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Are South Africans getting the short end on the PS Store?

Yesterday the EU PlayStation Store implemented some massive discounts on a fair number of quality titles for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, as much as 75% in some cases. On the face of it this seems like a good, and it is, but could it also highlight that South Africans are getting the short end as far as digital content is concerned? Not in the slightest.


Yesterday, the PlayStation blog revealed the discounts and they appear to be quite generous and include a number of sort after titles. A notable one is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Legion Edition which was R899, but it's now R539, which is a discount of 40%. That's a pretty sweet deal for a very well regarded game.

It's not the only tasty piece candy of the discount chopping block. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is now going for R449, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes for R374.50 and Injustice: Gods Among Us for R449.40. Those are all really good deals.

It's even better if you are on buying on PlayStation 3 where the discounts are as severe as 75%. If you haven't played the Batman Arkham games you can grab them all in the Arkham Collection for R254.75. That's three triple-AAA games for under R300. You would be insane to pass on that if you haven't had the pleasure of playing those games already. Go grab it now.

The best part about all of this is that South Africans seems to be coming out ahead as far pricing is concerned for once.


I've mentioned before the disadvantages of going digital, especially on consoles, but for South Africans it seems we may actually be winning as far price is concerned. When compared to our overseas counterparts anyway.

Doing some direct price comparisons makes it very clear that games are cheaper here, perhaps not by the largest margins, but cheaper nonetheless. The original price for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Legion Edition as mentioned was R899. In the UK the original price was £54.99 which comes to R986.27. That's as close to a R1000 as makes no matter. This pattern is repeated down the list is you care to check and I have to say that I am quite surprised.

We've become accustomed to the notion that gaming is much more expensive in our corner of the veld, and as far as gaming hardware is concerned that is true. But it does appear that as far as the games themselves are concerned we aren't doing too badly; and these chunky discounts certainly aren't hurting either. I still maintain that digital prices should be lower by default and believe that these discounts also prove that prices can be much, but that said I think I can tolerate them if we get these kinds of discounts now and again.

If discounts to this degree become a much more regular occurrence, and perhaps start happening a bit closer to launch dates, I may have to rethink my dislike of digitally distributed games. What do you think?

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