Steam’s PC prices are cheaper in Rands

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Last week, we told you that Steam was officially changing over to using Rands in our local market. There were a host of concerns; we wondered if we’d get special prices or see local exchange rates lead to soaring prices, as well as issues about VAT and FPB influence. Oh, and let’s not even talk about the region locking. Well, the change has gone live and at least the prices are looking pretty good.

Here are the prices listed for some top sellers on the Steam store:

  • Fallout 4 = R799 (Conversion from USD would be R853)
  • Fallout 4 Season Pass = R399 (Conversion from USD would be R426)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 = R799 (Conversion from USD would be R853)
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (pre-order) = R599
  • Just Cause 3 (pre-order) = R449.10
  • XCOM 2 (pre-order) = R589
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (pre-order) = R499
  • Total War: Warhammer (pre-order) = R599
  • The Witcher 3 = R412.30

Those are all new releases though – and there are a great many older games available for close to nothing. The excellent Borderlands 2, for example, is available now for under R55. Of course, it’s worth noting that the Rand exchange rate is at an all-time low and these new price points will be fixed for the foreseeable future. That’s right PC gamers, if you buy on Steam, a new release will cost you up to R799 – these numbers feel almost like what console gamers pay; however, it appears that publishers will set their own price points and there will be some PC games that will release way under that amount, like Just Cause 3 and XCOM 2. Obviously, Steam Sales and other special deals will make things more affordable, although it’s worth pointing out that these games are region-locked, so if you’re hoping to buy games for friends (or alternate accounts) around the world as gifts, there might be some issues. Some games also appear to have no purchasing options, and it’s unclear if that’s an FPB issue or just a delay until the publishers set a regional price.

Then again, looking at local prices, you’re probably best off buying your new, AAA PC games through your favourite retail outlet. Across all local retail vendors, I was able to find cheaper prices for most of the new releases than I could find onΒ Steam. So, while Steam is cheaper than expected, it seems that we might actually see PC gamers returning to physical copies thanks to even better bargains to be found via brick and mortar or e-commerce.

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Last Updated: November 11, 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!

  • Uberutang

    GTA is 33% cheaper now (Just under R500).
    Overall not bad, besides, no PC gamer will buy stuff on steam unless it is on sale. New stuff is bought from cdkeys or gmg or fast2play or…

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      I disagree there. I’ve bought many a game at full price on Steam.
      Though I have gotten most of my games from the Humble Bundles.

      • Hammersteyn

        full price? LIES!

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          Games I really thought was worth it. Of course. Both of them!
          Just kidding.
          At least twenty to thirty of my games were bought full price.

          • Hammersteyn

            hehe both of them

    • BakedBagel

      You should check the amount of pre-orders Fallout4 had. Totally blows your statement out of the ocean.

      • Uberutang

        There are outliers, but why pay $59 on steam for Fallout if you could get it for $39 on cdkeys. Also preload via steam etc? For me the amount of FULL priced steam buys in my 360 odd library is very very small.

        • BakedBagel

          True the Full priced steam buys in my 120+ library is small too. It depends on the person i guess. I really wanted GTA5. pre-purchased on steam for full price. That is literally the only one that comes to mind.

          • Uberutang

            LOL yeah GTA V for me also, and then also Dayz (early price during alpha) and I got Arma 3 a year before release to get cheaper price.

  • Not all releases will be that expensive at launch.

    And there are some seriously good ones around. GTA V is really cheap now. This is going to be exciting and I am sure prices will drop a little more in time to come

  • Ir0nseraph

    Fallout 4 on PC cost exactly the same as a PS4 version on the PS store.
    PC games aren’t that cheap any more.

    • Physical still is cheaper

      • KingKappie

        Lets factor in the 30+ gigs that need to be downloaded on PC

        • well if you are on uncapped it doesn’t really matter. Yes you pay for the internet but let’s face facts… You’d pay without the game too. So unless you are on a restricted cap account that really isn’t an argument that can be used

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Exactly. And the other large difference is that in two months from now it will be down in price by at least 33%

          • KingKappie

            Dam you steam sales. but my ps4 look so pretty

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I can settle for a PS4 with an Xbox controller and Steam prices. That would work for me….wait a second…that’s almost the Steam Machine.

