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Digital vs Physical local pricing – Where are you buying your games?

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There’s a lot of good reasons to go for digital games these days. Primarily if you’re a lazy bugger like the staff here, whose buttocks have fused to the couch, in an unholy union of fine leather and wrinkled ass-cheek. But the main reason to say with physical games these days is value. You can’t flog a digital code, and it’s always going to be reassuring knowing that your buyers remorse can be salvaged with a quick posting on Gumtree that will soon be inundated with ludicrous offers and a chance to swap said game for a Samsung Galaxy.

But with the Rand having tanked recently, game prices are going to go through the roof this year. This luxury pastime is going to require luxurious funds, or a hard think about how canned dog food doesn’t actually taste that bad. So what are the current digital prices like then? Worth a jump? We did some research on that. Here’s what we found.

PlayStation 4

PSN

We used a simple format for the PlayStation comparison: Current pre-order prices, from the local storefront and the usual retailer suspects. The big takeaway here is that EA games appears to have a heftier price tag outside of the digital storefront, although Takealot had yet to have any listings put up for most of the games from that publisher. Otherwise, prices were mostly similar between digital and physical:

Street Fighter V

  • PSN –  R899
  • BT Games – R899
  • Raru – R949
  • Takealot – R899

Far Cry Primal

  • PSN – R799
  • BT Games – R879
  • Raru – R893
  • Takealot – R899

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2

  • PSN – R899
  • BT Games – R1069
  • Raru – R1037
  • Takealot – Not Listed

Tom Clancy’s The Division

  • PSN – R799
  • BT Games – R879
  • Raru – R893
  • Takealot – 899

EA Sports UFC 2

  • PSN – R899
  • BT Games – R1069
  • Raru – R1037
  • Takealot – Not Listed

Battleborn

  • PSN – R899
  • BT Games – R978
  • Raru – R979
  • Takealot – R999

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

  • PSN – R899
  • BT Games – TBA
  • Raru – TBC
  • Takealot – R799 (Price to still be confirmed)

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

  • PSN – R899
  • BT Games – 978
  • Raru – 979
  • Takealot – Not listed

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

  • PSN – R799
  • BT Games – 899
  • Raru – TBC
  • Takealot – Not Listed

Xbox One

Xbox

The local Xbox One storefront was a bit trickier, as a lot of the games listed on retail sites weren’t seen on our marketplace, especially upcoming heavy-hitter Quantum Break which is expected to easily breach the R1000+ mark. Retail prices for Xbox One games were about the same as PS4 prices, while digital prices also had a similar gap in prices. Once again, EA was charging a heavier price for physical copies of their games:

Far Cry Primal

  • Xbox marketplace – R799
  • BT Games – R879
  • Raru – R893
  • Takealot – R899

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2

  • Xbox marketplace – R899
  • BT Games – R1069
  • Raru – R1037
  • Takealot – Not Listed

Tom Clancy’s The Division

  • Xbox marketplace – R799
  • BT Games – R879
  • Raru – R893
  • Takealot – 899

Quantum Break

  • Xbox marketplace – TBC
  • BT Games – TBA
  • Raru – R1123
  • Takealot – Not listed

EA Sports UFC 2

  • Xbox marketplace –  TBC
  • BT Games – R1069
  • Raru – R1037
  • Takealot – Not Listed

Battleborn

  • Xbox marketplace – Not listed
  • BT Games – R978
  • Raru – R979
  • Takealot – R999

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

  • Xbox marketplace –  TBC
  • BT Games – TBA
  • Raru – TBC
  • Takealot – R799 (Price to still be confirmed)

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

  • Xbox marketplace – R649
  • BT Games – R978
  • Raru – R979
  • Takealot – Not listed

PC

PC

And here’s where things got interesting. The local Steam market also had numerous other games not listed, as did local retailers for the PC market. What’s really curious however, is that Street Fighter V is more expensive on Steam than it is in the shops, by a good margin of R100 or more:

