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PlayStation 4 to Be Ridiculously Expensive in Brazil

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.  

  • daekar
    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
    Even the 500$ is a bit much if you're a PC gamer/enthusiast.
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  • Blues_wolf
    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
    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
    11742801 said:
    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
    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
    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
    That's just insane , stick to a pc!
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  • IndignantSkeptic
    This is why organised crime exists and why excessive immigration exists.
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  • sanctoon
    In South Africa the current pre-order price is $630
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