          • KingKappie

            Dam you Steam Machine, Gaming is ruined

          • Just buy a PC and add an Xbox Controller. Then install the steam client. Run in controller mode. Steam machine, fraction of the price

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            That’s pretty much exactly my setup now. But I have controller companion, so I can do everything on my pc with my controller if I need to.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Stardust is right, this is a sound plan

          • My name is not stardust!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            No it is not, it is Stardust. Capital S

          • It’s Figgy’s rockstar name!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            NO, that is Figgle

            Figgle and Stardust. Mind you that has a nice ring to it. Are you prepared to wear spandex?

            I’ll manage your band

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Hammer is the bouncer

          • No! No no no no!

          • Hammersteyn

            I’ll be the T-Rex to your Raptor……… wait what?

          • No no!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Only 5 no’s. I’ll admit to being disappointed.

          • haha!

          • Hammersteyn

            hehe

          • Hammersteyn

            No

          • yes

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            STARDUST!

          • Hammersteyn

            For one the XBOX controller can GITS. My wrist cramps from thinking of Rage

          • Ir0nseraph

            I don’t see the point of a steam machine , you loose all the major advantages of PC gaming mainly customization, so no on that would rather pick a console and get some exclusives PC won’t get , and just connect a PC to my TV if need be.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            My PC runs steam, so technically it IS a Steam Machine

            πŸ˜›

          • Ir0nseraph

            LoL

          • Not technically. It is. Attach controller. TV. Big screen mode. Done. Steam machine.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I have a controller, and big screen mode, and big monitor, so, technically, I’m there

            JUST MORE POWAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

          • exactly that. More power for cheaper. Steam machines are overpriced

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I completely agree with you. I’d never buy one, but I do see how some people might opt for it as a more “mobile” gaming platform than a pc.

        • I’d still buy digital because of the refund policy, which doesn’t apply to any games bought locally.

      • Hammersteyn
        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Well seeing as we’re only getting games released in the 80’s now πŸ˜‰

      • Ir0nseraph

        True , it’s just a little worrying to see steam pricing matching console pricing digitally.

        • It’s a few devs that are converting $60 straight and making it a round number. Most of the games on steam are actually cheaper

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          It wouldn’t be so bad if they worked just as well on day one. πŸ˜‰

    • Uberutang

      $34 on cdkeys is what I paid. Far cheaper.

  • Hammersteyn

    I guess Admirals 5 dorrah now translates to R50?

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    It might cost a bit less because of benefits from local pricing & exchange rates, but it’s still a lot more expensive than buying from a local retailer – over R100 in the case of BLOPS3 (Gavin likes it if you call it BLOPS) & even more with F3. New releases just aren’t worth buying directly on Steam anymore.

  • This is good news indeed, I was scared we would see R1000 for AAA titles xD.
    But local retailers are cheaper by a large margin if you are buying AAA.

  • Neji

    Deux Ex Mankind Divided is a lot cheaper now… http://store.steampowered.com/app/337000

  • Mossel

    Holy shit, when did the dollar become R14.22??! I was buying Euros not 3 months ago for almost the same price!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      lol, I heard on the radio last night it’s almost R22 to the pound. I was like… O_O

      That’s worse than when I went in the UK in 2000. It was R20 to 1 & I was fucking poor, boss gave me 200 pounds spending money & I came back with half of it – bonus!

      • Dutch Matrix

        We really are getting grilled by the Pound. Geddit?

        • Mossel

          Getting pounded, some might argue…

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Well done!

        • Hammersteyn

          Euro go again

      • Mossel

        The euro was R13.xx in August. So I decided to wait after the markets crash to buy them at R15/Eur in September. My holiday got more expensive buy a couple of thousand overnight…

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I put off my planned PC upgrade earlier in the year thinking I’d wait until Xmas & get it even cheaper. Thanks exchange rate!

          • Ouch ouch ouch ouch. I feel for you bro

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            What goes up must come down, right? RIGHT!?

          • I think you are talking about someone’s private jet now?