Street Fighter V

  • Steam -R720
  • BT Games – R625
  • Raru – R604
  • Takealot – R599

Far Cry Primal

  • Steam – R599
  • BT Games – R625
  • Raru – R604
  • Takealot – R630

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2

  • Origin – R599.95
  • BT Games – R699
  • Raru – Not Listed
  • Takealot – Not Listed

Tom Clancy’s The Division

  • Steam -R599
  • BT Games – R879
  • Raru – R604
  • Takealot – R630

Dark Souls 3

  • Steam – TBC
  • BT Games – R899
  • Raru – R862
  • Takealot – R899

Overwatch

  • Battlenet – €59.90 (R1050)
  • BT Games – R899
  • Raru – R862
  • Takealot – R899

Battleborn

  • Steam -R599
  • BT Games – R699
  • Raru – R690
  • Takealot – R699

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

  • Origin – R599,95
  • BT Games – TBC
  • Raru – TBC
  • Takealot – Not listed

XCOM 2

  • Steam – R599
  • BT Games – R625
  • Raru – R604
  • Takealot – R630

 

 

Last Updated: February 2, 2016

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  1. Ottokie

    February 2, 2016 at 12:41

    Steam is love. Steam is life

    Reply

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      February 2, 2016 at 12:48

      You said it brudda, Steam sales (and HumbleBundles) or GITC

      Reply

      • Ottokie

        February 2, 2016 at 12:51

        What happened to the S at the end of GITS?

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 2, 2016 at 12:52

          His trying something new. Problem is he’s the only one that knows what the C is for 😛

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 2, 2016 at 12:53

            It’s the pirate’s first love?

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 2, 2016 at 12:54

            Yo ho

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 2, 2016 at 12:56

            *He’s

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          February 2, 2016 at 12:53

          It got in the Carbonite

          Reply

  2. Mistake Not...

    February 2, 2016 at 12:41

    Shall be buying from 2nd hand shelves now. And imagination. Imagining I can buy all these new games now.

    Reply

  3. RinceThis

    February 2, 2016 at 12:48

    • Ryanza

      February 2, 2016 at 12:52

  4. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 2, 2016 at 12:49

    XCOM 2 FTW!

    Reply

  5. David

    February 2, 2016 at 12:49

    PC: Steam.
    PS4: Physical, usually second-hand but sometimes at the cheapest online retailer.

    Reply

  6. Hammersteyn

    February 2, 2016 at 12:49

    Saw Mad Max 2nd hand at BT Games. They wanted R600 O_o

    Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      February 2, 2016 at 13:00

      What!? Here, take my kidneys while you’re at it!

      Reply

    • Captain JJ 'saurus

      February 2, 2016 at 13:44

      Mad Max was R300 on pc a month after release.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 2, 2016 at 13:51

        It was around R400 on PSN during December.

        Reply

        • Captain JJ 'saurus

          February 2, 2016 at 13:54

          Then BT is really missing the mark there.

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            February 2, 2016 at 14:06

            You try and explain it to them 😛

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 2, 2016 at 14:13

            They told me that the physical copy of Witcher 3 activates on Steam also.
            So I’ve lost a bit of trust in them.

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            February 2, 2016 at 14:31

            Wow… That’s… That’s quite amazing really, especially due to the fact that it has th CD Projekt Red logo with the GOG galaxy logo on the box…How did they miss that?

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      February 2, 2016 at 14:48

      And they probably paid the poor bastard (who handed that game in) with a used condom, a few chappies and one of their in-store catalogues.

      I might be the only one here, but man… I hate BT Games now!

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 2, 2016 at 15:20

        Same here

        Reply

  7. Guild

    February 2, 2016 at 12:50

    If I didn’t have credit at Animeworx I would have pre-ordered The Division elsewhere. My pre-order is R965 and the buggers forgot to send me the Beta code. Animeworx will be my 2nd-hand store now. Not buying new from them

    Reply

  8. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 2, 2016 at 12:50

    It pays to shop around. All those new console games over R1k, with discount, though.

