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Xbox 360 in India

It has been a few months since the xbox 360 has been available in India, and despite all that they have done the response seems a little shallow. For the first time ever I saw a game console advertised on city streets and on Indian television. Banks are offering installment schemes to buy this console. Now if you can’t afford to buy the console right away I suggest you skip on getting it entirely, because the real costs come when you buy games, assuming you’re not going to play a single racing or sports title for the rest of the consoles life. Which I’ve seen many of my friends do with their PS2s.

I don’t know of anyone who has purchased the 360 legally here in India, everyone has grey market modded versions, and for good reason too. There are only a bunch of games available, which don’t really appeal to more serious gamers like myself. Although I did see Microsoft’s division on ebay selling Gears of War and Viva Pinata.

It’s not just because of the lack of availability, but the pricing too is a bit steep by Indian standards. An average 360 title costs from anywhere around Rs. 2,300 to Rs. 3,000. Now I don’t know the exact prices, these are just what I saw on ebay and they seemed quite legit. Normal PC games cost quite a bit less.

What I’m trying to say here is, with piracy rampant in India, you can get the games for less than 1/10th the price at places like Palika Bazaar, etc. So why couldn’t just they lower the prices of the originals and make a little money atleast?

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