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Next-gen game prices to rise thanks to add-ons, analyst warns

Thursday, 13th June 2013 00:22 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Analyst firm Sterne Agee & Leach believes US prices for console games will climb to $90 in the coming hardware generation, when you take all the extras into consideration.

“Our sense is next-gen games will launch at the same $60 retail price point as the current-gen games,” the firm said in a note reported by Gamasutra.

“However, increasingly, publishers are striving to enhance the ARPU [average revenue per user] closer to $80 or $90 for their triple-A titles through greater focus on DLC and in-game micro-transactions, etc.”

The firm also noted that digital purchases are likely to become more dominant, but that this generation isn’t ready to ditch boxed releases.

“While the switch to digital is inevitable, it seems the conditions are not quite ripe for that yet and discs will likely dominate in the foreseeable future,” the company said.

“This should benefit GME [GameStop], at least in the early part of the next cycle.”

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are both expected to launch in 2013 – in the US and Europe, anyway.

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  1. sithsylar

    Don’t forget you also have dlc damn it :(

    #1 1 year ago
  2. soaponapope

    i really don’t see how this will significantly help something like gamestop. they were already dying well before digital content delivery became industry standard, i’m honestly surprised they still exist. digital delivery doesn’t have to completely blow away traditional boxed copies to take a chunk out of them, when you have these big distributors like EA cannibalizing their boxed revenue through digital they don’t lose profits and often end up actually expanding their market share overall

    #2 1 year ago
  3. actuallyisnotafox

    i dont think anyone is ready to ditch boxed releases, theres a thing about getting a physic copy at launch, in the post or on day of release that will stay. besides you download like 10 games and your hardrive is already full -.-

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    I’m a PC gamer and have no idea what you’re talking about. All of my PC gaming friends either play free-to-play games (like LoL) or are neck deep in Steam sale and indie bundle titles. We only get boxed editions of very old games, which is a problem, as my gaming PC has no optical drive for years. Most of the latest titles are either linked to Steam/Origin or indie, hence download only.

    My $80 1 TB HDD is still half empty with 60+ games installed.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. vgyliu

    >.< I dont want to pay more then $60 a game tho.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. CyberMarco

    I’m not that bothered as I always wait for GoTY edition of games. I will only go day-1 for Kingdom Hearts 3! :D

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Tavarish

    @3 Full digital distribution is hardly problem if console manufacturers would make their own Steam like platforms for theirs consoles. You buy yours game from it, it will be added to yours library and you are free to download it from theirs servers at any point you want. Besides, something is seriously wrong if 10 games take 500+ GB.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. ps3fanboy

    i’m not paying $80 or $90 for a game. so i will just wait for the price to hit the sweet spot before i buy. the ps4 is gonna be supported 10+ years so no hurry and i still ain’t finished with the ps3 :D

    #8 1 year ago
  9. redwood

    F*ck the analysts :P we will see when/if it happens

    #9 1 year ago