    Overall I think we’ve scored big time with the switch to ZAR on Steam. Tomb Raider is R600, if we were still paying $60 that’d be over R950.

    Only a few big releases are more expensive on Steam than retail now, like Fallout 4. That’s R800 on Steam but only R600 at Raru.

    Reply

  9. Ryanza

    February 2, 2016 at 12:50

    Buying digital is a waste of money. All those console games at retail can be sold secondhand. The digital games can’t be sold second-hand so it’s a waste to buy new digital games.

    Digital games only becomes Worth it to back up games cheaply. But new digital games at R1000, it’s not worth it.

    Don’t Support DRM.

    Reply

  10. Hammersteyn

    February 2, 2016 at 12:51

    Seems I’ll buy the digital version of Division because it’s cheaper and I don’t have to get up to swap discs

    Reply

    • Ottokie

      February 2, 2016 at 12:52

      And once you use steam to log in once, you don’t see Uplay again. Win Win

      Reply

      • VampyreSquirrel

        February 2, 2016 at 13:15

        He wont see it anyway… because PS4.

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 2, 2016 at 13:27

          😛

          Reply

  11. Francois Knoetze

    February 2, 2016 at 12:56

    After heaps of sales over the last few months it is cheaper to go digital personally. Trying to trade in my games I get jack for them anyway. Bought a ton of games on psn and xbox live and it will keep me busy for the year. will pick up this years games at half price at the end of the year on the next batch of sales

    Reply

  12. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 2, 2016 at 12:57

    XCOM 2 will have to last me, a long long time.

    Luckily, XCOM 2 will keep me busy, a long long time

    Reply

    • RinceThis

      February 2, 2016 at 12:59

      Yeah, you’re going to get your moneys worth 😛

      Reply

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        February 2, 2016 at 13:07

        Going out for a single evening, vs saving the planet for months

        Reply

    • HvR

      February 2, 2016 at 13:04

      Proof that PC gaming is WAAAAY cheaper than console gaming:
      PC + XCOM2 = gaming pleasure for 3 to 4 years.

      Reply

      • Captain JJ 'saurus

        February 2, 2016 at 13:06

        XCOM Enemy Unknown was free for a while, so I agree.

        Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 2, 2016 at 13:26

        Hardware though

        Reply

        • HvR

          February 2, 2016 at 13:36

          But since you can not play Xcom2 on console having to fork out ~R1000 every 2 to 3months for 3 to 4 years is lot more expensive.

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            February 2, 2016 at 13:38

            I don’t buy games that expensive. Though I’m flattered that you’d think me that wealthy

          • HvR

            February 2, 2016 at 13:43

            If wealth was measured in upvotes you would be a billionaire

          • Hammersteyn

            February 2, 2016 at 13:52

            XD

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 2, 2016 at 13:54

            Or broke, since he gives them out like Zuma does taxpayer’s money. ;P

    • Lardus-For the Emperor!

      February 2, 2016 at 13:28

      XCOM 2, Battle Fleet Gothica, and perhaps Total War Warhammer. Possibly ME4 if it releases this year. Those are all the games I have budgeted for…meaning I will buy them before buying food and hope to last the month…helps with the diet though 🙂

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 2, 2016 at 13:31

        The 2nd Witcher 3 expansion is the only game I’ll be buying on release. Even XCOM 2 will have to wait.

        Reply

        • Lardus-For the Emperor!

          February 2, 2016 at 13:41

          I also wanted to wait…but somewhere in December I accidentally clicked on the pre-order button. Good thing though, because the money was spent already meaning my car troubles couldn’t affect it. So I have that going for me, which is nice 🙂
          *PS – no plans to pre-order the rest at this point.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 2, 2016 at 13:49

            It’s a nice feeling knowing you’ve already paid hehe.

