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7 things now more expensive than the PS4 in South Africa

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PS4 console

I am excited about the PS4 price drop locally. I already dished out cash for my new console, so it’s not that I’m directly benefiting from the price decrease, but it makes me happy to know that it will be more affordable for more people to upgrade, even as our exchange rate continues to tumble. With the price reaching an all-time low for South Africa, it seemed like the right time to put things in perspective about the cost of a new console.

1 – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

The GTX 970 is a powerful piece of machinery that just about any PC gamer would be happy to have in their rig. Even with that whole “4GB” memory that actually wasn’t all there, it’s still a beast of a card that any gamer would be proud of. Retailing for R5 999, it is now officially more expensive than a PS4. Tell me again about how much cheaper PC gaming is…

2 – Gaming monitor

Sure, you could use that awesome (and expensive) gaming rig to output to a standard monitor, but if you’re a seriously hardcore gamer, you have probably looked at grabbing a 144Hz or 4K monitor. Even on the budget side, these can cost upwards of R7-8k, making it more cost effective to simply upgrade to a PS4 and use it on that sexy TV you hopefully already own.

3 – Seven new games at launch

What’s the point of upgrading your gaming set up if you’re not going to play the latest and greatest games? Obviously you don’t need to buy every game at launch, but we all have certain titles that we simply must have when it releases. However, with the average console game costing around R800, that means that if you buy seven games at launch this year, you’ll already have dished out more money than the PS4 now costs.

4 – A referee for the Australia v Scotland World Cup game

Now, I’m not saying that the referee was corrupt or paid for, but if the same thing happened in a cricket match with India or Pakistan, we’d certainly be calling for investigations. Still, match fixing doesn’t run cheap, and I’ll guarantee you that if money was paid, the ref cost more than a PS4.

5 – WITS registration fees

The #FeesMustFall debate has raised some interesting questions about the cost of schooling in South Africa and other systematic inequalities that still plague the country. However, with annual registration fees sitting at about R9 700 per year (that’s before tuition), it seems education is way more expensive than entertainment.

6 – The full offering from The Attraction Academy

Tired of fulfilling the gamer stereotype? Do you want to get any woman, anywhere, any time? Thanks to a complete offering of CDs and a master class, you too could become the suave guy who gives “high quality women” the illusion of choice when it comes to sleeping with you. Of course, becoming this irresistible doesn’t come cheap, costing way more than just your dignity.

7 – A significant other

After becoming suave and wonderful, you’ve probably landed up in a relationship. That means you’ll be spending money on meals together, nice gifts, holidays, the inevitable couples’ counseling when s/he discovers your “Tinder Mastery” CD and the biggest cost of them all, spawning. Still, it’s worth it, right? Right? Or, you know, you could just accept your single player fate and buy a new generation console instead.

Last Updated: October 21, 2015

136 Comments

  1. RinceThis

    October 21, 2015 at 14:37

    8th thing more expensive than the PS4. Matty’s Discover Health check-up after eating his lunch…

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 21, 2015 at 14:43

      That poor steak πŸ™
      Just how @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus likes it

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        October 21, 2015 at 14:45

        What, you mean?

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        • Hammersteyn

          October 21, 2015 at 14:46

          That steak is basically charcoal

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        • RinceThis

          October 21, 2015 at 14:47

          You like steak with your salt, right @Alien Emperor Trevor:disqus? πŸ™‚

          Reply

        • RinceThis

          October 21, 2015 at 14:47

          You like steak with your salt, right? @al@Alien Emperor Trevor:disqus ? πŸ™‚

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 14:48

            With it, not all over it. πŸ˜‰

    • Ottokie

      October 21, 2015 at 14:45

      Nee dankie

      Reply

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      October 21, 2015 at 14:47

      Is that pink flappy thing supposed to be bacon?
      That’s terrifying.

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        October 21, 2015 at 14:48

        I think it’s some loose plastic tilling from when the steak hit the floor…

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        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          October 21, 2015 at 14:50

          I can believe that.

          Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        October 21, 2015 at 14:48

        It’s an uncooked McDonalds patty

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        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          October 21, 2015 at 14:50

          *shivers*

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 21, 2015 at 14:48

      That looks amazing. I knew there was a reason I liked Matty. It’s properly cooked & everything.

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 21, 2015 at 14:49

        O_o dogs wont eat that

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 21, 2015 at 14:51

          It’s not like they’d get a chance too. What monster would waste such a fine meal.

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          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 21, 2015 at 14:51

            lol

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        October 21, 2015 at 14:52

        I beg to differ, I put it to you, when you slice that steak, it will be medium

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        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          October 21, 2015 at 14:53

          It does look a bit soft, I’ll admit.

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          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 14:53

            Is that what she said?

            πŸ˜€

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 21, 2015 at 14:54

            It only looks that way. That’s the surprise.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 21, 2015 at 14:54

          That’s acceptable. As long as it’s not raw. Or “rare” as the delusional like to call it. There’s nothing rare about raw meat, most meat is raw.

          Reply

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 14:56

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 14:57

            You can’t fool me with your fire-averse propaganda.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 15:00

            Read that section “WASTE OF A GOOD QUALITY STEAK”

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 15:00

            The waste started at Medium…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 15:02

            I assume you’re reading that from right to left.

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 15:04

            You drink brandy from a can, your argument is invalid xD

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 15:04

            he does WHAT!?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 15:04

            What was I supposed to do? Leave it in the can? It needed my help!

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 15:09

            How? What? Where? Brandy in a can???

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 15:10

            He eats meat well done, there is no limit to how deep he will sink

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 15:11

            I don’t know! I just heard it crying out for rescue so I rushed to help it. “I’ll save you brandy!” *glugglugglug* “FREEDOM!” How I felt afterwards was how I imagine Lassie feels every time she gets that twit Timmy rescued from the well he keeps falling down.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 15:08

            O_O

          • DragonSpirit009

            October 21, 2015 at 15:29

            Why oh why do you post such delectable eats?
            Some of us are really hungry!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 15:44

            Only two of those are delectable

          • DragonSpirit009

            October 21, 2015 at 15:48

            True! Very true! But when your starving anything can go… even the keyboard!

      • Spathi

        October 21, 2015 at 14:56

        Steak and egg overdone! Yuck!

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        • Grand Admiral Chief

          October 21, 2015 at 14:56

          That egg was NUKED

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          • HvR

            October 21, 2015 at 16:18

            It saw the steak and set itself on fire in protest

      • RinceThis

        October 22, 2015 at 09:16

        Downvote from everyone!

        Reply

    • AfricanTime

      October 21, 2015 at 14:51

      is it Macon?

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      • Commander JJ of the Normandy

        October 21, 2015 at 14:53

        Looks like polony pretending to be bacon under an egg cooked in 5 year-old oil. All trying to hide the shoe sole underneath ;P

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        • Spathi

          October 21, 2015 at 14:57

          Hahhaha! My exact thoughs.

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        • Rock789

          October 21, 2015 at 15:10

          Lol! That made me laugh… Coz I was thinking the same thing… πŸ™‚

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        • Ottokie

          October 21, 2015 at 15:11

          Others would call this “banting”

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          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 21, 2015 at 15:17

            Banting is a lie

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 15:19

            I wonder what next years “revolutionary” weight loss program will be xD

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 15:21

            Homeopathic chocolate.

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 15:23

            I so want to go google that now πŸ˜›

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 15:23

            I’m afraid too. Every time I believe I’ve thought of something really stupid that can’t exist, Google proves me wrong.

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 21, 2015 at 15:21

            They’re going to say Brandy and Coke is healthy as long as you have it with a pinch of salt and an Atlantic Oyster.

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 15:24

            Bring the Tabasco and I will agree to that!

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 21, 2015 at 15:31

            Oh yum.
            My wife used to work for a company that does travel planning for rich foreigners, so every once in a while we’d go stay in a hotel that costs more per weekend than we made together. Oysters buffet is all I remember about the one. Even at breakfast.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 15:31

            It hasn’t killed me yet.

          • HvR

            October 21, 2015 at 16:20

            Atkins = Banting = ….. same thing.

