One look at pre-order prices of upcoming games for the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles shows that Australian gamers will continue to pay more.
The finding highlights the need for the government to act on price discrimination, following the report of a government inquiry into IT pricing.
To date, not all prices for upcoming releases have been confirmed by retailers. However, a look at 10 PS4 games and 13 Xbox One games has shown that Australian gamers are once again on the wrong side of the digital pricing divide.
A CHOICE analysis of the available game prices has shown that Australians will pay an average of 33% more for PS4 games and 29% more for Xbox One games. This is excluding Australia’s 10% GST.
Highly anticipated games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts and Destiny will cost 37% more in Australia, on both the Xbox and PlayStation.
IT price inquiry
The House Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications’ inquiry in IT pricing recently released its final report. It noted large price disparities between the Australian and US market, and called for a number of reforms to help Australians access cheaper products from overseas.
CHOICE’s submission to the inquiry surveyed over 200 products and found that Australians were paying around 50% more for software, computers, iTunes, and (of course) games.
The latest Xbox and PlayStation consoles seem set to continue this discrimination.
CHOICE will continue to campaign for an end to pricing from international businesses that is unfair to Australian consumers. You can help by signing up to be a campaign supporter.
CHOICE’s work on digital price discrimination