Why Are Ps5 Games So Expensive? – The Truth Revealed

Why Are Ps5 Games So Expensive

Micro-transactions, DLC, and season passes may have become standard practice for games these days, but they’re also the reason why new PS5 games are so expensive. If you’ve ever bought a brand-new game on PS4 or Xbox One in the last few years then you’ll probably have noticed that they cost much more than they used to. The same is true of many other digital media products like lite versions of apps and eBooks that once cost pennies but now cost a minimum of £1.99. Why has this happened? And why does it cost so much more to play games now? It’s not just video games where micro-transactions, DLC, and season passes have led to increased prices for gamers. 

Why Are Ps5 Games So Expensive?

The development of video games is a complex and expensive process, and the cost of developing a high-quality game for the PlayStation 5 will be no exception. In order to produce a game that meets the expectations of players, developers need to invest in expensive hardware and software, as well as pay for staff salaries, marketing costs, and other associated expenses.

Dlc, Micro-Transactions, And Season Passes

1. DLC – Downloadable Content

Downloadable content (DLC) is extra content that is released for a game after it has already been released. This content can take the form of new characters, maps, and missions, or just new costumes and other aesthetic upgrades.

2. Micro-transactions

Micro-transactions are small in-game purchases that allow you to buy extra objects or upgrades for your games. They’re usually very small amounts of money, often less than £1 each, but they can quickly add up if you’re not careful!

3. Season Passes

A season pass allows you to pay a one-off fee to receive all of the DLC packs for a game as they come out over the coming months and years. This saves you money on buying packs individually as they come out but locks you into buying them all or missing out if you don’t want to pay more money in the future. Season passes are great for long-term investment in games, but if you’re not sure about buying a season pass then don’t! Just wait for the DLC packs to come out on their own or get them as part of a bundle.

Why Does This Cost So Much?

1. Profit Margins

Profit margins are the difference between what an item costs to produce and how much money it makes when it is sold. For example, if you buy a bag of crisps for £1 and sell it on the street for £1.50 then your profit margin is 50%. If you sell that same bag of crisps at a supermarket then your profit margin would be 100%. The lower your profit margin, the more expensive something will be to make or sell.

2. Marketing Costs

Companies need to spend money on marketing in order to promote their products so they can sell them. If they’re spending too much money then they can’t afford to make the products so they have to raise the prices. If you think of a supermarket, it’s not just about stocking up on cheap food and then selling it at a profit but also about creating an environment that makes people want to buy your products. If you want people to buy something then you need to fix them with an image in their minds that makes them want to buy it. In other words, you need marketing.

3. The Rental Market

The rental market is one that is totally controlled by the video game industry and has resulted in some of the highest price hikes for games ever seen on digital platforms like Steam and PSN. The rental market means that when you play a game for 30 days, after which time it will be deleted from your console or PC, then you are paying the full price for that game all over again each time even though it’s only been rented once! The reason ng. If you’re selling a bag of crisps then it costs money to make that image in the minds of people who decide to buy them. If you want to sell an expensive PS5 game then you’ll need to spend a lot on marketing so that people know about it and want to buy it.

4. The Price You Pay Is What You Get

Some goods have fixed prices so they don’t vary depending on how much demand there is at any given time for the product. For example, when you buy a bottle of wine or a box of crisps, the price that you pay is always the same regardless of how many other people want to buy them at any given time. Other goods are variable and can change depending on how much demand there is for them at any given time. For example, if you paid £5 for a bottle of wine then the price would be £5 regardless of how many bottles were sold at the same.

Publishers Protecting Investment

1. The PS5 Console Will Be A Huge Success

The PlayStation 5 is opening up a lot of new possibilities for video games, but it’s also a huge risk for publishers. If the console fails to become a hit, then they’ll be in trouble. Publishers have to make a lot of money to fund future projects, and if the PS5 doesn’t turn out to be as successful as it should be, then they may not have enough money to back up future projects.

2. More Competition

The PlayStation 4 is a huge hit, but with the arrival of the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch, and other newer devices on the market, this is a very competitive market. Publishers need to make sure that their games are of the highest quality in order to stand out. If they don’t, then they could be left behind.

3. Low-Cost Development

You can get an idea of how much it costs to develop a game without having to spend a lot of money by looking at the budgets for popular TV shows and movies. It’s no secret that big-budget movies cost millions of pounds and take years to produce, but smaller independent productions can be completed for much less. The same applies to video games because it’s possible for small teams with minimal funding to create top-quality products that look like they cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds! However, if publishers want to continue making profits on their investments then they need to make. This is because the more money that a studio spends on a project, the higher its chances of it being a success. The same is true of video games. If a game is developed by a small studio, then it’s obviously going to be more expensive and take longer to make than if it was made by a company that has plenty of money at its disposal.

Demand For High-End Gaming Pcs

1. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA)

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is an American trade association that represents the software industry. The ESA’s mission is to work with the government, businesses, and consumers to shape the future of the video game industry. The ESA was founded in 1994, and its members include game publishers, developers, hardware manufacturers, retailers, and other companies involved in the creation and distribution of video games for consoles and handheld devices. The ESA is a non-profit organization funded through membership dues from its member companies.[1]

2. Micro-transactions

Micro-transactions are a type of transaction that takes place within digital products like video games or apps where small amounts of content are sold for a price that is typically not disclosed until after purchase. Sometimes micro-transactions are called “micro-purchases” or “perks”, but they can also be referred to as “gems” or “credits”. In many cases, micro-transactions are optional, but in other cases, a game might have a mandatory purchase of some sort. Sometimes these purchases are optional, but still, have the potential to influence gameplay and change the game’s progression.

3. Season Passes

A season pass is a type of downloadable content that allows consumers to pre-purchase additional downloadable content that they will receive later once the game is released. A season pass typically offers discounts on future DLC and usually comes with bonus content such as new weapons or characters. Season passes can be purchased separately or bundled together as a package deal with the rest of the DLC. The price of most season passes is usually less than what would be paid if each piece of DLC was sold individually as it would normally cost $15 – $30 per piece of DLC!


This is a very long article, but it’s important that you understand why the prices of new PS5 games are so high. If you’ve read this far then you can clearly see that it’s not just greedy publishers and studios trying to take more money out of your pockets; it’s something that has been done to prevent people from pirating games. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are both perfectly capable of running high-end graphics and games, but they also have a lot of other features which make them more expensive than older consoles like the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii. You may not be able to run high-end video games on an old console anymore because of things like HDCP or HDMI 2.0, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use those features on the PS4 or Xbox One.

Ramiro Stephens
Ramiro Stephens is a technical writer and content strategist. He has a passion for helping people understand complex topics, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge through writing. Ramiro has worked in the technology industry for over 10 years, and he has experience in a variety of roles including software development, product management, and marketing.