If you were expecting games to stay where they are now in cost, that is not the case, as fans will soon learn through online and in-store listings at big-box retailers later this year.
The launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are just over the horizon. For many, this means the purchasing of next-gen titles will also be on their list of things to do outside of secondary peripherals such as a second controller, charging dock, or headsets that are geared towards their entertainment needs.
The primary item fans will buy? Games. Yes, video games. For us, it’s day-one purchases of games such as , Demon’s Souls, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, and of course, Godfall. What you aren’t hearing about? The actual cost of those games.
While there had been statements made by several publishers, Ubisoft among them all, that won’t be going up in cost for their next-gen games. After prepping for our obtaining of a PlayStation 5 for launch, so that we can discuss, stream, and review next-gen games, we quickly learned that the cost of games in this next-gen setting, are going up in cost.
During our time at our local GameStop, we sat down to pre-order upcoming titles such as Demon’s Souls, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, NBA 2K21 and Godfall. Among all those games, we quickly learned that the costs of our next-gen experiences on PlayStation are going to quickly surpass $69.99 a game, or rather, roughly $76.51 with tax, depending on where you are in the states.
On the other side of the coin, we were also quick to learn that Microsoft is hovering their next-gen titles at $59.99 with the upcoming Xbox One and Xbox Series X title, Halo: Infinite. We were even quick to learn that titles such as Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War would also price at $69.99 on both PS5 and Xbox Series X.
While the prices seem varied, it doesn’t seem unlikely that you can expect all next-gen games, outside of smaller titles, to aim for the $69.99 mark via third-party publishers on Xbox Series X, and well, everything else to stay the course on PlayStation 5.
While other upcoming titles including Sackboy: A Big Adventure, Far Cry 6, and Devil May Cry V: Special Edition, it wasn’t uncommon to see some of the games wouldn’t be hitting the heightened price-points yet. However, it isnt unlikely that $69.99 and up won’t be uncommon as our newest pricepoints for future titles.
The hike in price should be a bit concerning for those interested, which could lead to next-gen game sales slowing a bit, or well, maybe not at all depending on how fans handle the hike in cost.
About the Writer(s):
Dustin is our native video game reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the borders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. You can find him over on Twitter or Facebook today.