You don’t want to buy the PS4 in Brazil 
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Zoe Hawkins
October 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

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It’s expensive to be a gamer in Brazil. When the PS3 launched there, it was seriously over priced, and now it seems that we’re going to see the same with the PS4. Even with Rand exchange rates, we aren’t suffering as much as these poor bastards. 

According to the Brazilian Playstation Blog, the PS4 will retail for $3 999 Real. That’s $1 850 or R18 186. And to think, I am worried about affording next gen consoles at a third of that price! It looks like Microsoft will corner the Brazilian market – the Xbox One is the more affordable option, retailing at $2 200 Real or $1 000. So this is why there are so many Brazilian PC gamers on the Dota 2 servers – they have to play on PC because console is just too expensive.

Suddenly, I feel a lot better about the console prices here in South Africa. I’m still not sure I will afford to buy at launch, but at least I’d only need to go without food or electrify for a month to pay for it. What do you think of the costs of next generation consoles? Considering they last for so many years, most consoles are worth the investment. But wow, that upfront investment is quite something. Still, another reason to be grateful I don’t live in Brazil, over and above my fear of these things.

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    That’s an insane price. Why is it so much more expensive?

    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      Perhaps the government want to eliminate peasants?

    • HvR

      Import duties and federal taxes mount up to a few hundred percent.

      If I remember correctly if you import via air there is a extra flat rate tax of 60% before any other taxes and duties.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        No I get that, but then why is the bone nearly half the price, everywhere else in the world it’s more expensive because of the added extra no one wants. I doubt they’re flying in PS4s.

        • HvR

          There are ways to reduce taxes by starting affiliated companies in country and perform some assembly and packaging in country etc.

          Only problem is doing business in Brazil is terrible, time consuming and corrupt affair. For instance to open a bank account for a new foreign company will typically take between 6 and 12 months if you do not want to give “coke and kfc” money.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      They have a luxury goods tax which inflates the cost of all electronics. In their case, it’s their government screwing them over, rather than greedy distributors (cough cough… Mzansi Nambabwe)

  • Hammersteyn

    I see what Brazil is doing. Only adults can afford consoles and there is no way that say 80% of the parents will buy this for their kids as a toy because of the ludicrous price. Can’t even begin to imagine what the XBone’s price will be. This is a clever way to keep kids from playing GTA and COD.

    • Tarisma

      As well as most adults

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      The bone is just less than half the price.

  • Tarisma

    Our Price disparities are not that bad. Yesterday I was busy ordering camera lenses from the UK for my family to bring over for me when they visit. Before I ordered I checked the local price and it was pretty close.

  • NecroRince

    WTF? Shame man.

  • Martin du preez

    LOL Brazil. The PS2 officially launched there in 2009 for more that $400

  • veggiesaurus ZA

    They need (and surely have) the equivalent of PhoenixTech

  • Odyssey

    WTF ? I think they just don’t want people to be in their houses playing video games while, in the meantime the world cup will be hosted in the country stadiums.