The other day we reported that due to taxes and other various costs, Sony’s PlayStation 4 would end up costing Brazilian gamers R$3,999, which when converted is about $1,850, an eye-watering amount that would have netted gamers in the US about 4 PlayStation 4 console units already. Naturally many were outraged, despite not being Brazilians themselves, as the idea of forking out close to $2,000 for a console is a little ridiculous, and some have accused Sony of being greedy. Interestingly enough Sony has since released a statement about the price of the PS4 in Brazil, and it sounds like they’re not too happy about having to charge that much either.
According to the statement, “We want to emphasise that it isn’t in the interest of Sony Computer Entertainment America to sell PS4 units at this high retail price, as it’s not good for our gamers and it’s not good for the PlayStation brand.” They go on to offer a breakdown of the price at Valor Economico (it’s written in Portuguese) and state that they are working with government agencies at bringing down the price, as well as the possibility of manufacturing the console locally as they did with the PlayStation 3 which would undoubtedly help reduce their costs drastically. However until then, we guess gamers in Brazil will just have to contend with the outrageous price tag.