PlayStation Plus price increase explained

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rAge was cool for many reasons – there were awesome cosplayers wandering around, cool demos to play and plenty of like-minded people to chat with. I managed to escape the chaos of the floor for the press lounge to interview Robert Fisser, head of PlayStation for the Middle East and Africa. He answered all my questions, including the trickier ones.

For those who don’t watch interviews, Fisser explained that Sony had to increase the price of PlayStation Plus locally to bring us in line with the European market. The model for PlayStation Plus is actually based on the full-price of a game; when we were compared to other markets, we were underpaying quite a bit. Fisser goes on to say that he still believes that PlayStation Plus offers excellent value for gamers, particularly those who are still on PS3. I have to agree – the PS3 games on offer are generally excellent, and I’d strongly recommend for PS+ subscribers who haven’t yet upgraded to next gen to still claim all those PS4 games as they appear. It’s excellent to start your life on a new console with a full library of games to play.

Moving on to PlayStation TV, Fisser was clear that while PlayStation TV is great for streaming PS4 content, it’s also being introduced to South Africa as a low cost gaming alternative. PlayStation is aware of the price sensitivity in South Africa and hopes to help people across the economic spectrum become part of the PlayStation ecosystem.

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I like hearing about the commitment that PlayStation has to South Africa. Last generation, South Africa was definitely Xbox country. This time around, PlayStation has started off with a bang. While Xbox One is certainly making an impact since launching, it will be interesting to see which console reigns supreme locally by offering the best experience.

Last Updated: October 14, 2014

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!

  • Hammersteyn

    Singstar????????

    • Sean Carbutt

      LOL. Oh please no, Sony please, pretty effing please, do not do a selfie on that install. I hated seeing that kak on my PS3 and boy did I try and undo that which cannot be undone

      • WitWolfy

        I love Singstar, I welcome another stand alone app for my massive Singstar library. BRING IT!

    • DrKiller

      I would buy the thing just for that!

      I’m busy on a small project to bring Singstar to Xbox (atleast to my Xbox), but I can’t figure out how to extract the Singstar Treffers disc πŸ™ noooooooo

      • Hammersteyn

        LOL

  • Admiral Chief 0

    For a second I thought they were going to say (about the price increase): “WAHAHAHAHAHAHA WE OWN YOU SUCKAS!”

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Technically they do own them… what alternative do they have?

      • Admiral Chief 0

        Steam? Oh, wait….

        πŸ˜›

  • HvR

    Bit disappointed, that was just the rehash of the previous media release. Journalism fail.

    The hard questions would have been, why only 4 hour warning before the increase, why do Sony not do things in line with SA consumer legislation, why not to annual or bi-annual increase/decrease with a months notice?

    • Admiral Chief 0

      That is the correct question HvR, spot on

    • GotNews4Ya

      There has been no “Security Breaches” on the PSN since 2011. The recent outages have been caused by DDoS’ing the servers.. the same “Lizard Squad” has been attacking all kinds of popular games / companies. Including but not limited to: Twitch, Blizzard, League of Legends, Xbox Live, PSN, Destiny, and more.

      And.. in light of it all.. Sony’s First and ONLY “Security Breach” has made our Gaming lives a much more pleasant experience.. That is how they started Playstation Plus.. it all started with offering free titles to us to compensate.. and PS+ Free Games was born, which in turn drove Xbox to try and compete by adding GWG.

  • Kikmi

    I cant really say I like that explanation, the store is still linked to the EU prices but somehow the pricing for the subscription service is handled in an entirely different way? Nah uh. Doesn’t sound right. How can they have so many different pricing plans on products all essentially part of the PS store/Online environment?

    The really need to bring in some sort of transparency for the extra cost above and beyond that, stop using such peculiar and arbitrary pricing methods on their products.

    I don’t like the face Sony has been showing in the last little while. Its getting dodgier. Murkier. Uglier.

    • CaptainNemo42

      Other questions that would’ve been nice, why is digital more expensive than physical copies, and in particular, why is digital copies of PS games so much more expensive than Xbox?

  • Hammersteyn
  • Alex Hicks

    Question is only half asked and answered. Not just why (and to be fair, the explanation holds water – even if it leaves a bad taste – we really need SA or MEA specific pricing; not the European model. Last time I checked – we use the rand as our currency; not the euro) but more importantly, why such short notice.

    In my view, as an unaffected third party, simply because I cannot afford either console, that was the issue which rankled most – one day notice is a bit on the short side.

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Agreed

    • Jonah Cash

      The price has actually not changed on the PS4….. I checked it yesterday or the day before and it was still only over R500!! So somewhere there is still a bit of confusion it would seem!!

