According to a report today from VG 24/7, Sony said that the Brazilian price tag of the PlayStation 4 –– R$3,999 or roughly $1,850 –– was exorbitantly high, though the inflated price is due to local taxes.
Following reports of the high-priced next-gen console, Sony’s Latin America general manager Mark Stanley the company has received “hundreds” of negative comments from frustrated customers.
However, Stanley posted a diagram on the PlayStation Brazil blog outlining where the $1,850 is divvied, including 63 percent going toward local taxes.
The diagram shows 15.5 percent going to the retailer’s margin and 21.5 percent goes to the PS4 cost –– roughly $390.
Sony is trying to work to negotiate a lower tax burden, Stanley said, while considering manufacturing the hardware directly in Brazil. Since Sony started producing its PS3 units locally in Brazil this year, the price of the hardware has dropped significantly.
The PS4 launches in North America on Nov. 15, in Europe on Nov. 29, and in Japan on Feb. 22. The next-gen console will launch in Brazil on Nov. 29 as well.