Xbox One says howzit!

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On September 23, the Xbox One officially launches in South Africa. And I’m kind of looking forward to it. Well, at least I’m looking forward to imagining that I’ll have one, because not even my techno-lust is a match for a broken bank balance. Still, the new kid on the South African tech block isn’t going to launch empty-handed, with almost a year’s worth of games arriving with it. And to get you in the mood, you can listen to a lovable Scotsman master the Afrikaans language.

You know what’s genuinely cool about the video above? We’re only the country around, that gets such a personal hello from the Xbox family. I’m putting that down to our winning looks, fantastic cuisine and the fact that several Great White Sharks in Cape Town harbour are busy pooping out semi-digested reps from the TurboGrafx 16 PR division.

Well, consider the cockles of my heart warmed. Mr Bongos, if you’re reading this, I’ll get Zoe to give you a few pointers next time we meet up. Ons sal weer lekker jol, Meneer Bongos.

Last Updated: September 15, 2014

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Darryn Bonthuys

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  • TGS Babay (Umar)

    Howzit
    Lekker
    Biltong
    He just described South Africa in 3 words

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      Pity there was no braai or “jou ma se eksboks”, then we had it all

    • Hammersteyn

      No “bier” or “brandewyn” though :/

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Brannas

        • Hammersteyn

          Zamalek

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            “donnerse taxi”

          • TGS Babay (Umar)

            Kief…bro…LANK KIEF

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Not where I stay :/
            You will get funny stares when conversing like that

          • Hammersteyn

            I dunno, seems like there’s a lot of WeePee supporters in your area if you watched the Lions game. With good reason I guess seeing how the lost their first game this season.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            That is not my area, but yeah, that WP/Lions game this weekend had to be the best rugby game I’ve watched this whole year! Good running rugby, no handbagging, barely kicking. Glorious rugby. Didn’t care who won, since they both played legendary!

          • Hammersteyn

            They did. I kinda meant area as in province.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            LOOOL, but I’m on the other side of the boerewors-gordyn

          • WarframedSquirrel

            Yeah, the wrong side of it.

      • TGS Babay (Umar)

        Bummer, he didn’t mention sunday afternoon Oros either 🙁

        • Hammersteyn

          Hahaha, he should say “middag slaapie”

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            *mirrag

            😛

      • Sageville

        Surely you mean “Klippies”, only laanies use “Brandewyn” in conversation.

        • Hammersteyn

          Or Hellington if they’re out of Klippies

    • Anon A Mouse

      I wonder if that will work as a pick up line.

      • Hammersteyn

        Depends on the dimensions of the lady?

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          I disagree, ANY lady that is a TRUE SA lady will swoon!

      • TGS Babay (Umar)

        Hey gurl, your ass must be gym weights, because I want to KLAP IT! HURRRRRRR

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          Bwhahahahahahahhaa

        • Hammersteyn

          LOOOOOOOL!

        • Anon A Mouse

          Trevor should try this one when he is at the gym and report back.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            I second this motion

          • JJ the Reus

            Agreed. But we need to fit him with a cam first.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            FOR SCIENCE!

          • JJ the Reus

            Hai!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Amazing

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Don’t give me bad ideas.

          • JJ the Reus

            *worse ideas

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            All my ideas are good ideas… from my POV.

          • TGS Babay (Umar)

            Say it with a USN bottle in hand. No girl can resist the sweet smell of USN

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Of course not, that heady mix of PROTEIN & TESTOSTERONE is irresistible. But I have to dress for success too, should I wear that TAPPET t-shirt or one of those things that are technically a vest?

          • Anon A Mouse

            First say it out loud in front of those large mirrors where the weights are to build your confidence then approach a lady that’s busy spinning. You can’t go wrong.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    LEKKER LACKER LIKKER LAKKER BILTONGGGGGGGG

    • Hammersteyn

      Just say leg-her

  • Hammersteyn

    Greame be like…

    He did get lekker almost right though

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Anybody remember that “I laf it wen yoo tolk foreign” ad?

    • Anon A Mouse

      This one…

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        LOOOOOOL, that one, yes!

