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£70 for a video game is madness and put me off buying a PS5 – Reader’s Feature


Demon’s Souls – an expensive purchase (pic: Sony)

A reader rethinks his plans to buy a PS5 and blames Sony’s backtracking on cross-gen games and £15 price hike for first party games.

I’ve already had this same conversation with half a dozen different people, so I know I’m not the only one thinking this way, but I feel badly let down by Sony. The price reveal event on Wednesday was great, I felt super confident about getting a PlayStation 5. Then all the fine print start seeping out, not from Sony themselves but in interviews and tweets from other people (who is Geoff Keighley anyway?!).

Backtracking on not having cross-gen, no backwards compatibility for anything but ‘99%’ of PlayStation 4 game, being weird and evasive about the exclusivity on Final Fantasy 16 and Demon’s Souls, and then making a complete mess of pre-orders in a completely unforced error that made them look like total amateurs. But the thing that has stuck in my throat the most, and which may ultimately convince me to buy an Xbox Series X instead, is the price of first party PlayStation 5 games.

A £15 price hike to £70 is completely outrageous and, of course, just one of the things that Sony made no mention of during the actual showcase. Do all those people that did manage to pre-order a PlayStation 5 realise that even no-name games like Destruction AllStars are going to cost £70? I was surprised that something as niche as Demon’s Souls was going to be a launch game at all, but for £70? Who other than ultra-hardcore fans is going to buy that?

I’d consider myself relatively hardcore buy I’m not paying that. I’ve no love for Xbox exclusives, and have very much enjoyed almost everything Sony has made this generation, so I’m not instantly jumping ship to Xbox Series X. But I can totally understand those that do, especially when you consider how cheap the combo of Xbox Series S and Game Pass is.

There’s been a lot of talk in recent months of games getting too long and bloated, which I’ve mostly agreed with, and this price only makes it seem more of a problem. Video games cannot cost £70, that’s madness. We’re in the middle of the worst recession in living memory, with Brexit about to kick in and a pandemic that has no end in sight. They should be decreasing the cost of games, as Microsoft effectively is, not increasing it.

If £70 is what Sony thinks it’s got to charge in order to make a profit with their games then the games have got to change. Cut them down to 15 hours long max and charge no more than £50 for them. 15 hours is more than enough time to tell any story and at £50 more people are going to buy it overall than £70. (And this ignores the fact that Demon’s Souls is a remake, so half the work is done already.)

I mean, just who is going to buy Demon’s Souls at that price, it’s crazy! Dark Souls games do okay but they’re not blockbusters and most people have never even heard of their predecessor. And once it gets explained to them I imagine they’re going to reply with something like, ‘I’m not paying £70 to die a hundred times in the first five minutes’.

I’m not a superfan when it comes to Soulsborne but I did enjoy Bloodborne in particular so I would’ve bought it if it was £50 or, maybe, £55. But now? I’m not even going to contemplate buying either new console until next year. It’s the underhandedness as much as anything but £70 in any situation is a line I will not cross. I’ll sit this one out for now I think.

By reader Magog

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