PS5 and Xbox Series X games expected to hit starting price point of US$69.99 as NBA 2K21 gets that price tag for the next-gen consoles
A report from GamesIndustry.biz has included an interview with the CEO of IDG Consulting in regard to prices for games for the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X. Yoshio Osaki justified the expected starting price point rise from US$59.99 to US$69.99 for games based on factors such as increased costs involved in producing the next-gen consoles and price rises in “affiliated verticals”, such as Netflix subscription prices and cable TV costs.
This comes directly after it was revealed that NBA 2K21 will cost US$69.99 for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, while those who want to play the game on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, or Stadia will have to pay US$59.99. There’s also a special version of the basketball game called NBA 2K21: Mamba Forever Edition with extra digital content that is priced at US$99.99 across all seven mentioned platforms.
Osaki pointed out that the game price hike amounts to a 17% increase from the last time triple-A games were set at a higher price point, compared to 200% to 300% higher costs involved in producing the actual consoles. There will be non-flagship games that carry a lower price tag, but this is the sort of pricing PS5 and Xbox Series X owners can expect to be faced with by holiday 2020 for major titles.