Sony Rains on the PS5's Parade With Some Disappointing News

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Remember the days when the latest gaming console came with two standard controllers and even a cartridge with at least a hundred games? It seems like a lifetime ago, right?

These days the latest consoles are priced out of reach of many casual gamers. If you really want to own one of these highly coveted units, a little planning, saving, budgeting or blood selling will ensure that you’re able to get one.

When Sony revealed the cost of the PlayStation 5 a few weeks ago, fans breathed a sigh of relief. With the information in hand, gamers could decide just when and how to get their hands on the popular device.

Unfortunately, Sony has decided to rain on the parade with some unfortunate news.

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The company will be introducing price increases on most of the gaming content available in the PlayStation Store. The move will mostly affect developing countries, including South Africa.

According to a report by MyBroadband, an email from Sony provided the following information to retailers…

“Starting September 26, 2020, Sony Interactive Entertainment will update prices for PlayStation Store content in select countries to reflect current market conditions.”

“As a result, the following countries will see a decrease for most PS Store content: Denmark, Israel, the Middle East, and Switzerland.”

“While the following countries will see an increase: Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sweden, and Turkey.”

Sony Interactive Entertainment South Africa (PlayStation South Africa) did not specify exactly which content would see a price increase or how significant they would be. The store offers games and downloadable content for various PlayStation consoles, including the PS4, PS3, the PS Vita, and the soon-to-be-released PS5.

A price comparison in the report revealed the following differences in the cost of some games from last month to the current listings.

Pre-ordering Cyberpunk 2077 will now set you back R1069.00, as opposed to the R999.00 price tag it carried in August. Need for Speed Heat has also increased from R999.00 to R1159.00, while a copy of Marvel’s Avengers has jumped from R1069.00 to R1199.00.

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However, the prices of several other titles, like FIFA21, NBA 2K21 and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice have remained the same.

While the news does make it seem like we can’t have nice things, you could save some cash if you don’t buy the game on release day. Prices are known to drop once all the hype and fanfare has died down.

The Sony PlayStation 5 will be available from November 19th, and will include exciting launch titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Fortnite and more.

Hopefully we can afford them.

With the Rand on a low, is this really the time for price increases for PlayStation games in South Africa?

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