rAge was cool for many reasons – there were awesome cosplayers wandering around, cool demos to play and plenty of like-minded people to chat with. I managed to escape the chaos of the floor for the press lounge to interview Robert Fisser, head of PlayStation for the Middle East and Africa. He answered all my questions, including the trickier ones.
For those who don’t watch interviews, Fisser explained that Sony had to increase the price of PlayStation Plus locally to bring us in line with the European market. The model for PlayStation Plus is actually based on the full-price of a game; when we were compared to other markets, we were underpaying quite a bit. Fisser goes on to say that he still believes that PlayStation Plus offers excellent value for gamers, particularly those who are still on PS3. I have to agree – the PS3 games on offer are generally excellent, and I’d strongly recommend for PS+ subscribers who haven’t yet upgraded to next gen to still claim all those PS4 games as they appear. It’s excellent to start your life on a new console with a full library of games to play.
Moving on to PlayStation TV, Fisser was clear that while PlayStation TV is great for streaming PS4 content, it’s also being introduced to South Africa as a low cost gaming alternative. PlayStation is aware of the price sensitivity in South Africa and hopes to help people across the economic spectrum become part of the PlayStation ecosystem.
I like hearing about the commitment that PlayStation has to South Africa. Last generation, South Africa was definitely Xbox country. This time around, PlayStation has started off with a bang. While Xbox One is certainly making an impact since launching, it will be interesting to see which console reigns supreme locally by offering the best experience.
Last Updated: October 14, 2014