7 things now more expensive than the PS4 in South Africa

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I am excited about the PS4 price drop locally. I already dished out cash for my new console, so it’s not that I’m directly benefiting from the price decrease, but it makes me happy to know that it will be more affordable for more people to upgrade, even as our exchange rate continues to tumble. With the price reaching an all-time low for South Africa, it seemed like the right time to put things in perspective about the cost of a new console.

1 – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

The GTX 970 is a powerful piece of machinery that just about any PC gamer would be happy to have in their rig. Even with that whole “4GB” memory that actually wasn’t all there, it’s still a beast of a card that any gamer would be proud of. Retailing for R5 999, it is now officially more expensive than a PS4. Tell me again about how much cheaper PC gaming is…

2 – Gaming monitor

Sure, you could use that awesome (and expensive) gaming rig to output to a standard monitor, but if you’re a seriously hardcore gamer, you have probably looked at grabbing a 144Hz or 4K monitor. Even on the budget side, these can cost upwards of R7-8k, making it more cost effective to simply upgrade to a PS4 and use it on that sexy TV you hopefully already own.

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3 – Seven new games at launch

What’s the point of upgrading your gaming set up if you’re not going to play the latest and greatest games? Obviously you don’t need to buy every game at launch, but we all have certain titles that we simply must have when it releases. However, with the average console game costing around R800, that means that if you buy seven games at launch this year, you’ll already have dished out more money than the PS4 now costs.

4 – A referee for the Australia v Scotland World Cup game

Now, I’m not saying that the referee was corrupt or paid for, but if the same thing happened in a cricket match with India or Pakistan, we’d certainly be calling for investigations. Still, match fixing doesn’t run cheap, and I’ll guarantee you that if money was paid, the ref cost more than a PS4.

5 – WITS registration fees

The #FeesMustFall debate has raised some interesting questions about the cost of schooling in South Africa and other systematic inequalities that still plague the country. However, with annual registration fees sitting at about R9 700 per year (that’s before tuition), it seems education is way more expensive than entertainment.

6 – The full offering from The Attraction Academy

Tired of fulfilling the gamer stereotype? Do you want to get any woman, anywhere, any time? Thanks to a complete offering of CDs and a master class, you too could become the suave guy who gives “high quality women” the illusion of choice when it comes to sleeping with you. Of course, becoming this irresistible doesn’t come cheap, costing way more than just your dignity.

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7 – A significant other

After becoming suave and wonderful, you’ve probably landed up in a relationship. That means you’ll be spending money on meals together, nice gifts, holidays, the inevitable couples’ counseling when s/he discovers your “Tinder Mastery” CD and the biggest cost of them all, spawning. Still, it’s worth it, right? Right? Or, you know, you could just accept your single player fate and buy a new generation console instead.

Last Updated: October 21, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • 8th thing more expensive than the PS4. Matty’s Discover Health check-up after eating his lunch…

    • Hammersteyn

      That poor steak πŸ™
      Just how @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus likes it

      • What, you mean?

        • Hammersteyn

          That steak is basically charcoal

        • You like steak with your salt, right @Alien Emperor Trevor:disqus? πŸ™‚

        • You like steak with your salt, right? @[email protected] Emperor Trevor:disqus ? πŸ™‚

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            With it, not all over it. πŸ˜‰

    • Nee dankie

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Is that pink flappy thing supposed to be bacon?
      That’s terrifying.

      • I think it’s some loose plastic tilling from when the steak hit the floor…

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          I can believe that.

      • Hammersteyn

        It’s an uncooked McDonalds patty

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          *shivers*

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      That looks amazing. I knew there was a reason I liked Matty. It’s properly cooked & everything.

      • Hammersteyn

        O_o dogs wont eat that

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          It’s not like they’d get a chance too. What monster would waste such a fine meal.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            lol

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        I beg to differ, I put it to you, when you slice that steak, it will be medium

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          It does look a bit soft, I’ll admit.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Is that what she said?

