- The price of games: Is a computer game really worth R800?s think about this ... R800 is more or less equal to a month of DSTV, if you still waste your money on that (Yes Naspers, I am looking at you ...). If you are lucky it will cover a large part of an electricity bill. And then there is food: depending on what you buy this could be a week of groceries or petrol. Worst of all: buy 5 and you have spent R 4000!
- Single player games tend to be linear: Is it really worth playing something that is pretty much on rails? If everyone will have the same experience, it makes more sense to just watch a game playthrough on YouTube. Multiplayer is about the only real usage scenario for me here because of the replay-ability.
- It's a single purpose device: In the USA, you could use your XBox One to watch TV, as well as play games. But in SA it is just a gaming device. This happens even though it is a full PC and can probably run a full version of Windows 8.1. I don't want to spend between six and eight thousand Rand on something I will only ever use for computer games. It is also a DVD player, but if you want a DVD player there are cheaper options. This is also true for browsing the web.
- Locked in ecosystems: I guess it could be argued that this is not a problem: most major games get released on most platforms. The thing that bothers me, however, is that the console manufacturer controls the distribution channel and can cut you off at any time. If you publish via this channel they will take a chunk of your money.
- The price of the device, and getting ripped off because we do not live in North America: The PS4 has a recommended retail price in South Africa of R 6300. This is US$ 609 at current exchange rates!!! Overseas it costs US$ 400, or about R 4150. Someone is making a cool two thousand Rand per sale.