Local PS4 street date broken

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Like the rest of you, we’re waiting patiently for our PS4’s to arrive later this week, but it seems that a few retailers have already jumped the gun, selling the console before its intended release date on Friday.

We’ve had a few people inform us that some Game stores, along with other retailers were selling the PS4, but lacked any sort of concrete evidence. Now, thanks to local forum SAgamer, we have some concrete proof that at least one store has released early: House and Home.

User Elmo1980 posted a scan of a receipt, dated yesterday, for a PlayStation 4 – selling at the Recommended Retail Price of R6299.

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If you want a PlayStation 4, right now, then the Sandton House and Home is probably a good option. Of course, this sucks for all the dedicated gamers who placed and paid for pre-orders months ago. It’s not exactly a cheap product, and few people have the expendable income to cancel their pre-orders, wait for refunds and pick up a PS4 right now. It also puts quite a damper on the organised, local launch events.

It is, of course, not the first time that local street dates have been broken, pissing off people who pre-order but this time it’s with rather expensive, rather anticipated hardware.

If you;ve picked up a PS4 at a local retailer, ahead of launch, let us know in the comments. If you’re somebody who’s pre-ordered, and has to wait until delivery let us know if you’re pissed off.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

    Ooooh. Guess Highveld will have to change their statement on the radio stating that someone is going to win the first publicly available PS4 tomorrow morning on their show.

    huehuehue

    • Admiral Chief of Souls

      haha

    • That Tall Twit Norm

      LOL!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    It definitely sucks to be one of those that pre-ordered (and being forced to wait till Friday, while whatsisface is currently playing Killzone), but does this mean South Africa received a decent supply of PS4s? Will SA be different and have enough stock for us to just walk into a store and buy a PS4? I think that’s pretty exciting and bizarre at the same time. Will we really be that lucky?

    More importantly, are we getting Japanese-made PS4s or Chinese-made PS4s? Not really important any more since all those “lulz PS4 haz issues” clickbait posts have disappeared into obscurity. And is this part of the second EU shipment or an earlier re-routed shipment? So many questions.. :o

    In any case, I’m so excited for Friday! I haven’t been this excited for a console since the first PS2.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      Seems to be /mostly/ Japanese units. I had a look at the rubber on the thumbsticks on the controllers, and it’s solid stuff.

      • William Francis

        Awwwww yis! i was worried about those thumb sticks and about getting the Red Line of Death. BT Games Fourways has assured me though, that if I do get a bricked console, they should be able to exchange it within a day or so. but either way, MAH BODY IS READAH!!

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Aw man that’s awesome! Good man BT!

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Awww yeah baby! :D

    • Umar Seeker of Truth

      What ya gonna play first?

      • oVg

        Facebook

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Killzone and then Knack and then I’m going to fill my belly with Fanta Orange and Romany Creams :D Sure, I’m not as young as I was, and this will probably kill me, but the memories.. .oh the memories!

        • Umar Seeker of Truth

          Lol Romany Creams, damn you banana!!! Now I want those delicious bastards in my tummy. and nice! don’t forget ResoGun for MAHALAH

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            I’m taking a bunch of my old games (mostly the shame pile) in to BT games later this week, so I’m sure to fill the bag with PS4 games thereafter.

          • Umar Seeker of Truth

            Bt games trade in value is ass though :(

          • TiMsTeR1033

            indeed! I never forgot took Ghost reacon future soldier I think (newest one) was still sealed from buying my kinect and wanted to rather get something else, the game then new was R400 They offered me R120… was a flipping joke!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Wow that’s bad, that’s really bad. :/

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I mean was un opened still brand new! flipping wanker says ” sorry it is not a very good selling game”

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Damnit… I wish Lazygamer had a little portal for selling your used games. Sigh!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            GET A PETITION! but then again, not everyone looks after games like me, and I assume you do too. No scratches cases stay in mint condition!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            I am a little weird when it comes to my games. I’m the only one who is allowed to touch the disks. I don’t trust the dirty fingered peasants in my clan, family and My little Pony circle.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I used to be like that… children changed me..

