UK Pricing Revealed for PlayStation 4 Downloads

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EA’s PS4 titles will cost a staggering £62.99 on the UK PlayStation Network store.

The PSN updated earlier today for Sony’s latest console, ahead of Friday’s launch. Believing this was to be the generation where digital downloads take over, British gamers were astounded by the virtual price tags.

With their shocking valuation, EA were the worst culprits, but not by much. Their trio of sports titles (FIFA, Madden and NBA Live) along with Need for Speed Rivals and Battlefield 4, equate to $102 each. Activision meanwhile, has set Call of Duty: Ghosts a penny shy of £55 ($89). First-party releases and Warner Bros.’ games are all north of £50 ($81).

Despite the pre-launch prices, physical copies this generation will continue to retail at the now standard £40 ($60). With downloads possessing no resale or collector’s value and a large HDD footprint, the decision to stick with discs will surely be a no-brainer for the vast majority of gamers.

Though hardware manufacturers incentives to keep high street stores sweet are understandable, EA’s particular pricing strategy is slightly bemusing. Their titles go for £55 on both the PS3 and Xbox One, so why the hike for PS4?

Day one buyers can take solace in the fact there’ll be a host of free games available at launch. The excellent Resogun and Contrast are December’s next-gen PS+ offering. DC Universe Online, Warframe and Blacklight Retribution are all free-to play, whilst the likes of Flower and Sound Shapes are available on cross-buy for existing PS3/Vita owners.

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Squawka.com Sub-Editor.

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