Shocking Price Difference: Resident Evil 4 Costs More on iPhone 15 Pro than PS5


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Apple’s pricing strategy for AAA games on their latest iPhone Pro models has raised eyebrows, and it’s no surprise that gamers are left wondering about the cost.

The concept of playing blockbuster titles like Assassin’s Creed Mirage or Resident Evil 4 on a smartphone may sound intriguing, despite the limitations of a smaller screen and touch controls. However, the real sticking point here is the price.

In a world where most mobile gamers are accustomed to free or low-cost games, how can publishers make a profit? According to both Apple and Capcom, the answer seems to be charging the same amount as on traditional gaming consoles, hoping that gamers will accept it.

In reality, Resident Evil 4 is indeed slightly pricier on the iPhone Pro, retailing for £57.99, whereas it has a recommended retail price (RRP) of £54.99 on the PlayStation 5 (oddly, it’s priced at £57.98 on Xbox Series X/S). Furthermore, it’s currently on sale for £31.34 on the PlayStation.

Please note that this game is exclusively playable on the newly launched iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, as well as select iPad Pro and iPad Air models. The assumption here is that if you can afford these high-end devices, you likely have the means to invest in premium games.

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Resident Evil 4 is now available on the App Store for these compatible devices, along with an additional DLC Pack priced at £15.99, presumably the Separate Ways expansion. Curiously, Separate Ways costs only £9.99 on gaming consoles.

According to reports from VGC, a variety of microtransaction-style DLCs are also offered, including weapon upgrade tickets. These tickets range from £2.49 to £7.99, depending on the quantity purchased – although the term “microtransaction” might not quite fit here.

Besides Assassin’s Creed Mirage, a version of Death Stranding is confirmed for these new iOS devices. However, as these games are slated for next year, their pricing remains unknown.

Ubisoft has also pledged support for The Division Resurgence, which is a free-to-play title. This means that at least you can enjoy a game on your new phone without breaking the bank.

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