People who’ve data mined the latest Steam beta build have discovered something that’s rather pertinent to those of us here at the bottom of Africa. It looks like Steam’s going to officially support the South African Rand – so you’ll be able to buy your games in ZAR. That may not be a good thing.
On the surface, I dig the idea for LEGO Dimensions. After all, you’d have to be some kind of monster to find no joy in building with LEGO. You’ve got characters from various franchises, a portal to build and various other vehicles and gadgets to assemble. All that, and a video game, which does sound neat. And expensive. After all, this is Lego that we’re talking about, which usually retails locally for an actual arm and a leg.
According to insiders the PlayStation 4 has been selling like gangbusters locally even at the higher than wanted price of R6799. The Xbox One is being hammered by the media all over the world but the one thing they have done right is that they are going to be landing locally at a much more palatable R6299 in September.
In an age of Steam sales and PlayStation Plus it’s getting harder and harder for publishers to convince gamers to buy games brand new. One of they ways they try to do just that is through pre-order incentives. Buy the game new and you’ll get some plastic bauble, a map or an art book or, increasingly, some sort of digital extra for the game you’re purchasing. Do these matter to you?
I know, I know, you just want a local Xbox One release date. We all do. But why should Microsoft worry about penetrating our market just yet - they've already sold 3 million units worldwide (in the select launch countries). That's a lot.
I saw an interesting infographic on neoGAF that purports to show a bunch of old consoles, with their launch-time prices adjusted for inflation. If you think the PlayStation 4 costs way too much money, at its US launch price of $399. The Neo-Geo’s price, adjusted for inflation, might make you vomit.
Sony have finally announced their pricing for the new Playstation 4. How does this compare to the next Xbox pricing revealed by Microsoft?
So all this talk of next gen, I’m sure you’ve been wondering what your poor wallet should be expecting? Microsoft finally reveal the pricing of their next generation console.
When the PlayStation 3 was first released, it launched at a ludicrous $599 (R6499 when it hit local stores) – quite a lot of money for something that plays games. Selling a single piece of entertainment-focused electronic equipment at that price is no easy feat, made all the worse by then-PlayStation Boss Ken Kutaragi’s suggestion that you get a second job to afford one. It’s a mistake Sony has no intention of repeating.
While some developers believe that the development costs of “next gen” games are going to skyrocket, others don’t believe there’ll be a significant increase in costs. Still, there’s a pervasive fear that increased development costs will lead to an increase in the cost of games, with the $60 standard price going up – possibly to $70. In South Africa, we already pay higher prices for games, and that could see us paying up to R750 for console games. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
The Wii U’s out in the US this week, and will soon be on our own shores. Since we’ve found out about its pricing though, many of you have sworn off, believing it to be too damned expensive. Nintendo’s here to justify the cost.
As we edge on ever closer to the release of Nintendo’s new HD console, we’re still in the dark as to when its actual release, or pricing will be. Nintendo’s said it wants to release before this year’s holiday season, so it’s probable that the information will be released soon; quite probably at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Amazon’s hardware supplier, Video Product Distributors (who also supplies Blockbuster) might have just let the cat out of the bag a little early.
[UPDATE: Memory Card prices have been located and added]
So, who’s ready to part with their cash? If you’re fanatical about your gaming, then you have no doubt set your eyes on the latest handheld console from Sony, the PS Vita, which hits our shores next year in March.
Early reports on the device seem positive, and with two flavours, one in Wi-Fi and the other in 3G, you can bet that there is some serious hardware underneath the hood of that console. But how much will it cost you?
Here’s a round up on prices revealed so far through local channels.
The release of our healthy cracker entitled handheld is just around the corner and while we’re all really excited to see just how awesome the PS Vita turns out to be it is a little surprising to learn this morning that the PS Vita games are going to be sold at a premium.