Houston (TheNextXbox) – The next-generation Xbox is set to release in November 2013 according to all sources that we have access to, and Microsoft is gearing up for one heck of a release. With that said, it is certainly possible that the standard $60 price tag most Xbox 360 games release at currently, will be changing when the next-generation console releases. So how much are you willing to pay for next-gen Xbox games?
Back when the original Xbox was on the gaming scene, games were releasing at a standard price tag of $50 each. Things are changing in a big way though in terms of just how much money it costs companies to develop these games.
The cost to develop a blockbuster release such as Halo, Call of Duty, and others is right up there with the cost to produce one of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters out there, perhaps even more in some cases.
With the increasing development costs associated with working with this incredibly powerful technology, the belief among many is that the cost of next-generation games is going to increase yet again.
The next-generation Xbox will likely feature games at a price tag of either $65 or $70 depending on what market research shows gamers are willing to pay.
We will stress that this has yet to be confirmed by anyone within Microsoft, but all expectations are that the majority of games will release at one of those two price points.
The hefty development costs come in due to the fact that big companies need to develop new gaming engines to build the games off of. If developers use engines from prior consoles generations such as an Xbox 360 engine, then they will not be taking full advantage of the power of the console.
We are going to see an increase in development costs with the transition to next-generation consoles, but there is no telling just how much this is going to impact the price of games.
If companies do opt to stick to the $60 price tag for games, then it is going to likely mean a huge influx of downloadable content and add-ons that you can purchase online over Xbox Live, far more than we are currently seeing.
So what do you think gamers, how much are you willing to pay for a next-generation game? Would you be comfortable paying $70 for the next Halo or Call of Duty on the next-generation Xbox?