Microsoft to price games at $59.99. Will other companies follow suit?
Though many publishers are remaining silent on the subject of game prices for the upcoming generation of consoles, Microsoft told Kotaku today that they will price their first-party games at $59.99.
This announcement has raised several questions, however. The first is if other companies will be planning to sell games (both for the Xbox One and other consoles) for $70. This would not be without precedent, as Nintendo’s first-party games were typically $10 less than third-party games released on the same platform . Though it should be noted that this is not the case with Wii U games.
Games are requiring more of a budget these days to create, however, so in order to recoup any losses, if companies decide to stick with $59.99, they may have to utilize strategies that some gamers find distasteful (though others appreciate them). These strategies include cutting out some of the game and releasing it as paid DLC, and even making a Collector’s Edition of the game.
What will be the standard price for the upcoming console generation? We know Microsoft’s price point, but what will Sony and third-parties opt for?