I am located a looooong way away from South Africa but I want to throw this on the World’s radar. The price of the PS4 has gone up in Canada due to “market adjustments” despite the Xbox One being priced the same as it always has been. Now, it seems their cash flow needs to be adjusted in South Africa as well.
Darryn Bonthuys from my favorite South African gaming news outlet, LazyGamer.net, reports on this price increase. He begins by praising the amazing value of PSN+ (489R or roughly $43.31)
“We’re fans of PlayStation Plus over here. At R489 for a year’s subscription, it’s really damn good value for money. That’s cheap when you think about it. Really, really cheap.” – Darryin Bonthuys
Allegedly or apparently South African PSN+ subscribers received this little bit of news:
Due to various market conditions, the price of your PlayStation Plus subscription is going to rise slightly. On 01/10/2014 the price of a 12 month subscription will rise from ZAR489.00 to ZAR749.00.
If your PlayStation Plus account is set to renew automatically you don’t need to do anything. You won’t begin paying the new rate immediately on 01/10/2014; instead you will start paying the new price from your first renewal date after 01/10/2014.
That price increases R489 ($43.31) to R749 ($66.34) which LazyGamer writer Darryn notes is not Sony “slightly” increasing the price.
“F**king ouch. That’s more than a 50% increase, so someone at Sony clearly needs to use that extra subscription cash in order to buy a dictionary so that they can look up what the word “slightly” means.”
I’ve always maintained that pound for pound PSN+ is the best value for your buck especially if you have a PS3 where you basically get most of the benefits of it without being forced to pay for the ability to play video games online or use Netflix. Although it should be noted that Microsoft has done away with the paywall blocking access to certain apps. Even if Xbox Live Silver is closer to a standard PSN account now than it ever was, Xbox Live Gold is still nothing more than a way to play with friends and still offers aged games you probably either played or own already.
Even with this price increase, PSN+ is still a great value but it is really eerie the way Sony can go into specific territories and dictate at any moment how much you must pay for their products. I’m not saying they don’t have the right to do that, I’m saying I don’t see Nintendo or Microsoft tweaking the prices like this in the middle of a race.
Either way, I’ve got my eye on manufacturers increasing the price rather than dropping it.
Cheers & Kudos!
The Jaded Gamer