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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 oab on 4/23/2008 2:06:25 PM , Rating: 2
And yet ironically, the Canadian dollar has grown to parity and our prices dropped to match the US ones.

Figure that out.


RE: Expensive!
By mmntech on 4/23/2008 6:56:33 PM , Rating: 2
Got my 60gb for $450 that way, $100 off. However, the difference was that Canadians could simply take a short drive across the border and buy it for the lower price. Canadian retailers had to cut prices or else they'd loose more business. In Europe and Australia, people don't really have that option unless you turn to eBay. I think most would be too lazy to go through the hassle.

I know that Australians have always paid a lot for electronics but those costs are obscene. The 60gb was around $699 here when it first came out when the dollar was weak. However, that included full BC and the stuff Sony has since cut out.
I'm glad I got my DualShock 3 for $20. Best Buy Canada has them on sale for that provided you buy GT5 Prologue. No way I'd pay $90 for something that shakes a little. Aussies and Europeans are definitely being ripped off by retailers, even if you take away the VAT.


RE: Expensive!
By Pipperox on 4/24/2008 11:04:09 AM , Rating: 3
It's not just about being lazy.
First, if you buy something from the US, you may have to pay VAT and import taxes plus shipping costs, which reduce the convenience of the operation.
Also, you go exposing yourself to a lot of potential troubles, like having to resort to worldwide instead of local warranty, and the chances of something being dead on arrival are higher because of the overseas shipping.
Not to mention the longer shipping time, which can be lengthened if the good is stuck at the customs etc.
And in the past there was also the problem of different TV standards (PAL vs NTSC) even if this is disappearing now thanks to HDTV.


RE: Expensive!
By MrDiSante on 4/23/2008 8:31:40 PM , Rating: 2
Simple: I live in Toronto, Canada 150km (~100 miles) from the nearest American shopping mall. Cross the border. The prices are lower as well as the taxes. Cross the border back - pay maybe 25% of the price difference as duties.

If you're buying something big - congratulations you just saved a coupla hundred bucks. Canadian retailers can't afford that, so they lower the price just enough to make the hassle not worth it.


RE: Expensive!
By wordsworm on 4/23/2008 9:46:35 PM , Rating: 2
So... let me get this straight. People are going to drive 300 miles, pay about $35 for gas and 4 hours driving (based on 25mpg and great traffic conditions) to save maybe $30-$40 bucks on a console? I think it makes sense if you're making a booze/smoke run, but not just for a console.


RE: Expensive!
By xsilver on 4/23/2008 9:57:37 PM , Rating: 3
25% off a ps3 is not $30-$40. Plus who said you cant go across the border for more than just 1 ps3?


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