Well, now that Christmas has come and gone, and the new year is upon us, it’s time to reflect on our gifts this holiday season! If you didn’t get what you want, and have a little extra Christmas money hanging around, it might be time to invest in the next generation of gaming consoles. I’m talking about the PS4!
Editor’s Note: Apparently the XBOX 1 is not available in Korea just yet; at least not at the places I ventured too.
Stop 1 – Yongsan Electronics Market (sigh)
If you read my last article about searching for GTAV, you’ve probably guessed I’m not a huge fan of Yongsan Electronic Market. Why? Because it is a giant ripoff to foreigners, but unfortunately for many, it’s the only place foreigners know to satisfy their gaming needs. But in fairness to the article, I decided to head down there and see what price I could get on the PS4. They do have an fair amount of PS4s available, so if you are in desperate need and want to play, you are going to have to shell out an eye watering 650,000KRW or 615.00USD as of Jan 5th, 2014. Let’s put this in perspective. In the USA it is $399.99USD. In Canada, it is also $399.99CAD. In England it is 349.00 Pounds. How the hell do they justify that price? Bah! Ignore this madness and move on.
Stop 2 – Video Game Alley (Behind the Yongsan Electronic Market)
Now we are talking some business. The first stall that I went to already had the priced dropped to 600,000KRW without a camera. If I wanted a camera it was going to cost 680,000KRW. The deal includes the console and one controller. Remember the days when you would at least get a game after shelling out over 600 bucks for a console? Ahh, the Duck Hunt and Super Mario combo disk really pulls at my heartstrings.
However I wasn’t satisfied and decided to keep looking for a lower price. What do you know? I found it! A few stalls down, and after getting the same standard price, a nice, young man whispered “Do you need a cheaper price?”. Yes. Yes I do. He said he could get me the PS4 for 550,000KRW. Not a bad price. I am always willing to pay a little more for good service, and this guy’s service was excellent, as was his English. That said, I still wanted to keep exploring to see if I could get a lower price. If you are in the Yongsan area, the name of his company is called “IU Play”. His info from his card is below and I would highly recommend going with this guy. I brought a couple of games off him (FIFA 2014 and Gran Turismo 6) and so far, both games are running flawlessly.
Stop 3 – Toy’s R Us (Cheongnyangni Station – Line 1)
Well, the multinational toy chain has saved our asses again. Jill went to the Toys R Us and found the PS4 for a reasonable 498,000KRW. However they are sold out as of this writing. That said, it probably the best bet to buy a PS4 in Korea and when they get more stock, it is the place I will go. Now, keep in mind that there is a good possibility that the people will NOT speak English. So if there is a problem, you better bring along a good Korean friend!