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PlayStation 4 to Be Ridiculously Expensive in Brazil

By - Source: Kotaku | B 98 comments

Brazil is getting official PS4 support, but the console is going for quite a pretty penny in the country...

The PlayStation 4's lower price point is certainly a motivation for gamers to opt for this console over the Xbox One.  

Unfortunately, this rationale only works out for American and European gamers. South American gamers are getting a little bit screwed out of the whole deal. 

Back in September, it was revealed that the PS4 was going to cost 6,500 Pesos (roughly $1100 USD) in Argentina. Now, Sony's announced the cost of the PS4 in Brazil and it's somehow an even bigger figure. Brazilians will have to pay 3,999 Brazilian Real, which is the equivalent of $1850 USD.  

The increased costs are due to import fees, taxes, and the simple fact that there's a smaller consumer base in South America.  

In any case, it might be cheaper for Brazilian gamers to fly to the United States, buy a PS4, and then fly back.  

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    Blues_wolf , October 17, 2013 9:20 PM
    I'm from Argentina, worst part is, we'll still buy it, even if a normal salary is around 750 dollars.
    Fees and taxes have always been like that, and we bought the PS2 and PS3...
    And about going to the states, that's difficult, as since a couple of years ago we're not allowed to exchange our currency for us dollars, and also get a 25% tax over credit card usage outside our country.
    I guess that's why there's so much piracy here and market doesn't seem apealing for videogame companies.
    Still, Argentineans are capable of not eating for a couple of months in order to get the latest technology ( so don't know about Brazileans, but I'm sure people here will still buy it.
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    daekar , October 17, 2013 9:09 PM
    Jesus... if those are because of fees and taxes, those people need to be changing their governments. That's ridiculous.
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    maxiim , October 17, 2013 9:17 PM
    Even the 500$ is a bit much if you're a PC gamer/enthusiast.
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    daekar , October 17, 2013 9:09 PM
    Jesus... if those are because of fees and taxes, those people need to be changing their governments. That's ridiculous.
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    maxiim , October 17, 2013 9:17 PM
    Even the 500$ is a bit much if you're a PC gamer/enthusiast.
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    Blues_wolf , October 17, 2013 9:20 PM
    I'm from Argentina, worst part is, we'll still buy it, even if a normal salary is around 750 dollars.
    Fees and taxes have always been like that, and we bought the PS2 and PS3...
    And about going to the states, that's difficult, as since a couple of years ago we're not allowed to exchange our currency for us dollars, and also get a 25% tax over credit card usage outside our country.
    I guess that's why there's so much piracy here and market doesn't seem apealing for videogame companies.
    Still, Argentineans are capable of not eating for a couple of months in order to get the latest technology ( so don't know about Brazileans, but I'm sure people here will still buy it.
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    Caio , October 17, 2013 9:49 PM
    I am from Brasil and mostly everything Blues_wolf said applies here as well. As daekar said, we do need to change the governments, but there is nothing better available for us to change to.

    But Sony said this ridiculously high price is only because if taxes and fees? That's a lie. It's a fact that taxes here are absurdly high, but it's not nearly as high as it needed to be for the PS4 to cost that much. That's pure greed on Sony's part - they know people here will finance the payment in 24 months if possible just so they have a PS4...
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    DarkSable , October 17, 2013 10:32 PM
    Quote:
    I'm from Argentina, worst part is, we'll still buy it, even if a normal salary is around 750 dollars.
    Fees and taxes have always been like that, and we bought the PS2 and PS3...
    And about going to the states, that's difficult, as since a couple of years ago we're not allowed to exchange our currency for us dollars, and also get a 25% tax over credit card usage outside our country.
    I guess that's why there's so much piracy here and market doesn't seem apealing for videogame companies.
    Still, Argentineans are capable of not eating for a couple of months in order to get the latest technology, so don't know about Brazileans, but I'm sure people here will still buy it.