            I say just call it “Fuck-the-vegans-to-death” diet.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 15:17

            Only if those chips were made out of cauliflower. And cabbage != cauliflower.

        • hairyknees

          October 21, 2015 at 16:24

          I don’t care… it was delicious πŸ˜›

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    • hairyknees

      October 21, 2015 at 16:24

      It was yummy πŸ˜€ YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH :'(

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      • HvR

        October 21, 2015 at 16:28

        Carefully prepared using age old traditional Portuguese cooking methods ?
        http://images.wisegeek.com/deep-fryer.jpg

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        • hairyknees

          October 21, 2015 at 16:29

          Exactly!

          Seriously though πŸ˜› it looks terrible in picture, but it tasted amazing <3

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    • DrKiller

      October 21, 2015 at 16:49

      Jou eier lyk nie lekker nie πŸ˜‰

      Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 21, 2015 at 14:40

    Thank god I’m not a hardcore gamer, don’t have FOMO for new games, watching aus vs scotland is like watching bulls vs sharks – nobody cares who wins, finished studying years ago, couldn’t be arsed to do anything about being single, AND don’t want a PS4. WIN!

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    • RinceThis

      October 21, 2015 at 14:43

      You lose, ALWAYS!

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 21, 2015 at 14:47

        Your FACE loses.

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    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      October 21, 2015 at 14:43

      Same here. I got my monitor and gpu for less than a PS4.
      I have no idea what’s going on with the rugby though.

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      • Hammersteyn

        October 21, 2015 at 14:44

        monitor and gpu…. and then you had a complete PC?

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        • Commander JJ of the Normandy

          October 21, 2015 at 14:46

          I knew there was a reason that screen didn’t want to show anything.Well, I had the other parts already from five years ago. So yes πŸ˜€
          Except for my case. I believe that it was used on the ark to house chickens.

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          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 14:47

            hahahaha

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 21, 2015 at 14:49

            I had someone look at it the other day and comment on the position of my psu. Apparently they don’t sit in the top of the boxes anymore.

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 14:49

            AS long as it’s not one of those vanilla cases

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 21, 2015 at 14:50

            No. At least not. It’s red. With vents on the sides to make it go faster. πŸ™‚

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 14:57

            Add racing stripes for even more speed

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 21, 2015 at 14:58

            XD
            Yea!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 14:58

            Don’t forget MOAR KAZOZ PIPES

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 14:59

            Also tape a bottle of water next to the case and ell people it’s water cooled

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 15:00

            Aye, connect water container to kazoz pipe system and you are set for >>>>>>>>

          • Commander JJ of the Normandy

            October 21, 2015 at 15:17

            lol

  3. Grand Admiral Chief

    October 21, 2015 at 14:41

    “Tell me again about how much cheaper PC gaming is…”
    Don’t start this, you know better.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 21, 2015 at 14:41

      Gaming is cheaper, the PC isn’t. πŸ˜‰

      Reply

    • Mistake Not...

      October 21, 2015 at 14:42

      Close the comments section! I hear them coming…

      Reply

      • Ottokie

        October 21, 2015 at 14:46

        KNOCK KNOCK!

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          October 21, 2015 at 14:46

          Who’s there?

          Reply

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 14:46

            TEAMGREEN!

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 14:47

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 14:47

            Huehuehue I love this anime and gif

          • Mistake Not...

            October 21, 2015 at 14:54

            Which anime is it?

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 14:55

            Kill la kill

            *Not the best of the best but really funny to watch

          • Mistake Not...

            October 21, 2015 at 14:55

            Thanks πŸ™‚

          • Mistake Not...

            October 21, 2015 at 14:48

            Ha. I like this, but what’s up with Gaben and the boobs?

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 14:49

            Man tits?

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 14:49

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 14:50

            BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

          • RinceThis

            October 21, 2015 at 14:50

            BWAHAHAHAHHA!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 14:51

            ALL the lulz!

