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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 B3an on 4/23/2008 3:08:55 PM , Rating: 3
No, it's because the overall yearly income for a average person in the UK is considerably higher than that of the average person in the US. And the same with a lot of other western European countries. So stuff naturally costs more as companies can afford to rip off people with higher prices, yet still sell as many units.


RE: Expensive!
By geddarkstorm on 4/23/2008 3:46:52 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, isn't economy fun?


RE: Expensive!
By jajig on 4/23/2008 4:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
The average yearly income for people in the US and Australia is about $40,000 ($US40k for the US and $AUS40k for Australia) so that can't be it either. Australia is also closer to China so it can't be transportation costs either.

I don't think Big Mac economics is accurate. http://www.economist.com/markets/bigmac/about.cfm


RE: Expensive!
By B3an on 4/24/2008 2:03:28 AM , Rating: 2
Well i've no idea about Aus. Seems they just get shafted, plain and simple. But what i said is true for most western Europe countries.


RE: Expensive!
By StevoLincolnite on 4/24/2008 2:46:28 AM , Rating: 2
Could it be because of Tax's and what not?
Australia has a 10% Tax on all Goods and Services, not to mention other taxes slapped onto all imports and exports, plus freight charges, added Mark-ups plus our population is lower which in turn would effect the whole Supply/Demand Issue.


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