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.