Following the lead of Sony and others, Activision introduced the $70 game to Steam this yr with Name of Responsibility: Trendy Warfare 2. Subsequent yr, Microsoft will observe go well with, too: The corporate instructed IGN that starting in 2023, the usual worth of its new first-party video games, together with Starfield and Redfall, will likely be elevated from $60 to $70.

“This worth displays the content material, scale, and technical complexity of those titles,” a Microsoft spokesperson instructed IGN. “As with all video games developed by our groups at Xbox, they may also be out there with Game Move the identical day they launch.”

That is US pricing, after all. Regional pricing can differ—Trendy Warfare 2, as an illustration, at present prices $90 in Canada—however Microsoft didn’t touch upon how the worth enhance could be mirrored in different nations. In a separate assertion despatched to PC Gamer, Microsoft confirmed that the worth enhance will apply “throughout console and PC storefronts.”

Xbox boss Phil Spencer mused on the potential of worth will increase on the Wall Road Journal Stay convention (through Tom Warren) earlier this yr, though he stated on the time that Microsoft had determined “it was vital to keep up [current] costs” by the 2022 vacation season.

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Growth budgets on main releases like Starfield proceed to balloon, whereas costs have roughly held regular: Actually each Name of Responsibility Game since Black Ops 3 in 2015, whether or not on Steam or Battle.web, was—and stays—priced at $59.99. No person likes worth will increase, however from that perspective not less than, it is exhausting to argue that we aren’t due for not less than slightly little bit of a soar. It is also value noting that Microsoft is not main this cost, however following: Sony and Take-Two have already bumped the prices of a few of their video games, and Ubisoft stated earlier this yr that its upcoming main releases may also be priced at $70.

And, as a result of I’m of a sure age, I’ll share with you what The Bard’s Story price when it got here out in 1985:

The Bard’s Story price $76.95 in 1985—you possibly can see the worth scribbled in black ink within the higher right nook. (Picture credit score: Digital Arts)

That $76.95, in response to numerous on-line inflation calendars, works out to about $204 at the moment. The Canadian greenback was buying and selling round 85 cents US by 1985, which drops the transformed worth all the way down to $174 US—nonetheless am terrible lot of cash for a videogame.

The approaching worth hikes make Microsoft’s Game Move appear much more enticing than it already is. It is a hell of a deal, but it surely’s affordable to imagine that its worth might enhance too as soon as Microsoft is happy with the scale of its subscriber base. The worth of Netflix has elevated steadily over the previous decade.  On that entrance, Microsoft declined to remark.

“We’re consistently evaluating our enterprise to supply our followers nice gaming choices which might be priced in-line with native market situations,” the corporate stated. “With at the moment’s financial panorama, we might have to regulate our pricing sooner or later to proceed to supply avid gamers the standard experiences they’ve come to anticipate of Xbox. We’ve nothing to announce at the moment.”

Starfield would not have a launch date but, by the best way, but it surely’s at present anticipated to be out someday within the first half of 2023.