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How to get an affordable next-generation console

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Gaming is expensive. I seriously want a next generation console, but I’m grappling with that price tag. To be honest, I will probably end up waiting until next year when more games are released and there are some cool bundles with extra controllers. Oh who am I kidding? I will be buying one ASAP! So, how do we make it affordable?

Okay, we already know that you could just go and buy a PS4 from your preferred retail store. This will run you the recommended retail price of R6300 which you will need to pay in full. That’s quite a lump sum. To be honest, that’s probably what will happen as soon as Christmas bonuses hit. However, there are some other ways.

For those with an Edgar’s account, you could choose to preorder your PS4 through CNA and pay off your account interest free over six months. If you sign up for a new account, you even get R500 off your first purchase over R2000 (check your vouchers, though – this doesn’t seem to be universal at all Edgars/CNAs). This sounds like a match made in heaven – R500 off your console, and you get to pay it off over six months; if we budget it out over six months, you’re looking at R966 per month for six months and that console is fully paid. Not too bad.

Of course, some of you have FNB accounts. FNB has a huge offering on devices. We know it’s part of their retention program – you can get a discount on an iPad or PC, but you will have to pay it off over two years; if you try to pay it off early you have to pay the full retail price. Anyway, FNB are already offering Xbox 360s through their smart device program. Now, HTXT has confirmed that FNB will indeed be offering the PS4 through the same program. Even without the usual R500 discount that FNB gives on their tech offerings, that’s a monthly repayment of about R260 per month. Granted you’ll be paying it off for two years, but that’s really not too bad – cheaper than your average phone contract, and at least this device won’t be obsolete when you finish paying it off. Well, at least we hope not.

For those of you waiting for the Xbox One, we still don’t know when it is coming. However, considering that FNB is already offering Xbox 360s, and that our local Xbox PR rep has to train the good people of FNB, I think it’s safe to assume that they’ll be offering a similar deal when that console arrives on our shores. Or you could got the CNA route on that one, too. I’m just hoping that when the Xbox One lands in SA it comes with some epic bundles to make up for our lack of pretty Day One editions.

Last Updated: November 25, 2013


  1. Admiral Chief Duke

    November 25, 2013 at 11:37

    Awesome article Zoe, well done.

    Pity you can’t buy the games off FNB 😛


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 25, 2013 at 11:39

    I was browsing PC component prices over the weekend. It’s definitely not cheap any more.


    • Admiral Chief Duke

      November 25, 2013 at 11:40

      What are you looking for?

      I’ve noticed the component prices drop significantly in Jan/Feb tbh. Unless you pick up a lekker special


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 25, 2013 at 11:43

        Nothing in particular really, was just browsing the new R-series cards & checking mobo/cpu/ram prices. I want to upgrade closer to the end of next year. Think it might be cheaper just sell the current PC & build a brand new box.


        • Admiral Chief Duke

          November 25, 2013 at 11:44

          I had the same idea, on Evetech’s site, there is a PC that has some of the components I want, buy that, swap components, sell for profit!


          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2013 at 11:53

            That’s where I was looking, they’ve got good prices. I used to use takealot most of the time, but their PC side has really gone down lately.

          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 25, 2013 at 11:54

            Tell me about it, even Kalahari is terrible these days.
            Have you looked at Rebeltech?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2013 at 11:56

            Nope, never even heard of them heh. Another one I use occasionally is Prophecy.

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            November 25, 2013 at 12:01

            Rebeltech is based in fourways, been doing all my HW shopping there for the last 2 years, brilliant service

          • George

            November 25, 2013 at 12:12

            I have to agree. Rebeltech is pretty awesome with their service and even answering my questions.

            Wootware also has some pretty epic deals. Especially on cards. Bought a 7950 as an “end of exams” present for myself for only R2999 with the amd game bundles included..

          • ProtestTheMossel

            November 25, 2013 at 12:59

            If you are in Cape Town you should try Wootware and Landmark Computers.

          • HvR

            November 25, 2013 at 12:18

            I still use takealot for interim upgrades, those daily deals are made for my credit card.

            Received a mail this morning from them they are doing a Black Friday/Steam Sale type thing tomorrow with big specials every few hours.

          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 25, 2013 at 12:22

            My card is READY

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 25, 2013 at 12:32

            I find they don’t carry much variety any more. The daily deals are good sometimes. Picked up a nice little Gerber multitool the other day.

  3. ToshZA

    November 25, 2013 at 11:45

    Oh I love FNB. Thank you for this Zoe <3


  4. Hammersteyn

    November 25, 2013 at 11:52

    Very good idea to buy through CNA with an Edgars account. Games are another story though.


  5. TiMsTeR1033

    November 25, 2013 at 11:52

    There is another option you forgot @Zoe..


    • Vampyric Squirrel of the Sith

      November 25, 2013 at 12:02

      Tim… that looks a bit like you dude


      • TiMsTeR1033

        November 25, 2013 at 12:04

        gee thanks!


    • Her Highness the Hipster

      November 25, 2013 at 12:08

      Shhhhhh, we’re not supposed to tell people about our planned heist 😛


    • HvR

      November 25, 2013 at 12:32

      What are you doing posting picture Tanya, back to the corner to make pimp daddy his next-gen money.


    • Tim's Lover

      November 25, 2013 at 12:53

      You are much sexier than that my love. Don’t believe the lies people tell you.


  6. ALKi1234

    November 25, 2013 at 11:57

    I’m busy making plans for a PS4 purchase as we speak,coz i’m a gadget junky and there is no way in hell i’m going to wait for a price drop. It’s gonna be bread with no butter till January.


    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 25, 2013 at 12:06

      Christmas by candlelight, no turkey instead a can of tuna! hahaha


  7. Weanerdog

    November 25, 2013 at 12:20

    At the price of lego a console is probably cheaper.


    • Sageville

      November 25, 2013 at 12:25

      I hear ya fellow parent type person


    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      November 25, 2013 at 12:31



    • HvR

      November 25, 2013 at 12:34

      Especially if it is Star Wars themed.


  8. raceReady

    November 25, 2013 at 14:43

    Hey guys lets all wait for the xbox one to come to south africa it will be so much better if we wait

    I mean think about it, R1000 more and microsoft can continue to lie to use about Resolution and Game Quality.


  9. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    November 25, 2013 at 16:57

    Phoenix-Tech.net offers the best deal I found so far.


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