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The GTA IV bundle box art  (Source: SCEE)
Sony announces PlayStation 3 packed with Grand Theft Auto IV

Along with Metal Gear Solid 4, Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the biggest titles yet for PlayStation 3 – the only difference with MGS4, of course, is that GTA IV isn’t a platform exclusive. But that’s not going to stop Sony from treating GTA IV as one of its very own, and creating a new system bundle around the highly-anticipated title.

Announced today by both Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Australia is an official Grand Theft Auto IV bundle that will pack the game in along with the 40GB PlayStation 3 model. “We are delighted to offer the millions of PS3 and GTA fans the ultimate gaming package,” said David Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Unfortunately for those hoping to get the latest DualShock 3 controller model with the new bundle, Sony indicated that the GTA IV bundle will include the outgoing SIXAXIS controller only. Such news may be the most disappointing for Australian gamers, who will have to purchase the DualShock 3 controller separately for a mindboggling AUD$99 (USD$92) when it releases this week. Gamers in Europe have yet to hear of an official launch date for their rumbling controllers.

The Grand Theft Auto IV PlayStation 3 bundle will retail in Europe at €439 (USD$696) and in Australia for AUD$749.95 (USD$715).

Gamers also considering paying the premium for the Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition game package will want an early sneak-peek of the game from an unknown retailer.



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RE: Expensive!
By steven975 on 4/23/2008 1:58:27 PM , Rating: 4
It's not that simple. Prices are set by Sony by market. The 40GB PS3 is considerably more than $399 USD in europe.

The sliding dollar has made other currencies more expensive relative to the dollar (and the dollar less relative to others), but Sony can't make up for that by pricing PS3s at $600 US...they tried that but no one bought. Europeans are used to the 400 euro price point and Americans accept the $400USD price point...that's about the fact of it. Just goes to show that currency values and purchasing power between them are only casually related.


RE: Expensive!
By Pipperox on 4/24/2008 11:09:54 AM , Rating: 2
I think you're spot on.
Part of the price difference is due to taxes, yes.
But a bigger part of it is just about Europeans being used to pay a certain nominal price on electronic goods, regardless of the actual exchange rate versus other currencies.
The nominal price has a big effect on people's mind and their buying decisions.
It is "thanks" to this mechanism that in countries such as Italy and Germany the prices of several goods sneakily doubled after the introduction of the € currency.
Like, how a pair of Levi's used to cost 120 DM before, which began 120 € later... except that 1€ = 2DM.


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