      • TGS Babay (Umar)

        For an SA Xbone ad I can just picture Henry whispering sweet ‘foreign’ words into her ear…
        “Titanfall”
        Haaaaaa

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          Huehuehue

  • Ryanza

    My Xbox One hate comment.

    • Sageville

      Who are you?

      Real Ryanza would have worked some DRM rage into that statement.

      • Ryanza

        Fine.

        Xbox One needs the internet before it can play games.
        South Africa is one of the worse countries when it comes to fast, cheap, stable, and access to internet. Most of this country has no internet lines to the house. And those who do have internet lines to the house are often connected to congested exchanges and often can’t reach high speeds.

        That marketing video about lekker and biltong and South Africa, just shows that Microsoft is not targeting the whole South Africa (because they can’t), Microsoft is targeting the white South Africans which is not the majority in this country.

        So can gamers who live in the locations buy the Xbox One and play games out of the box without internet? NO.

        Don’t support DRM.

        • cywizz

          I agree that it suck to have a day one patch before you can use it…but how many tech today does not need some sort of connectivity at some point in time? Yes, the x1 is meant for those few that can afford it…this is the same for all gaming including ps4. If you can afford a game of R700+, then you can surely afford some sort of internet connection for day 1 patch. Gaming is for the few unless you are a dumbass pirate!

          • Ryanza

            It’s not just about being able to afford internet. Your argument means that every single person in South Africa has access to get stable internet lines to their house and chooses not to get internet lines. That is not the case in South Africa.

            There are people in this country who wants internet lines to house, people who can afford internet lines to the house, but don’t have access to get internet lines to the house.

            A video game console, shouldn’t need to connect to the internet before it can start to work. A video game console shouldn’t need the internet in order to play games.

            Internet should only be used for multiplayer, updates, digital sales, if a person so choose. An optional extra.

            There were over 40 million people who never used Xbox Live or connected the Xbox 360 to the internet. I guess those are the poor people. Xbox One is for the rich people with internet.

          • cywizz

            And again I agree M$ screwed this up…all I am saying is that all next gen consoles are expensive to buy and play games and if you are in the market to buy one then a day one patch should not be a problem for you…there after you don’t need any connection and you can hide away in the basement playing offline. Like you say, it is a choice…

        • Viperbit3

          How much does a PS4 cost in South Africa here in Australia I paid $549 for my PS4 and $498 for my Xbox one kinect bundle which included 4 games

          • Ryanza

            Both consoles will be R6300. So about $635AUD and that Xbox One bundle you got will be $776AUD

  • Hammersteyn

    Rince is going to have a shit fit with all this Afrikaans.

    • JJ the Reus

      Good

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        HAHAHAHA

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      *gemoedsbekakking

    • Johan du Preez

      Whats wrong with Afrikaans ?

      • Hammersteyn

        @rincethis:disqus doesn’t speak Afrikaans (I think) We used to tease him with Afrikaans Fridays where we would only comment in Afrikaans.

  • zeemonkeyman

    Any reason why you guys get it so late?! Have you got the PS4 and Wii U yet? I’m from Australia and I’m just curios as to why you guys have to wait so long!

    • Yeah; we got the Wii U same time as Europe, and the PS4 a month after release. Microsoft did a tiered release with the X1..and we weren’t in the first (or second) batch of countries.

      • zeemonkeyman

        Ahhh fair enough.

        • Brady miaau

          fair enough on the explanation only, right?

          • zeemonkeyman

            Oh yeah definitely! I don’t know why you guys should have had to wait, I suppose you pay crazy prices for your games like we do too?

          • FoxOneZA

            Yep. Prices have increased by 30%.

          • Yeah we pay quite a bit for games – but not quite as much as you folks do. I’ve seen Aus retail prices, and nearly cried. Seen Destiny costs $130 AUD or thereabouts. Here, retail price converted to AUD works out to about $85.

          • zeemonkeyman

            We get hit pretty hard, that’s for sure! That’s why I play most of my games on PC, because we still get close to American prices and all the awesome sales! It’s cheaper to build a $1000+ PC in the long run over here.

