Huge Price Increases on the way

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A lot of people have noticed the prices being sneakily increased across the board and I was personally just hoping it was some people attempting to take the mickey. Unfortunately though it has now been confirmed that prices are going through the roof all over the place.

Kalahari.net has confirmed that prices are being increased by all the distributors in regard to hardware and software.

As a quick example Frontlines, Condemned 2, Ratchet & Clank and The Club all have a RRP of R750, PC titles are going to be coming in at R350 and PS2 titles at R500

Hardware is not being ignored with the price of the 40GB PS3 going over the R5000 mark and I am still waiting confirmation from Mi-Digital and The Core Group on their hardware.

This is horrible, but can you blame these guys when the Rand is about to break the R8/$ mark and 16 to the Pound…

Even though I understand it, I cannot justify R750 for a mediocre game. GTA IV, Killzone and the like could sell for R750 but I would never pay that amount for the more arcady type games.

Last Updated: March 3, 2008

Gavin Mannion

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  • Yeti

    That is utterly preposterous. How can R750 per game possibly be justified? I think if this is happening we are going to see more and more people vanishing off live as their modded consoles get banned. One game is now nearly a third of the price of the console, where is the logic in that?

  • JP

    And PC gaming is cheap again.

    LOL.

    Anyway. I game on pc and wii. So this R750 a game ludicrousness doesn’t really affect me.

  • Fox1

    I doubt we will see similar action from MS because they are already turning a profit on the 360 also considering that SA is one of the cheapest places in the world to buy a 360.

    The Wii is already overpriced here and I noticed local retailers for R2999. So a price increase would make it more expensive than the 360 Arcade which has more and cheaper games.

    Speaking of price increases, I saw Beowulf on 360 for R199 this weekend and PGR3 for R89.

    R5000 for a PS3 moves it of the mass market and is only going to slow the transition to BD.

  • bokka1

    I must agree that R750.00 is too much for a game. All the smaller titles are going to suffer. I just pre-ordered GTA before the increases hit that to.

  • Lupus

    It was like that a couple of years ago, reaching R750 for Final Fantasy X on the PS2, when the rand did it’s slide in 2001 and 2002. But yeah it is ridiculous, don’t see Xbox games going up much.

  • any one know of sites that buy body parts and organs ? how will I make it? I cant pay 750 a game!

    Evilredzombie’s last blog post..Asta La Vista 3rd party

  • Naudran

    Well the inflation rate is going up, so it’s kinda expected that things prices will go up to. I’m sure this will be happening across the board (cars, houses, furniture… you name it)

  • Kids should just turn to drugs, it seems to be the cheaper option these days…

    Ill consider getting whack on smack next weekend, ive never tried hardcore drugs, but this seems like a good reason to try and kill myself in a creative and euphoric way.

  • Fox1

    @Ognipode- There is a better option than drugs… the XBox360!!! I had to send in that cheesy line… hahahahaha

    @Evilredzombie- You may have to hire a number 3 guy to increase production for your organisation, lol.

  • Thomeval

    I’m sure this will make pirates and console modders laugh all the way to the bank.

  • Fan

    I support the console modders. Boo to you crooks who make so much profits in the first place. I hope you lose business.

  • sabagamma

    Why do you guys think this is PS3 specific? I cannot see how they can push games to R 750. The market will just pull back and then what? Add to that the whole mod thing and nobody will be making any money selling one original game a month.

  • scotty777

    lol… well… thing is the modders for the ps3 will be at a disadvantage. I mean, a BD writer costs 5g’s and the BD disks cost R100 or so. that means the pirate games will cost +_ 300-400 rand a shot. but at least it’s something. my word, it looks like people won’t be buying many new games, and if they do, they selling there shyte as soon as they finish. Oh crap, i bet final fantasy will cost like 1000 bucks when it comes out 🙁

  • doobiwan

    Don’t joke, you might very well be right!

    The publishers are shooting themselves in the foot.

    *croaky voice*
    “I remember when I was but a wee lad, no PC games companies could sustain a business in SA, dealers would change more regularly than we changed our socks (it was Durban, we wore sandals okay!) PC games cost anywhere from R450-600, it was stupid. People just pirated.

    Then along came EA South Africa and boldy cut its prices to R300, and the legal games market exploded.”

    These console companies make a lot of noise about justification, but at the end of the day, everyone is price sensitive.

  • Fox1

    Eh… I get you guys points about console modders but is it possible to mod a PS3 to play those pirated games?

  • Fox1

    @doobiwan- Thanks for that Back To The Future episode but unfortunately in current times PC games like UT3 sells for R420(and this place is still called Durban and yes we still wear sandals) 😉

  • doobiwan

    @Foxi, you should try socks, they’re liberating! 😉

    Yeah, well, I’m talking 15 years ago, and most PC games are still holding around the same price, impressive. As much as I disagree with it, Piracy has benefited the PC market.

  • Fox1

    @doobi- lol…Hmmmmmm…. socks… Right now socks don’t go well with the heat and humidity.

    I doubt that there are pirated PS3 games.

  • doobiwan

    There aren’t. So I guess at least piracy expands the 360 userbase :p It worked for the PS2 . . . .

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