One worry that always seems to get people talking at the beginning of a new console generation is cost. Whilst the consoles themselves are certainly not cheap, increasing technology used within controllers and accessories increases their price, and the development costs associated with next-generation games also led many to expect a higher retail price for them as well. Pre-orders for places like Amazon also suggested that an increase of around 25% was looking likely for PS4 and Xbox One titles.
Thankfully however it now appears that may not be the case, and Microsoft for one are aiming to release games that cost the same as for this generation. A representative from Microsoft confirmed to website Polygon that their own first party releases for Xbox One (including Forza 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Dead Rising 3), will cost $59.99, the same as a premium release for Xbox 360 and PS3.
Sony has yet to confirm the same price point, but Jack Tretton certainly hinted as much in an interview with CNBC, saying “We’re going to welcome free-to-play models, games from $.99 up to those $60 games.” This is good news for anyone expecting to pay more for their games this generation ($60 should convert to around £40-£45, roughly what PS3 games cost in the UK now), however one thing to be aware of is that titles may not see the same discounts that we are now used to. Increased user bases mean certain retailers can afford to substantially drop the prices of new releases a few weeks after launch, something unlikely in the first couple of years for PS4 and Xbox One.