As I already explained in the article about the iPhone 7 128GB purchased on Apple Store in Amsterdam – Netherlands, in my previous trips to Europe, all the work, always I ended up wasting the product dimension that could bring tax free. The only exception was a Chromecast 2 purchased at a Fnac in Paris – France, as already reported here in Skooter Blog.
In the last month of may, with trip scheduled for July, I decided that this time would be different. The prices in Europe are not as good as those of USA or Canada, but they're still better than Brazil's. In Brazil sadly if taxes higher than those of first world third world services that are offered. It's always been that way and probably always will be. Remember that the Squid, already convicted of corruption, continues to lead the research.
In the case of Playstation 4 For, He hasn't even officially came to Brazil, so the only option to purchase it here is with importers or importing directly, as I did with my Playstation 4, by cutting out the middlemen. And the price with middlemen is considerably taller than the European. Even the questionable source, where do you open hand of invoice, are still more expensive.
The choice of Playstation 4 For
For many the upgrade from the Playstation 4 for the Playstation 4 For not worth it. I am aware that most games will not render at 4 k resolution. Is more or less the same situation we have with the Playstation 3. He is capable of producing 1080 p, but only the simplest graphics games do. The games with more complex graphics end up in 720 p. On Playstation 4 For seems to be the same thing, the 4 k native will be for games with simpler graphics, While the most complex will use a lower resolution, with the difference that the upscaling will be done by the console.
I don't even have a TV 4 k, so my gain with the Playstation 4 For is even lower. But the greater processing capability enables superior graphics compatible games, even in 1080 p. And many of my favorite games are prepared or have updates to take advantage of the greater processing power of the Playstation 4 For.
The Playstation 4 For is the first and probably the only evolution of Playstation 4. The way the video game industry is behaving, it is possible that Playstation 5 is compatible with the games of Playstation 4 without the need for emulation. But if this does not occur, the Playstation 4 For probably the best version of Playstation 4, that collectors will want to have as the main model in the future.
I say this because possibly will still exist a Playstation 4 Pro Slim or something. And history shows that the early versions tend to be the best. When the industry begins to cut costs, the models tend to get worse.
Want examples? This occurred with almost all consoles I have. Starting from Atari 2600. The first models of the POLYVOX had fiberglass plate, imported. Soon came the consoles with phenolic paper board, lower material. After the POLYVOX passed the source into the console. To complete, came models without difficulty keys, without color or black selector switch and detachable controls, the last and worst version that the console received.
Then came the Master System, in the second model the Sega just with the compatibility with the 3D glasses and card games, and still gone with the button Reset. Not to mention that the first model was much more beautiful.
Super Nintendo? You can argue that the latest models (1Chip) has better picture (sharper), but it's just. He has until glitches in some games that the original version does not have.
Playstation? I have the Playstation One. I think he even cuter than the first model and we have to remember that the first model had a problem with the CD player. But we must not forget that the Playstation One also lost the button of Reset the cost-cutting.
Playstation 3? I don't change my model Fat by Slim or Super Slim. It is noisy, great, but still I consider as the best version. It is also the most beautiful. And I still ended up getting a version of 2009 with some cost cuts, without the compatibility with Playstation 2 and with only two USB ports. The first Fat were even better.
Ultimately, regardless of the gains are small today, in the future the Playstation 4 For is a console that I would like to have on my “collection”. When I have a 4 k TV, He will be ready for her. And in the meantime I'm enjoying the best chart that is offered in various games.
Prior to purchase, I made sure the Playstation 4 For work correctly in Brazil. Fortunately there are no major differences between the Playstation 4 For sold in different corners of the world. The inside source is bivolt automatic and works on both 50 Hz as in 60 Hz, so that just needs a socket adapter. There is also no regional games lock or restrictions about resolutions. The PAL vs. NTSC were for analog systems.
