Sony recently gave out more information on their trade-in deal for games in an article by gamespot. It will be the publishers, not Sony, that decides the price. A move that UK managing director Fergal Gara thinks is “fantastically gamer-focused.”
Gara believes the upgrade fee will be at a heavy discount in comparison to the retail price. “It will be down to the publisher to decide,” he states, “that mechanism doesn’t affect us, because we’re not publishing any titles across platforms.”
Four games have already been confirmed for participation in the trade-up program. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Watch Dogs. Activision has already stated that the price for trading in your PS3 copy of of CoD: Ghosts for a digital PS4 copy will be only 10$.
The trade-in deal was announced at Gamerscom as part of Sony’s floor-show. If gamers purchase a PS3 copy of one of the four games listed above, they can trade in their copy for a next-gen version of the same game at a discounted price.
While the program may seem strange to some (Why pay another $10 to get a game you already own?), there are various benefits that gamers can take advantage of.
For example, the PS4 editions of the same games may have more features, and different online services that are not available in the PS3 versions. Instead of having to buy another full-priced game, you can receive a digital version for a fraction of the price, allowing you to take advantage of the next-gen features.
Other companies, most notably Microsoft, are offering similar deals for their next-generation console. Amazon and GameStop have launched similar promotions for both consoles.
The PS4 is scheduled to hit North America November 15.