Sony sells Prototype (a two year-old game from its £19.99 Platinum range) on PSN for £31.99. Seems fair

Are you a minor league baseball player who’s just come into a big-ass fortune courtesy of a deceased relative? Does said fortune contain some whacky clause where you have to throw away all the cash in a month in order to receive an even more astronomical amount of dosh? Congratulations: you’re clearly Montgomery Brewster. Now, may we suggest blowing your first wad of cash on Prototype, a two year old game, which has just been released on PSN for a wallet-crippling £31.99.

To put things in perspective, you can go to Amazon, or any other number of online retailers for that matter, and pick the game up for around £12. And that’s hardly surprising, considering Prototype is now part of the PS3’s Platinum range. Y’know, the budget treatment given to games that sell over a certain amount of copies? Oh, and are traditionally always sold for £19.99!

Above: No wonder Alex looks pissed. He was going to use that £12 to get his nails done

Now, we know wandering down to your local video game emporium can be a trying process. Queuing behind clueless soccer moms who are buying shitty Wii shovelware for their estranged kids. Having to make small talk with the game-peddling gibbon behind the till. Possibly getting stabbed on public transport on the way back home. But honestly, while buying a game on PSN is slightly more convenient, it sure as hell ain’t convenient to the tune of 12 of the Queen’s finest English pounds.

Of course, you might well be Monty Brewster. In that case, get onto the PSN now while Prototype is still horrendously overpriced. That money isn’t going to piss itself away on its own.

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Dec 16, 2010


Sony WTF


  • flang - December 16, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    Microsoft is even worse with their prices. They're selling a digital copy of Shadowrun, a multiplyer-focused game that nobody bought and with absolutely zero active online players, for $30.
  • oryandymackie - December 16, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    Still want your digital downloads, guys?
  • CAPST3R - December 16, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    I don't know who this Monty Brewster fellow is, but it looks like he's just found a penny in that pile of cash with his arse cheeks. Poor guy.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 16, 2010 6:13 p.m.

  • Japanaman - December 16, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    Prototype was $20 months ago at my local GameStop. And $10 shortly after that. And why is Infamous $30? It was $10 on Black Friday ant $15 for a few more days. At least Section 8's sequel will be cheap, although I paid just $9.99 for it.
  • garnsr - December 16, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    This is how everything will be once they get rid of physical media, price drops will be rare. They rarely drop the prices on old downloads, even when they didn't do that great when they were new.
  • nebno6 - December 16, 2010 3:49 p.m.

    I think youre also forgetting the resale value of the physical disc, you could easily get upwards of £8 if you completed and sold it within a few months. So its £4, or £32.
  • NappyAfro - December 16, 2010 3:25 p.m.

    I don't understand. Digital downloading was predicted to be more cost effective because it cuts down cost for developers to get their games to the public without having to pay for things like paper for manuals and box art print, plastic for cases, for the disks the games are on, manufacturing cost, and transportation. It seems to me that games should cost significantly less than physical copies so why are prices still at retail price of stores, if not more?
  • DinklemanDog - December 16, 2010 3:15 p.m.

    The worst part is that it's $30 on the US store, which is about £20.
  • Keefster10 - December 16, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    Well, I don't know about US and UK. Instead of platinum, we get "greatest hits" on ps3 and wherever I look, they sell it for 30$. Keep in mind that our dollar is almost exactly the same value as the US dollar. Thats not as bad as a cd store I saw though, called CD PLUS at my mall. they give horrible service for everything, but this took the cake: they are selling a street fighter 4 (not super, just street fighter 4) greastest hits copy for a full 60$. Ridiculous.
  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - December 16, 2010 2:28 p.m.

    What a ripoff, and you wonder why many people aren't ready to embrace a digital only future. Who wrote this article? Why is it that whenever someone from Gamesradar writes up a critical article they hide behind the "Words: GamesRadar UK" line instead of putting their name on it? If you have a legitamite concern regarding something in the gaming industry like this case then make your voice heard. If you don't want your name associated with keeping companies accountable then get out of the journalism business. Simple enough.
  • acridweasel - December 16, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    What really annoys me more than the prices being stupidly high, is the response you get from the Community team when you point this out. The most often used phrase is along the lines of "Sorry, we don't set the prices, *insert game publisher name* does". Do you have so little control of your own Store that you cannot encourage publishers to set fair prices Sony? My bias is towards the PS3 as that's where I do most of my 1st party and multi-platform gaming - but by God Sony don't make it easy on themselves...
  • Crabhand - December 16, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    @Tronto13 It's not about whether or not we can buy the disc for cheaper, it has more to do with how the pricing can get so messed up and how the people in charge can think this makes sense. Having the companies who dictate the prices of our entertainment act like inconsistent lunatics about prices does not bode well for the future of our favourite industry. And it's just fun to point out the folly of it.
  • Tronto13 - December 16, 2010 12:30 p.m.

    simple solution.... buy it on the disc whats the point complaining about it?? its the same with the games on demand on xbox, if they are overpriced buy them on the disc
  • mattdark - December 16, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    Same thing with assassins creed, the download version is horrendously overpriced for a game of its age, especially when you can get it for a tenner.
  • Eaxis - December 16, 2010 11:40 a.m.

    They're doing it wrong.
  • Camoxide - December 16, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    And this is why I don't want Digital downloads only.
  • SonyBacker - December 16, 2010 11:23 a.m.

    since i live in the uk, i live in a part of england where just a couple of weeks ago a games shop opened up called grainger games, cheap pre owned games that are easy to get hold of, i can get this game for about £7, it is ridiculous that the psn and xbla force you to buy a game thats been out for a while at a high price. then again, maybe this is psn and xbla way of saying don't be lazy go out and get it yourself or you can sit there and waste money because you are lazy? additional, every week i go to my nearest gamestation looking for DBZ: raging blast for my ps3 and its still £44, WTF?, i know there is free dlc for it but still why so high priced?
  • condemmdman - December 16, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    This is why they(all companies) want to stop box copies so they can charge stupid prices for over rated games . mrmoobs I think they high lighted this because of the higher price not because it Sony . calm down Microsoft overcharges as well if that makes you feel better.
  • DecoyOctorok - December 16, 2010 10:54 a.m.

    The Wii Virtual Console is the only download service that feels worthwhile to me. Some of the Neo Geo and Turbo Grafx games are rare and expensive in the U.S. so it feels like more of a value.

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