          • Mossel

            haha! I cannot deal with this guy anymore… although it wont be his though, it’s the states’. Doesn’t make it any less unnecessary!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Government has always wasted money on excessively expensive & flashy transport for as long as I can remember. Just look at their cars. You don’t need a R1mil car to do your tax payer funded job. The pope can drive a Fiat, so you’ve got no excuse. If you want one, buy it yourself, out of the salary everyone contributes towards with their taxes. It pisses me off because it’s something so simple and visible, and screams arrogance and disdain.

          • Hammersteyn

            But he needs his jet

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            He can have a jet. I don’t mind that he has one. But a cheap one.

          • Hammersteyn

            a broken one

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            One of those you hear about in the news, that didn’t make it

          • Mossel

            The Prime Minister of Netherlands cycles to work. They do have awesome cycling infrastructure though, but still.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Ha ha ha ha! Can you picture Zuma on a bike? He’ll be huffing and puffing before he gets to Nkandla’s gate!

    • Hammersteyn

      Ever since Russia took over from the US in Syria O_o

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    I had $37 in my account. Now I feel like a rich man. πŸ™‚

    • Dutch Matrix

      Hijack! Now gimme your account details and no one gets hurt!

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        I’m buying everything today!!! I just waited for it to turn to Randelas!
        No, I’m lying. There’s nothing to buy. Only thing I’ve bought was a game that wasn’t even for me.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Dawwwwwwwwwwww

        • Dutch Matrix

          I’m looking for a decent shooter. Run and gun type of thing.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Sorry, he already did it

          • Dutch Matrix

            Excuse me but huh?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Oscar Sim?

          • Dutch Matrix

            Oscar Sim…

          • Mossel

            I heard the “Bathroom” map is pretty legit

          • Hammersteyn

            You can check-out any time you like,

            But you can never leave?

          • Mossel

            It has some serious bugs though. You can shoot through doors and still get the kill.

          • Hammersteyn

            hahahaha!

          • Viking Of Science

            Hard Reset. Made by the guys that made Painkiller, Great Fun.

    • Mossel

      haha! I had $3. Now I have R46! Sommer retire NOW!

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        R3 or $3?

        • Mossel

          Typo…I fixed it lol

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I wish my company made that ‘typo’ in my salary, times everything with 15

          • Mossel

            hahaha! Why stop there, make a pound typo!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Well, I’ve got root access to the payroll server….

            brb

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Donner.
        We’re two rich f!ckers now.

  • BakedBagel

    R800 for a digital game. toppest keks.

    G2A my love let me feel you.

    • Viking Of Science

      Enjoy having your keys revoked….

      G2A is dodgy as Fuck….

      • BakedBagel

        Mortal Kombat X $8. Works
        Mad Max $20 Works.
        Witcher 3 $40 Works.
        W3 Expansion Pack $8 Works.
        Ive literally never had a single problem with G2A and their keys. I once got locked out of my G2A account. Contacted support. Got back in. They gave me a 20% discount.

        mfw

        • Viking Of Science

          Even so, The Developers are cut out of Game Sales on G2A, So Congratz, You bought Witcher 3 for a Bit cheaper, But CD Projekt RED, who poured their heart and Soul into the game, didn’t receive a cent of it.

          If you can live with that on your conscience, fine. Good luck to you.

          • BakedBagel

            Its a global copy of the GoG edition? You do understand keys are purchased for cheaper right. Meaning keys where purchased originally. Meaning Devs got money. But okay.

            And to be honest. When digital copies of games start becoming R800 a pop. I dont actually give a fuck.

          • I’m with The Bagel on this one… R800 for a Digital PC game… holy hell…

          • Charl van der Merwe

            LOL, oh rly ?

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    EVERYTHING LOOKS SO EXPENSIVE NOW!

    • Hammersteyn
      • Dutch Matrix

        THIS IS BLASPHEMY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER! MODERATOR! MODERATOR! BAN HAMMER! BAN HAMMER!

        • Hammersteyn

          Sorry, had no idea you loved Zuma that much
          *Runs

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Hahaha

            I’ll allow it

          • Dutch Matrix

            Listen. Zuma is on no level even CLOSE to Charlton Heston, nevermind Moses.

