Meanwhile, Sony has released information that indicates that games for the next generation console will cost $59 on the high end to $39 on the low end. However, there are rumours around that some games for the next-generation system could be priced higher than the $59.99 point. Critics of the console are likely to regard this as fresh ammunition, but it seems doubtful that prices will be much higher than those expected.
"So, what I can say now is, I think it would be a bit of a stretch to think that we could suddenly turn around and say "PS3 games now $99.99" I don't think the consumers expect the software pricing to suddenly be double," Hirai told Playstation Magazine.
Meanwhile, Sony has been defending the high price of the Blu-ray enabled PlayStation 3. Sony CEO Howard Stringer claims that whilst the price is high ($499 and $599 models will be available) what the consumer is paying for is potential. He also made mention of the high specs of the consoles, and that the pricier $599 version features a larger hard drive and full 1080p-capable HDMI outputs. Nevertheless, the hefty price tag may put many consumers off. We shall see.