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Think The PS4 Is Expensive? Be Glad You Don't Live In Argentina

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Or, for our Argentinian readers who do live in Argentina...I'm sorry. So sorry.

Americans have it made. Gamers in Europe and Australia (and elsewhere!) pay a lot more, comparatively, for games and hardware.

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But the PAL Tax is nothing on what gamers in other markets, like those in South America, face. Small consumer bases

As is the case with many markets in South America - Brazil being another major culprit - the price of gaming in Argentina is a little silly. A smaller consumer base means everything from distribution to retail costs more, and that leaves gamers there with...quite the bill if they want to buy a PS4.

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Sony is selling the console for $6500 (that's Pesos). Which translates, roughly, to around USD$1100.

Crazy, right? Well...it is. Kind of. Consider this, though: that's Sony selling the product officially. Through its own retail channels, and with the offer of a full warranty and support, a rarity in the region. So on the one hand, good Lord, that's expensive. But on the other, hey, good for Sony for at least making the effort.

You can of course pay a lot less by importing an American console, which is what a lot of people will end up doing. It just won't have the same warranty, etc as an official Argentinian model.

PS4 [Sony, via Reddit]

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SniperSniper
Sniper Gillespie

Come visit the occupied Palestinian territories. The prices here for games and hardware are ridiculous. Some examples (and I'll break it down for you in USD instead of the local currency): PS3 Dualshock controller - $100. Saints Row 4: $175. Playstation Vita: about $450. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3: $120. Nintendo Wii: $325. Nintendo WiiU: about $500....roughly same going price for a PS3 or Xbox 360 (give or take a few dollars). A couple months ago, I was in a store and saw Motorstorm Apocalypse. It was a low price compared to the other games, so I picked it up for 250 Israeli shekels. In hindsight, that was a rip off because according to XE.com, I paid about $70 and some change for it. Most of my PS3 stuff is purchased through Amazon in the states and brought over here with friends or family.