            πŸ˜€

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            It only looks that way. That’s the surprise.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That’s acceptable. As long as it’s not raw. Or “rare” as the delusional like to call it. There’s nothing rare about raw meat, most meat is raw.

          • Grand Admiral Chief
          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            You can’t fool me with your fire-averse propaganda.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Read that section “WASTE OF A GOOD QUALITY STEAK”

          • The waste started at Medium…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I assume you’re reading that from right to left.

          • You drink brandy from a can, your argument is invalid xD

          • Hammersteyn

            he does WHAT!?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            What was I supposed to do? Leave it in the can? It needed my help!

          • Hammersteyn

            How? What? Where? Brandy in a can???

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            He eats meat well done, there is no limit to how deep he will sink

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I don’t know! I just heard it crying out for rescue so I rushed to help it. “I’ll save you brandy!” *glugglugglug* “FREEDOM!” How I felt afterwards was how I imagine Lassie feels every time she gets that twit Timmy rescued from the well he keeps falling down.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            O_O

          • DragonSpirit009

            Why oh why do you post such delectable eats?
            Some of us are really hungry!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Only two of those are delectable

          • DragonSpirit009

            True! Very true! But when your starving anything can go… even the keyboard!

      • Spathi

        Steak and egg overdone! Yuck!

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          That egg was NUKED

          • HvR

            It saw the steak and set itself on fire in protest

      • Downvote from everyone!

    • AfricanTime

      is it Macon?

      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        Looks like polony pretending to be bacon under an egg cooked in 5 year-old oil. All trying to hide the shoe sole underneath ;P

        • Spathi

          Hahhaha! My exact thoughs.

        • Rock789

          Lol! That made me laugh… Coz I was thinking the same thing… πŸ™‚

        • Others would call this “banting”

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Banting is a lie

          • I wonder what next years “revolutionary” weight loss program will be xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Homeopathic chocolate.

          • I so want to go google that now πŸ˜›

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m afraid too. Every time I believe I’ve thought of something really stupid that can’t exist, Google proves me wrong.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            They’re going to say Brandy and Coke is healthy as long as you have it with a pinch of salt and an Atlantic Oyster.

          • Bring the Tabasco and I will agree to that!

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            Oh yum.
            My wife used to work for a company that does travel planning for rich foreigners, so every once in a while we’d go stay in a hotel that costs more per weekend than we made together. Oysters buffet is all I remember about the one. Even at breakfast.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            It hasn’t killed me yet.

          • HvR

            Atkins = Banting = ….. same thing.

            I say just call it “Fuck-the-vegans-to-death” diet.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Only if those chips were made out of cauliflower. And cabbage != cauliflower.

        • hairyknees

          I don’t care… it was delicious πŸ˜›

    • hairyknees

      It was yummy πŸ˜€ YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH :'(

      • HvR

        Carefully prepared using age old traditional Portuguese cooking methods ?
        http://images.wisegeek.com/deep-fryer.jpg

        • hairyknees

          Exactly!

          Seriously though πŸ˜› it looks terrible in picture, but it tasted amazing <3

    • DrKiller

      Jou eier lyk nie lekker nie πŸ˜‰

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Thank god I’m not a hardcore gamer, don’t have FOMO for new games, watching aus vs scotland is like watching bulls vs sharks – nobody cares who wins, finished studying years ago, couldn’t be arsed to do anything about being single, AND don’t want a PS4. WIN!

    • You lose, ALWAYS!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Your FACE loses.

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Same here. I got my monitor and gpu for less than a PS4.
      I have no idea what’s going on with the rugby though.

      • Hammersteyn

        monitor and gpu…. and then you had a complete PC?

        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          I knew there was a reason that screen didn’t want to show anything.Well, I had the other parts already from five years ago. So yes πŸ˜€
          Except for my case. I believe that it was used on the ark to house chickens.

          • Hammersteyn

            hahahaha

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            I had someone look at it the other day and comment on the position of my psu. Apparently they don’t sit in the top of the boxes anymore.