          • Hammersteyn

            Agreed, Zuma would never support the NRA. Imagine guns for all South Africans

          • Dutch Matrix

            Don’t get me started. This fucker we call a president thinks tighter gun control is the answer. Right. Because all the robbers, murderers and rapists in this country are all honest gun buying citizens.

          • Darren Peach

            The flaw in Gun control in South Africa is that there aint any….

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Needs more shower head!

          • Hammersteyn

            it’s under the wig

      • Darren Peach

        Jeez Louise, I am not even religious and this offends me !

        • Dutch Matrix

          There’s a special place in Hell reserved for Hammer. He’s going to be Satan’s personal butt-monkey!

          • Darren Peach

            I raise you 50….

          • Dutch Matrix

            IS this Pick on Dutch’s heroes day? First Moses and now Captain America. DO YOU HAVE NO SHAME???!!!! (PS: Zuma is the worst thing that could happen to SA so far. Sweet Lords I would shag a Xenomorph if it means getting rid of his presidency.)

        • Hammersteyn

          His existence is offending

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        HAHAHAHAHA!!! This^^

    • Mossel

      It does! These currencies like the dollar and euro make you think things are cheap. I was in Europe last month. “What’s that? EUR5 for a beer! I’ll take 3!”
      Then the realization that each beer is R75….

  • Hammersteyn

    So why R799? I mean on PS4 you buy a physical disc which costs money to make and SONY takes a cut. But what’s the excuse for a digital game?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      A cynical attempt at pricing parity.

      • Hammersteyn

        This I believe

    • Server hosting, bandwidth costs, etc.

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        +Gabe tribute

    • Mossel

      New games on Origin is R599. Physical PC games are also in that range, sometimes less. It’s only BO3 that’s so crazy expensive.

  • KingKappie

    Every one that is on steam, buy every thing now! Before they “fix” the pricing

  • BakedBagel

    COD Black Ops 3 Digital Deluxe R1299

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA FUCKING GOOD ONE STEAM

  • Frost

    Any idea why certain games aren’t showing a price or without an option to buy?
    Don Bradman and The Stanley Parable two examples. I see this with quite a few Indie games.

    • Guild

      Just asked the same question, wanted to check Wolfenstein and no price or way to purchase it

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    So Dying Light…ON SPECIAL….50% off…..AND IT IS R350….ON SPECIAL???

    W
    T
    F

    Nope

  • Guild

    Is there any reason why Wolfenstein: The New Order has no price? Wanted to check how much it costs and there is no place to purchase it

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      I see quite a few things on my wishlist has no price

      • Guild

        Yip, also went through my Wishlist and some things have no pricing

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          PERHAPS THIS MEANS THEY ARE GIFTING ME MY WISHLIST!!!!!!!!

          • Mossel

            Backlog to 20%…

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Lol

      • Pariah

        Only one item on mine has no price. Pretty cool overall – it’s definitely cheaper now. πŸ™‚

    • I’ve seen one or two. Probably devs who still need to decide on a price point for localisation.

      • Guild

        Watch a sale roll round and half have no purchase price

        • Lol. I think they are waiting to see what other devs do price wise to match

          • Frost

            Or they still have to sort out their tax/vat legal stuff. If they’re bothered to do that for such a small market.

          • That could be it too. In fact, now that you mention it, if any devs decide the tax/vat nonsense is too much we could potentially see games on steam that we could never purchase

          • Frost

            I think we should ask the LazyGamer team to do a bit more research to these questions. Not because they owe us, but because I’m too lazy to do so myself.

          • lol. At least you’re honest πŸ™‚

  • Timmy_The_Good_Troll

    Well I got Fallout 4 for R399 at retail, so looks expensive to me.

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      WHAT!? WHERE!?

      • Matthew Holliday

        exactly, point out the one who did such black magic.

  • WitWolfy

    Since when are PC games just as expensive as their console counterparts?

    • KingKappie

      I say its about time

      • WitWolfy

        LOL No wonder every PC dude pirates.

      • BakedBagel

        lmfao? About time?
        Tell me more about the R800 cost of a digital copy?

        • WitWolfy

          IKR?! Companies want people to go “digital” but make it so expensive that we rather just stay with out physical copies.