  13. Captain JJ 'saurus

    February 2, 2016 at 13:03

    I’ve noticed that on Steam it completely depends on the publisher.
    Some games are just way too expensive.
    Though 99% of the time, I still buy Steam or Humble Store.

    Reply

  14. Ghost In The Rift

    February 2, 2016 at 13:06

    I can only get physical copies, get mine at BT Games, great prices, don’t have the cap to download games unfortunately which means Digital will be be my Doom

    Reply

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      February 2, 2016 at 13:15

      What cheeses me off is having to pay the R600 and then having to download a 10GB patch which costs me an extra R600…

      Reply

      • Captain JJ 'saurus

        February 2, 2016 at 13:16

        Yea man. I agree.
        Before we moved to an area with decent internet access that was my problem too.
        Now I can’t imagine life without uncapped.

        Reply

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          February 2, 2016 at 13:17

          I hope that that day would come for me soon too, because it’s bloody expensive…

          Reply

      • Ghost In The Rift

        February 2, 2016 at 16:18

        Yeah that sucks, especially buying a physical copy to only get the steam downloader lol, i normally just download the updates at work.

        Reply

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          February 2, 2016 at 17:22

          Hehe, I end up doing exactly the same thing…

          Reply

  15. HvR

    February 2, 2016 at 13:06

    Digital should 25% cheaper than physical across the bank.

    I always shop around even old games are sometimes still up to 50% cheaper physical copy than digital.

    Reply

    • Captain JJ 'saurus

      February 2, 2016 at 13:11

      Especially old games, I’ve found.
      Assassin’s Creed Black Flag is 19.99 EURO on the Uplay Store, it’s R99 physical.

      Reply

  16. Aries

    February 2, 2016 at 13:14

    Some of these prices, R1K for a game is sickening

    Reply

    • Captain JJ 'saurus

      February 2, 2016 at 13:15

      R1k for a pc game is damn absurd.

      Reply

      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        February 2, 2016 at 13:16

        If you pay that and fork out for your data, then you’re stuffed…

        Reply

        • Captain JJ 'saurus

          February 2, 2016 at 13:17

          R600 was my limit for a pc game at this stage. No reason for them to cost more.
          Sure, now with the Rand maybe we can look at closer to R700, but that’s it.

          Reply

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            February 2, 2016 at 13:19

            Yep! I’ve now also made up my mind, I’ve set out a limit of R600 for the month for gaming, if that means I get all of my games from Steam, then so be it, but it’s become unaffordable…

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 2, 2016 at 13:21

            Agreed.
            I’ve got Humble monthly though, and so far it’s been quite worth it for me….and for some others on Steam that have benefited from games that I already had an gave to them 🙂 Sharing is caring and all 😀

      • Aries

        February 2, 2016 at 13:18

        Pc gaming saved me alot and now that I use steam everyday, and the steam sales made me a very patient person, haha

        Reply

        • Captain JJ 'saurus

          February 2, 2016 at 13:19

          Yea. I don’t bother with buying games on release. A month later you tend to get it at 20% most of the time anyway…if you can wait a bit longer then it’s even cheaper (except if it’s a Rockstar game, because then you have to wait until it’s pretty much dead before you can get 50% off).

          Reply

          • Aries

            February 2, 2016 at 13:21

            Yep bought me 11 games on steam with a R700, and Im not close to finish with any of it

      • miaau

        February 2, 2016 at 16:03

        R1K looks like a cool rifle or something. Or the name of a new shooter. Not money. Please not money

        Reply

        • Captain JJ 'saurus

          February 2, 2016 at 16:47

          Hahaha

          Reply

  17. DragonSpirit009

    February 2, 2016 at 13:18

    Damn these prices are insane.
    I always buy second hand or until the price drops until I can afford it. Sure I don’t get to play a lot of games but I’m not going to put myself in debt just to be “in” with gaming.

