Sony has officially announced the new GTA IV / PS3 bundle for Australia, but it is a rip-off in comparison to what is being offered in other territories. Gameplayer reports.
Unfair maybe, but a rip-off hardly.
No surprise here. I'm more surprised they aren't used to it yet
Today our prediction was confirmed, with Sony Australia confirming that the 40GB PS3 with GTA IV deal (previously only officially announced for the UK and Europe) will be hitting stores on May 1st for a RRP of $749.95 So a free copy of gta4 with the bundle but ya an extra 50 sucks got Ausies but your not the only ones getting shafted as they havnt even offered it here yet...
Then don't buy it! What? It's more expensive not to buy the bundle? Oh.. then buy it!
Its a rip off until you realize you cant play the uncut version of GTA4 on your 360 because they are locked. Run out and buy a PS3 and you can import the game in all its uncut glory, and all is well.
How articles like this get approved is just beyond me.
bla bla bla another GTA IV deal. Big whoop. Sony throwing an extra $50 on Aussie console cost that they didn't feel they needed to charge Europeans and UK is something worth bringing up and dicussing. IMO anyway
Granted, in Australia your paying £34 more for your PS3 than in the UK, but hey check the difference between the US and the UK, its a bit more of difference. Thats world economics for you. There may be a few places in the UK that are selling this bundle for £299, but most places I've seen are averaging around £319.99. Now thats £20 more than this article is stating. When you work it out, the difference between the normal retail price ($699 Aus dollars) and this bundle its only $50 Australian dollars more, thats about £24, so its only in reality £4 more. How is that a rip-off, slightly more expensive but hardly a rip-off (and this is coming from a brit). Britain is hardly the cheapest place to buy most things, its nicknamed by the people who live here "Rip-off Britain" for a reason. Edit: To Skerj below, try paying in comparison for your gas $10 a gallon (in the UK, one litre is £1.06, you work out the math), but as you say, "those are the breaks". Some people and websites, have to stop moaning. This is just a cheap attempt to gain hits to a website by trying to paint Sony in a bad light, its pathetic. Its just a small £4 difference, give it a rest.
That kinda really sucks for aussies because they get surcharges and high interests rates and I would assume that no dualshock would piss anyone off especially if it's already available...when you spend that kinda money...its only right to get a little something extra.
More negative news about the Australlian PS3. Sad.
http://www.n4g.com/up/16627... No reason for me to go into detail, I'm tired of telling people to stay away from there site.
then Fu$k off. I am sick of fools like you trying to tell me what I should and shouldn't consider to be worth reading. crawl back into your hole. I think the point is valid. Why are they forced to pay more. Why? I want a reason, not you jumping on your little bandwagon. Journalism is about standing up and having opinionated say, not toeing the company line which is what you seem to want.
@SlappingOysters But that's just it. The article doesn't explain WHY. It's just says it costs more. Well do some research. Call Sony. Call Rockstar. Is there a difference in the taxes the UK pays on games versus AU? Do they get a price break because the market is bigger and thus it cost less per unit to sell in the UK? You want answers, but the article gives you none. So why aren't you yelling at them instead of other N4G users? If they did proper research they could lay the blame at Sony's feet, but it's a half ass article with no research. Be mad at the author not the N4G users.
That's a decent point. Perhpas the answer is "no comment".
He's right. He does sound like a whinny b*tch. What a clown, he's all but blaming Sony for petrol prices and interest rates. Getting a PS3 and GTA in a bundle for 70 bucks less than buying them separate is not a rip off no matter how you want to spin it. If he wants to go down that path of complaining how Aussies get ripped off than do it but dont single the GTA bundle out for some little fanboy rant. Why not say that ALL console and games are overpriced here. Did you know we pay $400 for a Wii?
I rarely see positive PS3 news on Gameplayer anyway, hate to be one of those guys who makes calls like that but it has been my observation.
Well actually for a couple of days in a row they were bashing Microsoft lately, so now they have decided its Sony's turn;)
Why? I no I seem to be the only adult on these forums that actually wants to see people standing up an confronting the man but how you people can condone Aussies being charged an extra 50 bucks over Europe and England for no reason does in my head. Are you rich daddy kids or something. I have to save up and pay for my stuff myself, and this sucks.
Well actually as I previously stated in the news about the Aussie bundle announcement. PS3 = 678$ in all major stores like JBHiFi, BigW and I guess at EBGames its 680$ something like that & so we are getting the game for around 72$ not 50$. Yes I know, Australian gaming market is not as big as other countries, but that doesn't they will sell the product at double price. I always buy games from ebay. I don't have any extra money to waste on something that I can get it for half the price on ebay :@ Again it isn't Sony's fault, its the retailers, everything is expensive in Australia, the headphones I saw in US costs 100$ there and 250$ here:| So you are better of buying electronics from someplace else than Australia.
In my country, PSP and DS cost almost the same..
In my country, we put pants on our head and walk upside down.
I'm getting sick of these pathetic attempts to trash Sony/Ps3 Here in New Zealand we get the same as the Australians. http://www.dse.co.nz/cgi-bi... The Bundle we have is: 40 G Ps3 and controller GT5 Prologue GTA4 ---> for NZ$850. Rumble hasn't been release yet, so of course it's not being included in the bundle. For pete's sake, a 40 G Ps3 alone goes for NZ$799. If the writer thinks this is a rip off then he's a idiot. And Sony has the right to offer any sort of bundle they want in any territory - or not. We don't have the right to a bundle.
