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Wednesday March 29, 2006 9:51 pm
Iwata Promises Revolution Titles at $50
Satoru Iwata has indicated that first party Nintento Revolution games will be priced at $50 or less. Further, he suggests that $50 is really the high point in pricing that the customer will accept. There does seem to be some resistance to the $60 price point for Xbox 360 games, particularly when some titles offer significantly less content than their previous-generation counterparts for more money.
Game publishers complain that its the amount of money that they are spending to deliver these hi-definition experiences that necessitates these price increases, but that fails to explain the price differentials between PC and console versions. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion offers very nearly the same graphical experience on the PC and the Xbox 360 (assuming that the end user has the appropriate PC hardware) but the PC version of the game is still $10 less. Not being a game publisher, its difficult to understand the actual budget allocations for games, but it would seem for the end user that there would be vastly more expenses in developing for a PC platform where there is little control over the game environment, particularly in tuning and testing.
Certainly, there are gaming experiences on the Xbox 360 that can’t really be duplicated on the current generation, such as the new Ghost Recon game and the Xbox 360 version of Fight Night, but at least at this point, these seem to be the exceptions, rather than the norm.
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