With all the hype surrounding GTA 4's release, gamers looking to get into the latest Liberty City romp might not know the best place to pick up the game, or worse still, might not be sure which platform to choose when jumping into the next-generation of consoles. Do you pick up the PS3 version and lose out on exclusive content for the 360 version, or do you opt to upgrade to a Blu-ray player while picking up the game with the PS3?
It can be tough and both Sony and Microsoft are vying for your hard-earned dollars. We here at AusGamers did some research to work out the best places, prices and bundles you can find when shopping for the latest GTA romp.
*Please note any and all of these prices are subject to change and have only been collected by us as a useful guide. We are in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned in this article. However, stay tuned as we'll continue to update this page if any new information arises.
JB are offering the game on both Xbox 360 and PS3 for the same price of AU$84.87. The PS3 bundle Sony revealed last week
will set you back AU$679.00 at JB. As far as trade-in go, they're offering the game free when you trade-in either three Xbox 360 games or two PS3 titles. And finally the Xbox 360 Pro GTA IV bundle will be selling for $AU529.00.
Big W are apparently offering the cheapest price for the game, beating out JB's price by 87 cents. So for a copy of the game on either system at Big W (from May 1st, we're told), you'll only need to fork out AU$84.00. As for the PS3 bundle, it looks as though Big W won't be selling it (no one at the stores knows anything about it and the website only features the game's individual price per console).
At your local EB you can expect to shell out AU$119.00 for the game on either console, while the PS3 bundle will set you back a whopping AU$749.00. As for trade-ins, you'll get a nifty 20% credit towards the game/bundle.
Not one to rock the boat, apparently, Harvey Normans is following the SRP suit alongside EB with the game across both consoles coming in at the same price of AU$119 as well as the top-of-the-line figure of AU$749.00 for the PS3 bundle.
Pretty much see above. A few sources are indicating the K-Mart price will most-likely drop from tomorrow to AU$93, but that information has not been confirmed officially by anyone at any of the K-Mart's we contacted. It's also suggested they'll be selling the Xbox 360 Pro bundle for AU$578.00, but that has yet to be confirmed as well.
Target gave us a price of AU$99.00 for the game on both 360 and PS3.
For both consoles the game will set you back AU$94.95 here, while the PS3 bundle will come in at AU$699.95. There's no information on any specific trade-ins available right now.
GAME have GTA 4 listed at AU$119.95, but are offering a three game trade-in (of either 360 or PS3 titles), which will then give you GTA 4 at AU$9.95. There's no information on whether they'll be stocking the bundle however. UPDATE
: GAME just shot through an email with an active list of stores that will be open from 11pm tonight to sell GTA 4 at midnight. You can see the list of stores by clicking here
Finally, Dick Smith are offering the game across both consoles at the nice round sum of AU$99.95. Like most of the other stores, it looks like they won't be stocking the bundles, either.
Value For Money
If you're undecided about which way to go there are a few factors to take into consideration. First, Microsoft secured exclusive Downloadable Content (DLC) for GTA 4 via the Xbox Live Marketplace. This extra content is yet to be revealed, however, it will be "episodic" suggesting fans of the GTA stories may want to focus their attention on the Xbox 360 release. Moreover, the Xbox 360 also offers exclusive "Achievements" (in-game rewards that go towards an overall "Gamer Score" system reflected on your Xbox Live GamerTag). Equally as you can see above, despite the fact both the 360 and PS3 versions of the game cost the same, the Xbox 360 Pro GTA IV bundle is the cheapest option.
All that said, however, the PS3 has a few tricks up its sleeve beginning first with Blu-ray right out of the box. Microsoft supported the now defunct HD DVD format, while Sony backed Blu-ray which has now become the clear winner in the DVD format wars. This means picking up a PS3 will give you instant access to the best High-Definition DVD you'll find, while the Xbox 360 is still only sold with a standard DVD drive. On top of the exclusive Blu-ray feature, utilising Sony's PlayStation Network (their online service) is completely free of charge, while Microsoft's Xbox Live service is subscription-based. GTA IV does feature online play, so it will be free for you to
experience this with Sony and will cost you to use Xbox Live.
In terms of gameplay, story and multiplayer (on and offline), Grand Theft Auto 4 is exactly
the same on both Xbox 360 and PS3. The only major differences then come with the exclusive DLC for Xbox 360 and Achievements (if that sort of thing tickles your fancy). The final decision should then be based on what you
want to get out of your next-generation console: Sony offers a free online service, Blu-ray playback, and larger memory capacity on game disks. The Xbox 360 offers a secure (yet costly) online service, a greater range of games (currently) and Achievements. There are plenty of exclusive games across both platforms (PS3 with Metal Gear Solid 4, 360 with Gears of War 2, for example), which makes me sad anyone out there has to choose only one :(
Hopefully we've managed to help you formulate a game-plan when choosing which next-generation machine to purchase.