Some PS5 Games Will Cost $100+

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Image: PlayStation / Kotaku
Image: PlayStation / Kotaku

As part of today’s roll-out of PlayStation 5 details, Sony has announced that some of the console’s launch games will retail for $99, a markup from the common $69 price point of recent generations.

Demon’s Souls, Destruction AllStars, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition (which also includes a code for the remastered version of the previous game) will cost around $99 apiece when they launch alongside the PlayStation 5 on November 12. (Prices based on JB Hi-Fi pre-order listings.) Additionally, the standalone release of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is priced at $94 while Sackboy A Big Adventure will be $109.

“Our own Worldwide Studios titles will be priced from $US49.99 ($68) to $US69.99 ($96) on PS5,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan wrote on the PlayStation Blog, indicating that PlayStation 5 owners should anticipate higher-priced games moving forward.

This per-game price increase has been hinted at for the past several months. Back in July, it was announced that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of NBA 2K21 will cost around $99, while Ubisoft committed to sticking with the traditional $80 sticker price for the time being.

“We believe our suggested retail price for NBA 2K21 on next-generation platforms fairly represents the value of what’s being offered: power, speed and technology that is only possible on new hardware,” a 2K rep told Kotaku at the time.

The ever-increasing arms race of console development means the cost of making games for these machines will only continue to rise. On the other hand, much of the world is still reeling from the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, which in the United States specifically has led to record unemployment. It’s a tightrope walk of recouping costs while also trying to avoid pricing a large swath of consumers out of the hobby altogether.

PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12 for $749.95 in Australia (or $599.95 for the digital-only version).

Comments

    • Well on one hand, yeah $125 seems kind of crazy. I’m not looking forward to paying that much. But new games normally cost around $60 usd – which converts to ~$80 aud. But the majority of new game come out for $99 at EB (Which would be roughly an additional $20 because… we’re in Australia?), and normally $79 or at worst $89 at other retailers such as JB, Big W, Target.

      I’m expecting EB to continue price-matching other retailers when they drop their games for $99 or $109 to be honest. Which still hurts…

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Xbox series X version is $69 at jb hi fi while the PS5 version is $99…..it might update as the date gets closer but that’s a crazy difference

    • And just to rub it in, Assassin’s Creed will no doubt be stuffed full of ‘optional’ microtransactions as well.

      I will be voting with my wallet and only buying games on sale unless it’s something very special.

  • Well this may finally be the end of my relationship with consoles…. don’t get me wrong. I love my playstation but there is no way in hell I’m paying $100+ for new games…. I just hope this shit isn’t contagious and effects PC games as well.

    • Didn’t think about that – that’d be a shame if prices on PC went up too. I still rarely buy anything at launch, but that’d still be a bummer.

    • I’m fairly sure PS2 games were $100+ at one point.

      GPUs are even worse. I built my last PC 8 years ago for around $1.5k, looking at $2.5k for a decent one now with most of that being the video card.

  • That digital console may be cheaper, but you will never be buying a AAA title for less than 50% off RRP for years, and you can’t sell and trade your games either.

    • I think years is probably being a little pessimistic, a quick look shows Spiderman went on sale less than 3 months after launch on the PSN store for 45% off..

      You do have a point in that you will be paying full RRP around launch if you want to be part of the first adopters and enjoy those ‘water cooler’ discussions. There’s no shopping around for a deal and no way you’ll get something for 69 vs 99 when games are released.

      Digital games also have the benefit of being able to play whenever as opposed to changing discs when needed and not taking up space, etc. There’s pros and cons for both..

    • This right here.

      I easily buy like 90%+ of my games digitally. But both Sony and Microsoft can fuck right off if they think I’m paying the physical RRP for a fucking digital copy. For something that costs them virtually nothing to distribute and also doesn’t go through a physical store front looking to also make their profits.

      • At least gamepass is good value, makes the series S a smart purchase if you’re strapped for cash. In the other hand, Ps5 digital edition will end up costing you a small fortune

    • Tempted by a cheaper console but screwed on the ongoing cost. It doesn’t surprise me the industry would shift that way, but it does surprise me just how much cheaper digital sales on PC are for older titles.

      My console playing friends pay so much for every game they buy digitally and are confused when I’m shocked at the price of a 5+ year old indie title selling for 3 times even the pre-sale price on Steam. I’ve long argued PC isn’t as expensive as people think, with a higher up front price offset by lower ongoing prices and the flexibility and utility a PC has outside of playing games, but even so I’m still shocked at the prices on the PS store (don’t know about MS though, and gamepass looks pretty good for a certain type of player).

    • Sony has extremely generous sales and often and honestly in life a few decades of gaming I have never traded in a game. Not to mention i gladly pay a bit more never having to swap disc over.

  • Haha. Yeah, some of those I do really want to play, but not at those prices. I’ll be waiting for a few of these, I expect.

    I have more games than time to play them, all I’m doing is satisfying curiosity/interest by targeting new ones over the backlog. That novelty has a value, and that’s what we’re being charged even more for, now. Personally, I expect it’ll be a pretty rare exception that I do consider the value proposition to be worth it.

  • oh hey australia, we heard you like $60usd games, thats why we have been charging you $120aud for the past 2 decades. its only in the last couple of years youve seen a dip in prices since the internet has made it difficult to fuck you in the arse as much as we want to, but new console gen, new larger sized dildo. we will now use this confusion to fuck you again.

  • $124 for demon souls at jbhifi and many others, which even with the amount of work they have put in at the end of the day its still a remake. that converts to like 94 USD which is a long way off the increased price of 70 USD even when you account for the taxes. once again we are getting screwed but hey atleast were not getting as screwed on the console price as Europe is

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