Ok guys this is scary, it's like the Sony execs are afraid to break the bad news there already asking us not to kill them when it becomes official. We already knew games were going up in cost from 50-60$ because well games are huge now there ... well... epic. With budgets almost as high as blockbuster movies we knew the price was on the rise. But apparently as i suspected months ago that bluray player isn't going to drive just the PS3 itself skyward price wise. Since sony is requireing games to also be released on bluray (even if they do not require added space over a DVD as most if not all of them won't since... lets face it 360 and ps3 games will be generally exactly the same). We've seen the blank media retail already ranging from high 20's into the 30$ range for a single blank Bluray media, in comparison to the 5-10cents for a blank DVD... While studios will get significant price cuts for the production and bulk manufacturing the fact is the same for dvd's they get it cheaper than our 10 cents per dvd as well, except that ratio of high expensive will still exist.
Who's gonna pay for the higher media costs? Not sony, they still have to make profit on the games to make back the 400-500$ on each console they are loosing on each console. The studios are already complaining because games are so expensive to develop so they really aren't going to take the hit. That leaves us with poor old Joe Consumer and his mom.
Don't Believe me? Well guess what the PSM magazine for August seems to be letting the Sony execs dance around and try to beg for forgiveness in advance for whats sure to be 70-80$ games in the future for the PS3. Heres the quote from PSM August:
PSM: Can we expect PS3 games to be priced in the same range as Xbox 360 titles?
KH: Generally Speaking, over the past twelve years or so, there has been a consumer expectation that disc-based games are maybe $59 on the high end to $39 on the low end. So, what I can say now is, I think it would be a bit of a stretch to think that we could suddenly turn around and say "PS3 Games now $99.99." I don't think consumers expect software pricing to suddenly double. So, the quick answer is that we want to make it as affordable as possible, knowing that there is a set consumer expectation for what software has cost for the past twelve years. That's kind of the best answer I can give you. So, if it becomes a bit higher than $59, don't ding me, but, again, I don't expect it to be $100.
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