Indie Games lowering in price

Microsoft has revealed a new pricing structure for its Indie Games channel, which will operate from the 22nd October.

Whereas previously with the Community games, which were priced at 800, 400 or 200 MS Points, Microsoft will now only allow a 400, 240 and 80 MS Points bracket for developers.

That in old money is £3.40, £2.04 and 68p respectively. The latter of which sounds rather appealing. However 80 MSP games must be under 50MB in size.

For games already out, those in the 400 MS Points bracket can remain at that price, but those with games at 200 MS Points will have them switched to the 80 MS Points pricing.

This means a loss for those on the lower pricing bracket, previously games were worth about £2, and now they will be forced to sell at 68p.

With the re-pricing comes updates for those creating the games with the XNA Game Studio which includes avatar, party and video playback support and a new reputation system. Each game will also have 50 free trial copies (review versions or competition codes) which is handy to promote a game.

Would you be more enticed to pay 68p for an Indie game? Tell us below.

Rob Rymond

Currently residing between Solihull and Stoke, Rob is training to be a professional journalist at Staffordshire University. He has a wealth of experience under his belt and has been writing for 7 years despite only being 19. He thrives on news and reporting it but also dabbles with reviews as well from time to time. Outside of video games he is also a radio broadcaster (or DJ to me and you) and spends time with his girlfriend.

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