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Apparently, PS4 Games Won't Cost Any More Than PS3 Games

Over the past three PlayStation generations, we've seen the same increase in the cost of games: $40 in the PS1 days, $50 for PS2 games, and $60 for PS3 software.

Therefore, perhaps it's logical to see $70 for PS4 titles. However, according to what SCEA CEO Jack Tretton told CNBC, the max price of PS4 games could be $60 again. Said Tretton:

"I think people are willing to pay if they see value there and I think there's more choice than ever before for consumers. We're going to welcome free-to-play models; games from 99 cents up to those $60 games. But if you really see where the heat is for the true gamer on the console it's still that big-form experience that typically runs upwards of $50 million to develop and will justify that $60 price point and will give people hours and hours of gameplay on a daily basis for months and years to come."

The Sony boss was also asked if the tablet and smartphone gaming market will affect the PS4. Tretton replied that he believes those games are "additive experiences" and true gamers will still want to have the richest experiences on the most powerful gaming systems. Well, I'll go with that. Personally, I don't have the time to waste on "Lite Gaming." When I want to play, I want the best.

As for the $60 price tag on games once more, I'd say that's pretty amazing. But I'm sure we'll still find people who will whine and moan.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 games, ps4 game cost, ps4 price

2/22/2013 1:29:40 PM Ben Dutka

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 1:58:37 PM

And here's yet *another* great news in regards to the next generation!

We got no used games blocks, massive developer support, still physical media support, one well establised RPG franchise is already on the way to the PS4, I mean... Am I dreaming here? It really is like this is taken straight out of my dreams. I almost can't believe it.
I'm grinning from ear to ear here!

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 2:02:46 PM

Ah, well, you did get the PC4 of your dreams. the tossed aside all semblance of PlayStation punting it all to the Cloud and are instead pushing out a HTPC with a Sony PlayStation badge on it. I'm sure you're happy, it fit's perfectly into your world of PC based development and open world games - just imagine how open and wide those vistas will be with 8GB of RAM, limitless expanses of random and trivial missions to resolve with no connecting story save that which you concoct in your own head. whoopee! Thanks be for Sony being willing to give up it's legacy completely.

If that sounds a bit bitter, it probably is. Perhaps there is hyperbole in my words, but the core feeling is unchanged. Sony basically said that their legacy is irrelevant and are giving us all low end PCs to play with from now on.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 2:27:40 PM

You meaning PC4, Playstation Crap 4? Are you still b******' about the hardware, it's done over, u can't doing anything about it. Like I mentioned before in another article, Sony can't afford to lose hundreds again like they did in the beginning, they have to think hard about today's ecomonical times.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 2:31:51 PM

yeah I really can not wait to see what they will be able to create now with such a huge amount of ultrafast memory. And you are right my friend, this is a machine that do suit my "gamer profile" very well. So please allow me to be happy about that.

But hey - if I were you, I'd shake off my disappointment, raise my head and look ahead. Cause while the advantages for my kind of games are huge as you so correctly state, it's not like anything we know so far about the PS4 will be a *hindrance* for your gaming preferences either.

You should not completely rule out that a good amount of smaller developers might find this platform more acessible and the niche markets of classic jrpg gameplay very interesting for their business, and thus offer you guys a nice range of titles brewed on the classic formulas that you guys so deserve to be served.

So wipe your tears, put a smile on your face, and let a glimmer of hope find your eyes! it's not all dark, buddy. :) *hugs*

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 3:33:16 PM

I am so confused by Highlanders stance here? I mean, seriously! Highlander, did you not think the graphics and game play looked phenomenal during the presentation? I sure as hell did. I thought they were way better than the PS3. This new PS4 console will be able to give us these type of experiences and more for 10 years. I am happy with that.

What are you saying that the Ultra realistic graphics shown the other night won't be Ultra-Ultra realistic after year 5 because the PS4 is already tapped out?

You and I have had an argument before about Ultra Realistic Graphics vs Non-Ultra Realistic Graphics. You sided with Non-Ultra Realistic Graphics. I argued that we could have Ultra Realistic Graphics and still have phenomenal game play, story, sound and control. It looks like you may have changed your mind.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 3:49:39 PM

I am right there with you Beam!

