The Brazilian members of the forum, will know the high cost of games consoles in their country, the PS3 was $1,135 during its official Brazilian release in 2010.
Manufacturing the console in the country will greatley reduce the price, but saying that, the price is still extortionate with the 250GB model retailing at 1,099 Reais, which equals to $546.744(US), £352.823(UK) and €416.424(EU), compared to $299.99(US)/£199.97(UK) price to the 500GB Assassins Creed III Bundle.
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São Paulo, Brazil, May 7, 2013– At a press conference held in São Paulo, Brazil, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. today announced the local manufacturing of the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system as part of its commitment to invest in the growth of the gaming industry in Brazil. The PS3 systems are manufactured by Sony Brasil Ltda. in Manaus, state of Amazonas. The suggested retail price of a locally manufactured PS3 (250GB) is $1,099 Reais (MSRP).
Both Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, participated in the event to acknowledge the significant milestone.
“Sony Computer Entertainment continues to invest in the Brazil game market as part of our long-term commitment to the country and its gamers,” said House. “Locally manufacturing PlayStation 3 in Brazil will benefit gamers, retailers and developers. The local manufacture of PlayStation 3 is expected to infuse the Brazilian economy with approximately $300 million over the next 12 months.”
“Brazil is home to some of the most passionate gamers in the world and we’re focused on providing them with the best entertainment experiences that can only be found on PlayStation,” said Tretton. “With today’s manufacturing announcement and the amazing lineup of localized games, there’s never been a better time to join the PlayStation family if you live in Brazil.”
Other announcements included the much anticipated action-adventure game from Naughty Dog, The Last of Us, which will launch in Brazil simultaneously with the worldwide release, fully localized in Brazilian Portuguese. In addition, Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V will be the first Grand Theft Auto ever to be localized with text into Brazilian Portuguese. During the event, Sony Computer Entertainment also announced a new software bundle for God of War Ascension that includes a 250GB PS3 system and the God of War: Ascension game for R$1,099 (MSRP).
Mark Stanley, General Manager, Latin America, for Sony Computer Entertainment America, who hosted the event, also announced the launch of a major communications campaign that will run in Brazil throughout 2013 as an extension of the popular “Viva Em Estado Play” that has been running across Latin America.
“This communication campaign will inspire millions of Brazilians to immerse themselves in the world of PlayStation. As part of this celebration, we have created an opportunity for 10 Brazilian gamers to each win one of the first PS3 systems made in Brazil,” said Stanley. “What better way to celebrate Brazil’s passion for gaming.”