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