sales potential

3) price of being an early adopter. If you can afford a brand new system for 400-500 dollars, you can afford to pay 10 bucks more

4) because they can

5) inflation

#19 Posted by Telekill (5151 posts) -

I recall games being $50 from the NES days to PS2. Then with last gen, they went up $10 becoming $60; the same price that next gen games are. That's here in America anyway.

#21 Edited by sam890 (1108 posts) -

@Jebus213 said:

I am now more confident than ever that OP is mentally challenged.

Please seek help immediately.

#22 Posted by blackace (21417 posts) -

@R3FURBISHED said:

@uninspiredcup Still $60 in the States

That's what I was going to say. The price hasn't gone up at all here in the states. Most games go on sale either at launch or within a couple months of release. I can usually sayve $5-$10 on games within the first 2 months.

#23 Posted by jsmoke03 (13192 posts) -

@R3FURBISHED said:

@uninspiredcup Still $60 in the States

yup.

sorry to see uk/ausie get worse pricing than na

#24 Posted by blackace (21417 posts) -

@dobzilian said:

@LegatoSkyheart: Games on PS4 and X1 have a extra £5 / 10 occasionally (from what ive noticed) here in the UK. 102 US dollars.

F*** that. You guys are getting ripped off. If games were $102 each here in the states, I'd give up next gen gaming and just go back and playing the 100's of older games I still have. That's way too much. I wasn't happy when it went up to $60.

#25 Posted by dobzilian (2817 posts) -

@blackace: You include DLC, Online Fee's and higher prices. Next Gen is really awesome here in the UK.

#26 Posted by Macutchi (4280 posts) -

a lot of new 360 games are £45 not £39.99 tc. r* did it first from what i remember with gtav, then everyone else tried to jump on the bandwagon. £45 for thief or wolfenstein ffs

#28 Posted by Krelian-co (13098 posts) -

@Jebus213 said:

I am now more confident than ever that OP is mentally challenged.

Please seek help immediately.

most people knew about this a long time ago.

#29 Posted by AdobeArtist (23047 posts) -

@lostrib said:

Haven't noticed in the US

@lundy86_4 said:

In Canada, it's due to the poor performance of the CAD.

It really sucks to be a Canadian now :P

#30 Posted by coasterguy65 (6282 posts) -

The prices seem to start at the same price, but over time the 360 / PS3 games drop in price much quicker. While the PS4 / XBone prices seem to talk a while to drop down to the same price points. Greed really is the only answer.

#31 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (17612 posts) -

How much sales tax or VAT is there for imports?

Here in the US, it's still $60 (£35) for most games.

I figure, the money for free health care have to come from somewhere.

#33 Posted by Shielder7 (5191 posts) -

@AdobeArtist said:

@lostrib said:

Haven't noticed in the US

@lundy86_4 said:

In Canada, it's due to the poor performance of the CAD.

It really sucks to be a Canadian now :P

Meh I'll take 5$ price increase on games over having to pay medical bills, having no gun control laws and having a owned by China stamp on my butt.

#34 Edited by lamprey263 (25651 posts) -

Xbox One and PS4 are $400, don't seem higher to me, I bought my Xbox 360 20GB for $400 when I got it in 2006, my 60GB BC PS3 cost $600, if anything the next gen consoles are cheaper, especially when factoring in inflation. My Wii was $250 and I got my Wii U for $300 with a game. I'd say the introduction price to the current gen is less.

#35 Posted by sukraj (24031 posts) -

@geniobastardo said:

Greed hath a fall.

or was it, pride?

pride park

#36 Posted by Netret0120 (2871 posts) -

Still $60 here. I rarely buy games at that price. $10-30 is the limit.

#37 Posted by R4gn4r0k (17523 posts) -

@inb4uall said:

It's because you;re all inferior to us Americans. Except belgium. Fuck those belgians. >__>

I've noticed it here too.

PS3 and 360 games are 59.99 and PS4 and Xbone are 64.99 to 69.99 for the same games :/

#39 Edited by speedfog (3368 posts) -

Next gen games are here atleast 10 euros more then the last gen games.

#40 Posted by clyde46 (47634 posts) -

@blackace said:

@dobzilian said:

@LegatoSkyheart: Games on PS4 and X1 have a extra £5 / 10 occasionally (from what ive noticed) here in the UK. 102 US dollars.

F*** that. You guys are getting ripped off. If games were $102 each here in the states, I'd give up next gen gaming and just go back and playing the 100's of older games I still have. That's way too much. I wasn't happy when it went up to $60.

Whats your tax rate? I bet its not 20% like it is here. That and the weak ass dollar. £1 as of time of writing is $1.71!

#41 Posted by lamprey263 (25651 posts) -

Why are next gen console game prices higher?

Because you touch yourself at night.

#42 Posted by vl4d_l3nin (985 posts) -

I've noticed digital downloads have gone up in Canada, which is bullshit.

#43 Edited by Megavideogamer (5595 posts) -

Games cost more to make in the 8th generation. The larger game worlds become, The more detail in the environments. Those better graphics etc. Need more people to create one AAA game. Thus game prices are now $69.99 instead of the $59.99. Plus the costs of the DLC for many of these games is built into the upfront price. To cover the costs of creating it, whether you buy it or not. Plus the costs for keeping Multiplayer on-line servicers up and running.

Videogames have always been an expensive hobby.

#44 Edited by marycosplay (6 posts) -

Any option but greed.

Before I became a ninja I was Nobody but I never gave up!

#45 Posted by foxhound_fox (90891 posts) -

You complain a lot.

#46 Edited by hofuldig (5097 posts) -

there is no option for "prices are the same as they have been for the past 10 years" so i havent voted. BTW i have a gaming magazine from like 1987 and games were still $60 back then. count that for inflation and they were shit tons more expensive back then compared to now.

#47 Edited by santoron (8083 posts) -

@lundy86_4 said:

In Canada, it's due to the poor performance of the CAD.

And I'd venture it's a similar situation in TC's case but trying to explain it to him seems about at fun as putting my tongue on a bug Zapper.

*Edit* I actually just checked and sure enough, the British pound is worth less compared to the dollar today as compared to 2006-2008. More than 10% down. To get the same number of dollars from a sale, they have to raise the price.

#48 Edited by jake44 (2060 posts) -

@lostrib said:

Haven't noticed in the US