    So what you're saying is that there's soon going to be a very healthy black market for PS4's. :p 
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    Robert King , October 17, 2013 11:03 PM
    they would be stupid to buy that at that price . there better geting a new car or a computer lol or take a trip to the usa and buy one directly
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    de5_Roy , October 17, 2013 11:32 PM
    Quote:
    In any case, it might be cheaper for Brazilian gamers to fly to the United States, buy a PS4, and then fly back.

    if the consoles are that expensive in such places, gamers will be better off building a gaming pc themselves. :D 
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    monsta , October 17, 2013 11:39 PM
    That's just insane , stick to a pc!
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    IndignantSkeptic , October 18, 2013 12:33 AM
    This is why organised crime exists and why excessive immigration exists.
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    sanctoon , October 18, 2013 12:42 AM
    In South Africa the current pre-order price is $630
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    The_Trutherizer , October 18, 2013 1:09 AM
    Meh... You see weird things happening in the developing world. Political systems are not stable enough so every now and again you get gung-ho administrations with skewed ideals and it inevitably leads to issues where they tinker around with things like import duties and taxes to make some extra cash.

    Heck in my country they just raised the import duties on chicken from somewhere around 20% to about 85%. And they say this and that, but everybody know's its because they need cash to cover their ridiculous policies.
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    marck1001 , October 18, 2013 1:19 AM
    I know thinigs are insanely expensive in Brazil due to high taxes and other stuff, but wtf, this is an extortion. Well, I just checked the Xbone price in Brazil and it will be half of the PS4 - and it's still expensive, I know, but come on, HALF of the PS4, so let's not just blame on the government.

    So my suggestion for the Brazilians is: if you're not a PS4 fanboy or if you love your pocket more than you love Sony, boycott Sony and get a half priced Xbone. Deal.

    Source: http://www.submarino.com.br/produto/113910676/console-xbox-one-500-gb-com-leitor-blu-ray-novo-controle-wireless-novo-sensor-kinect-edicao-limitada-para-pre-venda?WT.mc_id=Destextra&WT.mc_ev=click&chave=homesub_destaque_extra
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    martel80 , October 18, 2013 1:36 AM
    Protecting your economy through import duty, fees and taxes is a double-edged sword.
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    SteelCity1981 , October 18, 2013 2:30 AM
    don't blame this one on sony blame it on your countries import fees and taxes and if you think the ps4 will cost a pretty penny wait until you see what the xbox one will be going for down there!
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    chesterman , October 18, 2013 2:57 AM
    although we DO have unbelievable high taxes and import fees, the companies here are used to have stratospherical profits.
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    marck1001 , October 18, 2013 3:01 AM
    SteelCity, xbone will cost half of the ps4 price in Brazil. So yeah blame it on Sony, at least partially. Both ps4 and Xbox are abysmally taxed in Brazil. I care less btw. But in this case MS will love to see ps4 fanboys going to Xbox one.
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    marck1001 , October 18, 2013 3:16 AM
    I don't wanna blame on Sony, really, but it's hard on this case.

    PS4 - 3,999 Brazilian Real
    Xbox One Limited Release - 1.979,10 Brazilian Real

    I honestly hope this is a mistaken news or else Sony one major less point for you - the potential next generation gamers in a 200 million population country will stick with Xbox (if they are smart).
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    Rafael Alves , October 18, 2013 3:55 AM
    I´m Brazilian and the only think I can say is that a lot of PS4s bought in the US and Europe will never see a game in American or European soil.
    The PS4 black market will be big, really big.
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    Rafael Alves , October 18, 2013 3:57 AM
    *thing
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    skrlet17 , October 18, 2013 4:09 AM
    I'm from Brazil. And, sincerely, I'm not even a bit proud of my country. Really! For every USD you pay on a console like PS4 or Xbox One, we'd pay about three times its cost. This is so lame! I'd rather go for US and buy all I ever wanted and be happy!
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