Digital PS4 Games Cost an Arm, Leg in UK


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In the U.S., prices on digital versions of PlayStation 4 games on the PlayStation Store are the same as boxed copies. Which seems odd in and of itself because digital copies are less costly for the publishers due to no shipping, packaging, and printing costs. That’s why it’s particularly strange to see prices on digital PS4 games in the UK cost significantly more than a physical disc.

How much more? Electronic Arts has five games on the current list of PlayStation 4 digital games in the UK. All of them cost 63 pounds ($85 U.S. dollars). For the likes of FIFA 14.

Huh?

Eurogamer spotted the latest UK PlayStation Store update this morning, which includes these PS4 digital games:

  • Angry Birds Star Wars: £32.99
  • Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag: £57.99
  • Battlefield 4: £62.99
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts: £54.99
  • Contrast: £12.79
  • FIFA 14: £62.99
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition: £52.99
  • Just Dance 2014: £42.99
  • Killzone Shadow Fall: £52.99
  • Knack: £52.99
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes: £52.99
  • Madden NFL 25: £62.99
  • NBA Live 14: £62.99
  • Need for Speed: Rivals: £62.99
  • Putty Squad: £13.99
  • Resogun: £12.79
  • Super Motherload: £11.99
  • Trine 2: Complete Story: £14.49
  • Warframe: free

Eurogamer also notes that the prices are, by and large, more costly on the PS4 than the Xbox One. For example, a digital copy of FIFA 14 is 55 pounds on the Xbox One.

Considering there is also no trade-in/resale value of digital copies, the pricing is even more confusing.

Electronic Arts and Sony have yet to comment on the pricing of digital games in the UK PlayStation Store.

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3 Comments on Digital PS4 Games Cost an Arm, Leg in UK

Quim

On November 25, 2013 at 10:06 am

Hence why I never buy anything digitally. No justification for such high prices. Probably the only area actually where Microsoft is not as bad as Sony.

Valdo

On November 25, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I can only understand it as trying not to kill brick and mortar stores. Some sort of deal with the retailers, perhaps… I believe they are one of the most important players in software distribution for consoles, and probably they don’t want to annoy them too much. Certainly if the console makers think that they still need them for their new gens to thrive, otherwise they would certainly wouldn’t lose the chance to make a killing.

Mr Glassback

On November 25, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Just like with the price of the PS4 itself.
Bend over again, UK customers.