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Yeah, but the alternative is Cash Crusader and that is even more ass… R10 for a PS3 or xbox game? fuuuucckkk no! No matter if it’s crap, at least give me a decent trade-in price!

            I could sell them on Kalahari, or trade them for beads on Twitter.

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Why not sell them on SA gamer, that is where I usually buy and sell 2nd hand games. It has a great marketplace

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Mmm, that’s a good idea. Will check the shame list and see what I can sell on SA gamer without getting my reputation as a local gamer celeb destroyed…. (sigh I own Kung fu panda… it was a gift.. I platinumed it… I am not proud of myself)

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            LOL!! Oh dear, I can see the ad now

            Jim selling his collection

            Kung-fu Panda R100
            Dora’s Wild adventures R150
            .
            .
            .
            Vampire Rain R Free :O

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You forgot aliens colonial marines

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Cough!

        • Marc O Polo

          at makro they have a special at the moment, 2 huge packets of romany creams for R100

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Oh… yeah! Tomorrow, I’m taking a pilgrimage through Makro. Need to fill up the man cave for the weekend.

    • oVg

      I sense excitement from the the nana :)

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Lies! I am stonefaced like a proper gent! (so excited)

        • oVg

          Well enjoy it bud, the Ragnarok only comes around every 7 years before the next itch.

  • Umar Seeker of Truth

    Whoohoo SAgamer :)

  • NodeCore

    anybody else finding the surnames of the cashier and salesman a little odd/ironic? :) Just saying…

    • Hondsepop

      Hey, they have a managers position open…..

      • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

        Maybe that is the managers name… Maybe his(or her) parents saw that he was not too bright at birth and named him after the look on his face :P

    • Hammersteyn

      Well spotted

  • Ryno Lategan

    This sucks. I have planned my holiday around the release date. Or this would be awesome if BT gave me a call now and said I can come collect.

    • Hammersteyn

      Indeed, can’t wait anymore!

  • oVg

    I heard a retailer on 5fm this morning saying that they have a special offer of R7999.
    Hell, if I was a laymen who does not play video games I would be wondering WTF? Why would somebody pay that much for TV Games.

    • Umar Seeker of Truth

      ……….lol you said TV games…….hehe

      • oVg

        Everybody over 40 still call them that. They are probably wondering why the latest Widescreen PONG is double the price of the most expensive piece of furniture at furniture city
        What does it do that warrants R7999?

        • Umar Seeker of Truth

          lol TV games, I love that there are people still it that and why does everyone say they ‘finished’ a game? Don’t they know you’re supposed to say clock!

          and indeed, there actually people like that and I heard parents asking why do you want a PS4 when you have a PS2, both play games and the PS4 is so expensive…and actually…I agree with the parent. lol well not really , but I would still prefer the PS2

          • oVg

            I say beat a game. I see them as challenges.

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Indeed. Finish is such a lame term

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Currently Dark souls is beating me!

          • Sageville

            In South Africa the word “Challenge” means “Problem”…. Note: they never gave us a new word that actually means “Challenge”.

            Hence Ovg is speaking gobbledy-gook, also not CAPS, so I’m calling this dood an imposter!

          • oVg

            PS2 IS KING.

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Like the V in your name Mr. Viewtiful!

          • oVg

            Blush.

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            I thought the V stood for Virgin… *runs*

          • TiMsTeR1033

            When someone calls Console games TV games, I feel offended!

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            Lol why, it is TV games

          • TiMsTeR1033

            NOT IT IS NOT!! YOU TAKE THAT BACK! TV GAMES ARE ANYTHING UNDER 128BIT CONSOLES!

