New Poll: Fair Price for PS3 Game?


EA has announced that they will be releasing Black and The Godfather for $39.95US. They think that this price resonates with gamers. Personally, I think that price sounds about right. But I think it sounds right for next-gen titles too. I don’t really want to pay more than $40US for any game. [Edit: well, I just paid $88Cdn for Guitar Hero, but that includes a guitar!]

So, do you think charging extra for next-gen games is fair? How much will you be willing to pay for the typical PS3 game? New poll in the sidebar, make your voice heard!

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  1. #1 by Hiro on February 22nd, 2006

    So current generationg games for $49.99 and XBox 360 games go for $59.99 at GameStop (Sorry i live in the UK so i had to check it out) Can you honestly expect PlayStation 3 games to be less than $59.99? Rocketing development costs, Blu-ray disc’s are more expensive than standard DVD’s.

  2. #2 by trovster on February 22nd, 2006

    The cost of the media is pretty irrelevant to be honest. How much does it cost to burn 1 DVD nowadays? About 50c probably. And that’s not on mass, which will be a lot cheaper. 50c in $40 isn’t a lot. So the factor of media is nearly insignificant.

    Most UK games are priced at £30, and I think that puts quite a few casual gamers (like myself) off. I usually try and find it for £20, which I think is probably more reasonable. I don’t buy many games, and I think it is because of the price. I don’t think PS3 games should be more than £30 and I wouldn’t buy them if there were more.

  3. #3 by Hiro on February 22nd, 2006

    You dont think so?

    Games RRP in the UK on current generation consoles at £39.99, while Xbox 360 games retail at £44.99 to £49.99 (depending on the publisher).

    While online retailers offer them at a lower price (I use Gameplay.com) for current gen consoles at £29.99 and £39.99 for Xbox 360 games. PlayStation 3 game prices will retail for atleast £39.99 RRP, and more than likely at £44.99 or £49.99.

  4. #4 by Henning on February 22nd, 2006 [ 0 Points ]

    BD discs are new technology and could be a couple bucks versus the $0.50 that you guess DVD’s go for. But maybe it’s more than just the physical media. Maybe the fact that you’re using a new production line, using new processes, etc, are all things that add to the cost of using BD versus DVD. That said, the first PS3 games will probably be DVD anyway.

  5. #5 by observer on February 22nd, 2006

    Fair? It’s a free market. They charge what the market will bear like any other market. There are lots of people who are very insensitive to price and don’t blink at $60/game. The publishers should milk those people for the extra margin and then provide another option for the more price conscious shoppers to keep their business. That’s what other businesses such as supermarkets do with coupons, “store” brands with ugly packaging, and various sale tactics. The real bargain shoppers get their cheap prices but the stores squeeze more money out of the other shoppers who are more impatient and care less about saving a dime.

    Notice how EA charges $60 for their recent 360 titles but $40 for their PS2/Xbox titles. It’s not because 360 titles cost more to make (although they do), it’s because the current 360 owners are the kinds of high spending early adopters who paid $700+ for a forced console bundle last December and are very willing to pay higher prices for games. All the price sensitive people are still playing PS2 and regular Xbox.

  6. #6 by observer on February 22nd, 2006

    Hiro/Henning, sorry to repeat, but price is set by supply/demand; not by development cost. Development cost does influence the supply curve, but I believe the bigger issue is how much people are willing to spend; in other words, how much sales volume changes when the price changes.

  7. #7 by Gary on February 22nd, 2006

    Although the RRP of games in the UK is £39.99 most shops do sell newly released titles for £30 or less. Tesco, Asda and even GameStation were all selling SotC for £30.

    I won’t pay more than £30 for any PS2 game regardless of what it is. I remember when GTA:SA was released, there were stock shortages on the high street and Game were asking for £50+ for the it’s last few remaining stock.

    Luckily my girlfriend bought me a copy from Asda that morning but if she hadn’t of got me a copy I would’ve waited.

    If UK PS3 games go for more than £40 I won’t buy any at that price I will wait for pre-owned copies to surface or wait for a price drop and most people I talk to about it say the same.

    I’m no longer the only UK representative on PS3blog.

    If I had an emoticon to show how I was felling it would be the cool one with the shades!

  8. #8 by Hiro on February 22nd, 2006

    I’ve been here a long time…. lol

    I’m one of Henning’s affiliates – Gaming-360.

  9. #9 by Gary on February 22nd, 2006

    Damn and I thought I was special. Hiro>Gary and so on.

    Bah then YOU should post on the forum!

    Seriously though I think PS3 games will retail at around £44.99 – £49.99 on the high street to begin with but I will be very surprised if people are willing to spend that much on a game.

  10. #10 by Hiro on February 22nd, 2006

    People are willing, while i agree, Xbox 360 games are over priced, I was used to paying £30 per game on the Xbox and now up to £40, i still play the extra for the games.

    As for the forum, i still have my own forum which isnt going too well, plus i dont have alot of time between running my website and playin on my xbox 360.

  11. #11 by Matt on February 22nd, 2006

    I have no problem at all with $60 per game. NES games were $70 in the 80’s so $60 now is nothing. I think that $60 for games today is better than $50 for last gen games.

    Almost all next gen games will be online. The added value of tens to hundreds of hours online gaming is almost priceless. I played Return to Castle Wolfenstein over 150 hours on Xbox Live. It only took me 8 hours to beat it in single player and another 8 to beat it in co-op. So I had almost 10 times the amount of gaming because of online. It cost me $0.33 for each hour of online gaming. A steal for entertainment.

    Since the PS3 will have virtually all games online the extra 10 bucks is fine. As long as developers continue to improve online gaming without sacraficing the single player experience.

  12. #12 by mark on February 22nd, 2006

    The average price should be about $50, however that definitely won’t be the case. I would imagine new ps3 games would be in the $60-75 range.

  13. #13 by A on February 23rd, 2006

    i think they will be $70-80 which is y u should buy an xbox 360 because they rule!!!!!

  14. #14 by AA on February 23rd, 2006

    hiro if u hav xbox live c an i hav ur gamertag please

  15. #15 by Adrian on February 25th, 2006

    It is true how the developers price their games is because the people who does not care about money just buy and are kind of game freaks. I think they should have different prices for same type of games but different titles, So everyone could buy a genre of game they like.

    I think the PS3 will be costing about 300$ and even more when it launches and the games will start costing something like 60$ but they will realize that they are not making a lot of money because: 1. It will only launch in the US and Japan and the other part of the world would have to wait, this means not a lot of people would have because it costs a lot of money. 2. When the People start spending money on the console they wont spend 400$ or so just for games. And they will start lowering their price to about from 39$ or 55$.

  16. #16 by Adrian on February 25th, 2006

  17. #17 by John Rood on March 1st, 2006

    Well i personally think it won’t cost much more that the 360 because sony has to stay competative i would say 299-450 is a fair guess as to how much they wil charge.

  18. #18 by Nick McCandless on March 5th, 2006

    I would only pay 50 to 55 dollars at the most

  19. #19 by Nick on March 20th, 2006

    I’m Nick and i have been listening to your podcast since episode 9. If I will get a Ps3 for a few hundred bucks, then i would want to buy a game for about $40.00 or $50.00.

  20. #20 by Henning on March 20th, 2006 [ 0 Points ]

    I think you have me confused with PS3 Countdown! :)


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