      • Alex Hicks

        Really? That’s even worse – now you’re taking PR flak for something you didn’t even do!

        Starting to worry about Sony’s competence. Their launch was so superb; and since then they’ve been sliding. XBone messed up originally; and now getting better – seems both are pretty daft.

        Or is it more sinister than that? Do the two major players just think gamers are some sort of perpetually pimply 14 y/o still stuck in the 80’s with no clue, and limitless parental pockets to raid?

        • Jonah Cash

          Look I paid on Xbox 360 for a subscription which really only allowed me to play online, now I pay a subscription and get free games every month and can play online… I get that they handled it like idiots but I don’t see a problem with it other than the 1 day notice!! I am enjoying Dust with my 4 year old, she calls it the ice game… Have no idea where ice got into her little head but it is sticking!! And we played Trine 2 together which was one of the best games I have played this year….
          But yes the PR teams for both are not up to scratch at all!!

          • Alex Hicks

            Oh, I’m not disputing the value for money. I’m not even saying the two teams are on par yet – MS had such a massively bad start that Sony have a sizable lead and are unlikely to let it slip.

            Doesn’t excuse the incredibly poor handling of numerous issues.

          • Jonah Cash

            I agree, and I am not giving them a free ride… They make a fair point but they should have given us a month or so to acclimatize to the news I think!!

      • Hammersteyn

        Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

      • HvR

        Have tried buying through the PS4 interface, was teh same on the za store site. Could add to basket etc but when purchasing you were met with an error code.

        • Jonah Cash

          Well played by them for trolling me then!! Hahahahaha
          I really don’t care, I get most of my gaming fix online for the last 4-5 years!! So I will be paying whatever it is to keep on doing just that!! Means one less game for the year… Who am I kidding, it means one less weekend away!!

          • HvR

            My big gripe was the way they did it, underhanded and half-ass.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            That is such an accurate description, “half-ass”

            YOU CANNOT DO ANYTHING WITH HALF AN ASS!!!!

            So very well said then

          • HvR

            Well you can bake two dozen garage beef pies with half an ass.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            …only to have some full ass explosion later on from consuming said ass pies

          • HvR

            Known as the Microsoft 180

  • FoxOneZA

    PS3 games were never R450, not on launch day anyways.

    • Hammersteyn

      Yeah, they cost more than R450

    • WitWolfy

      At launch PS3 games were R900, I remember going HOLY BANANAS as a 360 user that time.

      • FoxOneZA

        Haze LOL!

        • WitWolfy

          The legendary “Halo killer” LOL

  • Hammersteyn

    I think someone forgot to release the press release about the PS+ increase

    • Alex Hicks

      That may be the answer – but even so. A press release is hardly sufficient for a decision of this magnitude. You release the news in stages; with an explanation; and you swallow the low price for another couple of months. If it’s been undercharged for years; why the sudden requirement to change it IMMEDIATELY.

      This reminds me of the kalahari voucher PR fuckup. Are our marketing departments really that bad at handling crises?

      • Admiral Chief 0

        Kalahari has since then not seen ANY business from me

        • HvR

          Ironically I was “forced” to make a panic last minute PS+ 1 year voucher purchase with eBucks due to missing the price increase mail.

          Other than that no business from me.

          • Hammersteyn

            Same here

        • Alex Hicks

          EXACTLY! Long term benefit versus short term damage limitation. I used to work for an online marketing firm – that was always the overriding principle.

          If you’ve buggered up a campaign; and someone takes advantage of it – you fix the campaign moving forwards – never penalise those who took advantage of your mistake after the fact. The long term gain outweighs the short term loss.

      • Hammersteyn

        Kalahari is a desert, that’s it. I’ve wiped all existence of the use of the name for any other purposes out of my mind.

        • Travis

          Looks like takealot will take over the branding when they merge.

          • Hammersteyn

            They can takethelot to the desert then.

          • HvR

            TakeAHarri

          • Travis

            Takelot CEO will be in charge of new merged entity. Basically Naspers saw they were being eaten up my Takealot and had to do the merger. Takelot FTW.

          • HvR

            Seeing as Naspers own Kalahari and it is by far the bigger of the two companies I fear it will be the Kalahari devil behind a TakeAlot mask we will be dealing with.

          • Admiral Chief 0

            They should just fire/destroy/disintegrate the PR and call centre first

          • Travis

            Theres a plan, are you organising a STRIKE mission?

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Can be arranged…

          • Nighfall with Heroic activated, or just a normal Strike mission?

            Cos let’s be honest? With RNG, I’d rather go with a Nighfall Strike.

