As you might have noticed, the PS Store is currently blooming with new content (in certain countries of course) and with a new layout coming soon the PS Store has quite a promising future ahead of it.
It's just that the dollar is worth less now, it's not the PSN that's overcharging you, it's the US economy.
Even if the dollar is decreasing in value, all of the content should still cost the same for everyone. If that means adjusting the prices to meet economic fluctuations (either raising the US price, or lowering the South African price), so be it.
Anything less is unfair to SOMEONE (as this shows).
Just ask the Canadians, who have long paid far more for games and consoles (EDIT @1.2 below: and everything else in the damn world) than their American counterparts.
That being said, I'm sure XBL has this same issue, though. $10 US dollars probably buys more Microsoft points than the equivalent of $10 in Euros does.
Trust me...its not only the games us Canadians pay more for Edit: "and everything else in the damn world than their American counterparts." LOL...you dont even know how annoying it gets...lucky i live an hour away from the border.
It's kinda funny, my friend who lives in Norway gets everything dirt cheap (purchasing power wise). Example. normally a game would cost 599NOK which is equal to 120$. But off the PSN he can get Warhawk for 240NOK but out in the store it's 599NOK with headset. Get the point? Tekken 5 is only like 80NOK without online and he paid an additional 40NOK for online patch. Dirt cheap!!! I'm guessing GT5P is probably gonna be 240NOK as well. 1$ is usually around 5NOK now but was 5.5NOK around christmas times so stuff may get a bit more expensive if you're gonna calculate the actual value. But if you compare prices in the store and PSN (which is what you should anyway). PSN is dirt cheap.
If I still lived in Norway I would've bought a bunch of stuff from the Norwegian PSN. I bet those Warhawk expansion is like 20-30NOK or something. Anyway, my friend who is a great guy let's me download a bunch of stuff too so I don't see it being account/region locked either. With the exception of Warhawk and most likely the upcoming GT5P. Which is tied to the account. I can play on my friends Warhawk (and I usually do). So I'm guessing this is a PSP-only problem.
Are you telling me that games in Norway cost the equivalence of $120!? Wow, that really sucks!
If you calculate the exact value yeah.
But if you wanna calculate what they earn which is on average about 200k-250k NOK which is 40k-50k US$. Go figure. I'm guessing average earnings for US is 20k-25k US$.
Like I said, it's the purchasing power that is important. A 120$ sure sounds a lot but in reality if you live there, you put in about the same amount of work to get the same item.
@ firestarter norway has a much higher per person income so its nearly square @ story sorry but what a weak attempt to make the psn look bad... this has nothing to do with sony but with the global economy and mostlikely george w. bush for his politics ;D btw rtalking about whining we (europeans pay much more then the us 100€ = 156$ atm) ps3 game 108 $ (original retail price 69€) ps3 783 $ (500€ version)
I believe the mean wage for the average US worker is around $40k/year.
I never really understood what the point of the "Microsoft Points" system was. I'm glad Sony didn't go with something like that. It's stupid, you need a little conversion chart to know how much you're paying, it's ridiculous. Why can't I just use real money?? Btw, Average income for the American citizen is 25k per annum. That's what I heard a couple of years ago, at least. i can't imagine it's changed that much.
A blogger from South Africa's opinion...sigh, *goes back to Warhawk*
Well, it's not an "opinion" that the price is different, it's just an "opinion" on whether or not that price difference is fair.
so it is an "opinion"
So if you download from the US Store and then later switch your console to the European store, the old content won't work? There's no option to permanently switch all of the content over? Or at least get a refund on everything downloaded and re-download it?
I didn't know that. That seems kind of lame.
This is the sort of thing that will always keep digital downloads a step behind physical media. I don't want a game or movie collection I could suddenly lose due to some sort of technicality.
