The overall decline of the South African rand means gamers have become used to the prices of video games, consoles, and other hardware increasing over time.
Recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic have affected prices even more, with the cost of PC hardware components increasing notably since the beginning of the year.
Unlike PC gamers, South Africans who play on consoles do not need to regularly upgrade their hardware – unless a new console is released.
The next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, are expected to launch later this year, and many South African gamers will be upgrading to these devices.
Gaming consoles are normally less expensive than equally powerful PC builds, especially considering the price of peripherals such as a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
However, the price of console games may often be higher than their PC equivalents.
This is especially notable when comparing older titles and digital copies across platforms, but it is also true for new releases.
The price of games across all platforms has continued to increase in South Africa, to the point where it is now standard to pay R1,000 or more for the standard edition of a new video game.
This is true for digital and physical copies of video games for PlayStation and Xbox, as well as a number of PC games.
This trend is only expected to continue following the launch of the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles later this year, with South Africans continuing to pay more than ever for games on both platforms.
We have compared the prices of video games across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC to illustrate how expensive this software has become.
This comparison includes recently released titles and differentiates between physical and digital copies. Pricing does not include discounts.
Physical video game prices in South Africa
|Star Wars Squadrons||R799||R799||R799|
|Need For Speed Heat||R1,039||R1,039||R1,039|
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||R949||R949||R819|
|Assassin’s Creed Valhalla||R1,249||R1,249||–|
Digital video game prices in South Africa
Digital pricing for South Africa was sourced from the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, and various digital PC storefronts – including Steam Epic Games, and Origin.
|Star Wars Squadrons||R649||R649||R649|
|Need For Speed Heat||R999||R999||R1,099|
|Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice||R899||R899||R799|
|Assassin’s Creed Valhalla||R1,199||R1,199||$57.99 (R1,012)|