Price for fast downloads: games for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will go up to $ 70 - analysts say

PlayStation US boss Sean Laden has already hinted that games for the new generation may rise in price due to complexity

development. Apparently, not only Sony is thinking about this, but also other gaming companies.

What is known

2K announced prices for NBA basketball simulator2K21, which is being prepared for release on the current and next generation of consoles. It turned out that the basic version of the game for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will cost $ 70, not $ 60. The company even indicated features for which it offers gamers to overpay: 2-second downloads, improved graphics and additional modes.

GamesIndustry.biz journalist spoke with IDG Consulting CEO Yoshio Osaka, who said that other publishers would follow a similar path.

“IDG works with all major game publishers, andour channel reviews show that other publishers are also exploring the possibility of price increases for next-generation games for certain franchises, ”he said.

Osaki notes that the rise in price will only affect AAA franchises, like the same NBA 2K, while smaller projects may remain in the old price category.

"Last time, software price increasescollateral was observed in 2005 and 2006, when they grew from $ 49.99 to $ 59.99 at the start of the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation. During this time, costs and prices in other sectors have also increased, ”he said.

According to Yoshio Osaki, since 2005 the price of gamesthey didn’t grow, but tickets went up by 39%, and Netflix raised the subscription price by 100%. Games, in turn, even taking into account a rise in price from $ 60 to $ 70, show a growth of 17%, although the production of entertainment has already become more expensive by 200%.

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