Submitted by Hellsvacancy 637d ago | opinion piece

Are Game Consoles Still Worth Premium Money?

TheSmokingSection: Now that smartphones have firmly become implanted into everything, it would seem that mobile gaming is poised to make a dent in the traditional television setups as we know them. PS3 and Xbox developers are already feeling pressure with recent flops like Resistance 3, RAGE, Brink and subsequent financial consequences thereof. But more than game creators, it’s getting harder for game-users to be willing to part with $60+ for a new disc when there is a slew of mobile games available for less than $5. That’s roughly 12 games for your phone instead of one for the PlayStation (PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

RivetCityGhoul  +   638d ago
hell no. most of the games that come out aren't even worth 60 bucks. what they need to do next is have differentiate pricing. example: a game like asuras wrath should NOT be priced at 60 dollars when first released.
Captain Qwark 9  +   637d ago
so instead of whining and b*tching about it, wait another few months and it wont be. i highly doubt you had anything to do with its production and budget and have even the slightest idea what it cost to produce.

would i pay $60 for that title, no but im sure there are some people who will so i wont sit here and cry about capcom trying to make money for profit and future games. plus $60 is still cheaper than most n64 games were back in the day

and on that note, i think consoles absolutely are. i get more out of my consoles than i do any other piece of tech i got. from gaming to movies to netflix to music, its my entertainment hub
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NastyLeftHook0  +   637d ago
so true! mario kart was 90 bucks!
Captain Qwark 9  +   637d ago

yeah and wrestling games got up over $100 and when you compare that to the state of he economy back then ( at least in the states ) 60/80/100.....that kind of money meant even more back then. esp since minimum wage was somewhere in the 4/5 dollar range

for all the whining gamers do, the real truth is that gming is cheaper than ever and one of the few forms of entertainment that despite rising production cost, it has actually gotten cheaper for the consumer.

and i know most people will start talkign dlc and saying things like "back in the day you payed for a game and you got it all, blah blah blah" and while that is true, thats also because there wasnt a way to add to a game other than something called an "expansion pack" which guess what, its more or less dlc it was just packaged on a disc instead of down loadable. now granted some companies do abuse the system and cut things out after the fact but they could just as easily not put that stuff in there to begin with and nobody would give it a second thought

also since i have a giant rant, online pases are nothing newn either. i have said it before ill say it again, its just a cd key for a console game. only difference is you can still play a portion of the game without it where as a pc game would be locked entirely.

this gen of gamers does way too much complaining when the reality is, none of these concepts are new just presented differently now and gaming offers more value and entertainment than ever whether you want to believe it or not, its just a simple fact
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nope.. The worst part is that these companies sell them at a lost. so premium price is still reduced price.
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LightofDarkness  +   637d ago
Depends on the buyer. To some, it is. That's why people will buy consoles at launch for high prices, and the masses will wait until it's within their idea of "value", be it by lower cost or greater variety of features/games.

Supply and demand. They wouldn't price them as such if people weren't going to buy them.
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cee773  +   637d ago
Yes it is premium pricing equals better hardware.

To you guys that cry but but its too expensive lay off a iPad or iPhone annual upgrade and you got your self some muscle to flex for years to come while also giving devs more resources to make games bigger and better than ever ps360 were at the top of the food chain when released I just want the same next gen something very modern that will hold its own for the next 7 to 8 years
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CaitSith  +   637d ago
Resistance 3 a flop? Geez man, speak for yourself. I love that game.
fermcr  +   637d ago
Consoles are NOT too expensive... console games ARE too expensive. 70€ for a new console game is way too much.
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bumnut  +   637d ago
What use is your console without games? Its just like printers are cheap but ink is expensive.
Stoppokingme  +   637d ago
I doubt price will be an issue when the next Xbox/PS release dates are announced.Many people would walk through hot coals to get their hands on one.

Honestly if you're that concerned about price then have some patience and wait until the price drops, or start saving now so you don't have to wait.
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_LarZen_  +   637d ago
The writer of the article compares phone games to console/pc games...you know then that you should stop reading.
Jamaicangmr  +   637d ago
Well it depends.
Depends on what premium price is and if the console has premium specs. I believe that a good speced PS4 and Xbox720 will sell like shit at a fly concert for $400.

The Wii U is over priced and under speced.
jmc8888  +   637d ago
ROFL, because if I want to game like it's 1995, with lesser titles then were available in that era, I'd game on a Phone, with crappy controls and a small screen.

People are hyping up phone gaming like all the crap.com in the late 90's. Even tablet gaming isn't a threat. Not to consoles. Now to handhelds, potentially. But if anything it gives handhelds (who have a BIG edge) the opportunity to easily copy what tablets are doing, and do it better. They have the controls, the ip's, etc. It's easy to put a bigger screen to match an ipad, it's easy to add more internet functionality with a basic OS....afterall most of them are doing that on their consoles for about a decade.

Also F2P is also overblown. There's room for some, but not all of what's coming out. Also when it's free, most people don't pay. Few people pay more than '60' from perks on F2P games.

Gaming is cheaper today besides...why does everyone use complete bs inflation numbers. Here's a hint, the gov't reports inflation at 2 percent a year, when really it's 8-15 percent per year. The Wii U is actually quite a bit cheaper than the Wii. A NES if it was new would be about $800-900.

Here's a hint guys, in 2005 a 360 cost $399 dollars and gold was 550 an ounce. Now they want to keep it around $399 and gold is $1729 an ounce. Or if you want to look at it another way you could say you could find New York Strip Steak on sale at your grocer for $2.99-3.99 a lb. Now it's $4.99-6.99 a lb (and easily $10-12/lb when not on sale).

Finally let's look at it game wise. If you sold an ounce of gold in 2005 to buy xbox 360 games, it would buy you about 9 games before tax. Now if you sold an ounce a gold you could buy 28.89 games before taxes.

Given the increases in everything, called real inflation, not the BLS lies, then you'd see whether it's the Wii U $299-349 or the rumored $399-$499 for the PS4/720, the costs aren't bad at all.

Of course, that is, if you can find a job, but that's a different story alltogether.

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ylwzx3  +   637d ago
People seem to forget what games costed in the 90's or some of you might not have even been born yet.

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