This Xbox One S costs R11 000 in South Africa

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If your surname happens to be McDuck, and you just need to have Microsoft‘s latest Xbox One S, this Bidorbuy deal is likely aimed at you.

While the Xbox One S has yet to reach South African shores, one pioneering company is currently selling the console for a whopping R11 154.

For that price, you’ll get the 2TB launch edition console complete with smaller, redesigned snow white body and controller, and 4K video support. And although those features are nice, it’s definitely not worth such an astounding price tag.

It’s not primarily the seller’s fault though.

Microsoft has yet to officially announce the local availability date of the Xbox One S

This particular Xbox One S is imported from the US, so you’re paying for the rand’s strength against the dollar. Also tax, delivery fees and exclusivity also pushes up the price of the console. Furthermore, the seller has just five units on its books, so there’s the issue of profitability as well.

xbox one s bidorbuy august 2016

But ultimately, is it ever worth paying R11k for a console? Probably not.

Considering that a standard Xbox One can be bought for around R5000 at the time of writing, and AAA launch titles at R900 a pop, you could get a fairly great console experience with R11 000 alone. But, each to one’s own.

Related: In defence of the Xbox One S: the console you’ll be buying anyway

If you’re interested in the deal, orders close at midnight on 7 September 2016. That does give prospective buyers ample time to gather funds. And speaking of funds, perhaps retrieving those errant coins between your couch’s pillows is a good place to start.

Microsoft has yet to announce a local availability date for the Xbox One S.

Andy Walker, former editor


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