I've been looking at them on the PS4 and they're all £50+ even for games that are a year old. Then they have a sale and bring them down to like £35 and claim it is a great deal.... like do people honestly buy digital games at all on these consoles? It's funny because most of these games launch £15 more than retail and at least with a retail copy you can resell it. However shortly after I find retail copies for £20ish and they're still £50 on the digital store. Right not Battlefield Hardline is £35 on sale from £50+ and yet It's only £39 on Amazon... so in reality it is a £4 sale, though I can buy the CD Key on the PC for £22 and not have to pay a subscription to play it.
I do not get how there isn't a bigger uproar over these prices, people have the nerve to say PC gaming is expensive... like yeah right all the games are less than half the price.
Video gaming is not a hobby for the poor. You're lucky games don't cost $120. Inflation and the costs of current gen development and advertising have sky rocketed since the days when The Legend of Zelda were sold in your local Toys 'R Us store. Gaming is a privilege not a right. Pay the cost of admission or play hoop and stick in the front yard.
Haha.. this guy.. Good job missing the entire point of the OP. Care to bold the section of his post where he complains the cost of gaming is too high? As far as I can tell, all he had done is raised a very valid point regarding the lack of value in a digital release verses the traditional brick and mortar. I don't really get your elitist attitude either.. you seem to either be stuck in some sort of 'check your privilege' feedback loop, or do you genuinely believe that gaming is for the upper echelon? Either way..
As far as the OP goes, I agree that there is a lack of value outside the US for digital purchases. In Australia a game as much as a month old can still be as much as $109AU, while you could pick it up in stores at launch for anywhere between $89 and 100. The explanation is pretty simple though. Publishers want to cut the middle man (stores) for more juicy profit (lack of manufacturing, transporting, and overhead), but the consoles require retailers to sell their products and accessories. In a way the consoles have become stuck in the middle now, and it's not that surprising that they'll charge whatever the publishers tell them to, even if it's absurdly disparate to what the competition is offering. For the people saying retail stores will be a thing of the past however, I'd like to disagree by challenging you to 3D print an xbox or something. The consoles will not be letting retail stores disappear any time soon.