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Why does game cost so much more on steam than ps4 for the same title?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm trying to buy the Final Fantasy 12 game for the pc. On Steam it is $50, but they are selling the ps4 version for $20 everywhere like Amazon and BestBuy. Why is that?

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23 minutes ago, Grand Admiral Thrawn said:

Steam has 30% fee. They want to make money.

This is why developers are now bypassing Steam and creating their own DDS's. We are seeing the same problem now with streaming services but that's another matter entirely. 

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28 minutes ago, Grand Admiral Thrawn said:

Steam has 30% fee. They want to make money.

So does Playstation, but if it's a directly funded game, they might be taking the "hit" for promotion and sales of PS4s/season passes.

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You can get this game for $30 on cd keys websites.


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PS4 version could also be selling badly and price getting reduced to get rid of inventory. No inventory problem on Steam.


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55 minutes ago, lansing said:

I'm trying to buy the Final Fantasy 12 game for the pc. On Steam it is $50, but they are selling the ps4 version for $20 everywhere like Amazon and BestBuy. Why is that?

Simple, PC is the master race. You'll be able to completely change the game on PC while on console you have to deal with what they give you, including a measly 29-30 fps. There's also a way to unlock the 60 fps limit on PC to hit well above 120. While it is listed at $50, it's very possible to get it for half that or even under $20 on a random day throughout each year. It's rare with this particular game for some reason but very possible. My guess is if it's not at half price or less during the Halloween sale, expect it to drop between mid November to late January.

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52 minutes ago, Vishera said:

You can get this game for $30 on cd keys websites.

I did research a couple of days on those cd key sites like kinguin, the conclusion is that they are not legit. The keys they're selling were brought from stolen credit cards and then resold them to turn them back to cash, that's why they're so cheap. I want my dollar to go into the developers instead of thieves.

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10 minutes ago, lansing said:

I did research a couple of days on those cd key sites like kinguin, the conclusion is that they are not legit. The keys they're selling were brought from stolen credit cards and then resold them to turn them back to cash, that's why they're so cheap. I want my dollar to go into the developers instead of thieves.

Then your best bets are Steam, GreenManGaming and Humble. In which the price has hit as low as $18.77. From September 12th, 2019 to September 30th, 2019, it hit $29.99 at all three of those places. Which is probably what it's going to hit during its next sale, possibly half price($24.99). It's tough to say when though because its price dropping is more rare than other games.

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10 minutes ago, Intransigent said:

Then your best bets are Steam, GreenManGaming and Humble. In which the price has hit as low as $18.77. From September 12th, 2019 to September 30th, 2019, it hit $29.99. Which is probably what it's going to hit during its next sale, possibly half price($24.99). It's tough to say when though because its price dropping is more rare than other games.

Where did you check the price history?

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2 hours ago, lansing said:

price history

Google. Just search what you're looking for and multiple websites show up. Here's FFXII's price history...

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1 hour ago, Intransigent said:

Google. Just search what you're looking for and multiple websites show up. Here's FFXII's price history...

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Thanks I found the site, looks like another sale should be coming next week in Halloween.

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37 minutes ago, lansing said:

looks like another sale should be coming next week in Halloween.

What makes you think that? A Halloween sale? Sure. Wouldn't expect FFXII to be on sale though. It's possible.

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14 hours ago, lansing said:

I did research a couple of days on those cd key sites like kinguin, the conclusion is that they are not legit. The keys they're selling were brought from stolen credit cards and then resold them to turn them back to cash, that's why they're so cheap. I want my dollar to go into the developers instead of thieves.

Kinguin and G2A are the shady sellers. There are completely different reputable key sellers. CDkeys.com is fine.

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People overestimate what's coming from stolen credit cards on G2A or Kinguin, most of them are from foreign physical boxes.


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On 10/22/2019 at 4:29 PM, lansing said:

I'm trying to buy the Final Fantasy 12 game for the pc. On Steam it is $50, but they are selling the ps4 version for $20 everywhere like Amazon and BestBuy. Why is that?

I kinda view it as that physical releases compete with the used market.

FF XII been on and off hitting down to 20 bucks for a while across most platforms.

 

It will probably drop in price again on Steam as well during a sale event.


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Yeah it's the used market driving down prices imo.


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They've been in business for years... If it was really stolen stuff it would have been crushed ages ago. They're just operating in the grey area of buying keys in countries where they're genuinely sold cheaper becasue of lower income and selling them online.


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5 hours ago, Kilrah said:

They've been in business for years... If it was really stolen stuff it would have been crushed ages ago. They're just operating in the grey area of buying keys in countries where they're genuinely sold cheaper becasue of lower income and selling them online.

In what countries are there selling steam keys at half the price all the time?

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You can see some discrepancies and regional offers here:

https://www.steamprices.com/us/s/Iy7Lun?p=1

 

But usually the keys going to Kinguin etc are actual physical copies / key slips bought on store shelves in poor countries. Shouldn't be online, but these guys bring them there by scanning the slips.


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37 minutes ago, Kilrah said:

You can see some discrepancies and regional offers here:

https://www.steamprices.com/us/s/Iy7Lun?p=1

 

But usually the keys going to Kinguin etc are actual physical copies / key slips bought on store shelves in poor countries. Shouldn't be online, but these guys bring them there by scanning the slips.

The price margin of 99% of the game listed there are less than $4, not the $30 or $40 off that we see in Kinguin as norm.

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