$896. That’s how much Brazilian gamers will be forking out for the PS Vita once it becomes available in the South American country. The staggering price was uncovered by Kotaku Brazil, citing sources “close to retail”.
The Kotaku Brazil post states that the price isn’t even for the 3G version (the more expensive model), which it believes Sony won’t be releasing there.
Sure, $350 (Wi-Fi) and $420 (3G) for the Vitas here is nothing to sneeze at, but you can’t argue Brazil has more than enough ammunition to justify importing overseas units. Going by the post’s comments, this is exactly what many are planning to do.
For comparison purposes, the Nintendo 3DS was R$1199 ($651) before the price drop and R$799 ($435) after.
According to a Gamasutra story on Brazil’s gaming market, the country places extremely high taxes on non-essential goods (especially games and consoles) and most people get their games from sites such as Play Asia. A piece by GamePolitics reports prices can be “up to three times more” than the US. Given what we’ve seen here, that’s not hard to believe.
The Vita Brazilian will cost R$1,600, say our sources [Kotaku Brazil, via Save and Quit]