Would you pay $69.99 for Next Generation Games?

GamerFitNation's Gregory Laporte writes "Let me be clear before I begin, games are not going to cost $69.99. Sony has said that they are in fact going to be cheaper. However, during an EA investor call EA's CFO mistakenly said they will be. Well after hearing this, it raised some thoughts in my mind. If games did cost $69.99 would you be willing to go all in next generation? Earlier this month head honcho Jack Tretton said games are actually cheaper than PlayStation 3 games. If this is true, then how could EA even mistakenly mention this? Is it to in a way gauge consumers interest or is this EA living up to its reputation."

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pr0t0typeknuckles2146d ago

looks like ill be waiting for price drops this entire gen,if a game is $75.

Thatguy-3102146d ago

I'll pay for them. But I'll be a lot more selective at what games I get at or around launch. Basically what I'm doing now

T9002146d ago (Edited 2146d ago )

Well in some regions of the world game are already selling for 80usd. I wonder what will happen if the price rises to 75usd in the US. It probably will rise to 100usd where i am at.

Oh well.. Good old Steam, already have 200+ games there. Most of them bought on discounts for 10-15usd. Ill just carry on buying games on Steam, no harm done.


"You'll pay, one way or another believe me."

That depends, I dont buy DLCs and for the sort of games i like aka "Skyrim", there usually are so many Mods on the PC it makes DLCs look like a joke. In todays day and age being a bit smart can save you a chunk.

delboy2146d ago (Edited 2146d ago )

You'll pay, one way or another believe me.
There will be more dlc (cut out content) next gen and microtransactions on top of that.

For me next gen is on pc, and games are cheaper also. :-P

Cupid_Viper_32146d ago (Edited 2146d ago )

I'm with you on that Dboyc310. Especially when multiplatform games a developed with the lowest common denominator, why the would I pay $69.00 plus taxes for them?

Games like GT5, Halo 4, Uncharted Series, God of War, Gears of War, yes. As those games are pushing the boundaries on their respective consoles.

But if EA thinks that I'm going to pay $69.00 plus Taxes, plus Micro Transactions for new soccer cleats in FIFA 14, than they've lost a cx in me. I've been Playing Fifa since I came to the US in 1999 til Present day. So EA can count the years and make the decisions on whether or not it's worth it to Nickle and Dime their customers.

Rant Over......for now.

@ so-called Journalist from Major Websites, This is a great opportunity to do something for the gaming community for once. We have Youtube and Facebook, and Twitter, shove a camera in their faces and make those execs explain to the gaming community why they "think that we LOOOVE micro transactions" and other BS they come up with, and post it on youtube and facebook. You'll gain back some credibility from us gamers.

Expose them for the crooks they are. Why not make it so that $100.00 buys you to games brand new, and you'd solve the used games sales problem by half already.

ProjectVulcan2146d ago (Edited 2146d ago )

I remember back when Xbox 360 first arrived, the games sold for their RRP in the uk which was £44.99-£49.99. It was at least 6 months before games came down to £39.99 and most big titles were no less than this, Gears of War was a year after 360 launched and it was still mostly £40-£42 new.

As generations go on typically game prices do deflate a little mainly because the userbase swells and the greater sales of games make up for it.

I fully expect games on a brand new console platform to come in to £44.99 or more for the first few months.

If you wanna be an early adopter you have to pay up for it hardware and games. Thats a fact.

admiralvic2146d ago

Indeed, though I don't think it will come to this. Thanks to the failure that was Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified, companies SHOULD have seen how angry people can get about a minor jump in price. It would have to be a universal jump to avoid this, which I can't see every company attempting this.

AngelicIceDiamond2146d ago (Edited 2146d ago )

Lol there's no way I'll pay 69$ game. Because every dev will think their game will be 70$ quality.

Publishers will advertise like crazy, Hype it up to no end, tell you everything you wanna hear. Just anything to take your 70$.

You go to the store buy it take it home play it and it turns out it has just as much quality as Aliens: Colonial Marines and Duke Nukem Forever.

There's no way I'll let them burned me out of 10 extra bucks with a fear of buying a game that could possibly be crap.

