Breaking News: The PS4 Will Be Here In Time For Christmas, But You Better Start Saving

It’s been an utter mess this morning in terms of getting some actual confirmation from Ster-Kinkor regarding the local release date and recommended retail price for the PS4. After we didn’t appear on the official list of launch countries released by Sony, many feared we would not be getting wither next-gen console this year.

An offical post on the PlayStation South Africa Facebook page has confirmed when we can expect the Ps4 to hit local shores, as well as an estimated price. Unlike the rest of the world, of at least the 32 countries getting the PS4 in November, we’ll be getting the next-gen console in December the 6th to be exact. This odd release date suggests that Ster-Kinekor is importing them from a European region without Sony officially launching it here, which could explain the next bombshell.

The recommended retail price for the PS4 is currently sitting at a whopping R6299. That’s more than a 50% mark-up on the price folks in the United States will get it for come November 15th. Prices for the PS4 in Europe are higher than the USA selling point, and the massive local price jump could be a result of the weakened rand against the euro, as well as import fees and duties that Ster-Kinekor has to fork out for. Regardless, it’s an almost ridiculous price, and just makes me wonder what the hell the Xbox One will retail for locally.

South Africa will be releasing the PS4 prior to Christmas. We are planned to go on the 6th of December 2013 due to the logistics of getting the stock to our shores.

The planned price point, although not officially set due to the uncertainty around the Rand exchange rate, is currently R 6 299 including VAT and it will not be beyond this for launch.

In fact, I’m seriously considering just importing one from the USA right now, because I highly doubt shipping and duties will add up to the near R2500 higher price that we’re receiving.

Of course, the price could change. That could also mean it might go even higher in the months to come.

  • MarsRSA

    Look at this from a mathematical point of view. We will be importing from the Europe (Like we usually do) and according to Playstation SA we need to consider the UK pricing (most likely their importing straight from the UK then) which is 350Pounds. The current exchange rate is R15.93. So 350×15.93= R5575.50. Then adding 14% VAT gives a total of R6356.07

    • SniperED007

      is that £ 350 excluding or including UK’s VAT?
      Also, I may be wrong with this, but USA does not include VAT with their prices (as it varies from state to state), so it’s only included at time of payment.
      Where as UK does include it.

    • MarsRSA

      I don’t know if the 350 is including their vat but we still need to include our local vat on-top of it either way and 14% is ball parking because it can bee anywhere between 10-30% apparently. Look I’m no financial whizz, I’m just going on the usual procedures for these things

    • Elmar Naude

      Yes but take into consideration that we dont import from uk at retail pricembut rather distribution wholesale price which brings down taxes considerably so the markup is rather large.. After import and taxes are adde it should be around R5458 tops.. Over 6 grand thats crazy!!

    • SniperED007

      most top end cell phones are R 7 000 to R 8 000 and most top end PC’s are around R 15 000 (excluding monitor, keyboard etc)
      This is a top of the range console that should last you the next 7 to 10 years. So not really that crazy if you put it into perspective.
      But yeah, not exactly falling into the Christmas gift category for your kids like a Sega Mega would have back in the day.

    • MarsRSA

      Why does it say guest now -_-

  • boerseun

    Does this mean that the Xbox one will cost R7300 to R7500 guess that doesn’t give you much choice on what to buy. in all fairness though, this is what you would pay for an average PC so guess its not ridiculously expensive.

    • Elmar Naude

      Yes that is true.. But that pc will be better for the price in terms of hardware, range of functionality and cheaper games ontop of that.. If you buy 4 games youve already saved R800 and lets face it your gonna buy more than 4.. So it is ridiculously expensive for what you get

    • boerseun

      Yes this is true, but you can also not play a new PC game on a machine that is 8 years old. But I agree the game prices puts it kinda out there

    • Michelle Hercules

      Problem is most games are console exclusives.

    • Elmar Naude

      No most of the good ones are released for pc.. Just with better graphics

    • Michelle Hercules

      Like?

    • Elmar Naude

      all of them.. name one exclusive that anyone really cares about.. Little big planet.. gay… Ryse.. gay.. name one

    • MarsRSA

      Killzone, Driveclub, inFamous SS, The Order 1886, Knack

    • Elmar Naude

      Ok killzone ill give you but the others arent that great.. I can live without them

    • MarsRSA

      Unfortunately this debate is about gamers in general… Not just you or your personal preference. :P BUT with that said, it all comes down to personal preference so each to their own?

    • http://egamer.co.za/ Azhar Amien

      If you’re talking about exclusive games in general, some of the best games in the last ten years have been exclusive. Just saying. PC has its own legendary exclusives too.

      Exclusives are a good thing.

    • http://www.lomag.co.za/ NeoN

      I’ll give you that most JRPGs are console exclusive. That’s the one thing I miss most about not having a PS3. T_T

  • Michelle Hercules

    I think I’ll ship my console in.One does not pay customs if the unit is not in a box.I’ll sacrifice having it in a box to avoid customs.My bro-in-law will get it hopefully for me.

  • http://www.lomag.co.za/ NeoN

    Considering that the PS4 is the cheaper of the two consoles, that price is heart-attack inducing. X_x Thinking back to the age I was when I got my PS1, there’s no way a kid in today’s day and age will be able to convince their parents to get him/her a PS4 at such a young age.

  • hallow

    if i wanted this by christmas i should have started saving last christmas

  • Koos Schwartz

    Aaaand they’re one up on ms again.

  • Lollerskates

    Good thing I started saving up early. The price is still ridiculous though. Sony and MS don’t really care about us at all.

  • Treveshan Pather

    R6300 isn’t that bad. I was expecting it to be around that price. Importing it from the US would be a bad idea. Games are sold in a different format and the console itself will run at a different voltage from South Africa. You would need a transformer.

    • http://www.lomag.co.za/ NeoN

      I love me ’em transformers. “Autobots, roll out!” :P

    • Treveshan Pather

      Nah bra Decepticons all the way

  • MaO

    Started saving already :D/

  • gamerDude

    That’s gonna dent my wallet.