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The Great Next Gen rip-off

The ugly side of next gen gaming on Xbox One and PS4 rears its head as early adopters are seemingly "nickel and dimed" every step of the way.

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The_KELRaTH946d ago (Edited 946d ago )

I'm not really surprised, the industry just looks at gamers as idiot cattle.

GT6 on PS3 looked like it was heading the nickel and dime way but it seems there's been a big turn about in the last patch (1.02)
You now get more money per race, back is the percentage increase for logging in (5 consecutive days = 200%)

And back are the big seasonal and special event race wins where you can get well over 1m credits.

This game has turned into one of, if not the, best game I've played on the PS3 and in many ways it's hard to imagine the same team that developed GT5 are also responsible for this game as it's such a huge leap forward.

Spartan119946d ago

Yeah they really turned it around with that last update. Forza 5 had a similar update which reduced the in game cost of cars but I feel the amount you win per race is still a little low.

bumnut946d ago (Edited 946d ago )

I planned to buy both next gen consoles, but after looking at the price of the games I decided to wait.

I might just add a second GTX 780 to my PC instead

I want no part in showing games publishers consumers are willing to pay £50+ for games.

The_KELRaTH946d ago (Edited 946d ago )

I'm looking at adding my 1st :)

The difference in the cost of next gen console v PC games has grown far too wide. With the PS3 there was likely more dev time used to squeeze in as much as possible - even creating lower res textures requires more work but with PS4/X1 this isn't the case so games costs should be closer to the PC.

Then there's the micro transactions; PC = free game pay through micro transaction which is absolutely fine but paying full prices then try and double the cost via micro transactions is just wrong - AND in most cases it's never mentioned on the game packaging.

But my other reason for not opting to grab the next console and upgrade my PC also stems from the forced advertising on the OS frontend.
There was a time when I turned on the PS3 and was greeted with a clean still or animated graphical background but now it's an advert for SINGTAR game, then every column of the XMB has full page links to the PSN store etc etc.
I feel like I've paid full price for a rental machine!

Prime157946d ago

I understand what you are getting at. The new-gen console games aren't even going on sale competitively (I've seen bf4 for old gen at 40$ but not for xbone and ps4). However, I also understand that supply and demand dictates the new-gen's prices; or more specifically, If I want game for my new system, I only have 25ish to choose from. Business.

However, pc sales on the same game are in the middle of next and current gen (not ps3 and 360).. aka: pc is "always" current AND next gen in my opinion.

Btw, I've never found the ads on xmb to be as intrusive as you are saying. Maybe it's because I find the ads mainly for recently released games, which is pertinent to my interests. Unlike my 360 dashboard.

The_KELRaTH946d ago

With regards the ads: I just like a clean interface. I have no interest in Singstar so why stuff it in my face over a dynamic back
ground that I've paid for.
I agree it could be worse but what worries me is I think this trend will continue and be more invasive in the future with consoles like the PS4.

I stopped buying movies mainly because at the time I had to go through "Select Language", then the "I'm obviously a thief ad", then ads for other movies till finally I get to the main movie menu and there was no way to skip any of it.

1nsomniac946d ago (Edited 946d ago )

I'm the same, although I've already bought my PS4 I've cancelled all my pre-orders that were above £48 including Watch-Dogs and that was the reason I pre-ordered the PS4 (Watch Dog bundle) in the first place but I'm not paying the current cheapest £55 asking price for it!

As you said, as well as Yoshi said live on stage of the PS4 reveal event back in February - The x86 architecture & huge improvements of developer tools making them far easier/quicker to use & reduces the development cost. He even said specifically there would be no rise in game costs due to this.

The increase in game prices is a scam!

Angerfist946d ago

Wow ,that price raise is actually criminal, i have to agree there.

Angerfist946d ago

Here in Germany the games cost no different from 360/ps3 but maybe that's a UK thing so people don't import from you all the time

1nsomniac946d ago (Edited 946d ago )

RRP here in UK..

PS4 = £65

XBone = £60 (although they are now officially talking about raising it to £65 due to PS4 prices)

PS3 & 360 = £45

"Rip-off Britain" as we call it here...

classic19946d ago

games are that high because retail, i prefer a disc base game, so yea. but the fact that games that go digital on sony&ms platforms still hold a 60 buck price tag is a beat, when that same game for pc probably be 25 to 30 bucks. o well that's life for now.

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Mikelarry946d ago (Edited 946d ago )

This is why I fear that the industry will not see a major growth becuase of this nickle and dime approach they all seem to gravitate towards. I though this generation would be more of trying new ways that would favor both the consumers, publishets and game developers but every where I look its a new scheme to screw the consumer to the wall can anyone say FTP. its a real shame that going into this generation we are going to have to lose even more talent before it really sinks in

WilliamH946d ago

I see nothing about either of them that makes me want one. Still enjoy my PS3 and Wii U

Angerfist946d ago

As long as I read about 3 Gb patches, microtransactions and such im more then happy with current gen. Maybe next Christmas they have it all figured out better but for now I rather wait. I have like 20 unfinished games anyway.

esemce946d ago (Edited 946d ago )

Err PS3/360 is last gen mate not current gen.

A lack of games and a small used games market also means that they think they can get away with inflated retail prices. It will sort itself out in time just like the start of CD/DVD/BluRay.

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