Forbes looks at increasing game prices

— 5:03 PM on December 20, 2006

The latest games for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 surpass their last-gen predecessors in many ways: better graphics, more immersive environments, and sometimes even better gameplay. Prices have also increased, though, and most new titles are now launching at a hefty $59.99. The people at Forbes decided to investigate the matter, and they've put together an article that takes a look at why next-gen game prices are so high. The article also includes a series of charts that breaks down where that $59.99 actually goes. Interestingly, the charts say only 45% of the game price actually goes toward designing and programming the game itself. The remaining 65% is split between the console maker—both Sony and Microsoft sell their consoles at a loss and recoup their losses on game sales—as well as retailers, marketers, and other miscellaneous costs.

Like what we're doing? Pay what you want to support TR and get nifty extra features.
Top contributors
1. BIF - $340 2. Ryu Connor - $250 3. mbutrovich - $250
4. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200 5. End User - $150 6. Captain Ned - $100
7. Anonymous Gerbil - $100 8. Bill Door - $100 9. ericfulmer - $100
10. dkanter - $100
Tip: You can use the A/Z keys to walk threads.
View options

This discussion is now closed.