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            TV games encompases all games played on TV, hence, TV games :P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            NO!!!! YOU ARE WRONG DEAR SIR WRONG I SAY!!! I SHALL SUMMON MY HIDDEN TIMMEH POWER!!! *builds up fart*

          • That Tall Twit Norm

            Exactly :)

          • oVg

            Not if its Beyond Two Souls. That is a Video Game :P

          • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

            LMAO, but you can press X to Jason

          • That Tall Twit Norm

            But you play games on a TV…

    • FoxOneZA

      Said retailer is Makro. R799 for an exclusive and R1000 for DS4 controller.

      All pricing is within the RRP set out by SK.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        A grand for a controller! FUCK THAT!!

        • FoxOneZA

          No jokes man. They advertised this as a “special”.

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            The people who priced it must be “special”

          • TiMsTeR1033

            PS3 controllers were expensive too weren’t they? Ster kinkor robbing us BLIND!

          • FoxOneZA

            R799 for DS3. You could pick up a Geoteck PS3+FIFA for R699.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            even that is mad! should be R500

        • oVg

          The same price as a Granny massager at Glowmail.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            You massage grannies? 0_0

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            What do you think the g stands for? *runs*

          • oVg

            Old Viagra Grannies

        • That Tall Twit Norm

          If only the Xbone controller worked on a 360. :<

      • e1ace

        No. The deal is for an extra DS4 controller, a game (KZ4), a camera and a year subscription to PSN+. All of that for R7999.

        There is a second deal that includes 2 games and a controller also for R7999.

      • e1ace

        The RRP for controllers is R899. But some places area selling for R799 or R849. All 3 of those prices are ridiculous…

  • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

    I have a question though. Are there any steps taken against a retailer who broke the street date?

    • Mossel

      Was also wondering this. My friend works for Shoprite and I am taking it upon myself to blame it all on him. Think I’m gonna phone Whitey Basson and say it is all his fault, I saw him do it.

    • Ryno Lategan

      I suppose that is up to the local distributor ( I think it is Ster Kinekor ) and they could block them from future sales or something like that. But that would harm distribution channel relationships and sales at the end of the day. So I don’t think anything will happen.

      But the other retailers might be pissed because they are losing out on sales now. IDK

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      I don’t think Ster Kinekor wields that much power, but just imagine if they did try something, local retailers will just shrug and probably source goodies elsewhere (i.e. go the import route or set up a shadow distribution network of their own).

      • Ryno Lategan

        If they hold the sole right to import they do swing a mighty hammer

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          True, although do they have the sole right to distribute in South Africa or import? Might not seem like a huge difference, but semantics in legalese can be a real dealbreaker.

    • Sageville

      Nah, nothing happens.

  • Waynster ZA

    Recommended retail price? Thought that was the pre-order price… Seems like they are breaking more than just the street date.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Yeah, I think that price will hang around for a good while. Sadly, I think the PS3 price won’t drop much either. I hope I’m wrong, because the second it drops under R2500 I’m getting another PS3 – cough for my uh cats…

  • Trebzz

    I don’t like to swear on gaming sites BUT F8CK THIS!!!!! Here we have to wait like assholes on Friday

  • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

    I’m sure that this will get the retailers into a lot of trouble with the distributors of the console and with Sony themselves. I’d hate to be them if Sony decides to get legal on their asses, which I think they should do any way.

    • TiMsTeR1033

      This is house and home, you really think they gonna care if Sony moans?

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        I guess they’ll just shrug at Sony and say “well, yeah.. I guess we can restock our TV section with Samsung, bros”

        • TiMsTeR1033

          exactly!

        • Mossel

          Totally off topic, but I found this and thought you should see it!

          • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

            Bwahahahaha!

      • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

        They will if they get sued for a crap load of cash, which Sony has every right to do.

        • TiMsTeR1033

          These are not exactly the most educated or caring people that work at these places sometimes… hell I bought washing machine from them trying to get service was like drawing blood from a stone! and I bitch at them they simply dont care, just “oh well”

          • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

            Yeah, well, sounds like Game and Dion lol

            You have to remember that if Sony had to sue them that they’d sue the entire company, not just one store… will cause waves through the company and cause them even more issues than anything else.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            then Sony should sue, bye bye house and home!

