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The first pre-order page for the PlayStation 4 with a price is up and you may want to sit down for this. According to the page the PlayStation 4 is going to set you back R8300 on launch day.

But don’t panic too much right now, that price is from an Australian retailer and we have covered their excessive pricing on many occasions before. The Australian Dollar price they are listing is $899

But when the PlayStation 3 was released it was priced at $999 in Australia at first so this huge price may actually be a good sign for us locally.

If I recall correctly the PS3 was released at just over R6000 locally and as such we can expect a R1000 to R1500 cheaper launch price. Giving us a R4500 to R5000 launch which would be very hard to ignore in the run up to Christmas.

So what price would make it impossible for you to not buy a PlayStation 4 when it is released?

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer
  • Deon Steyn

    Thanks Gavin, I choked on my damn coffee and it’s running out of my nose now when I saw R8 300. R6000 max.

    • Grant Hancock

      Yeah …prob R 6000 max too… considering would prob sell PS3 (if PS4 can do backwards compatibility) 6 grand ‘okay’ price..

    • Banana Jim

      Same here, R6000 is my limit, but I’d prefer R4500 or even R3600. Either way, my savings fund is set-up, and I have cash for a PS4.

      • Sentient_Slug

        3600 LOLOLOLOL

      • Melasco

        R6000 is also my limit, but I’m expecting to see it about R4700 for a base model, and R5700 for a bundle with extra controller + a game. I wont pay R8k for a console, but I’m not worried one bit. It won’t be over R6k, and we are still a few months from pricing, SONY is waiting for Microsoft to announce something first.

    • FoxOneZA

      Wait for 2 years and you can get it for half the price. Those AMD CPU’s being used are cheapies and the RAM pricing will come down. Also, I hope Sony doesn’t have teething problems with AMD/ATI like MS did with the Xbox.

      • Banana Jim

        And not play Kilzone and Infamous day one? Not a chance! :P

    • Prolific

      R4000 is an immediate buy. R5000 means thinking about it for a couple of days, then buy. R6000 means cutting back on my doughnut addiction, then buy.

      • Deon Steyn

        I would need to stop drinking for a month, not sure how. Does any one have a link to the 12 steps?

  • Banana Jim

    Lol, reminds me of this one dodgy store in Cape Town called Subterania. which sold imported Japanese PS2s for R10 000+. They eventually took a lot of flack from local gamers and I think we’re all happier that BT games is now in almost every shopping centre.

    But then you get crazies on eBay who also tried to make a killing with both the PS3 and Xbox 360 when both were being released.

    • Deon Steyn

      That’s why you don’t buy stuff from the underground(subterain).

    • FoxOneZA

      My friends paid R10k for a PS3 at launch in Dubai. That’s R10K with 2 games and import duites. They thought it was going to be superior the Xbox 360. Being the good friend as I am, I lol’d at them until Uncharterd finally released.

      • mornelithe

        Dropped a grand on my 60g+4 new games, during launch week.

    • Sean Carbutt

      LOL, talk about pulling the ring out of it. F.ck em, greedy c.nts. Local price will be around R5k. Again this depends on exchange rates and of course how greedy Ster Kinekor get. But, based on our latest discussions with the re-sellers, thats what we can expect.

  • Tetsuo

    R 4700. Mentally, that is the price I won’t be able to ignore. I believe it is going to go for R 4699-00 for the cheaper version. I’ll get the bank to sponsor me some cash and buy a PS4 on launch day then!

    • Melasco

      Agreed, it will be R4700 or very close to that for the base model, and a grand more with an extra controller and a game(Killzone 4 plz plz plz).

  • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

    Even 6k is out of the question, depends whats getting bundled, cost of the new format (if there is a new format) games, how many controllers etc etc. Considering too they using easy to get hold of existing tech, shouldnt really be asking more than 5k IMO, and that top line with 2 DS4′s and fatty hdd.

  • DarthofZA

    Impossible to pick up…. may R2000…
    Any other year would be different… but I’m saving for my wedding early next year…

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    I just leaked from the wrong end looking at that header, thanks Gavin! Won’t spend more than 4500 on launch, no way.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Impossible? About R2000. That would be a sure buy for me then. Lol. BUT we all know that’s impossible. The hardware in it simply wouldn’t warrent such a low price. Meh. For the price of a new PS4 though I am sure I could upgrade my PC properly

    • FoxOneZA

      And go Intel + NVidia at the same time.

  • FoxOneZA

    R8k seems to be the sweet spot for new tech these days whether you want a cellphone or a TV.

    For R8K I can gets me a real PC ;)

    • Sentient_Slug

      i think you are accurate on the launch price being closer to 8000, but i would still buy the PS4 ;)

  • http://twitter.com/eXCheez Gareth Lagesse

    There’s more to the PS4 than just a controller, right?

    • Prolific

      No, what you’re looking at is an Nvidia Shield on some serious steroids.
      :-) Sorry, couldn’t resist. But I also find it strange that they launched the PS4 functionally, controller and the rest without actually showing the console itself. I actually imagined Sony running a couple of supercomputers behind the curtain to provide the “PS4 experience”.

