Much has been made about the fact that Microsoft's Xbox One is priced at $499.99 in the US for its upcoming November 22nd launch compared to the $399.99 price of Sony's PlayStation 4, thanks in part because Microsoft is including the Kinect sensor in every box. In the UK, the price for the Xbox One will be £429, compared to £349 for the PS4, and in the rest of Europe the Xbox One is being sold for €499, compared to €399 for the PS4. Finally, the Xbox One will debut in Australia for $599.99 AUD, compared to $549 AUD for the PS4.
There is one more territory where the Xbox One will go on sale November 22nd and that's in Brazil. In that country, the console will actually be cheaper to buy than the PS4, but that's not saying much. The official PlayStation blog in Brazil has confirmed that the PS4 will be priced at 3,999 Real (the official currency of the country). That's about $1,850 in US dollars.
Game Informer reports that the Xbox One will be priced at 2,200 Real in Brazil, making it cheaper than the PS4 for launch. However, in US dollars it's still very expensive at around $1,000. Add it all up and the cost of purchasing a next-gen console in Brazil is absurdly high. Our question is why can't Microsoft cut the price of the Xbox One down in other parts of the world as they apparently can do in Brazil.
Source: Game Informer | Image via Microsoft