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 3:52:21 PM

Open world games will become absolutely insane with this kind of memory. Games like Assassin's Creed, Infamous, and GTA will floor people. This also presents great opportunities to include much more scripted events in with the open worlds, as there'll be far more quick access memory for devs to harness. It'll be mind blowing. I'm sure AC fans will just melt and die when they see the sort of stuff they'll do with that game.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 4:00:20 PM

man, I'm so amped. You know how cool it was in Skyrim to have that sentient dragon flying over head and it sort of takes on this scripted sequence in real time. Imagine now, that, but multiplied by many many times. Imagine coming over a horizon and seeing down in a valley a massive war going on between like orcs and goblins, maybe even a dragon in the midst breathing flames. You can choose to draw closer and see what spoils to collect or move on in another direction and happen upon experiences there. These are the sort of benefits having insane amounts of fast memory can do for us. We're talking incredible stuff guys. Be very excited.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 4:06:05 PM

While I share some of Highlanders dismay, I also know the PS4 has been touted as the console created for developers by developers, and it only makes sense that Sony would've consulted first with those closest and dearest to them, namely first party studios the likes of Naughty Dog. So, I am more interested in what they can deliver (quality games), than in space-age tech specs. That being said, some of PS4's specs I haven't even heard even in the top-tier graphics cards. I mean 8GB of GDDR5? I've heard of graphics cards with 4GB (that'll cost you upwards of 500 us bucks alone), at most, and you gotta figure over time, that lead won't last long, but sure as hell will drive the cost down, as it get less expensive over time, too.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 4:24:54 PM


I am complete agreement with you! What a site to behold that would be.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 4:45:44 PM

hey, master shams, I also think this PS4 standard is great for PC gamers. That is, for the console to have a 16x increase in memory over the more expected 8x increase. Having an 8GB memory footprint for many future gaming projects by AAA devs is probably a 'best case scenario' for PC gamers. So both camps should be extremely pleased by this.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 4:59:41 PM

I know, I know! I'm super-amped too!
Those kind of games were completely *choked* on the PS3. Completely strangled. The developers must cry in joy now. And so should we, the gamers.

I really am dying for this generation shift to come. By all means, the PS3 were a good companion and I will remember it with fondness, but man... *Now* we're talkin'.

8gb GDDR5 is just insane. One can really only start fantasizing about what they will be able to inject into the worlds with such amounts of workspace.

And it's not just memory for the graphics processing either - the entire game will bask in it!

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 7:51:58 PM

Well said, Beam.

There really isn't a -GOOD- reason to be that upset. I can understand disappointment to a small degree based on personal preference...

but it's a bit much to get so angry about something so awesome.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 9:04:35 PM

thanks Beam, and another thought is that this belief that this new tech will be readily maxed out is an erroneous one. The GPU has something like 17 compute units that can be fully programmable for whatever tasks necessary(as I understand it). So too does the A8 processor have at least 8 physical cores and each of those cores MAY be threaded, netting 16 logical processors. One of the biggest challenges of the last gen INCLUDING THE XBOX360 was multi-threaded design. This was even more so for the PS3 because of it's assymetric processor design. I actually KNOW something about this because I've been learning about multi-threaded design and process scheduling this quarter in school.

Most of the improvements I've appreciated this last gen had a lot to do with software, not just hardware. Looking at the 360 alone we saw large leaps in what could be accomplished in games like Assassin's Creed, assuredly GTA (it even fooled Ben into thinking it was next-gen possible), and so too Battlefield, Oblivion to Skyrim, even CoD looks far better now than CoD2 or COD3, and really countless others. This also includes MS's own studios: Forza 2 looks nothing like Forza 4. Halo 3 looks nothing like Halo 4. This isn't dissimilar from late XBox games such as Splinter Cell vs Chaos Theory. The challenge then was wrapping minds around shaders. Improvements were in software.
It will take a while, absolutley, for devs to harness the jump in logical processors and the programmable compute units on the PS4 GPU. And to top all of that off. Optimizations made in software will net massive results for years to come. So enjoy Rage (nothing launched on 360 looking like that ;) some more Beam and wish for the PS4's tommorow to come sooner.

