Gaming is going to get more expensive in South Africa as Sony is set to increase PlayStation Store prices in the country. According to a retailer announcement spotted by MyBroadband, digital content across the PlayStation Store will see a bump in pricing in the next few months. Some titles have already increased in pricing.
Some affected games include Marvel’s Avengers which went from R1,069 to R1,199. Cyberpunk 2077 bumped from R999 to R1,069. Need for Speed Heat saw quite a large hit going from R999 to R1,159. However, a lot of titles remained the same including Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and NBA 2K21 both at R1,199.
While we don’t know what this means in terms of PS5 price figures, we could see PS5 games hitting close to R1,299 or R1,399 for just a standard edition. Sony has yet to list any PS5 pre-orders on the store. The company only listed PS4 versions of PS5 games including Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure. Both of these games are currently listed at R1,199. Demon’s Souls, which is not coming to PS4, is still not available to pre-order on the PlayStation Store in South Africa.
However, looking at retail versions of upcoming PS5 exclusive titles, gamers may be in for a scare. Both Demon’s Souls, Spider-Man and Destruction AllStars listed for R1,350 at various retailers in SA. Perhaps the digital versions of these games will also arrive at R1,300 – R1,400? We will just have to wait and see.
According to Sony, the price increase arrives due to the current market conditions relating to the exchange rate. The full announcement reads;
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#0DD8DF” class=”” size=”21″]Starting September 26, 2020, Sony Interactive Entertainment will update prices for PlayStation Store content in select countries to reflect current market conditions.
As a result, the following countries will see a decrease for most PS Store content: Denmark, Israel, Middle East, Switzerland; while the following countries will see an increase: Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey,” the company said.[/perfectpullquote]
Sony did announce last month that first-party exclusives would increase by $10. This making new releases $69,99 ex VAT in the US. I guess we should get comfortable with R1,400 being the new price for next-gen games. We will share more news when we hear more.