Next-Gen Titles Might Have Taken A Steep Price Hike Locally
Last week we got confirmation from Xbox SA that we have yet to receive a solid price for the Xbox One, while no one is entirely sure about the PS4’s local price either. While those two are still up in the air, with some online retailers assigning them placeholder prices, we may have some indication of what next-gen games will cost.
Of course, we could be staring down the some placeholder barrel here, but what makes this a bit more believable is the fact that the prices are plausible, to an extent at least.
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It has been confirmed that PS4 and Xbox One games will continue to retail at $60 internationally, meaning that we shouldn’t experience a hike compared to what console games are going for now. However, Kalahari.com believes otherwise, listing numerous next-gen titles with a price of R753.00. These include titles like Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV. Notice how it’s not a nice round number either, very weird.
Now let’s look at this a bit more economically. Lately we’ve experienced a slump in terms of our exchange rate, with the price for a dollar rising up to nearly R10. At the same time, the Rand has weakened against the Euro and Pound, and considering we get our games from Europe this could explain the rather steep price hike. It’s know that Europe gets somewhat screwed in terms of consoles and games (apparently both Microsoft and Sony think Dollars and Euros equate to the same thing) so I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re now feeling the effects of this too.
Or, just like it was last week, it could just be placeholder prices until proper confirmation. I really am hoping that is the case, because R750 for a single game makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry myself to sleep.
We’re reaching out to Megarom, local distributors of both titles, to get a little confirmation.