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Another reason to buy your cross-platform games on PC

PC games are cheaper than their nearly-exactly identical console equivalents. That’s been the case since Old Father Games ruled a permanent discount into being as compensation for the occasional time a graphics driver update would mean melted plastic all over the study carpet.

Stick a lot of Steam prices right next to the recently-announced digital launch prices on the PS4 and Xbox One, however, and an ugly picture emerges - publishers appear to have used the in-progress leap to new machines as an excuse to hike up digital prices a further notch for their console games in the UK.

On PC, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes costs £24.99. On PS4, it’s £52.99. And I daren’t mention Angry Birds until we’re all inside - the shouting will upset the neighbours.

The Xbox One is now out in the UK. The PS4 isn't, but the UK PlayStation Store is now live, and we can ogle its audacious RRPs.

EA in particular seem to have had an empathy bypass, pricing their new PS4 games at £62.99 - seven pounds above their Xbox One equivalents, and £13 beyond their PC contemporaries, if we’re being generous mathematicians.

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts: PS4 - £54.99, Xbox One - £54.99, Steam - £39.99
  • Battlefield 4: PS4 - £62.99, Xbox One - £54.99, Origin - £44.99
  • Need for Speed Rivals: PS4 - £62.99, Xbox One - £54.99, Origin - £49.99
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: PS4 - £57.99, Xbox One - £54.99, Steam - £39.99
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: PS4 - £52.99, Xbox One - unlisted, Steam - £24.99
  • NBA 2K14: Xbox One - £54.99, Steam - £29.99
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition: PS4 - £52.99, Steam - £39.99
  • Trine 2: Complete Story: PS4 - £14.49, Steam - £13.99
  • Angry Birds Star Wars: PS4 - £32.99, Xbox One - £35.19, Rovio, PC - £4.00
  • Warframe: PS4 - Free, Steam - Free

Look on the bright side: I suppose there’s no reason to quibble about Warframe. But beyond that, nine good reasons to steer well clear of Sony and Microsoft’s marketplaces, if you can help it, and enjoy your future cross-platform games on PC.

If it ain’t Forza, it probably ain’t worth it. Here’s a comprehensive explanation of why your next generation console should be a PC, courtesy of our Tim.

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Shriven avatarnu1mlock avatarDanbert Nob Acorn avatar
nu1mlock Avatar
4 Years ago

And that's just the prices on Steam - which are very high themselves. Retailers like Amazon and Greenmangaming are always cheaper than Steam - even most of the time during Steam sales too.

And key-sites are often even cheaper than that - but since they're not official retailers, some sites can be a bit shady.

Need for Speed: Rivals is £39.99 on GMG for example. Black Flag is £29.99. And that's without any potential 20-25% off the base price that GMG has with their vouchers.

So yeah, consoles are expensive in the long run, Steam is better but not good enough when it comes to prices. Especially not when you get a Steam key from the other retailers anyway.

Shriven Avatar
4 Years ago

The thing is. People dont know.... so will pay. We need to shout it out, loud!

Danbert Nob Acorn Avatar
4 Years ago

I think it's worth pointing out that the NBA 2K14 version on the Xbone is a 'next gen' one with lots of bells and whistles attached, superior visuals and so on. The PC one is 360-gen like how PC versions of FIFA often lag behind.

Of course, that in itself is worthy of scorn, derision and vocal complaints. But it does mitigate the price difference ( a bit )

Shriven Avatar
4 Years ago

Im sure if Sony and Microsoft were supermarkets, they would get done for price fixing... The up in price on this generations games is hilarious.