    Reply

    • Captain JJ 'saurus

      February 2, 2016 at 13:22

      Yea. I also don’t find any more satisfaction out of buying a brand new game than I would an older one.
      An old game is a new game if you haven’t played it yet after all 🙂

      Reply

      • DragonSpirit009

        February 2, 2016 at 13:23

        Exactly! But not all people see it so!
        I was luckily to buy three games last year due to half price at BT Games.

        Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      February 2, 2016 at 13:25

      Do it. The only game I’ve played on release over the last 3 – 4 years is Witcher 3. I’ve quite happily waited for everything else. You miss nothing by doing that.

      MP-only games are obviously a different story, need to strike while the iron is still hot there.

      Reply

      • DragonSpirit009

        February 2, 2016 at 13:28

        I’ll only put myself in debt to buy one of the consoles. Sadly I can’t do that now cause someone (mother) at home used my card to buy baking supplies in stead of her own. Now I have to wait till that is paid off <_<

        Reply

    • miaau

      February 2, 2016 at 16:02

      I think this is like a car. Every person must, once in their lives, buy a brand new car. Once that is out, buy 2nd hand, even if car is two years old, with 4 or so years of motor-plan left.

      Reply

  18. iusedtobe(a)regular

    February 2, 2016 at 13:31

    As long as discs are there I’ll be buying it because at the end of the day due to trade in value, you will always pay less than digital copies.

    Reply

  19. CypherGate

    February 2, 2016 at 13:33

    I said it before and ill say it again… games have become WAY too expensive. I cant believe Plants VS Zombies Garden Warfare 2 is freaking over R1000! Kills my gaming soul a little bit more everytime I read those prices.

    Reply

  20. Lardus-For the Emperor!

    February 2, 2016 at 13:35

    I went digital for my last couple of games/expansions. Too many games these days come basically only with the “installer” on disk, so you download a crap load of data in either case. Or a massive day-1 patch. Ordered XCom on Steam…though I wonder where I am going to get the cap for that 🙁

    Reply

    • HvR

      February 2, 2016 at 13:42

      It was only a 18GB download…….

      Yes bought physical copy of Starcraft 2 recently ended up having to download 22GB twice.

      Reply

      • Lardus-For the Emperor!

        February 2, 2016 at 13:45

        What is 18GB download? XCom2? StarCraft – eish wena. I had to drive to a friend to copy theirs. Only have 20GB cap. Thanks Telkom for offering me uncapped LTE and never delivering!

        Reply

        • Captain JJ 'saurus

          February 2, 2016 at 13:48

          I switched to Afrihost DSL when I moved. Best decision ever.
          I’m pushing 90-100GB a month. No problems.

          Reply

          • Lardus-For the Emperor!

            February 2, 2016 at 13:50

            Wish I could do that. Lines stolen in 2011 and STILL not replaced…

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 2, 2016 at 13:50

            Why am I not surprised?
            Damn man. That flippen sucks.

          • miaau

            February 2, 2016 at 16:00

            We push 200 to 300gb media streaming alone…….

            Previous ISP simply could not keep up, I am afraid.

        • HvR

          February 2, 2016 at 13:51

          NO, Xcom 1 with everything bundled.

          Looking at Xcom2 install size guess it is going to be in 35GB+ range

          Reply

          • Lardus-For the Emperor!

            February 2, 2016 at 13:52

            Sad panda. Got 3 peoples lined up to help me with the download though…

  21. Hargrim

    February 2, 2016 at 14:19

    I’ll just stick to Humble Bundle and Steam Sales for now. Games may be a little older by the time I get them, but I pay a LOT less, and avoid hype buys I may regret

    Reply

  22. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    February 2, 2016 at 14:47

    Sniff! I don’t buy games any more. I can’t afford it. My body just doesn’t hold enough blood and semen. 🙁

    Reply

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