Returnal, Skyward Sword and the value of video games | Opinion

Video game pricing is a complicated issue -- value is about perception and not just dollars.

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ArchangelMike45d ago

Quote/: "Sony Interactive Entertainment's Eric Lempel said: "We have been thinking about how we unite all of these great games under one brand, and really the purpose of that is to make the consumer understand that, when they see this brand, they're getting ready for a robust, innovative, deep experience that they've come to expect from games coming from PlayStation." /endquote

I get that, but the problem is that Sackboy: A LittleBig Adventure, and Spiderman: Miles Morales are both Playstation Studio's games; but they were both £60 at release. So there's nothing to say that Returnal cannot be £60 at release - unless Sony really are convinced that it's a AAA game experience on par with Demon's Souls - and to be fair we just don't know, all we have to go on are trailers. However it is a good sign that Sony have the confidence in HouseMarque to make Returnal a true AAA experience.

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VersusDMC45d ago

Skyward sword and the pokemon remakes are 60 each. Returnal, Ratchet and demon souls are 70. Looking at them side by side you don't see why the PS5 games would cost 10 dollars more?

Nintendo broke the industry pricing standard by pricing their handheld games and remasters at 60 when they were 40 industry wide. People let that slide so now games are going up. Why would companies not raise prices when they are clearly putting more money into their games while Nintendo charges whatever they want for last gen looking products?

But buy whatever you want...just don't complain about a 10 dollar hike while giving Nintendo a pass.

zacfoldor45d ago

I have no problem with the prices of any of these games. Let gaming companies charge what they believe their game is worth and let the market decide.

philm8744d ago

I rarely get a game on release so the price increase doesn't bother me too much. Can soon get these games for a reasonable price second hand within a month or two of release. Not great for the digital market though as there's not that choice, just sales which bring the price down to £40/£50.