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Canada Goose online HomeGamesGames Share on Facebook Tweet Share Share Email Reddit CommentGaming is one of my favourite things. I’ve declared my love canada goose outlet uk sale for controlling the fate of pixels on a screen in excruciating detail in the past, and how much I enjoy replicating the tiki taka playstyle of football in EA Sports‘ FIFA. But there’s a big problem with gaming in India, one that has been around for so long that many have simply accepted it as fact: it’s an expensive hobby. Canada Goose online

canadian goose jacket Firstly, there’s the big hardware investment. If you’re looking to get into gaming, you’ve got two camps to choose from: the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One. Officially, the PS4 retails for Rs. 30,990 in India, which is almost canada goose outlet online 1.6x its price canada goose outlet in the US at $300 (about Rs. 19,500). If you’d rather go with Microsoft, you’re looking canada goose outlet shop at Rs. 23,990 for the Xbox One S, which is 1.3x its US price at $280 (about Rs. 18,200). canadian goose jacket

The mark up is considerably higher for those interested in 4K gaming. canada goose black friday sale In India, the PS4 Pro has a sticker price of Rs. 41,990, nearly Rs. 16,000 more than its $400 (about Rs. 26,000) price tag in the US. Xbox fans don’t have it any better: the Xbox One X will soon be Rs. 48,490, which is Rs. 15,990 more than what it costs in the US, at $500 (about Rs. 32,500).

Of course, this isn’t a problem unique to gaming consoles. One of the reasons for the high price is the customs duty levied by the Indian government, which affects nearly every product from phones to TVs. But while most categories have affordable options there are some great Rs. 10,000 phones, and you can get a 4K TV for less than Rs. 40,000 that’s not the case with gaming. Sony and Microsoft have a duopoly, and there’s no looking elsewhere.

Moreover, India doesn’t see Black Friday type hardware sales, which brought canada goose outlet canada both PS4 and Xbox One to under $200, or about Rs. 13,000, last November. That’s half the cost of both consoles in canada goose outlet store India, which even at their best retail for just a couple of thousand rupees less. Essentially, you could buy two PS4s for the price of one. That’s ridiculous.

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uk canada goose Unfortunately, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. According to a 2013 Gallup poll, the annual median per capita income in India stood at $616, which placed India 99th among the list of 131 countries polled, and last among the BRICS Brazil ($2,247), Russia ($4,129), India, China ($1,786), and South Africa ($1,217) which was formed owing to the similarities in their economies. India’s average is roughly a third of China, and lower than the likes of Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, and Mexico. The US, if you’re wondering, came in sixth with $15,480. uk canada goose

Of course, this doesn’t paint a true picture. As of 2014, 58 percent of India’s population lived on less than $3.10 per day, according to the World Bank, for whom video gaming remains an unthinkable proposition when basic needs can’t be properly met. But even for those with similar urban jobs in India and the US, average incomes are roughly 6 10 times more for those in the latter. According to data collected by job listings aggregator Indeed, a McDonald’s assistant manager earned $3,902 (Rs. 2,53,794) in India annually, as opposed to $25,764 (Rs. 16,75,948) in the US. A software canada goose outlet new york city engineer working canada goose outlet jackets for Google nets $13,685 (Rs. 8,89,968) in India, and $130,889 in the US.

canada goose black friday sale With such a big gulf in income, a salaried middle class Indian has to work 9 14 times more to afford a PS4. Add to that the fact that some game companies such as Nintendo don’t care about canada goose outlet uk India, which means you’ve to import the Switch (and in turn, pay even more) if you’re a fan of Mario and Zelda. And hence, even though console games $60 in the US, and Rs. 3,999 in India cost the same, Indians are essentially paying over 10 times more for every canada goose factory outlet game canada goose outlet as well. canada goose black friday sale

Canada Goose sale The high price of games means you get less for your money compared to other forms of entertainment in India. If you’re a film and TV shows buff, you’re likely subscribed to the big three streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar. Netflix comes in at Rs. 650 per month (that’s Rs. 7,800 annually), Amazon Prime costs Rs. 999 a year, and Hotstar is usually Rs. 199 per month (that’s Rs. 2,388 for the year). Put that all together and it comes to just over Rs. 11,000. Canada Goose sale

canada goose uk outlet On the PS4 and Xbox One, Rs. 11,000 will get you two big titles (Rs. 3,499 Rs. 3,999) and a couple of other smaller games (Rs. 1,499) at canada goose outlet store uk launch. That’s it. And that’s if you choose not to spend on Sony and Microsoft’s subscription service PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold, which are mandatory for playing online, and cost about Rs. 4,000 for the year. If you do need that, canada goose jacket outlet you can take one big title off your shopping list. Of course, if you don’t mind waiting movies canada goose outlet nyc take months to arrive on streaming services too, by comparison you can get games for Rs. 999 Rs. 2,499 during sales, helping you squeeze a couple of titles more. canada goose uk outlet

canada goose store But I’m not going to count the free canada goose outlet online uk games in canada goose outlet sale PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold, as most of them are either really bad or really old. Hence, even a best case scenario involves enjoy five great games a year, compared to dozens of new titles on Netflix, Amazon and Hotstar. And oh, you don’t need dedicated hardware for those. canada goose store

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canada goose coats There isn’t a lot Sony and Microsoft can do on the hardware front since the government levies duties, but surely it’s worth experimenting with regional pricing like they did in the PS3 Xbox 360 era. And it’s not like it’s impossible. Film studios from Disney to Warner Bros. have made it easier to buy on disc in India. Two canada goose outlet black friday of the biggest movies in recent months, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther, are Rs. 899 and Rs. 799 respectively on Blu ray, which is about half their $25 (Rs. 1,625) listed price in the US. canada goose coats

Granted films make most of their money from theatrical releases. But what’s stopping console and game makers from putting together a similar pay per play setup? For what it’s worth, Sony has PlayStation Now, but it’s only available in a few places, runs via the cloud and hence costs too much. Microsoft’s efforts with Xbox Game Pass, which is here in India, allows downloads and includes the latest exclusives, are more commendable. But both have canada goose outlet in usa a big common problem: they don’t offer new third party titles at launch.

Canada Goose Online EA, the owner of franchises such as FIFA and Need for Speed, has its own offering on Xbox One (EA Access) and PC (Origin Access) that goes a step further, but then limits access to new titles to 10 hours unless you pay for the full game. It’s obvious why, EA is afraid it’ll cannibalise its existing business if it removes that restriction. But maybe that’s not true. Since I first signed up for a music streaming service in 2014, I’ve listened to a lot more artists than before. And canada goose outlet reviews if gaming were canada goose outlet parka entirely subscription based, I’d definitely try out games that I canada goose outlet toronto factory might never consider outright buying. Canada Goose Online

Unfortunately, with the current model serving the industry well, and the prohibitive cost of gaming hardware in India keeping most away unofficial estimates put the PS4 at 250,000 units sold, and a mere 30,000 for the Xbox One the gaming powers that be are more than happy to squeeze out as much as possible from the dedicated ones. We deserve better, but is anyone even listening?

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