It is a rip off and just because he is pointing it out doesnt mean he is "trashing sony" God forbid anyone point out the unwelcome truth Sony indeed has the right to offer any bundle they want, and if they wish to offer us cast off bundles with obsolete hardware its our right not to buy it. No wonder Game companies get away with charging us more than double if people like you are around to apologize for it and attack anyone who dare speaks out against it. $99.99 for a dualshock 3? (94$ US) April fools was weeks ago sony.
The cost of the dualshock 3 is roughly $40 more in Australia than in the US. That's roughly £20 sterling, well guess what, if you want a dualshock 3 in Britain, thats how much extra we pay over our American cousins. Thats down to the economy, tax, import duties etc of each country, although Sony could balance it out a bit, but then the same goes for microsoft in each prospective country. But this article is not about dualshock 3 price, its about the GTA bundle comparison to the UK price. This article if you read my above post, is incorrect with regard $50 difference, its actually closer to $8 (£4), hardly a rip-off. If you don't like paying £4 ($8) more than us in the UK, then don't buy it. If you already own a PS3, your not gonna buy this bundle anyway. The bundle price compared to buying both items separately is cheaper, so how is that a rip-off? If your pi**sed off at the fact the dualshock 3 isn't included, give it a few more months until the sixaxis is fazed out, and you'll get this given away in future bundles as well.
Australia is not part of the EU and most of the tarrifs that increase your price, shouldnt apply to us but they are anyway because we use the same televison standard as you. Games in Australia are just the UK version with an australian ratings board sticker on the front and the price of our games is set by your market not ours. That is why i am annoyed. You are getting screwed on price too man, its just we get it a little worse on top. Furthermore I put the Ds3 price in US dollars because most of the visitors to this site are American. With the relative currency values the way they are we should not be paying double but we are. i dont know how to be any more clear than that.
its only a bit more expensive, but not much
Agreed, Australia isn't part of the EU, and our tariffs shouldn't apply to you. Unfortunately Britain, like Australia, we pay a lot more on most things electrical, when compared to the "US". Is it fair that we in Britain and Australia pay more than in America, NO. Should we not speak out against it, hell NO. But given the price difference of £4 over the Australian prices of this bundle compared to the UK price, is it really worth an article like this? Sony are to some degree controlled by the market forces of each country, but they could scale the prices in each country to make them comparable to each other, but then the same goes for microsoft, and any electrical manufacturer out there. To me this seems just like a piece of flamebait to gain some site hits. Their singling out Sony, whereas to be fair, they should highlight perhaps all electrical manufacturers, even our governments and their taxation rules. But then thats a bigger argument altogether. But I do understand where your coming from, (rip-off Britain) I know where your argument lies, so for speaking up, bubbles to you. Edit: SlappingOysters, no need to apologize for being a bit aggressive. But, my original (3.) post at the top clearly stated that the price from most retailers here in the UK is actually more like £319.99 not £299. So the difference is closer to £4 rather than £20. And no, I don't have a mortgage, i'm struggling to actually get on the property ladder with the high prices for houses here in the UK, so every penny counts. But that still doesn't change my view of this article.
It is more like 25 pounds. And yeah it is. Just copping it on the chin is why nothing every gets done about it// Sorry if I am being a bit aggressive, but I am finding it hard at the moment to pay for all the gaming and things like this just really upset me. It so unwarranted. Like we already don't pay enough. P.S If you disagree then you obviously don't have kids and a mortgage.
A plain 40GB PS3 in Norway costs 760 US$. http://www.spaceworld.no/ws...
yea, but we have great consumer-laws...if our ps3s stop working after 4 years and 364 days , we get a new one. so we have good protection from faulty hardware
Some cheese to go with their whine...
Yeah, well, all video game consoles cost a lot in Australia. The Xbox 360 Pro there is 549 Aus Dollars, which is like 520 US Dollars... compared to 350 US Dollars for that same console in America (and most other regions). So, don't look at this like Sony's screwing Australia on this deal. Australia gets screwed in general. GTA IV itself will have a suggested retail price of about 110 Aus Dollars (typical games have a suggested price of 99-119 now), which is more than 100 US Dollars.
Was priced at 319 http://www.n4g.com/ps3/News... Was I wrong?
All Puns aside someone needs to let Crocidlie Dundie lay they Smack Down on this unfair bundle treatment!
Uk is only an island if you look at it from the water. I twisted the line from jaws:) Either way i'm english. And yes we get the shaft on most things. I don't want the stiff upper lip, i want cheaper goods.
*sigh* Another article stating how Sony screwed over their fans abroad. Here we go again.
Oh shut up, it's a rip-off in Scandinavia. The bundle cost €500 in EBGames/GameStop and Game, when the PS3 alone only cost €399, we pay €100 for the game. So please just stop :D
the whole system is a rip off
hahahaha.so true.bubbles 4 u
No, the 360 is a ripoff.
.. you're gaming source for all your Pro XBOX360/anti PS3 GTA IV news...
If you actually studied it in school, then this article doesn't make much sense. People keep comparing the costs of things in other countries to their own, but the cost of living and average wages differ from place to place. So naturally the prices will be different. Then add import taxes and other fees. That's the short version.
Saving money, THAT'S A RIP OFF!
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