Sony cuts price of Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands on PS4
Will refund the difference.
Sony has cut its prices for Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands on PlayStation 4 after last week's outcry.
Last week, Eurogamer reported that the Telltale games were more expensive on PlayStation 4 than they were on Xbox One.
Following that, eagle-eyed Eurogamer readers noticed the prices of both games had been reduced on the quiet.
The Game of Thrones Season 1 Season Pass is now £19.99 on PS4. It had been £24.99. The Tales from the Borderlands Season Pass is now £15.99. It had been £18.99.
Interestingly, on PS4 the price of episode one of both Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands has been reduced from £4.99 to £3.99 - price-matching them with their individual costs on Xbox One.
The pricing of the Game of Thrones season pass on Xbox One remains £15.99. On Xbox One the season pass only includes episodes 2-6, whereas on PS4 the season pass includes all six episodes, so the entire set is now one pence more expensive on PS4. That seems reasonable to us.
The Tales from the Borderlands season pass remains £11.99 on Xbox One.
Sony has told Eurogamer that all customers who purchased the title prior to the lower prices going live will have the difference credited back to their account by the end of next week.
Both Sony and Telltale are yet to comment on the original price discrepancy between the Xbox One and PS4 versions. However, publisher Ubisoft commented on a similar issue last year in an interview with Eurogamer.
Speaking of price differences of its PS4 and Xbox One launch games on the digital stores, Ubisoft told Eurogamer this was down to Sony and Microsoft offering different "pricing matrices" for games sold on their digital stores.
“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.”
We suspect last week's issue with Telltale's games was the result of a similar difference in tiers that resulted in different wholesale prices across both platforms, which had the knock-on effect of a difference in the final prices on the PlayStation Store and the Xbox Store.