Xbox Live Games on Demand Partially Priced: BioShock $30, Mass Effect $20

By Nick Breckon and Chris Faylor, Aug 06, 2009 2:07pm PDT Some titles in the Xbox Live "Games on Demand" service were priced today, providing an idea of what to expect from the 360 digital distribution program.

The store, intended to sell digital versions of older Xbox 360 games, launches on August 11 with a cadre of 21 launch titles. Manuals for the digital games will be available by way of the Xbox Live Marketplace site.

Those already stickered with prices follow:

  1. Assassin's Creed - $29.99
  2. BioShock - $29.99
  3. Call of Duty 2 - $29.99
  4. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga - $29.99
  5. Mass Effect - $19.99
  6. Need for Speed Carbon - $19.99
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog - $19.99
  8. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - $29.99
  9. Viva Pinata - $19.99

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  • These prices aren't that bad, coming to think of it. If we compare this with STEAM they expect Europeans to pay over +50-60% for the same product.
    For example; Warhammer 40.000 Dawn of War 2: 49$ in the US and 49€ in Europe. Atleast these prices are reasonable if you're buying the Microsoft Points online, or is doing a direct purschase, looking at the prices in stores.

    But still - online distribution has to be alot cheaper. It's virtually free to distribute applications online, yet they are always alot more expensive than in stores where there's a physical product, materials, shipping, logistics and all that stuff taken into consideration. Which is just downright amazingly retarded.

    This is also why it's easy to justify "chipping"/flashing your system - becuase the publishers are so greedy they can't see past their piles of money.