Microsoft has raised the price of digital downloads of Xbox One exclusive games Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome by £5 each, adding to the high price already set for the games on the next-gen console.
The games which were initially available for £44.99 are now sold at £49.99. Both Sony and Microsoft have received criticism for high pricing of the digital versions of games on their respective next-generation consoles but instead of lowering the prices Microsoft has chosen to increase the price for the Xbox One exclusives. Sony on the other hand lowered the prices in European markets, which are still higher than the Xbox One pricing.
Disc-based games are currently available at prices around £55, which is now very close to the digital download prices effectively reducing the price advantage that existed earlier. Microsoft hasn't issued a statement regarding the price hike yet so it cannot be confirmed whether the earlier pricing was part of a launch offer.
Xbox One was launched on November 22 and was well received by gamers as Microsoft managed to sell 1 million units in the first 24 hours. The console has received good reviews and has a decent set of launch titles.
Update: Microsoft has confirmed the price hike and following is the email response sent to VG247 by a Microsoft spokesperson:
Yes, pricing for select digital content in some markets has changed since launch. Digital content pricing is subject to change and we may occasionally offer various deals or promotions. Ultimately pricing and promotions will vary by region.