Playstation desperate for sales. A friend bought a game for $40 directly from the Playstation store.
It was Final Fantasy 15. Without the cost of distribution or cd production it was much lower price than past versions. In the past FF cost $80 at game stop. I haven’t actually been to Game Stop for 5 years. There has been no reason to go since you can easily download the games on your PS4.
Part of the reason is that places like Game Stop were always bad experiences. They were always small, crowded and overpriced used games. It used to be that you could get a used game for half or less than the price of a new game and it would be worthwhile to do that. However since I have been playing DC Online, I have really ignored the used game marketplace. I wonder if other people have been doing the same?
The Playstation or Sony of course, had many nice things that make it better than the Xbox. I think however the ability to play games anywhere is a really compelling thing. The Vita combination is a really nice way to extend the ability to play games. I have a friend who is playing FF7 on that and it is a really fun way to do retro gaming. Of course she could plug it in to a big TV but it doesn’t seem to be an issue.
Giving gamers options is fantastic. I like the fact that you can play anywhere there is an internet connection. I would have had a much different childhood if that was an option. Playing Super Mario brothers was cool but if I could have played it in school I would probably not have read all the books that I did.
In some ways having these things available means that children and others today have more discipline and self-control than we ever did. I have to admire people who have choices and yet still do what is a challenge and difficult to grow. It is a noble pursuit and use of time.