PS3 games priced at $59.99
Sony’s online store lists seven games for next-gen console at just under $60, including one first-party title.
Gamers have known about the price of the PlayStation 3 since E3 (except in Japan, where the price was recently cut), but the costs of the system’s games have been up in the air. The cat may be out of the bag now, as the online Sony Style store now has listings for seven games, all priced at $59.99.
Shoppers can now preorder Ubisoft’s Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, Activision’s Tony Hawk Project 8, Call of Duty 3, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog and Full Auto 2: Battlelines, as well as Sony Online Entertainment’s Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom.
The pricing of Untold Legends may reveal what future PS3 owners feared–that first-party games would retail for the same price as third-party games. Microsoft currently prices new release first-party games for its Xbox 360 at $49.99, $10 cheaper than the $59.99 tag on third-party games. First-party Wii games have also been confirmed to sell at $49.99.
"Japanese news site Impress Watch has suggested that the cost of Japanese PlayStation 3 titles will range from ¥8,800 ($75) to ¥9,800 ($84), an increase attributed to rising development costs.
The Random Tracking editorial, from respected Japanese journalists Munechika Nishida and as translated by website IGN and others, quotes multiple information sources for the figures, which have not yet been announced by Sony Japan.
If true, the price increase would mark a significant increase from the average PlayStation 2 game price in Japan of ¥6,800 ($58), although the lower figure is on par with high profile PlayStation 2 releases, such as from the Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy series.
Japanese game prices can vary considerably across even a single format, depending on the title. Higher profile games, such as the recent Nintendo DS title Final Fantasy III, are often sold at an increased price. Similarly, Xbox 360 titles Dead Rising and Lost Planet will be priced at ¥8,379 ($72) when they are released - ¥1,000 to ¥2,000 ($9 to $17) more than usual. Tecmos Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 will be sold at an even more excessive ¥9,240 ($79)."