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 14:52

            This is the first time I noticed “cloud power” written on the wall xD

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 14:54

            Almost no one does because it’s a lie

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 14:55

            The only cloud power that works, is a dutch oven

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2015 at 14:56

            O.o

          • HvR

            October 21, 2015 at 16:22

          • Mossel

            October 21, 2015 at 15:06

            Teamgreen fo lyf yo.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 15:08

            You cannot pilot a chopper, your argument is INVALID

    • Hammersteyn

      October 21, 2015 at 14:42

      No, really. I keep forgetting how one piece of hardware that lasts more than 6+ years is not cheaper than once piece of a PC.

      Reply

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        October 21, 2015 at 14:50

        Except you don’t NEED that piece of hardware.

        Reply

  4. Mistake Not...

    October 21, 2015 at 14:43

    You forgot South African internet. I’m pretty sure 2 gigs of data is worth a PS4 and some games.

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 21, 2015 at 14:44

      LOL!

      Reply

    • Ottokie

      October 21, 2015 at 14:51

      So very unfortunately true

      Reply

  5. Audacity (or-das-it-eeee-eee)

    October 21, 2015 at 14:49

    Zoe, with this sort of level of relevant insight you should make a satirical game, no jokes

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      October 21, 2015 at 14:50

      We could all chip in ideas!

      Reply

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      October 21, 2015 at 14:51

      Zoe always brings the most interesting things we never knew we’d want to know about πŸ˜€

      Reply

  6. Grand Admiral Chief

    October 21, 2015 at 14:54

    8. The glue to fix Darryn’s Deathstroke costume

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 21, 2015 at 14:55

      9.The money(for bandwidth) PC gamers spends on games being patched

      Reply

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        October 21, 2015 at 14:58

        10. Point .9 deducted by Steam special sale savings added Ferrari to compensate for savings, total amounts to positive R6k-R7k

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        • Hammersteyn

          October 21, 2015 at 14:58

          11. Wits tuition fees

          Reply

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 14:59

            12. Police riot pay

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 15:00

            13. Oscar’s takeaway bill first day out of prison

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 15:01

            14. Oscar’s takeaway bill first day in prison

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 15:01

            15. Oscar’s bucket cleaning services
            16. Oscar’s legal bill

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 15:03

            17. A ticket to Syria. But just barely more expensive

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 15:05

            18. An invitation to GITS….oh, wait, nm, that is free

          • Hammersteyn

            October 21, 2015 at 15:07

            19. Englands rugby World Cup jersey signed by Chris Robshaw…………oh wait

  7. Mossel

    October 21, 2015 at 15:05

    We can start off by acknowledging that the GTX970 is R5399 at Wootware. I bought it for R4999 4 months ago. And it plays Witcher 3 on 1080p @ 60fps.

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    • Hammersteyn

      October 21, 2015 at 15:08

      Well the card helps. You still need the rest of the PC to play it
      *Runs

      Reply

      • Mossel

        October 21, 2015 at 15:09

        hahaha! Luckily I already had that from 5 years ago!

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        • Hammersteyn

          October 21, 2015 at 15:09

          XD

          Reply

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            October 21, 2015 at 15:09

            You see?????

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 21, 2015 at 15:14

            I see that he’s not wrong. πŸ˜‰

    • Matthew Holliday

      October 21, 2015 at 15:39

      also bought my 970 for under 5k, R4899 to be specific.

      there are also 4k gaming monitors for under R5000 aswell.

      Reply

  8. Raptor Rants

    October 21, 2015 at 15:13

    Why 7????? WHYYYYYYYYYYYY ZOE WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    #cries

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    • Ottokie

      October 21, 2015 at 15:13

      * #criesalone

      Reply

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      October 21, 2015 at 15:15

      7 + PS4 + Llew = ENDLESS TROLLING!!!!!!!!!!!

      Reply

    • Commander JJ of the Normandy

      October 21, 2015 at 15:17

      LOOOOL

      Reply

    • Her Highness the Hipster

      October 21, 2015 at 15:17

      this all just became infinitely more hilarious πŸ˜›

      Reply

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        October 21, 2015 at 15:23

        By a factor of 7 for sure!

        Reply

      • Raptor Rants

        October 21, 2015 at 16:18

        Eish

        Reply

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