The only regional locks are about the playback of DVDs and Blu-rays of video. But who buys a Playstation 4 For to play DVDs and Blu-rays? Is an unnecessary wear of the optical reader. Better to buy a dedicated blu-ray player, that is a lot cheaper, exclusively for this. Yes, I bought a Playstation 3 in 2009 thinking of turning movies on Blu-ray, but at the time a Blu-ray player it cost the same as a Playstation 3. As soon as the prices of Blu-ray player fell I got one and stopped using the Playstation 3 for this.
Of course, I considered other products to invest my share. The Playstation VR was one of them, but he needs the Playstation 4 For to display your best potential. Also considered a Nintendo Switch, because I enjoy the Nintendo franchises as Mario, Mario Kart and Zelda, and my only Nintendo console until today is the Super Nintendo. But Nintendo Switch have regional lock and I'd always restricted to European games. Infeasible.
XBox One It would be a good thing, but I don't have much interest in exclusive Microsoft, except maybe for Forza. Furthermore, almost the entire library of games is common with the Playstation 4, and with similar graphics. And as the exclusive Microsoft come out for PC, I think it would be more advantageous for me to invest in a good video card for my PC, because I would save enough with the games coming out for all systems.
So ya, I bring a video card “top” for my PC. But then I remembered the various reasons why I stopped playing on PC. I quote some of them:
- I use the PC to work, so often he's doing some heavy processing, What's to stop me from playing.
- I do not know how it is today. But by the time I played on the PC developers installed so much crap to try to prevent piracy that often I would regret having bought the original game. That's enough banks to install crap on my PC. Already use a virtual machine just to home banking.
- My PC always has services running on background, What often causes jacksonvan in games. Be disabling services to play is somewhat unpleasant.
- I like to play just sitting on the couch and big screen TV. I know that the Steam allows you to make streaming for other devices on the same network. Theoretically I could use my PC for streaming to my Mini PC. But I don't know how well this works well, and I'd still have part of the power of the video card being used in video coding.
- Looks like you just buy a new video card to display a new game does not run fully on it. video cards become obsolete very quickly. Consoles seem to be starting to follow this trend, judging by the launch of Playstation 4 For. But, even so, I think the video cards become obsolete even faster. See the case of my GeForce GTX 760, acquired in 2014, which probably does not run any of the current games.
I wondered also some other items I've been dating a while, as a NAS 4 disks, at receiver compatible with HDMI 2.0, and an router, to respectively replace my DS214play, my Yamaha RX-A830 it's mine ASUS RT-AC68U. But all of these items are difficult to buy at local stores even in Italy. Buying online is only an option for those who will stay a few weeks in one place, which was not my case.
Then it was decided, at Playstation 4 For back in Europe with me. Now lacked decide where to buy it.
Planning to Purchase
Eu sempre gosto de planejar minhas compras no exterior com antecedência. Meu tempo livre lá fora é escasso e deve ser investido em passeios, em conhecer novos lugares, e não em ficar perdendo tempo pulando de loja em loja.
O ideal é saber o que se quer, onde comprar e quanto vai custar. Do contrário boa sorte encontrando Internet para procurar reviews, ver se o preço está bom, etc. On one occasion, em outra viagem, já tive que usar um dos laptops em exposição na loja para isso. It worked, but would not recommend. 🙂
Quando planejava minha primeira viagem para o exterior, aos EUA, já tratei de verificar o que havia nas lojas da Best Buy and by Target próximas ao meu hotel. Verifiquei, for example, que na Target havia estoque de um Playstation 3 de uma promoção com dois jogos grátis. Assim já planejei o console, acessórios e jogos que queria trazer. I did the same with a camera (Canon Powershot SX10IS) and accessories that I also wanted. To one of the gifts for the girlfriend I asked her to pick the sites.
Arriving in the US, was not doing check-in at the hotel and take a taxi to the mall where were these stores. I wanted to do this on the first day because I traveled without camera, and my colleagues because traveling without laptop. And so we buy these things there. Within hours the main purchases were already resolved.
So, the first step this time was to know where I buy the Playstation 4 For. Initially I wondered a shop at the airport Charles de Gaulle, in Paris, where I would make my last stop before returning to Brazil. So I would make a single flight with it in hand luggage, after all it is a little heavy to be leading to and fro.