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Nas Is Like
Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 2:20:04 PM

PS4 has won me over time and time again. This makes me want it even more.

I love you, Sony. I really, truly do. <3

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 2:39:15 PM

Day one release purchase for me along with Killzone: Shadow Fall, Watch_Dogs, inFamous: Second Son, and hopefully Grand Theft Auto V!!! :) Greatest console launch titles yet!!!!

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 8:56:20 PM

I've heard that GTAV will definitely NOT be coming to next gen consoles. It's too big of a game that's been worked on for too long.

Also, I heard that Rockstar is a bit miffed regarding the "Holiday 2013" PS4 date. I can't see them being miffed about the console launch date relating to GTAV (Sept 17) as it *was* supposed to be out April. What if Rockstar is upset because that is when Agent will finally make it's appearance on PS3????????

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 2:49:25 PM

That's good to know because I can't be affording any games at $70. Sadly there is some bad news today in that PS4 won't be able to play your PSN games. I hope they find a way to Gaikai that situation down the line, as well as deal with PS1 and PS2 favorites PSN purchases.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 2:56:46 PM

Good! Will definitely not be buying any launch game if it were $70.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 3:06:37 PM

This is good news I guess, but I'd hope in this economy that companies wouldn't be crazy enough to charge $70 for a game, $60 is already pushing it for a lot of people.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 3:19:05 PM

Gaming time is valuable so I'm not too concerned with playing PS1, PS2 or PS3 games on my new PS4. Its like buying a Ferrari and towing a caravan.

Also, after all the Vita "10 reasons the Vita is doomed" and "Vita has no games" articles that I've seen in the last year I'm fearful for the future of my hobby with all the negativity going around.

Gamers (present company excepted) seem so self entitled this generation and absolutely nothing seem to make them happy. I hope things get a bit less hysterical next generation.

Lastly, being in Australia we are used to $100 new game prices so glad that used games may still be playable on the PS4 (with an activation fee I expect).

With the Aussie dollar being 1:1 it would be good to hope for parity with game and console prices but that is still a pipe dream.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 6:10:47 PM

Now some of you youngsters wont remember this because you werent born yet.

Back in the 1995, there was a rpg from sega that came out and was supposed to be an homoge to the entire series and it was to be the last.

The name was Phantasy Star 4.

Sega openly admitted it was for the fans. The series was RPG HEAVEN but it did not sell as well as Sonic. But none the less it was made, and they brought it to America .... with one exception.

It was to be sold for 100 bucks. That is right. I paid 100 bucks for a damn videogame. Why? Because back then, RPGS were not a dime a dozen like they are now. And I just loved the series.

The point is, if there is a game that sells good enough and people love it well enough, they will pay just about any price within reason.

Wanna be they could charge 70 bucks for a new COD and most would pay for it?

End of Line.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 7:06:09 PM

I think the graphics for the ps4 will be amazing aswell, some of that game footage at the merting the other night was insane, i think the ps4 will sell well too, highlander is being a little harsh, no offence.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 7:06:50 PM

Since manufacturing costs have severely dropped since the rise of digital distribution, I would actually expect game prices to drop.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 9:37:44 PM

I would have been disappointed if they had raised the price. Since it appears that console games are trying to catch up with their PC counterparts. And since PC games cost just as much, well I think its pretty self explanatory.

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Friday, February 22, 2013 @ 10:04:25 PM

what about dlcs?

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Saturday, February 23, 2013 @ 8:02:15 AM

i doubt thats what will happen here, retailers have all the announced ps4 games at 118 which is what ps3 games use to cost till about a year ago when they dropped to 100, and now around 89.
that always happens as the generation gets older the prices of new releases drops.
id be surprised if next gen is any different.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013 @ 6:19:05 PM

Ubisoft must not know about the $60 price. Watch Dogs is up for pre order on Amazon for $99.
I'm still getting the PS4 day 1.

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