Believe me, if that's the case devs will do and say anything to sell it at a extra 10$. They'll probably release false demos (Aliens)

Just because its "next gen" doesn't automatically mean its gonna be a 70$ product? Devs will still make bad games come next gen. As well as some games not even looking next gen. Devs have more power with these machines but its up to them to make a AAA game that's scream 70$ if they want my extra 10$. As far as I know, there's no more excuses when it comes to limited tech. Its new tech VS developer skills and imagination.

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joab7772146d ago

Exactly...i hav no problem paying for a ge like bioshock. But i will be very selective.

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LOGICWINS2146d ago

Screw that. If that happens, I'm just gunna get Steambox and enjoy my heavily discounted games. $75 for a game is a joke.

ceballos77mx2146d ago

Don't forget the DLC that's allready in disc.

Good_Guy_Jamal2146d ago

I don't pay $60 already for current gen games, I sure as heck won't be paying $70 next gen.
I'll go with Wii U not Steam though, I like physical copies.

Cupid_Viper_32146d ago (Edited 2146d ago )

We don't always see eye to eye on most issues, but I agree with you Logic.

Used games sales on the rise:

Real people--- Economy is bad, I'm depressed and struggling to make ends meet, I want a distraction but I can't afford a $60.00 + Taxes game, So I buy it used.

Execs with big Bonuses--- The used game market is on the rise, let's raise prices of games, also ask for online pass on used games. Oh, let's also lock access to content on your disc as DLC, and let's add micro transactions, "They Love it!"

It's like they're living on planet Mars or something. The reason people buy used games it's because the current price of games ARE TOO DAMNED HIGH. Plus some systems requires that you pay extra to play online, Plus DLC's, plus internet bills. And not because they don't want dividends on your stock prices to fall EA.

LOGICWINS2146d ago

^^Steam is only getting more and more popular. Once people see how much value the service offers, other services/publishers will be forced to follow suit.

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BlmThug2146d ago

I already buy carefully at £40. £45-50 will mean even more waiting for price drops for me

Blacksand12146d ago (Edited 2146d ago )

Hell No! Its already bad when you buy a game that's not good, then you pay for one 70-75 that's not good too.

ElitaStorm2146d ago

depends how good the game is

BillySpandex2146d ago

I'll just be more selective. It means fringe games or new IPs will have to find ways to entice me. Older IPs will have to work hard to keep my interest. It's a sad reality, but a higher price point means that I won't just walk into a store and walk out with 5 or 6 games.

ajax172146d ago

Same here. $60 is bad enough.

fermcr2146d ago

There are still too many unanswered question relative to next gen consoles, and this is one important one.

How much will AAA games cost ?

I'm not rich. If games become too expensive, then next gen will probably be a no go for me.

aceitman2146d ago

it will be the downfall of next gen , not in this economy .

lilbrat232146d ago

I won't like others will wait on price drop. Even now $60 is a bit much for half a$$ games that you beat in less then 5 hours.

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Outside_ofthe_Box2146d ago (Edited 2146d ago )

Nope. I hardly pay $59.99 for current gen games nowadays so there is no way I'd pay $69.99. Games need to go back to the $40-$50 sweet spot. I hardly buy games day one anymore because of the price. I don't like to buy used so I always end up getting a game a couple months after release now due to waiting for price drop.

WildArmed2146d ago

Ditto, I picked up games last gen (ps2/xbox) new because they were in the sweet range of 30-40$.

Now they are 60$ and I rarely buy a game on launch anymore. I just keep a 6 month delay on new games, I always have games I want that are much less than 60$ because they were released 6 months ago.

And sometimes you see great deals on amazon and such. I rarely pay the 60$ tag, I don't think I'll ever pay beyond that without some deep thought.

BillySpandex2146d ago

I haven't bought a launch title in months. These days, I generally only buy games that are going on sale. The shift from $50 to $60 has definitely meant less game sales from me, and if it hits the $70 mark, then I probably won't buy new releases.

At least, the back catalogue of PS3 and Xbox games will be cheaper, so all in all, the onus will be on nextgen to entice me to part with my cash.

SOD_Delta2146d ago

If EA (or any other publisher) is going to charge 69.99$ for a game I won't be buying a lot of games day one. But I don't think 70$ will be next gen standard MSRP.

shackdaddy2146d ago

Nope. Especially if they were like this gen. I'll just wait for sales.

Godmars2902146d ago

Considering DLC, you're paying $70+ for a "full" title right now.

And if gamers were $100, as they are in countries other than the U.S., they would still be asking for more money via DLC. as they actually are.