I found that there was a FNAC within the terminal where I embark, already in the area duty free. But the site of Fnac reported (and also informs) erroneously that the store only works of 7:00 to 14:00 hs. As my flight was at night I discarded this hypothesis. Only when I got there I saw it is that the store was open. I ended up making another purchase it, but this is a topic for another article.
In Italy GameStop It is probably the largest network of video game stores. On the site you can find the physical stores, where I could buy. I found some in Rome, but my time there would be quick, and the nearest shop was rather far from the hotels I was considering staying.
I decided to check Trieste, the city in which I spend more time. There ended up finding a GameStop in the city center, very close to the hotels I was considering staying. The site also gives to see how the stock of each product sold in the store. So I knew that Playstation 4 For I was in stock and had enough units.
In the end I ended up staying in a hotel just 240 meters this GameStop. There is a large store, but it has a wide variety of products. The inlet is inside the building, which has a few more stores. Most of the space is occupied by Upim.
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In short, they offer the repayment service through Global Blue in all the stores. Global Blue It is the same company that used the refund of the purchase iPhone 7. The minimum purchase amount is 154,94 Euros, then everything ok.
so I decided to sign up on the site and keep an eye on promotions. Apparently every month the store is a promotion in which the Playstation 4 For comes with games or accessories, and the whole assembly is cheaper than the Playstation 4 For alone.
The current promotion at the time of my trip included two games: Deformers and Injustice 2. The skirt packet 399,98 Euros, and only the Playstation 4 For alone was costing more than that. Not bad.
Already in Trieste, I went to the store to make the purchase of the Playstation 4 For. Went into the store, I took a look at all and after I went to speak with the seller. The man asked where I was and said the console would not work in Brazil, because his system is PAL.
I explained I had already checked and it would not be a problem. Then he was proceeding with the sale. He said he was without the Injustice 2 in stock and it would give me the Final Fantasy XV no place. I don't know if it was a good deal or not, because we haven't even started playing the Final Fantasy XV. I'm playing the Horizon Zero Dawn and play two RPGs at the same time I would confuse the head. Tell me you guys in the comments if this was a good or bad return. But anyway I accepted.
I asked for a bag to put the console and he caught. I asked about the tax refunds and the guy told me he was without form, who had just. Bad! Ma as even without the reimbursement Playstation 4 For I was still a good price (compared to Brazil) I accepted.
Time to pay the bill gave 400,21 Euros. I asked why the price had been different and the subject was outraged. Only then she told me it was because of the bag. And even made a rude and unnecessary comment that I was making a purchase 400 Euros and complaining a few cents. I did not complain, citizen, I just asked!
Then I ended up learning that in Italy the bags are charged in some places, including supermarkets. In other non. France is also well. And before anyone says I complain when they tried to do that in São Paulo, I have nothing against the collection of bags, as long as it's not mandatory. In other words, every trader should be able to choose the bag or charge for it. In Sao Paulo tried to force merchants to collect the bag. I don't agree.
This is the coupon for my purchase:
Back to the hotel I sent an email to the GameStop complaining of a lack of form. They reported that they could submit the form after, but the procedure would have to have been done during the purchase. The seller screwed up and claimed that I didn't ask for the form during the purchase.
I wondered to make a return and new purchase, but to avoid fatigue just ordered compensation to the store and explained how thick the subject had already been. The store maintained its position, but said to come back in the store that they would be preparing a Gift Card from 20 Euros as compensation.
20 EUR is roughly half of what I could get to the repayment, but okay, better than nothing. I returned to the store and the guy was still grumpy. I was attending a woman, apparently Italian, and it was also quite rude. It must be so with all customers.
Getting my turn to be served, he said he would give me the card but I had a deadline to use it, probably thinking that I would use on the next trip. Ok, citizen, I will not take home, I will use this business now, ok?
