The PlayStation 4 slim was revealed way before it was supposed to have been. Thanks to leaks and a few units that fell of the back of a truck, we knew about the smaller, slimmer PlayStation 4 well before it was officially announced.
There is, in truth, not too much different about it when you compare it to the older one. It’s smaller, it’s rounded, it’s matte and it dispenses with the touch-based buttons in favour of physical buttons. It also does away with the optical audio port. It has improved WiFi support, and comes with the newer version of the DualShock 4, but really isn’t far removed from the regular model.
While the Slimmer PS4 has been available in the rest of the world for a while now, it’s finally coming to South African retail. If you’ve been waiting for the smaller PS4, you’ll be happy to know that it’ll be on store shelves this Friday, just in time for the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
What you won’t be very happy with is its price. While the newer model had a significant price drop in the rest of the world, its local price isn’t particularly great. It’ll retail here at a recommended retail price of R5199 for the 500GB version, while the 1TB version that bundles in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will set you back R5999.
While it’s pointless to compare local electronics with US pricing, this RRP doesn’t stand up to the UK or European pricing which we’re normally close to. Right now, in the UK at retail, the PS4 Slim has a recommended price of 249 GBP, though you can find it lower. Amazon UK is selling it for £225.49 – which equates to R3750 or thereabout. The European price, which we’re normally congruent with is 299 Euros – or around R4500.
Had the PS4 slim come in near that sort of pricing, I think we’d have seen a new gen console sales boom. Unfortunately we’re paying quite a bit more. The most likely reason for it is our terribly volatile currency, and the impending stock of consoles was purchased with forward cover at a set pricing that was a little closer to R16 to the Dollar than the R13.50 it’s sitting at now. Unfortunate timing. Hopefully the next batch of PS4 Slims come in cheaper.
We’re also still waiting for official confirmation of the retail release of the PlayStation 4 Pro here in South Africa, though it’s expected to retail at R6999 and should be out later this month.
Last Updated: November 2, 2016