PS5, as well as the Xbox Series X | S and Nintendo Switch, have prices that are extremely high in some countries such as Brazil in particular, where the Sony console costs as much as 5 minimum wages local, something on which he also intervened recently Cory Barlog, creatore di God of War, proving to be quite critical of the issue.
“It’s tough considering how expensive consoles are today. A PS5 in Brazil costs as little as 5 minimum wages, it’s no longer a thing for everyone,” said a user on Twitter, responding to a Barlog discussion on the issue of accessibility of games. and the fact that these must be for everyone.
To this, the director of God of War replied directly: “I mean it’s absurd that the price is so high and is not balanced depending on the situation for each region, “Barlog said.
Note that the consideration is general for the gaming industry and does not specifically concern Sony’s internal policies. The question of prices, especially with regard to gaming hardware, does not depend on the specific policy of Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, given that these costs arise mainly from the application of local taxes for these products.
However, there is no doubt that the companies are aware of the matter and could perhaps try to do something to limit these disparity, which in some countries such as Brazil reach truly impressive peaks, costing more than in other countries despite a weaker domestic economy. However, much of these disparities derive from elements that have little to do with producers, such as taxes applied and different economic situations with regard to entire countries.
South America is a particularly well-known case regarding this situation, a price cut in Brazil had already emerged for the PS5 for the launch, but the console still costs a lot.