        • KingKappie

          Im getting more and more depressed buying Fallout 4 PS4 @ R845.00 (CNA as i did not have a preorder) and PC oks get away with R300-500

          • BakedBagel

            Okay so because you chose a shitty platform to play games, now everyone must get the same price so you dont feel depressed. ayyyyyyyy

            Cool Story Dudebro

          • KingKappie

            I would not say shitty but yes that is my argument

          • Hammersteyn

            ease up on the salt a bit

          • BakedBagel

            There is a lot of salt currently in my presence. I can share?

          • Mossel

            Calm yo tits dudebro, xD
            http://i.imgur.com/br1DRej.png

          • Hammersteyn

            ELE!

          • WitWolfy

            Wow I thought the only reason console games were more expensive than PC was because of the fact that a portion of that console’s software profit goes directly to its respective console manufacturer.

            Guess I was wrong…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Yeah, to cover the real cost of their cheaper-to-buy hardware. But it’s “not fair”!

      • Ir0nseraph

        XD

      • Hammersteyn

        hehe ^This!

  • Kagarinai

    It seems you guys didnt quite do research, you just took two new releases and assumed they would all cost 799 rand, taking another new 60 dollar release (anno 2205), that costs 599 rand i think, and look at the price of assassins creed syndicate (not out yet) which is also around 599, so it seems the prices are decided by the publisher.

  • Went to see what Shovel Knight costs now, load page, it’s on sale… YASSSSS!

    • Hammersteyn

      BUY IT!

      • It shall be my first Rand Steam purchase!

        • Hammersteyn

          Good choice

    • WitWolfy

      Meh.. I’m so over 8-bit graphics… Thats so 1990.

      • Hammersteyn

        Times were good then

        • WitWolfy

          I’m gonna reminisce for a while.

      • Graphics don’t make the game

        • WitWolfy

          True, but I played these type of games too death as a kid.

    • Such a good game. πŸ˜€

  • Jack

    Just want to know if we are still able to buy from places like cdkey if steam is rands now

  • KingKappie

    When can we start talking about how good Fallout is

    • When it’s actually good?

      • BakedBagel

        rekt

    • Mossel

      I see Fallout 4 has the 3rd largest player base on steam! After Dota2 and CS:GO…that’s bloody impressive. Not even BLOPS3 could muster those numbers.

      • NOBODY busy call of duty on Pc anymore. It’s been a shambles for years.

  • HairyEwok

    R800 is still one hefty price for something you can’t even hold in your hand. Hell the physical copies are cheaper.

  • Darren Peach

    While this is fine and dandy, Can anyone remember a time when you bought a game at the local cna or incredible infection and when you got home, It all just worked. You even used to get free add-ons like maps or weapon packs and even free expansions which were conveniently delivered via the monthly NAG. All for a measly R 300 bucks a month. How times have changed. Capitalism is great !

  • Nikola

    Damn PC gamers when is it enough for them to get everything cheaper bloody steam:))) And all they do still is just complain all the TIME!!

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      I’ll complain about your attitude! πŸ˜‰

      • Nikola

        Boom!! Hahaha:)

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          XD

    • BakedBagel

      Im going to complain about your complaining.

      What now complaining fanshits? 4Head

  • ZA Ludomusicologist

    Good news!

  • Pariah

    The price difference on new releases between Steam and Retail has always been cheaper at retail. But Steam specials and the slightly older releases always tend to be cheaper on Steam. That’s how it’s always worked. It’s just that we’re actually paying less right now than we would’ve if we buy on Steam.

  • SargonTheRebornBatpanda

    Region locking? >.<

    SAY IT AINT SO, GABEN! SAY IT AINT SO!

  • Matthew Holliday

    still going to be buying retail it seems.
    but cool yeah.

    steam specials should be glorious though.

  • Vardion

    Quite a few games from my wishlist no longer have “Add to Cart” buttons on their store page, specifically the Elder Scrolls games amongst others.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    PSA: I’ve found two games on my wishlist that I’m unable to buy. I’m not sure if it’s a region thing or if it’s a delay on things being updated. These games are Castle Crashers and Desktop Dungeons.

  • CodeDisQus

    So, if one has to use cdkeys, will that cause any issues?

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