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UPDATE | SA gamers to pay over R1000 for Quantum Break - Sign of things to come?

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The South African Rand has taken a pounding in the past two months to the US Dollar. The local gaming scene has been standing and bracing itself for the expected price hike to hit our shores. Well, it looks like we are finally seeing the repercussions of our weak Rand as one of the biggest Xbox One titles of 2016, Quantum Break, is set to release with a price tag of over one thousand Rand. 

Update

"Raru informed us that the price of Quantum Break is now R1037, and not R1199 - A R162 / 14% saving. It's not a lot, but it's something, right? Remember, physical copies are more expensive than digital. The only other online retailer currently listing Quantum Break is AWX - and you'll pay R1150.

I don't know why Quantum Break specifically costs so much. Street Figher V is also a console exclusive, and it's selling for R949, also at Raru. Yes, I know it's also coming to PC - but never to Xbox One. As far as I know Quantum Break is currently the most expensive console exclusive. I am very curious to see the price tag on PS4's flagship title - Uncharted 4." Han Cilliers

Update Ends.

The news of the hefty price tag was announced on via the official Raru Twitter account

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We asked Raru about the hefty price:

"We received a short pricelist update just after midday today from the supplier. The Xbox One Elite Controller has also gone up to an RRP of R3599 now. Was R2999. Since the prices are on the site already you can quote them. Of course we'll try and sell at our best possible price. At these new price points we only expect the super AAA titles to sell well." Raru Shopping

So, it looks like South African gamers will have to prepare for more price increases.

The preorder information that was released for the upcoming Xbox One exclusive title has also been published along with the game price on the Raru site. If you decide to pre-order the game from Raru today, you can expect to be paying R 1,123.00, which is 14% cheaper than the recommended retail price (R1,299).

While a price hike was expected, it just feels wrong for a console title to be breaching the mark above one thousand Rand, especially when the game is just the standard edition. It is, however, the unfortunate reality that we must face that the gaming sector is going to be one of the suffering areas in our economy as a result of the Rand's collapsing value. 

The trend of price increases is more than likely to follow suit in the coming months as the price point for titles such as Crackdown 3, Gears of War 4 and Halo Wars 2 are still to be announced. 

Quantum Break is expected to release on the 5th of April 2016, so save up if you're interested. 

What are your thoughts on the price increase? Will you still be buying Quantum Break? Let us know by commenting below or hitting us up on Facebook or Twitter. 

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