Why are digital games so expensive?

In the UK, MS are charging £44.99 for first party games and third party games seem to be around the £55 mark. It's even worse on the PS4 as first party games are £52.99 and third party are around £63.

 

Publishers would surely prefer it if we bought digital games, given that we can't sell them, trade them in, lend them to friends, or give them away. There are also benefits to the consumer, as there's the convenience of being able to buy and play a game whenever you want, you don't have to switch discs and there's no disc to get damaged, and there's the instant game switching on the Xbox One which clearly would not work if you had to get up and swap a disc.

 

So it begs the question, why are they charging more for digital games than disc-based games? I know that the prices for disc-based games are set by the retailer, so they might sell them under RRP and still make a profit, but publishers are aware of that. Given that you have fewer rights with a digital game, they should always be cheaper than physical media, especially if they want customers to come around to the idea of an all-digital future where a console has no disc drive and games/media are delivered only by downloads and streaming.

 

Question Info


Last updated October 17, 2018 Views 818 Applies to:

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.

Hey there, GothZilla! This thread is a bit old, originally over a year old. Prices are not set by Microsoft, but by the publisher. You will want to reach out to them about pricing issues you may have. If you need assistance with any support issues, please post up a new thread detailing what you're running into and troubleshooting you've completed. This way our community can get you the individual support that works best on the forums. :)

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

> Sufrin Sucatash:

You're status does not relate to your 'consumerism' it relates to your Microsoft wallet, and how much money you have sitting in it, stick $1,200 to $5,000 on it and then watch your status level increase.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

The real reason for the disparate pricing is in regards to getting people used to the profit gouging Microsoft is doing, in 7 years time when the next Xbox comes out, games will be as much as $95 to $250 for the basic and then the 'deluxe' versions, this doesn't include DLC either.

The strategy is to squeeze as much profit out of the 'gaming industry' as possible before they strangle the market to death.

Vote with your wallets people.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

HI there, I have spent over 700 dollars on games downloaded since i bought the xbox one.  Why do I only have 1000 Credits and why am I only a three star vip?  I've bought over 200 games in total with my account SUFRIN SUCATASH.

Please respond to my email here

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

DrunkenShaolin, Microsoft doesn't set the price, the Publishers do.

More info - www.insidegamer.net/.../digital-games-expensive

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

it comes down to Microsoft just being dam right greedy and will try every trick in the book to get every penny out of you and just doesn't value you as a customer.  

Going Digital was Microsoft original plan for all of us before all panic station started and the famous change to their policy and should be encouraging us to go digital but with these prices they are driving us away.

OK you can get some good deals from time to time in the store for digital, which show you they can drop a price if they wanted to, but this doesn't happen enough, they need to look into their digital pricing for new tittles. i wanted to get Diablo 3 on there but its £59.99 where in your local UK retailers its 45.99 to 49.99 which is just taking the [Mod Removed], in my eyes

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

I really dont like paying more for digital games. Looking at the marketplace and seeing a game you really want and thinking "great,  im going to buy this now" then realising its price is much dearer than a disk version reallllllllly sucks! Its such a let down :( please do something about this!

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

i saw on the xbox website today that i could purchase battlefield 4 for $30 by ordering the disc from them

or i could pay $60 and get the digital licence, xbox know that its far more convinient to get the digital edition and are exploiting us for as much as they can squeeze out, i have allways stood by Xbox through thick and thin, but i think this is it, its time to fall back on a real all in one media system (which is what the xbox was said to be and it cant even play a video from a USB) the PC.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

Yeah, they have to keep the digital copies the same as retail as to not upset retailers.  Personally, I prefer getting the physical copy because I can trade it in for credit at GameStop to put towards pre-orders on new games.

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

I was going to get it digitally, but can't justify the £15 price difference, Microsoft abusing their monopoly position again.

Nothing

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.

* Please try a lower page number.

* Please enter only numbers.