Players worried that PlayStation 4 games will see an increase in price need worry no more! Speaking to CNBC, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) President and CEO Jack Tretton assured that PlayStation 4 games will not exceed the current PlayStation 3 $60 ceiling and that games will be priced from $0.99 to the more traditional $60, where players can sample the games they want to buy.
I think people are willing to pay if they see value there and I think there’s more choice than ever before for consumers. We’re going to welcome free-to-play models; games from 99 cents up to those $60 games. But if you really see where the heat is for the true gamer on the console it’s still that big-form experience that typically runs upwards of $50 million to develop and will justify that $60 price point and will give people hours and hours of gameplay on a daily basis for months and years to come.
With the conclusion of the Sony’s announcement event for the PlayStation 4, Sony was criticized for not releasing more details about the PlayStation 4 design but Tretton said that Sony is not worried about what the console looked like, but “what comes out of the box”.
Tretton also fielded a question relating to the rise of smartphone and tablet gaming on whether or not it will cut into the PlayStation 4 market but he expressed confidence in the PlayStation 4 to remain on top of these mobile gaming experiences.
I think those are additive experiences. They demystify gaming; they bring people in with a bite-sized gaming experience. But ultimately, I think people migrate up the food chain. Conversely, if you’re somebody who considers them-self a true gamer and wants to play the most powerful devices and the most deep and rich gaming experiences, you’re not going to find yourself migrating down the food chain other than to maybe kill some time or to complement that core gaming experience.
The PlayStation 4 is due to be launched this holiday season. There has been no official news about its pricing or launch lineup.