PS4 Games Are More Expensive Than PS3 Games In Japan

By Spencer . October 4, 2013 . 12:57am

aciva The PlayStation 4 version and PlayStation 3 version of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag are the same price in North America. Next gen and current gen are both $59.99. However, in Japan there is a price difference between PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games.


Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is 7,400 yen ($76) on PlayStation 3, but 8,400 yen ($86) on PlayStation 4. Ubisoft also has the PS4 version of Watch Dogs priced at 8,400 yen ($86) too. Most  PlayStation 3 games have a suggested retail price between 7,000 – 8,000 yen. For example, Gran Turismo 6 is 7,980 yen, Lightning Returns is 7,770 yen, and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is 6,980 yen.


Ubisoft also said the PlayStation 4 upgrade program will be available in Japan. Upgrading from the PS3 version of Assassin’s Creed IV to the PS4 version will cost 1,000 yen ($10). Assassin’s Creed IV will be available on November 28 for PS3 and is a PS4 launch title slated for February 22.


Update: Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends is also more expensive on PlayStation 4. The retail PS3 version is 7,560 yen or 6,600 yen on the PlayStation Store. The PS4 release is 8,190 yen for a packaged game or 7,100 yen as a download. Tecmo Koei will also offer an upgrade which will allow people that bought the PS3 version to upgrade to the PS4 release for an additional 1,000 yen.

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  • Stranger On The Road

    I don’t know about the US, but the UK’s PS4 games’ prices are also higher than the PS3’s.

    Edit: here is a reference:

    • malek86

      This is like we are slowly going back to Nintendo 64 days.

    • Ali

      I’ve never paid over £25 for a game and that’s not going to change this coming generation! I usually wait a few months for the price to drop. I doubt consumers’ will fork over such an obscene amount of money into a game.

  • Maybe it’s the same price in North America, but in Europe it’s not.

    • Monsley

      Not everywhere in Europe, apparently. I have just checked my local GameStop prices and Assassin’s Creed IV is 69,99 euros ($95) both on PS3 and PS4. (Same price on Xbox 360, One and Wii U; 49,99 on PC.) Still not a reasonable price, but at least it’s not any higher than it has always been…

  • TheFoolArcana

    Well, I won’t be buying the PS4 until it has games anyway. The price won’t matter by then.

  • Warboss Aohd

    better not pull dis crap over here.

  • Chim_era

    Why are the prices in Japan so high? I’ve wondered about that a couple of times but games like Tales of xillia were very reasonably priced on release day in europe. Still €40 but that’s pretty low for a release price.

    • greeeed

      yen used to be half dollar

      8000 yen game = 40 $
      but yen become stronger till it become equal to dollar
      8000 yen game = 80 dollar game
      (it’s like how when dollar become weaker or stronger > people in USA don’t get effect but outside get to cry or rejoice)

      basically for Japanese game was always for that price

    • GymePoggle

      Prices in Japan are always higher because of the JRT. Won’t go into too much detail, but it has been crippling the Japanese since WW2. The JRT bears all the blame for these outrageous prices.

  • kenshinx13

    *cries* my importing wallet is going to not do well with this development

  • new_tradition

    I’m still an itty bit confused. So can the previous version of the game still be playable after the upgrade? Does this extend to retail versions?

  • sakiu

    Because we know that it is so hard and expensive to develop for x86 platform…. oh wait… greedy bunch of ….

    I have a feeling we in Europe will gonna suffer greatly with prices… especially that 23% VAT where I am from will blow me away.


      i think that everyone outside of the U.S. will suffer from this. it was always been like that

  • Well with all games being digital next gen, my importing will probably not exist

  • Learii

    I just hope all ps4 games are $59.99 like this gen

  • ronin4life

    I was going to say that they may just know they can get away with it, and that they think they better do so while they can: the home market is shrinking in favor, but the consumers there will most definitely pay any price they are given. Then I saw that prices are higher in some EU territories…

    Of course, USA is their battleground market where they HAVE to be competitive, while UK is not. So there is another wrinkle.

  • outlawauron

    This is one of the most misleading articles I’ve ever seen on Siliconera. Publishers set their own pricing as there is no normal or consistent MSRP for games in Japan. If you wanted, you could cherrypick PS3 games that were more expensive than every PS4 game you mentioned and make the statement that PS4 games were cheaper.

  • TheCynicalReaper

    Have fun not making money, Ubisoft

  • Sesshomaru

    Standard full priced retail copy here is $89.95 on PS3 and $99.95 on PS4. That’s the regular version with no fancy statue or crappy pre-order bonus.

  • Sephiroth420

    whoah these games are getting expensive, i think ima wait a few months after launch to grip a ps4

  • French

    I tend to buy 2 copies of the same game and give away the second one

  • .:Raphællius:.

    Where i live the First ps4 titles will still cost 60 Euros, and if they feel like upping the prices along the way i bet a lot of people are going to wait for price drops before buying a game a day after its release.

  • GymePoggle

    Goddamn JRT! When will the rest of the world learn of the horrors caused by the JRT??

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