March 19, 2007 - Several IGN readers have sent us letters over the weeks asking for an explanation regarding the PlayStation 3's downloadable prices. It was believed that the costs for EDI products would not exceed an SRP of $14.99 US, as previously mentioned by SCE Worldwide Studios President, Phil Harrison last October.
However, with Namco Bandai's recently-released Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection costing a cool 20 bucks, it's apparent that a sub-15 dollar rule is not in effect. We asked Sony Computer Entertainment PR Manager, Al de Leon, to clear up the question marks.
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection was the first PS3 Store title to be priced above $15 (US).
"The pricing announced at the October Gamers Day [on October 19, 2006] was specific to titles at launch," commented de Leon. "We haven't announced a specific price range or cap for downloadable games since launch, but as you can see on the Store, PS3 owners can purchase content at a variety of price points -- including demos and trailers for free, classic titles like Q*bert for $4.99, and full arcade ports like Tekken 5 for $19.99."
"For your reference," continued de Leon, "the PlayStation Store retail price for a piece of content depends upon the wholesale price set by the publisher. So while some titles could be priced at above $15, there will be plenty of games, expansion packs, etc., that will continue to fall into the $15 or less range."
Thanks to IGN.com for sharing the news with us!