          • Viperbit3

            being able to price match games by shopping at EB games I was able to grab Destiny for $69 AUD

          • Brady miaau

            Easy: Low population count interested in buying, compared to other markets

          • OVGrounded new game+++

            Well they were more than happy keeping the 44million people that registered there 360s on XBOX LIVE (mainly AMERICA) and ditching the other 40million off-line consoles.

            24Hour check in #DEALWITHIT ruined the worldwide release.

            Remember this release map? Not even Poland is on there and the boys and girls making The Withcer 3 for the machine found it very funny.

    • Sageville

      They were waiting for all the Titanfail hate to subside.

      • zeemonkeyman

        It’s actually pretty good, have you played it? If yes, did you go in with an open mind or a misconception that it was a “terrible” game?

        • Sageville

          No, I pre-ordered it, then some ponce whined about South Africa’s bandwidth limitations, at which point Microsoft chose to NOT release the game in my country.

          So that’s the hate I’m referring to.

          • zeemonkeyman

            Oh…okay, sorry mate my bad. That really does suck! It sounds like you guys get a bloody raw deal :/

  • MakeItLegal

    nice 🙂 altho i wont be purchasing

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    Is it still not out? What a loss on the 9 month PS4 install base.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    You got the tag wrong Darryn, it’s “jean pant”.

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      LOOOL, indeed. Silly silly Darryn

    • Sageville

      “Jean pant” = Formal
      “Track pant” = Casual

  • Ryanza

    Xbox One, eish, intanet.
    Kinect, eish, hamba.

    Don Mattrick, eish, tokoloshe.

    Amandla. Don’t support DRM. Amandla.

  • GooseZA

    OMG! I forgot about heritage day! BESt. NEWS. EVER!!!

  • Johan du Preez

    Well done on releasing a year old product 😛

  • Sk3tz0

    Dear god.. Pieter gonna have a field day with this..

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    TITAN FALL here we… c o m e… oops
    tooo soon

  • Christopher

    Is it ummm premature of me to hope the xbone brings down PS4 prices? I’m assuming all the Makro specials are due to getting rid of old systems before the next wave. November is going to be a month of aromat on toast!

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      Aromat is a luxury!

      • Christopher

        Depends on the type of toast though

  • Sk3tz0

    Did Xbox do this for Japan aswell ? is that why its failing there.. they are all. “he insulted us with his shitty dialect. Fuck it not buying Xbone.”

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      They only learnt the word kamikaze. They flew the launch into a wall.

      • Sk3tz0

        Much like Little Boy the Xbox Bombed in Japan.

        • OVGrounded new game+++

          RROD

  • Xcalibersa

    At least he now knows there is a place called South Africa.

  • Sageville

    Imagine if all foreigners knew of South Africans based only on that 2nd Lethal Weapon movie…

    • OVGrounded new game+++

  • Pieter Smal

    “You’ve got many lekker games to choose from” – and lekker money to spend, too!

  • Viperbit3

    once again Xbox claims to have the better exclusive line up and the best multi platform experience. for me PS4 has the better multi platform experience as for the better exclusives I have to go with PS4 again having played every exclusive on the Xbox one I can say not one Xbox one exclusive is a wow factor. Ryse is a nice game but get’s very repetitive and boring very quickly, Dead rising 3 is also get’s repetitive very quickly, Forza 5 feels and looks like a 360 game, I have never played titanfall so cannot comment on how good the game is.

    The PS4 did not have an impressive line up of games at launch but the few it had was very good and looked absolutely amazing. Killzone shadow fall is a gorgeous game and extremely good, knack was a game that truly exceeded my expectations, The last of us remastered is a fantastic game.

    Both consoles will have great exclusives in the future but I’m looking forward to seeing what exclusives the PS4 is getting Uncharted 4 is a game I cannot wait to play and then we have the last of us 2, bloodborne, the order 1886 and many more. The Xbox one has a few exclusives I cannot wait to play like the Halo Master Chief Collection, Halo 5, Quantum Break and sunrise overdrive just to name a few.

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