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How much do PS5 games cost? It's official: more

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We finally have an answer to the question: how much do PS5 games cost? Ok, yes we also now the PS5 price now too. Following the recent PS5 showcase that revealed all the PS5 launch games the bad news is it's more. So let's take a look at just how much more and what you'll be getting. 

How much do PS5 games cost? 

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So, here's the deal: these are the US and Euro prices of the launch line up that's available to buy dayone: 

  • Demon’s Souls – $69.99/€79.99 
  • Destruction All Stars - S$69.99/€79.99 
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales - $49.99/€59.99
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Mile Morales Ultimate Edition - $69.99/€79.99
  • Sackboy A Big Adventure - $59.99/€69.99

As you can see $70/€80 is the likely the new normal for the PS5 game cost (that works out about £70 for the UK based on the Euro price, and the fact that the UK price for this sort of thing is usually the US price with a pound sign). It's a hike but not one we weren't expecting after an official listing for NBA 2K21 from 2K Games said as much a few months back. 

There is good news at least to off set this somewhat in the form of the PS Plus Collection. assuming you get PS Plus with your PS5 you'll get 17 big names PS4 games to download and play on your PS5 as well: 

  • God of War
  • Bloodborne
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Fallout 4
  • Uncharted 4
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Days Gone
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Batman Arkham Knight
  • The Last Guardian
  • Infamous: Second Son
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Until Dawn
  • Battlefield 1
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Final Fantasy 15
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Persona 5

It makes a bitter pill slightly easier to swallow although, obviously, few people are going to be happy to see it but as former PlayStation Worldwide Studios head Shawn Layden pointed out in an interview earlier this year: game prices have barely changed in the last few years, while development costs have ballooned.

It's also clearly stated by PlayStation as the RRP, or recommended retail price which means its more a suggestion than law. While digitally there's not much wiggle room there, you might get lucky if you shop around retail. Prices will also likely drop as games get older but it'll be awhile after launch before that happens. 

While $70 might become the new normal for the average game, Layden and a lot of other industry talk seems to hint towards a rise in shorter, cheaper games becoming the answer. In the same interview, Layden says, "Is there another answer? Instead of spending five years making an 80 hour game, what does three years and a 15 hour game look like? What would be the cost around that?"

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