          • Travis

            No it wont, Takealot CEO will be in charge. Kalahari was a headache for Naspers, and they were losing market share quickly so they basically had to do the meger and make it someone elses problem. Naspers also recently closed down loads of other SA sites including sacamera and my favourite 5ounces.co.za

          • HvR

            The mail I saw stated they are going to be “co-CEO’s”.

            In my mind that is the TakeALot CEO with Kalli Hari arm shoved up his ass.

  • Hammersteyn

    What accent is that?

    • Admiral Chief 0

      Human

      • Alex Hicks

        You sure? Sounded a little closer to “corporate executive” than “human”.

        • Admiral Chief 0

          “Former human” then? Or sub-human?

          • Alex Hicks

            yes. much closer. I’ll go with sub-human

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            MBA-bot?

        • Hammersteyn

          Oh snap

    • Admiral Chief 0

      American wannabe…

      OH, you mean the other dude?

      πŸ˜›

      • Hammersteyn

        lol

    • eyesuc

      Robert Fisser’s accent sounds more South African than Zoe. Odd.

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      Dutch. I could hear it instantly, started speaking it with him off camera. he’s from near where i studied πŸ™‚

      • Hammersteyn

        Small world

  • Hammersteyn

    If the interview was held this weekend he wouldn’t have mentioned Driveclub

  • FoxOneZA

    You hike the prices of games and subscriptions out of the range of the competition and then you hope people would still buy your product???

    • Hammersteyn

      If they aimed for everyone to renew before the increase I think it worked

      • FoxOneZA

        But not a good proposition for newcomers πŸ˜‰

        • Hammersteyn

          Agreed

  • You forgot to say meeting up with peeps was the best thing at rAge!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      They met you, they’re trying to forget πŸ˜›

      • Tis true! #proud

      • Admiral Chief 0

        LOOOOOOOOOOOL, no wonder copious amounts of alcohol was consumed!

      • Hammersteyn

        Wait till they get a load of me

        • Admiral Chief 0

          “a load of me”

          AGNEESIESMANDEON

          • Hammersteyn

            hahahaha sies back at you, that’s a normal expression.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Aren’t you glad you didn’t type “off” by accident hehe

          • HAHAHA

          • Hammersteyn

            O_o I am now.

  • Francois Knoetze

    increased my ps plus membership to 2016 a week ago still at the old price πŸ˜› SCOOOOORE!!

    • Hammersteyn

      Unless they decrease it πŸ˜›

      • Francois Knoetze

        R495 or something like that….was browsing and saw the news and went. “aww shucks, now I have to pay more next year” then I was on the ps4 store,saw the price and just decided BUY BUY BUY

      • HvR

        That will involve the Rand getting much stronger, Zuma growing a conscience, Ju-Ju acting like a normal human.

        • Jonah Cash

          …………………..

        • Admiral Chief 0

          In other words : NOT BLOODY LIKELY

        • Hammersteyn

          And people abolishing cars opting to ride unicorns to work

  • L337J1MB0B

    Last generation SA was Xbox country?! Rubbish!!

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    Personally not all the fussed about the increase I just think the lack of warning and the cheek to call it a “slight” increase is what pissed me off.

  • BadabingbadaBoom

    Your lasso of truth is far from the truth. your headline is misleading.
    The priceshift is only in South-Africa.
    And the best gaming experience you get on the best console, the PS4.

  • Xcalibersa

    errr… its a bit embarrassing that you are now regarded as click bait,.

  • Ryan lee

    Dat author’s avatar is SEXY

  • eVo

    where can you buy playstation plus cards? Without making a banking transaction that is…pure cold cash

  • eVo

    in South africa…near stellenbosch/Cape town

  • Hermione Granger

    first they rise the monthly fee and you will hear the sonnyans defenders
    say, ‘its no important because the annual fee is the same’… everyone
    with a brain knows what comes next, the annual fee will rise too.. and
    then
    the sonnyan defenders will be there again and say, ‘its the best
    service ever so its worth it’.. its all bs.. sony can go to h el l with
    their greed and psn is the crap. psn is s h i t!

  • Mattewis Kat

    As for helping “people across the economic spectrum become part of the PS ecosystem” I think Fisser is just as out of touch with reality than our president (Zuma)! This just isn’t true. For example the pre-order price of the Assetto Corsa bundle is priced at R833 on the UK PSN (even with today’s poor exchange rate), whilst it will set you back R1049 on the ZA PSN. I already own the game on STEAM and at this point in time it’s only the cost of a decent graphics card standing in my way. Once that occurs the PS4 will be doing more YouTube videos than games.

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