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            LOL… My Girlfriend works there :O

          • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

            Not for long…

          • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

            Lol, well does anyone know of any job openings then :P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Okay then they must not do that! They must SUE CHICKEN LICKEN!!! why because they can!!! hahaha

    • N@te

      I feel sorry for the salesperson

      • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

        Yeah, sucks to be him if Sony takes the legal route with House and Home… lol

    • Sageville

      “a lot of trouble with the distributor”

      Pffft, nothing will happen, never has, never will.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    Meh… Just wait. It will release. It is only a few more days. /care

  • Rock789

    Damn, the temptation is so strong… I wanna hold out for next year, till after the whole ‘Day 1 + patch download + coupon for Day 64 patch + etc.’ thing… But it REALLY is hard to do so! Damn it! I must have!!!!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      NOOOOO!!! you WAIT! YOU WAIT!

      • Rock789

        But it’s right there… And it’s so shiny… **starts walking towards the shininess**

        • TiMsTeR1033

          Oh to hell with it! go buy it! but know Timmy told you NO!

  • FoxOneZA

    Someone high up at House nd Home felt the need or street cred so they said to themselves, let there be PS4!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      called wanting Sandton peoples xmas bonuses!

    • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

      And there was…

  • Pee Esss FAWWWW

    A friend of mine just phoned them and they selling the last one….so it is legit! hahahaha. these guys are clueless :P

  • m0rph1us76

    I got in contact with Ster Kinekor yesterday asking exactly why this was being permitted. The response I got on the FaceBook page was and I quote: “The official release date is 13 December. It is up to retailers discretion when they distribute. However, retailers in association with Ster Kinekor will release their consoles on Friday.”

    I feel for the poor retailers like Incredible Connection (through whom I ordered) that are trying to be ethical and stick to the rules of the game (no pun intended) whilst others can just do as they please. What really hits me in the gut is the fact that the clients that pre-ordered and paid months ago to make sure they get stock and get it first, are now getting it 4 days later than the shmuck that just strolls into one of these retailers.

    In my very humble opinion Ster Kinekor should just give the “law abiding” retailers the go-ahead to start shipping their consoles to try and save some face.

    I’m glad Elmo1980 uploaded some proof as I’m sure SK thought I was just a chancer when I tried to inform them.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      I agree; ethical/clued up retailers are now getting the short end of the stick, and SK should just allow release.

  • m0rph1us76

    I got in contact with Ster Kinekor yesterday asking exactly why this was being permitted. The response I got on the FaceBook page was and I quote: “The official release date is 13 December. It is up to retailers discretion when they distribute. However, retailers in association with Ster Kinekor will release their consoles on Friday.”

    I feel for the poor retailers like Incredible Connection (through whom I ordered) that are trying to be ethical and stick to the rules of the game (no pun intended) whilst others can just do as they please. What really hits me in the gut is the fact that the clients that pre-ordered and paid months ago to make sure they get stock and get it first, are now getting it 4 days later than the shmuck that just strolls into one of these retailers.

    In my very humble opinion Ster Kinekor should just give the “law abiding” retailers the go-ahead to start shipping their consoles to try and save some face.

  • Quintin Greyling

    Apologies for the previous multi-posts. My browser kept giving errors and I thought it didn’t go through

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      no worries. :)

  • Terence85

    Console from Game Secunda Mall, and Battlefield 4 from Incredible Connection Secunda Mall. Have the reciept at home if anyone wishes to see. ;-)

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      Bastard! :P enjoy.

  • Emma Lewis

    I recently bought the PS4 for my little brother but bit.ly/IdontLovePs4 anymore. :(

  • Magius

    SK has put a stop at least at the store the receipt was issued from. I went there now to get one and was told nope, not us it will be released Saturday ( strangely not Friday). When I showed them the pic the story changed to,” we only got two yesterday and they were sold.” Although the salesman slipped and said something about an email.

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