Mass Effect 2 will cost you a staggering £48 if you want the convenience of downloading it directly to your PS3 instead of buying it from the high street or an online retailer.

GAME.co.uk is charging £39.99, while Shopto.net wants £35.86 - both considerably cheaper than the digital download version.

VideoGamer.com Analysis

While Mass Effect 2 is an excellent game, £48 seems way too much to ask for the download, which quite obviously doesn't include the physical box, manual and Blu-ray disc you get when purchased from a retail store.

Presumably EA is hoping people will be willing to pay the extra out of laziness or the desire to get hold of it a day earlier than it could be delivered through the postal system.

It's also worth remembering that the £48 price tag does undercut the RRP by £2.

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Woffls

haha. oh wow! This is the secondary concern I have with digital distribution. You're getting less content, and it's MUCH cheaper for publishers to do, so let the price reflect that. Let it also reflect that I don't know how long you're going to support this service for, but I do know how long my DVD's and Blurays will last: longer than me.
Posted 14:04 on 24 January 2011

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dudester's Avatar

dudester

I can volunteer to do that job I can even do it from home, I'll just pop into sony offices once a week with my reports and meetings. Someone make this happen ;)
Posted 15:45 on 24 January 2011
IndoorHeroes's Avatar

IndoorHeroes

Yikes thats expensive! There's surely no way to justify that price given how many middle men are cut out of the equation (distribution, retail, packaging etc).

I think for digital stores to really take off Sony will need to have a dedicated man in each territory keeping an eye on retail prices and matching the general price on the high street. If the average price is £39.99 then the digital edition should be £37.99 or something along these lines.
Posted 14:48 on 24 January 2011
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renegade

Simple, its RRP
Posted 14:44 on 24 January 2011
Stegosaurus-Guy-II's Avatar

Stegosaurus-Guy-II

I was thinking about buying it and then sharing it with 2 friends, meaning I'd only have to pay a 3rd of the cost.

But I'd prefer the box and DLC and stuff. It may even end up being cheaper in a couple of weeks anyway.
Posted 14:34 on 24 January 2011
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WhoIsThePresidentNow

I would love to see EA/Sony reply back to justify why it costs more to download it like
Posted 14:22 on 24 January 2011
Woffls's Avatar

Woffls

haha. oh wow! This is the secondary concern I have with digital distribution. You're getting less content, and it's MUCH cheaper for publishers to do, so let the price reflect that. Let it also reflect that I don't know how long you're going to support this service for, but I do know how long my DVD's and Blurays will last: longer than me.
Posted 14:04 on 24 January 2011
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Neon-Soldier32

Half a step in the right direction, however, the price is far too high. I wonder how they'll do Cerburus Codes though.

I mean, it isn't even £48 in retail.
Posted 13:58 on 24 January 2011
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Ghost_Dog

Want to know why digital sales won't overtake physical sales for a while? Look no further.

Ridiculous price. You would have to be monumentally lazy or impatient to download this rather than buy a physical copy.
Posted 13:50 on 24 January 2011

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