When the PSN Store price list went up a little while back, several outlets and plenty of commenters jumped on the pricing and claimed that the games available for download were matched up with their respective RRP.
This isn’t the case across the board. Whilst some publishers are indeed trying to shift their titles at ‘full price’ – we’re looking at you Codemasters and EA – Sony certainly aren’t.
Quick example: Uncharted Golden Abyss might be pricey at £39.99 but the RRP is £44.99. Sure, you can get it cheaper than that on the high street or online quite easily, but that’s not the point. Sony have, as they have with other territories, discounted the PSN prices.
Andrew House said that SCEE were aiming to “have a lower price point for downloadable versions of games” and whilst they’re not huge savings, the fact is that they are discounted off the RRP.
Whether or not they could be cheaper still is for another discussion, of course, as is the amount that retailers – online or otherwise – happily strip several pounds from the RRP. A talking point indeed.
We’ve asked SCEE for their official word on this.