      • Sentient_Slug

        You might not be so far off with that because the visuals looked incredible.

  • http://www.redeux.org.za/ Werner Morris

    They won’t be catching me with this. I’m not gonna pay R5000+ end of the year and then exactly a year later Sony releases their ‘Slimline’ version that goes for half the price and includes upgrades and bug fixes.

    • Tetsuo

      Good! Just a warning, don’t buy a car, TV or Toaster, because in a year’s time, there will be something better on the market ;)

    • Prolific

      Bought the 60GB right after release, and it has more features than the ones you refer to. (Also, I prefer to think of a tornado-inducing cooling fan as a feature.) Buying early isn’t a bad thing.

      • mornelithe

        Aye, PS3 wasn’t the launch 360. ;)

    • Sentient_Slug

      I’m with Werner on this one, i will try and wait a while see how it goes.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      With you on this. And no @567dcab861a81dadf61d7b433e6cc73a:disqus a toaster is very different to a form of entertainment, that you don’t NEED.

      • mornelithe

        Not entirely sure a Toaster is described as a vital necessity of life hehe.

        • Sir Captain Rincethis

          take that back!

          • mornelithe

            Never! Toaster Oven > Toaster, for the simple reason that you can toast pizza, bagels, bruschetta, etc… in the toaster oven, and a toaster has very limited application (Frozen Waffles, Bagels, Toast).

            Still, a toaster oven isn’t even a necessity. Technically everything could be done in the oven and even that isn’t a necessity because everything could be done (although, a bit more difficult) over a fire. ;)

    • mornelithe

      So, in that sense, why ever buy any electronics ever (or any product)….because there’s always a new revision right around the corner. And hmmm, launch PS3 vs Slimline…let me think, which one has backwards compatibility? How many who complained that the PS3 was too expensive, also complained that the slimline lacked BC?

      By the way, your maths are wrong. PS3 launched Nov of 2006, PS3 Slimline was announced August 18th 2009, and released September 2009. Most companies who build anything, will have a revision in 3 years time. Just sayin’

  • FoxOneZA

    Each time I get a downvote, the price of the PS4 goes up by $1 :D

    • Tetsuo

      Have a upvote you fricken troll :P

    • Deon Steyn

      Lol $1 isn’t to much

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Theo-Steenekamp/100000464298189 Theo Steenekamp

    ….

  • http://www.facebook.com/daryl.eksteen Daryl Eksteen

    Whahaha R8300. I won’t be buying a PS4 if that’s the price.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daryl.eksteen Daryl Eksteen

    Whahaha R8300. I won’t be buying a PS4 if that’s the price.

  • fred

    Who needs a healthy kidney , hardly used , 39 years old next month. Still in original packaging.

  • Sentient_Slug

    guys if you Honestly think its going to retail for under R6000 you are honestly dreaming. look at the technology that is crammed into it! i would be happy to pay 8000, if it hoestly (and it wont) retails for 5000 i will go to the shop and camp outside to get one.

  • Brady miaau

    never trust an unpatched release of anything

  • Tbone187

    8 geez….overkill!! But that’s SA for you…when I left the UK in 2010, the slim ps3 was going for 200 pounds and the exchange rate was around R11 at the time…came here and it was something like over 4 grand…

  • DARK_SETH

    Article is BULL Sh1t. Not gonna cost that much. Sony won’t fail at that again.

    • Sir Captain Rincethis

      Maybe they’ll just tell you to get three jobs this time? :)

  • OVG

    Sigh… I had already finished Bioshock before the R6499 PS3 came to South Africa. It only cost me R2999 including the game and 50mb memory card.

  • Skyblue

    M$ and $ony can both keep their new consoles for the first couple of years after launch. I never purchase any new generation until there are at least 5 original titles worth purchasing on any new platform which generally takes a couple of years to achieve. The “next gen” isn’t a huge leap in graphics (must admit Crysis 3 blows everything else out the water currently) but I suppose the big boys need to do something to revitalize the industry as we’re currently sitting in an era where previous top games are only achieving moderate critical success even though the hoards are still snapping up the dros.

    In addition to this, there has been very little to get excited about with these new consoles coming out, the overall gaming experience will still be identical and we’ll get to look forward to…

    Assassins Creed 4 to 8
    Call of Crap 6 to 14
    Battlefield 4 to 6 (maybe 7)
    Tomb Raider 13 to 18 – ie Uncharted: Croft
    Dead Space 4 to 6 – Fuck you EA for Dead Space 3 – another great franchise ruined
    Bioshock 4 to 6 – Fuck you EA for still holding the rights to the System Shock name, if it weren’t for you mf’ers, Irrational could actually remake the best game they’ve ever made and stop forcing us play through the year 19-who-gives-a-fuck with 60′s looking crap that I hated in Fallout anyway.

    wait… what was the subject again?

  • GIELIE

    R15000 OK

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