PS5 and Xbox Series X Game Price Increases Being Considered by Multiple Publishers

Today first info about NBA 2K21 was released, but many fans have fixated on one detail, namely, the game’s $70 price tag on Xbox Series X and PS5. Was this our first hint that we’d be seeing a widespread price increase for next-gen games? It seems like it may be the case. reached out to games research firm IDG Consulting, and according to their CEO Yoshio Osaki, multiple publishers are considering a similar price increase…

IDG works with all major game publishers, and our channel checks indicate that other publishers are also exploring moving their next-gen pricing up on certain franchises. Not every game should garner the $69.99 price point on next-gen, but flagship AAAs such as NBA 2K merit this pricing more than others.

So, why the price increase? Well, simple inflation for one – it’s been around 15 years since the standard price of a game saw an increase. In that time, the cost of developing games, particularly big AAA titles, has doubled or tripled.

The last time that next-gen launch software pricing went up was in 2005 and 2006, when it went from $49.99 to $59.99 at the start of the Xbox 360 and PS3 generation, and during that time, the costs and prices in other affiliated verticals have gone up. Even with the increase to $69.99 for next-gen, that price increase from 2005 to 2020 next-gen is only up 17%, far lower than the [other entertainment]. While the cost of development and publishing have gone up, and pricing in other entertainment verticals has also gone up substantially, next-gen software pricing has not reflected these increases.

The cost of video games going up was inevitable, but simply slapping an extra $10 onto the price of most PS5 and Xbox Series X games isn’t the most elegant solution. I’d love to see more flexibility – perhaps a really big game with lots of promised post-launch support, like a Red Dead Redemption 2 or Cyberpunk 2077 could cost even more than $70, while a polished, yet ultimately somewhat short, action game like Resident Evil 3 could be $50 or $60. Also, hey, if you’re going to charge us more for the base games, I think we need to have a talk about post-launch monetization.

What are your thoughts on a potential next-gen price hike? Are you upset or have you been bracing for this for a while?


Xbox is good

I like games

The game development costs are increasing yes, but so are the loot boxes and microtransactions.

Games like NBA 2K sell way more than they used to and also make way more on top of that due to microtransactions, so this price increase is hardly fair.

Of course. Each Console is regulated by single entity, which also includes game publish licenses for those systems.