PSN games prices
UPDATE:The market has spoken: EA and Ubisoft's PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games now cost the same across both consoles' digital stores.
This morning Eurogamer exclusively brought you the news that Sony had negotiated a price reduction for FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 and Assassin's Creed 4 after it emerged the PlayStation Store versions of these games were 8 more expensive than the Xbox One Games Store versions.
Now, this price reduction has kicked in, and there is price parity across both PS4 and Xbox One - just in time for the PS4's UK launch tomorrow at midnight.
Assassin's Creed 4 is now 54.99 on PSN - the same as on Xbox One. FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14 and Need for Speed: Rivals are all 54.99 on PSN. Just Dance 2014 is 39.99.
While the price drop will be seen as a victory for prospective UK PS4 owners, many are still upset at the high cost of the digital versions of these games compared to their physical high street costs. FIFA 14 is 47 on Amazon, for example.
So, what caused the price discrepancy in the first place?
Ubisoft told Eurogamer this was down to Sony and Microsoft offering different "pricing matrices" for games sold on their digital stores. Basically, it's to do with different methods used for converting things like currency, with Microsoft using one method and Sony another.
Ubisoft's statement is as follows:
Both Microsoft and Sony provide pricing matrices for games sold digitally via their respective services, similar to the way tiered wholesale pricing works on Apple's iTunes. Developers, including Ubisoft, then select a wholesale price within those tiers that best corresponds to our expectations of the games' overall value and market potential.
"However, the final retail prices are determined by the vendor. Also, because those two matrices are not identical the resulting prices on the two online services don't always align. We're aware this is potentially confusing for customers and are looking into what can be done.