          • Hammersteyn

            AS long as it’s not one of those vanilla cases

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            No. At least not. It’s red. With vents on the sides to make it go faster. πŸ™‚

          • Hammersteyn

            Add racing stripes for even more speed

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            XD
            Yea!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Don’t forget MOAR KAZOZ PIPES

          • Hammersteyn

            Also tape a bottle of water next to the case and ell people it’s water cooled

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Aye, connect water container to kazoz pipe system and you are set for >>>>>>>>

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            lol

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    “Tell me again about how much cheaper PC gaming is…”
    Don’t start this, you know better.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Gaming is cheaper, the PC isn’t. πŸ˜‰

    • Mistake Not…

      Close the comments section! I hear them coming…

      • KNOCK KNOCK!

        • Hammersteyn

          Who’s there?

          • TEAMGREEN!

          • Hammersteyn
          • Huehuehue I love this anime and gif

          • Mistake Not…

            Which anime is it?

          • Kill la kill

            *Not the best of the best but really funny to watch

          • Mistake Not…

            Thanks πŸ™‚

          • Mistake Not…

            Ha. I like this, but what’s up with Gaben and the boobs?

          • Hammersteyn

            Man tits?

          • Hammersteyn

            BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

          • BWAHAHAHAHHA!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            ALL the lulz!

          • This is the first time I noticed “cloud power” written on the wall xD

          • Hammersteyn

            Almost no one does because it’s a lie

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            The only cloud power that works, is a dutch oven

          • O.o

          • HvR

          • Mossel

            Teamgreen fo lyf yo.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            You cannot pilot a chopper, your argument is INVALID

    • Hammersteyn

      No, really. I keep forgetting how one piece of hardware that lasts more than 6+ years is not cheaper than once piece of a PC.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        Except you don’t NEED that piece of hardware.

  • Mistake Not…

    You forgot South African internet. I’m pretty sure 2 gigs of data is worth a PS4 and some games.

    • Hammersteyn

      LOL!

    • So very unfortunately true

  • Audacity (or-das-it-eeee-eee)

    Zoe, with this sort of level of relevant insight you should make a satirical game, no jokes

    • Hammersteyn

      We could all chip in ideas!

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      Zoe always brings the most interesting things we never knew we’d want to know about πŸ˜€

  • Grand Admiral Chief

    8. The glue to fix Darryn’s Deathstroke costume

    • Hammersteyn

      9.The money(for bandwidth) PC gamers spends on games being patched

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        10. Point .9 deducted by Steam special sale savings added Ferrari to compensate for savings, total amounts to positive R6k-R7k

        • Hammersteyn

          11. Wits tuition fees

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            12. Police riot pay

          • Hammersteyn

            13. Oscar’s takeaway bill first day out of prison

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            14. Oscar’s takeaway bill first day in prison

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            15. Oscar’s bucket cleaning services
            16. Oscar’s legal bill

          • Hammersteyn

            17. A ticket to Syria. But just barely more expensive

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            18. An invitation to GITS….oh, wait, nm, that is free

          • Hammersteyn

            19. Englands rugby World Cup jersey signed by Chris Robshaw…………oh wait

  • Mossel

    We can start off by acknowledging that the GTX970 is R5399 at Wootware. I bought it for R4999 4 months ago. And it plays Witcher 3 on 1080p @ 60fps.

    • Hammersteyn

      Well the card helps. You still need the rest of the PC to play it
      *Runs

      • Mossel

        hahaha! Luckily I already had that from 5 years ago!

        • Hammersteyn

          XD

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            You see?????

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I see that he’s not wrong. πŸ˜‰

    • Matthew Holliday

      also bought my 970 for under 5k, R4899 to be specific.

      there are also 4k gaming monitors for under R5000 aswell.

  • Why 7????? WHYYYYYYYYYYYY ZOE WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    #cries

    • * #criesalone

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      7 + PS4 + Llew = ENDLESS TROLLING!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      LOOOOL

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      this all just became infinitely more hilarious πŸ˜›

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        By a factor of 7 for sure!

      • Eish

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