As we’ve moved from generation to generation in the gaming industry, we’ve seen increased costs. Developers produce higher quality games that ultimately cost them more to make, yet we’ve only seen a small increase in price over the last decade or so in game costs.
That could be changing if Amazon’s listing for a few of the confirmed Playstation 4 titles has anything to say about it. While games typically run for $59.99 in the current generation, games for the Playstation 4 are currently being listed at $99.99. With consumers finding it difficult to buy games at today’s cost, it’d seem near impossible to amass a library even half of the size for what we see by the average gamer.
It’s entirely possible that Amazon is using this price as a placeholder, however. An increase in the cost of games for the next consoles is plausible, but a price hike that’s almost double the current cost of games would kill Sony or Microsoft’s hopes at a success next-gen. We don’t expect much of a confirmation to come out of Sony currently, but pricing details are likely to be revealed either just short of E3 or at the expo in June.
What’s the most you would pay for a game in the next generation? Be sure to let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below, or discuss the Playstation 4 in our forums.
Update: Amazon has released a statement via Twitter below that confirms these prices are indeed just placeholders.
The $100 price point is a placeholder on Watch_Dogs. If you pre-order, you'll get whatever the lowest price is between now and launch.
— Amazon Video Games (@amazongames) February 21, 2013