Next-gen games may not carry a premium


— 6:00 AM on June 17, 2013

Getting the itch for those next-gen graphics? Good news: next-gen games apparently won't cost any more than their current-gen counterparts.

According to Polygon, Microsoft has confirmed that first-party titles for the Xbox One will be priced at $59.99. And in a recent interview with CNBC, Sony America CEO Jack Tretton hinted at a similar price for PlayStation 4 games. "We're going to welcome free-to-play models, games from $.99 up to those $60 games," he said.

That's not the only evidence. Polygon points out that e-tailers already seem to be charging $59.99 for next-gen game pre-orders. I see the Xbox One variants of Battlefield 4, Destiny, and Watch Dogs are all listed at that price on Amazon.

Happily, the same goes for corresponding PC releases. The PC version of Watch Dogs is actually listed for $56.99 at Amazon, though, which is a whopping three bucks cheaper than the Xbone version. Woo-hoo!

I'm glad prices aren't budging, because the snazzier graphics and bigger environments of next-gen titles will likely be more costly to produce. In a conference call a few months ago, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that next-gen development costs could be anywhere between 5% and 10% higher than current gen ones. However, he added that EA expects "larger revenue streams" due to the "excitement around some of those big titles."

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