PS3 Games to Cost More Than $59.99?


1up.com is running an article with a quote from Kaz Hirai from PSM that say’s PS3 games could cost more than $59.99. Apparently Mr Hirai told the magazine:

“So, what I can say now is, I think it would be a bit of a stretch to think that we could suddenly turn around and say “PS3 games now $99.99″ I don’t think the consumers expect the software pricing to suddenly be double. So, if it becomes a bit higher than fifty-nine bucks don’t ding me, but, again, as I said, I don’t expect it to be a hundred bucks.”

If PS3 games do end up being more than $59.99 or £49.99 in my world, I would definitley not buy any games at that price. I know using BD will probably cost more to produce but Sony has to be realistic & not price the games higher than it’s main rival the 360. It might get away with charging more for the hardware but I don’t need to be a psychic to know that a lot of people would be put off from buying games if they cost more than $59.99 and £49.99.

I won’t pay more than £30 for games on PS2 & I haven’t done for the past 2 years & I know a lot of people who won’t pay more than £30, so charging £20+ more for PS3 games will alienate a lot of people. They might get away with charging $64.99 for games in North America but if games went over £49.99 in the U.K. that would definitley put people off from purchasing a PS3. Maybe not the hardcore gamers but a lot of the casual gamers would definitley not want to pay £425 for the hardware and £50+ for the games.

Still I’ll hold fire until I see the official price of PS3 games, until then it’s just speculation. Worrying speculation but speculation all the same.

1up.com – PS3 Games to Cost More Than $59.99?


Written by: Gary - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Blue Spotted Frog on June 28th, 2006

    It would be interesting to see the next poll on PS3Blog.Net based on this topic.

  2. #2 by Richard Lawler on June 28th, 2006

    I’m still wondering about his other quotes, regarding how microsoft is always following them around.

  3. #3 by Segitz on June 28th, 2006

    As we in Germany ALREADY pay 60€ per game (ALL new releases, except some very specials like LCS for PS2), and i predict that Sony will further push the price, as “we in germany can afford it”, that the price will be (like some 360 games) 70€ more or less… And if thats the case, i will further cut down on buying games and will go more often to my video rental store… As 1€ per day is a very fair price!

  4. #4 by phipscube on June 29th, 2006

    Here in Denmark Xbox 360 games range from 550kr to 700kr….. thats £50 to £65. PS2 games max at 499kr and go as low as 159kr for Platinum. I’m originally from England and felt that game prices were mad here when I first came… but the wages and general living quality is very high. Consumer electronics actually seem alot cheaper than in UK when you do the math. I’m on £1,300 a month (And thats after tax deduction) thats almost minimum wage here. I’m not saying its right that more “wealthy” countries are exploited in this way, but I’m sure the games will be priced according to how much Sony think folks will pay.

    I think your right Gary with the magic £49.95 in UK.. as soon as it shows a 5 its gonna look pricey. BUT I do think games will be between £49.95 to £59.95 to be realistic. New consoles tend to release with games costing that little bit more than the last gen, but then a few years into the life they fall a little. PS2 games were all just about £49.95 on release (some £44.95) the PS1 games were £39.95 – £44.95 at release (I remember being in line when the PS2 was released September 1995 and HAD to buy Ridge Racer (44.95)and Toshinden (39.95) with the machine, yes it even happened back then).

    The thing is, through time games have progressively climbed each gen. I remember when £29.95 was the magic max price, that was in the day of Sega Master System etc. Then The Megadrive came out with SHOCK HORROR! some games for as high as £39.95!!! this then became the benchmark… etc etc… its inevitable with the cost of living gradually climbing too.

    I’m prepared to pay no more than (the equivalent of) £59.95 as long as its a REALLY good game. I don’t understand when I walk into a game shop and see Gun on Xbox 360 for 650kr and right next to it PGR3 for 550kr. It looks very much like first party titles are a good 100kr less than third party. But generally the first party titles are the best, thats a big problem if third party games get pushed aside because they have to charge more. Microsoft must be on some good royalties.

    I bet Singstar will be cheap though… alot of casual gamers will go for that. The thing is with that game is Sony are gonna make a KILLING on downloadable content……… thats gonna play alot in this gen. Buy a game and then spend another load on extra content. and you just know some developers are gonna rape that system and put out half finished games…

  5. #5 by Segitz on June 29th, 2006

    Nice comment phips… Never knew, that the wages in Denmark were that high… In Germany the average wage per year is about 30000€ (before taxes!) and we dont have minimum wages laws!

    But that set aside, your comparison with 1. and 3. party games on the 360 gave me some thoughts… Comparing prices on PC and PS3, it gets clear, that console games are just priced higher… Just look at Oblivion. For the PC edition, you paid about 45€ and the 360 version cost 69€… Thats 24€ premium, just for playing it on a 360? That CANT be right! I mean, the development cost are nearly the same, as content creation eats up most of these, and they are the same, for both versions!

    I REALLY feel cheated with buying consolegames (which come to PCs also). As I have a pretty lowend PC as of now (2.5 yrs old) and the PS3 coming this way pretty cheap in comparison, I pretty much will end up buying one (I will buy one nontheless :D else I would be here day after day). As a Student with a montly allowance of 250€ (but i need not to pay for food and such, as my mum provides…) I cant afford that.

  6. #6 by phipscube on June 30th, 2006

    Cheers Segitz :)

    You have a good point about PC games, thats another kettle of fish… I have wondered about that for many a year. I think the excuse is that its EASIER to develop for PC and there are no royalties to pay to console company…. but there has never been a fully grounded explanation. I don’t play games on PC anymore (Fed up of having to piss around so much just to PLAY). I like my PS2 as I can just come home from work, grab a beer out the fridge and fire it all up and pick up the pad and GO! Or if the Wife is watching Friends I grab my PSP.

    But yeah, PC games really do seem alot cheaper especially nowadays.

    (edit to my last post… I didn’t stand in line for a PS2.. it was a PS1 (PSX) but you all got that right? hee hee).

  7. #7 by phipscube on June 30th, 2006

    OH! and the minimum wage here is 86kr an hour, thats about £8. I’m on 110kr an hour. thats about £10. My GF (Soon to be wife) is on the same as me and she is a PHD student! she’s PAID to study! Well, thats a little unfair comparison as PHD is a little different to your average Uni qual, she’s apid for research, General students her still get a raw deal. Scandinavia is one of the wealthiest areas in the world I think, Norway is even crazier. I always judge a place on haow much a pint of beer is (Or 500ml in Europe.. I miss my extra 68ml). Here its average 50kr (Im in Copenhagen). In Norway its like 70-80kr (Norwegian Kr is almost the same as DKK only a little weaker). Those guys are RICH! You’ll never hear a Norwegian complaining about the price of PS3.. hee hee!!


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