Microsoft’s Xbox One console…you know, the ONE causing all of the DRM and online check-fuss will have its games priced at the same cost as current top selling Xbox 360 titles. A Microsoft rep confirmed to Polygon “that Microsoft Studios games on Xbox One will be $59.99…” This is likely to not come at any surprise and expect UK/EU pricing to remain similar to current titles also.
The cost of games in the UK hasn’t really risen all that much with Master System / MegaDrive games in the 90’s costing £29.99 up to £39.99. The same figure also applied to N64, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Playstation 1 & 2, so it’s good news that for the eighth generation consoles pricing is to remain consistent and what gamers are used to paying.
Unfortunately nothing has yet been confirmed how much games will be to buy digitally from the Xbox One Store. Currently “Games on Demand” for the Xbox 360 is considered by myself and many to be a bit of a joke with games coming in much higher than retail which was once explained to be so that Microsoft are not treading on retailers toes. Higher pricing was in place to reflect convenience, despite not owning a physical copy, huge downloads being a bit inconvenient there have been a few sales in the past, but nothing to blow your socks off.
Should digital pricing be announced in the near future – we’ll keep you posted.