Steam might have done much to endear themselves to the PC gaming community (such as giving away some great PC games totally free), but according to Lewie from savygamer, what they give with one hand they take away with the other. This revelation came after Gamesavy price compared ten ‘coming soon’ games on steam with the cheapest available retail price. What emerged was that customers downloading from Steam were, in some cases, paying up to 51% more than those buying from across the counter.
Some of the worst examples include:
Street Fighter IV: £29.99 on Steam and £14.98 retail
Armed Assault 2: £29.99 on Steam and £17.99 retail
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood: £34.99 on Steam and £14.98 retail
Overlord II: £29.99 on Steam and £14.95 retail
Bionic Commando: £26.99 on Steam and £17.73 retail
As Lewie rightly points out, although Steam is often a great place to find good deals, it seems bizarre that they feel the need to charge customers such an extortionate rate on new releases. Personally, although it’s less convenient and arguably less environmentally friendly, I’d opt for a physical copy of the game any day, and it seems illogical that a direct download should cost consumers more. So over all, although Steam is a still a good place to find special offers, their regular prices still leave a lot to be desired.
However this issue has sparked a lot of debate. Some argue in favour of Steam and state that as a platform for publishers their hands are tied and, unlike high street retailers, they are forced to charge customers full RRP. But is it not true that buying games at their release date is always bad value? If you have an opinion please comment below!