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Posted March 25, 2013 by Robert Birmingham in Most Recent
 
 

$70 Video Games – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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$70 Video Games – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

When the PS4 and Xbox 720 come out, games could cost up to $70.  Games currently cost $60, so a $10 increase isn’t something game companies can slip in unnoticed.  Naturally, this possible increase in price is something that is concerning for both players, developers, and industry analysts.  Here is flydrs take on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of such a price hike.

The Good

I know you’re probably thinking, what good could possibly come from a significant price increase for top-flight video games?  For one, if top-notch games like Halo, Elder Scrolls, or Call of Duty cost $70, would that really deter you from picking up a copy?  Probably not.  Even if 1 out of 10 customers decided not to buy, the game companies would still make more money, which is crazy to think about, but illustrates the idea that these games are so popular a price hike wouldn’t hurt them, nor hinder their development.

More affordable games can still be awesome.

More affordable games can still be awesome.

What’s more likely, is that gamers wouldn’t buy games they’re on the fence with.  Consequently, the developers of these games might be more inclined to produce more affordable titles.  Some of the best games don’t have huge budgets or price tags.  Games like Journey and Castle Crashers are amazing, and don’t carry with them an exorbitant price tag.  Even a FPS like Battlefield 1943, while not boasting the same graphical prowess as its more expensive counterparts, is still a very fun game that many people are still playing.  An increase in price of retail games might encourage companies to go this route, which will actually result in more games that are affordable and enjoyable.

The Bad

If there is a boost in the price of retail games, it’s also likely that DLC, collector’s editions, and strategy guides will also witness an increase in price.  What really sucks is that DLC prices have already slowly crept up over the recent years, so $70 retail games is only going to encourage that trend to continue.  With map packs and add-ons that cost $15-20 already, it’s not out of the question that we’ll see DLC cost $25-30, and that really is unfortunate because it’ll keep some great content out of the hands of some deserving gamers.  Collector’s editions will also go up in price, too.  There are many collector’s edition that already cost over $100; how high will the prices go on these next-gen consoles?

$$$?

$$$?

The Ugly

The worst part about the prices of retail games going up is that gamers will have some hard choices to make, which in turn will hurt the industry.  With so many great games coming out this year, these price increases would make it likely that some games would have to be put on the chopping block.  The video game industry has already seen some considerable drops in overall sales of hardware and software.  If retail games go up in price, and we don’t see more affordable games come out at the lower price points, there are some people who simply won’t spend their money on traditional console games.  Instead, they’ll look to smartphones and tablets to satisfy their gaming needs.  Such a move could definitely help major game companies in the short run, but how could this move impact the future of the industry?

Robert Birmingham is Editor-in-chief at flydrs.com