I took a look at all the games, new and used. Interestingly the Injustice 2 It was now available. There was nothing very interesting for less than 20 Euros. I ended up choosing the Batman: Return to Arkham, that cost 30,98 Euros. I paid the difference in cash.
of 31 euros and, after seeing that he had no change, the guy kinda threw back one of my coins 5 cents. Or he was going through a bad week, or really should not be working as a salesman. It should be noted that this guy is an exception, most Italians attendants are very receptive and helpful.
Unboxing no Quarto do Hotel
I know that, Brazilian law, companies established in Brazil need to honor the guarantee of the brand's products represent, even though they were purchased abroad.
But, many of them try to avoid that requirement, and only meet the client when triggered justice. I do not know if this is the case with Sony, but in the case of a product that was not even released in Brazil yet, I thought I'd test the console and make sure I was all right with him before leaving the city.
When I bought my Playstation 3 USA, I could not test it. The TV in the hotel where I was staying had no input in addition to the antenna. TVs are specific to hotel, apparently. I ended up having to settle on just plug it into the outlet and see that he called. Fortunately it worked perfectly when I got home.
In the case of Playstation 4 For the circumstances were more favorable. The hotel TV had HDMI inputs! 🙂 A TV ficava em um suporte na parede e só tinha entradas na traseira, de modo que perdi vários minutos tentando conectar o cabo pelo pequeno vão atrás dela, onde mal passava minha mão. Mas consegui!
Outra circunstância favorável é que o WiFi do hotel não tinha nenhuma frescura de autenticação via Web, algo raro. Deste modo eu pude não apenas testar o Playstation 4 For, mas também deixa-lo atualizar o firmware e até baixar a atualização do Deformers, que usei para testar se o leitor ótico estava ok.
Then, this is the second unboxing do Skooter Blog feito em um quarto do hotel. O primeiro foi o do iPhone 7. E como eu disse lá, a maioria dos quartos de hotel tem lâmpadas muito fracas. Furthermore, the photos of the Skooter Blog are usually made with the Digital Camera Canon PowerShot SX60 HS and with external flash, but on trips I usually take the Digital Camera Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, It's much more compact. In other words, as fotos não estão grande coisa, mas devem dar para o gasto.
Check out the photos:
The Playstation 4 For comes with power cord, HDMI out, USB out, the new Dualshock 4 and headphones. He passed this initial test. I let it run for at least an hour, while we rested after lunch, before leaving for the next ride. Then packed it again and left it ready for the trip.
Initially I thought of bringing him to Brazil in hand luggage, but given the weight and because I would not have it tax refund (I would not need to present it at the post of Italian or French customs), I just decided to put it in my checked bag.
Re-Unboxing Coming Home
Coming home was time for a new unboxing from the Playstation 4 For. Check out some more photos then:
And Playstation 4? I intend no longer sell my consoles. Of my childhood consoles that were sold, and wanted to re-acquire, it took me to find the same models in good condition. And yet I have not found models as well kept as were my. So, while Playstation 4 For He went to the room, the Playstation 4 will stay, at least for now, in a corner office, connected to TV Panasonic I have already mentioned here in Skooter Blog.
I do not have the TV 4K HDR I would like to have, then Playstation 4 For It is still running at 1080p. The games graphics as Horizon Zero Dawn They are really impressive, but I do not know yet how much is due to the extra power Playstation 4 For, I did not get to play it on Playstation 4.
I was quite pleased with this purchase. He pressed a little budget but, as I mentioned earlier, do not let out the chance to bring something I wanted for a considerably lower price than I would pay in Brazil, on account of the corruption tax.
Remember that despite the island being considerably cheaper in Italy, the same does not apply to games. The new games of the price level is similar, which means promoting games in GameStop They will come out cheaper, but promoting games in Brazil will be cheaper than the European. So, only worth bringing promotional games or used. And if any of games dubbed and / or subtitled in Portuguese is also necessary to verify whether the Italian version brings the dubbing / subtitles in Portuguese.
Even with the setbacks with the GameStop, who left to be desired in service and on the issue of tax refunds, still worth it, because I do not know when I will have another opportunity to make another international trip. Other video game stores in Italy unfortunately are harder to find and know the inventory over the Internet.
And that will more good games to take advantage of the potential of Playstation 4 For.