Price of games unlikely to increase with next generation consoles

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A few years ago when we transitioned from the PlayStation 2 and Xbox to the PS3 and Xbox 360, gamers were shocked to find out the move came with an increase in the cost of games. For years console video games had been selling for $50, and suddenly they saw a jump to $60. Understandably, many have been concerned the same would happen with the next generation of consoles, but reports from Polygon and other sources are saying that is not going to be the case -- good news for gamers about to spend up to $500 on their console of choice.

According to the report, Microsoft has confirmed that first party games will remain priced at $60 on the Xbox One. Generally, these are what defines the price for the rest of the games, so if Microsoft is keeping last gen prices for its releases, other publishers are likely to do so too.

For Sony America, CEO Jack Trenton said in an interview with CNBC, "we're going to welcome free-to-play models, games from $.99 up to those $60 games." This means the company is open to all different pricing models, but the key piece of information is his mention of a maximum price at $60. 

Retailers have already started taking preorders for several Xbox One and PS4 games that have been announced so far, and they are all charging $60 as well.

All signs point to game prices remaining the same, and given as the console side of things tend to define what AAA PC releases will cost, it's probably fair to assume no price hikes are coming on that front either.

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