It is a fact, with each launch of a new generation of console, the thorny question of price arises. From the console in question on the one hand, but also (and above all) games. Indeed, with the new generation PS5 and Xbox Series X, Sony had formalized first-party PS5 games a few weeks ago at a price of € 79.99, or € 10 more than on PS4.
A price hike for Xbox games?
On the Microsoft side, we have not yet launched any truly “next-gen” home game on Xbox Series X, but the chief financial officer of the American company, Tom Stuart, would not say no to a small price increase. . The latter explains: ” Prices haven’t gone up for a few generations now, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see this happen. ” In other words, future big Xbox productions could be displayed at € 79.99 in stores.
Obviously, this is explained by production costs which have also been increasing for a few years now. Although some games ” independent »Keep a moderate production cost (and sometimes a record profit), productions like Ghost of Tsushima, Halo Infinite or even The Last of Us Part 2 mobilize very significant technical, human and financial resources, with developments that are spread over several years.
Tim Stuart explains: “ The publishers and creators, including ourselves, want to make sure that you are making the right gross margins, the right profits, necessary to develop great new games. “ It remains to be seen what Microsoft will decide on the prices of its future first party games.
Obviously, at Microsoft, players are free to pay a high price for a first party game, but they can also opt for the Xbox Game Pass solution. Indeed, Microsoft’s subscription offer allows you to get your hands on many games, including Microsoft Studios productions, available upon release.