Microsoft cracks down on Australians buying from US Xbox Store

MMGN: Microsoft appears to have locked down access to the US Xbox Store for Australians, where digital games are up to $40 cheaper. With the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection earlier this month, gamers have found previously successful methods were now being greeted with "use a different way to pay" errors.

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Masterchief_thegoat1342d ago

I cant blame them, our price is way cheaper

Palitera1342d ago

Games here are ~80 USD.

I use these schemes all the time. Actually, I use all schemes I can to save some bucks when buying games. If there were none, I simply wouldn't buy half the games I get. I won't complain about my situation, but it is way harder to get 80 USD here than on the US or Europe.

Stiffler1342d ago (Edited 1342d ago )

I'm not whining here but just gonna put things into perspective.

A few major titles listed below in my region (Aus):
Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare standard edition - $100.10
Ryse: Legendary Edition - $89.95
Forza Horizon 2 Day One Ultimate Edition - >>>$151.95<<

It doesn't take much looking into to see that aussies get screwed over by the rest of the world when it comes to gaming and pricing -- Big companies do it because they get away with it and it's more profitable for them. It's a bit unfortunate but it's no wonder we're trying to outsource and buy from the states market.
E:typos :o

FriedGoat1342d ago

You're not though are you?
Your prices reflect how much you earn etc.
Judging by what I've seen of Australian prices for beer/food, everything is more expensive and the game prices aren't different.

steven83r1342d ago

Ya you will pay more in Australia but isn't your minimum wage almost $20 per hour? Kinda balances out don't ya think. Seeing as how a game here in the states is $65 and minimum wage is $7.00. Looks like you get the better end of the deal. And not sure what housing goes for in AUS though but i'm sure it's comparable to California.

Benchm4rk1342d ago (Edited 1342d ago )

Yeah im in Australia and while the prices are ridiculous I have to agree with FriedGoat and steven83r. In Australia someone with very little education and a Drivers License could easily earn over 100k per year in Mining. Thats why there is a lot of skill shortage here in health and education.

Baka-akaB1342d ago (Edited 1342d ago )

Well in my country , standard retail consoles games cost 110 to 120 dollars (and it used to be 150-160 dollars back in the 16 bits to ps1 era) . With the additional perks of being included (secluded to ?) to the EU zone , with even "better" prices for dlc and digital offerings .

So i pretty much always resort to importing games or cards . Even with the shipping , it usually cost much less .

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen1342d ago

Why are the prices so high? The Australian dollar is 1.15 for ever 1 US dollar. A game that costs 60 US dollars shouldn't be more than 70 Australian dollars based on the exchange rates. Are there tariffs that cause the price of the games to be 20, 30, or 40 dollars more instead of 10? I just did a little research and the Australian prices for PS4 games are high as hell too. Why?

Blaze9291342d ago (Edited 1342d ago )

if you are buying a game digitally, honestly - I don't see where there isn't a one, universal price of $59.99 USD

If I was a AU owner, you would literally have to explain to me now, why something I had access to for nearly $40 cheaper - is not for me and restricted.

Gonna need a really good reason.

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IrishSt0ner1342d ago

Old news... Happens to people all over the world, problem is using non-local credit cards. Buy pre-paid codes to use the other stores. Director of marketing blatantly stated this on GAF.

SteamPowered1342d ago

Damn regional costs shouldnt affect the price of digital goods. There are no middlemen, shipping, or anyone else looking for a cut. Just money straight to Microsoft. You would think they would just get parity on the currency and let you purchase.

Baka-akaB1342d ago (Edited 1342d ago )

it's sadly pretty much the same on almost all digital platforms for every mediums . They hide behind licensing issues even , to force you to bear the cost and burden of living in some places

ghostface91342d ago

ya they have to keep it the same as it costs in retail thats just the way it is otherwise they will pull there games from the shelves

gangsta_red1342d ago

Why?! Let these Aussie's get a better deal dammit!

If I had a chance to get something cheaper from somewhere else I would do it too.

Naga1342d ago

Well, if MS knew of a loophole and didn't close it, they would face sanction by the Australian government.

I don't blame our good buddies from the Land Down Under for using the loopholes, but we have to understand that Microsoft really doesn't have a choice about enforcing this; it's ultimately not their call, and they would face potentially huge fines for what the AU government would see as enabling tax evasion.

I mean, it sucks... but blame the Australian government for it.

Activemessiah1342d ago

Australians really are getting f***ed over every way possible

Sandy_Claws1342d ago

Yes, especially with the really high minimum wage of almost $20 an hour that Australia has. That's the worst thing of all. Wait a second...

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