Yeah, you're right. Which is why I laugh and laugh and laugh when people say digital downloads will overtake Blu-ray for the leading HD format.
its called license restrictions, some us music videos can only be played in that country , it cant be released in the other country, if it is people can sue etc. That is one of the drawbacks of digital media, but thats the only way it can work and be protected at the moment.
my US store bought copy of Pain works on my regular EU account .. so there :P SURE it is unfair, so are different wages, and different prices for rent or food. But its pointless to whine about that. Compare the EU PS3 starting price of 599 EUR to the $ price then (value was about 130:100 EUR:$) Live is unfair, learn to cope with that. The store prices are targeted at the average income and buying power of a country. You don't see me complain that Everybodys Golf PS3 is EUR 72 at my local Amazon page, but only about EUR45 at amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com
Of course the PSN is guilty of unfair pricing, but it's not just the PSN, it's almost everything. From a BigMac to a mp3 player.
blame the all... ighty.... ollor
lol simpsons pun
The same goes if you compare the UK to the EU, the US to UK and JP to USA. Its also the same for the 360, the prices are different and will remain different while the countries of the world use different currency's. Case in point, Locoroco cost just £1.99 in the UK but in the US it was $5 (£2.50) but on the other hand Feel Ski cost £4.99 but in the US it was $3.49 (£1.75). Prices are different, get used to it or stop buying games, its a simple choice.
Sony don't set the PSN prices, the Developer of the content does.
Dont confuse this with the ps3 psn beacuse you can play content from outher countries that are from the ps3 store. This guy is having problems with the psp ps store. I rarely know any1 who acutally uses the psp store so ill go bak to my 2k8 and kick this under the bus as "sucks for you oh well".
Surely if _everything_ was adjusted to meet currency fluctuations, then there'd be no point in having different currencies. The 'value' of the dollar is only what it's traded at against the pound. Different goods and services have different prices in different regions because, well, you don't have a choice in the matter. Of course if I buy games on steam, it's in dollars, and I get a really great deal most of the time :D
I'd rather pay more for luxury goods and have free health care, more benifits, and higher wages. America is just totally messed up economically.
I live in Canada, and due to the value of the Canadian dollar being on par and at times worth more than the US dollar in the last year, Sony decided to harmonize the prices between Canada and the US.
We used to pay more for everything, even when Canadian dollars were converted to American dollars. It was unfair, but Sony has been one of the first multi national companies to harmonize Canadian and American prices.
Cheers to Sony!
But they have failed to live up to their initial promise consistently. The $29.99 Warkhawk download is $32.99 on PSN Canada. It shouldn't be more than $30.99. Not that the extra 2 bucks would stop me in this case, but it's just one example. Other $0.99 downloads are $1.50 or even $1.99, IIRC.
Right now the Canadian Dollars is worth more than the u.s dollar and we still pay more on everything on psn. example: Rockband Boston pack is 9.99$ here aross the border where our money is worth more we have to pay 11.49$ ?!?! go figure.
Man, you're freakin cheap
that guy thinks its over priced? in mexico everything costs the double or triple so dont swear it bucause of 2 or 3 more dollars
They REALLY need to change it for us Canadians...Im PISSED! Sure it's only a few dollars here and there but its THE PRINCIPALITY SMOKEY...YOU MESS WITH MY MONEY...YOU MESS WITH MY EMOTIONS.
If I want something from the PS Store bad enough, I will find some way to justify the cost! That's it!
that free is better.
um il blame americans as for most things...anyway i use the EU store. (to buy things i still use all the others too) and the worth your money is a bit odd sometimes...
you can buy PAIN for £4.99 then again something like omega dawn which was crap all for warhawk cost £3.99
those prices are too high.
yeah i notice that not to long go and just let it pass by.
there is nothing much that we can do.
There Moo~la is not worth as much as mine.....welcome to the world of currency I use to pay err $75 CND for a $60 US game... here's a tissue
WHY ARE YOU COMPLAINING! A stupid Xbox 360 Elite costs nearl $250 more in Australia then the US! MICROSOFT IS THE GREEDY ONES!
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