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Xbox One digital games get an unwanted £5 price hike

Ryse, Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 now fetch £50
Wed Dec 11 2013, 14:26
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GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft dealt some bad news to Xbox One owners on Wednesday, revealing that it has increased the prices of games for the console by £5.

Speaking to gaming website CVG, Microsoft revealed that Xbox One game titles are now priced at £50 each, £5 more than they cost at launch.

Ryse, Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 are now listed for £50 in the Xbox Live Marketplace, despite having previously retailed for £45 when the Xbox One games console launched.

A Microsoft spokesperson said, "Pricing for select digital content in some markets has changed since launch," almost making it sound like Microsoft had nothing to do with the price increase.

The spokesperson failed to give a reason for the unwelcome price hike, but did suggest that game prices might be reduced in future sales promotions.

"Digital content pricing is subject to change and we may occasionally offer various deals or promotions. Ultimately pricing and promotions will vary by region."

While this is bad news for Xbox One owners, these £50 digital titles are still cheaper than Sony's exclusive PS4 game lineup, with Knack and Killzone: Shadow Fall retailing in the UK for £53.

Sony has addressed complaints regarding the pricing of its PS4 games. Speaking to Eurogamer, a spokesperson for the company said, "First of all, we want to support a healthy retail channel, so it's not in our interest to go and seriously undermine retail.

"Let's not forget the UK is probably the most competitive retail space there is in the world. So when it comes to any recommended retail prices they will frequently choose to price significantly below them." µ

 

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