PS5 games price rip-off: Dutch retailer posts pre-order price of €74.99 (US$85) for titles like Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Horizon Forbidden West
Hot on the heels of the news that the PS5 version of NBA 2K21 was going to be priced at US$69.99 we now have a report of a Dutch retailer posting pre-order prices of €74.99 (US$85) for key PS5 games. This astonishingly high figure is associated with many of the PS5 games that have been recently revealed, such as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Godfall, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Forbidden West. It is important to mention here that the retailer does state the pre-order price is just an indication and that the actual price could end up being lower or higher.
This startling price tag, which was discovered by LetsGoDigital on the Dutch webshop Bol.com, may not be the actual final price of a PS5 game, but it does give an idea of what some retailers think a triple-A title for Sony's next-gen console will cost: €74.99 (US$85). It’s worth mentioning that figure again, because if that is the accurate price then six games and €50 change gives you a PS5 Blu-ray edition, while the potentially €399 PS5 Digital Edition is worth just over five games.
LetsGoDigital offers a different perspective to demonstrate how much of a rip-off these potential PS5 game prices are. The source reckons that the average price for flagship PS4 games was around €59.99, which means Bol.com has marked the price up by 25%. Interestingly, if the PS5 console prices mentioned above end up being spot on, then Sony will have implemented a similar 25% mark-up policy for the PS5 hardware over the PS4 console introductory prices of US$399.99/£349.99/€399.99 (24.75% - 28.23%).
Regardless of the percentage increases and potential justification for the prices, the already revealed price tag for NBA 2K21 at US$69.99 was swiftly met with plenty of disgruntled comments from gamers, so imagine the reception for a potential US$75 or US$85 price tag for a flagship PS5 game? As mentioned before, Bol.com is making a prediction here with its prices, but it is a worrying prediction that is not too incredible to believe could be accurate.