Well now those gamers can rest easy knowing they’ll be paying the same price they’ve been paying for games since the current-generation – $60. Both first-party Xbox One and PS4 games will retail at that aforementioned constant price. SCEA CEO Jack Tretton spoke to CNBC about the pricing rationale behind the pricing of PS4 games:
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.
GameSpot reported that Microsoft itself confirmed that its first-party games will sell for $60. At the moment, it’s unknown how much other video game publishers (EA, Activision, Ubisoft etc.) will charge for their next-gen games.
Back in 2012, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter predicted the price of PS4 games, along with the sales projections of all next-gen consoles. GameSpot reported on Patcher’s $10 increase on next-gen games:
PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 games will likely cost $70, according to a presentation at South by Southwest this weekend from Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter. Pachter said he believes the Wii U will sell 30-50 million units in its lifetime, with the PS4 and Xbox 720 going neck and neck, selling 85-95 million systems over their life spans. By comparison, the original Wii has sold 99 million units to date, while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have moved around 75 million units each.