PlayStation VR will cost R6499 when it launches in SA on January 24

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We’ve been playing with a PlayStation VR unit in the virtual Lazygamer Office for about a week now, and we’re rather impressed with Sony’s VR unit. Many are wondering how much the thing will cost when it hits our shores. Initial retailer listings suggested we’d see the headset retail locally for R6999 – but that won’t be the case.

And no, it won’t be more than that. As we’ve said for ages, the PSVR will launch in SA on January 24th, but we now have official local pricing too.

PlayStation VR will be priced at R6499.99 when it hits local retail channels. That’s the version that comes without the required PlayStation Camera. There will also be a version that does need the camera, and that’ll cost you R7299.99. If you want wand motion control, the PS3 wands will have to be purchased separately. I suggest hitting second hand stores to find them, as they can be picked up for next to nothing. We, in fact, recently picked up a handful of them for R130 each.

“After the unprecedented positive response from consumers who experienced PS VR at rAge and the overwhelmingly successful launch in the US and UK we are very excited to bring a new gaming experience to South African consumers early in the new year, the VR supported by a great line up of content at launch” said Mario Dos Santos, C.E.O  of Ster Kinekor Entertainment.

Games will be released to retail, as well as made available on the PSN store. Pricing on those varies wildly, with some of the smaller games, like the excellent Until Dawn: Rush of Blood coming in at R399, while bigger games like Robinson: The Journey and Eve: Valkyrie sitting on the R899 end of the spectrum. VR Worlds, which I maintain should have been included for free with the unit will retail for R599.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2016

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Original Heretic

    R6 499? What a coincidence! That’s exactly what my soul is worth. Now to summon a dark lord and make a transaction.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Hello.

      • He said “soul”. Not “overcooked steak”

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          PoTAYto PoTAHto

        • Andre Fourie

          XD

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          LOL!

    • Lord Chaos

      You rang?

      • Original Heretic

        pffft, you’re only a “lord”. Gonna need a bigger bad than you. You wouldn’t know a Prince Chaos or a King Chaos, would you?
        If not, I’ll hit a crossroads during lunch.

        • Lord Chaos

          In my defense, your comment does state you’re looking for a lord,..

          • Original Heretic

            Crap! You’re right! Gaaaah, now I might be stuck with you.

            Ok, to make it clear, I’m looking for R6 499, not R64.99.

          • Lord Chaos

            How about R6 498.95? excl handling and transport costs.

          • Lord Chaos

            And naturally *Terms and conditions apply. 😛

          • Original Heretic

            If the terms are NOT written in blood on an ancient scroll made from the cured skin of a known murderer, then I will doubt your credentials.

          • Lord Chaos

            Always, I’ll just require your pinkie finger from your dominant hand to craft a quill.

          • Original Heretic
          • Original Heretic

            Nope, not gonna fly.

    • Marc O Polo

      I would sell my soul to Satan but I reckon he will just wait it out as I’m most likely going to hell anyway!

      • Original Heretic

        Ah, but if you perform the transaction before your death, there’s always the chance of dragging a few extra souls down with you.
        It’s a win-win for evil, so why wouldn’t they go for it!?

  • Lord Chaos

    Not a bad price, but still expensive.

  • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    Hopefully CNA stocks it
    *Checks Edgar card’s limit

    • Viper_ZA

      That card sure does come in handy!!!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    So R7.5k minimum for the headset, camera & 2 controllers – that’s… a lot.

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      True, but it’s still the cheapest alternative, unless you opt for the Samsung one. Personally I don’t feel like playing Candy Crush in VR

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That doesn’t make PSVR cheap, that just makes HTC Vive even more expensive.

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          Beer goggles, cheapest alternative atm

      • Marc O Polo

        Don’t forget the $220 to make it wireless…

  • PS4 VR or Very fancy PC monitor… tough choice

    • HvR

      * or TWO very nice PC monitors

  • Andre Fourie

    *Adds Captain Morgan to coffee and wonders WTF is going on.

  • Viper_ZA

    Heh, that’s more than the console itself, go figure.

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Sadly, last time I tried to sell Geoff to fund my gaming addiction I was told that the current Geoff model cannot be resold. 🙁 That made me sad….

  • Avithar

    it is worth it, there arent many game to use the VR on

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