Thanks to my very own ninja spies, I found a copy of the latest MI Digital pricelist in my inbox this morning. In what can only be a testament to the power of consumer voice, I’m happy to confirm that recommended retail pricing of current Microsoft published AAA titles has been reduced to R699, putting 2008 fan favourites Gears of War 2 and Fable 2 back in to the reach of John Everyman. As yet unreleased titles – such as the highly anticipated Halo Wars – have an RRP of R799. While still not cheap, it’s certainly easier to stomach.
There is one caveat though; Hardware and accessory pricing remains unchanged, with the Xbox 360 Pro console still retailing at R3799. The Elite, with a retail value of R4999, makes the PS3 seem an attractively priced option when comparing features. Let’s not even begin to discuss that ridiculously priced wireless networking adapter.
It’s a victory, albeit a somewhat hollow one, for we the consumer.
Last Updated: January 20, 2009