The former South African president was believed to be near to death in recent days but has rallied on hearing the PS4 will be $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.
“Thank God for this news,” said his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. “That’s a hell of a saving.”
Mandela has been ill ever since it was announced early in the year that the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5 had been delayed until September.
Doctors are closely monitoring his thumbs, which are said to be “completely exhausted”. And the batteries in his controller have “come back from the brink of death several times”.
The 94-year-old’s supporters have been praying for a miracle, namely that the PS4 would come without restrictions for second-hand games.
Mandela is widely seen as a hero figure in South Africa, where he dedicated his life to ending the apartheid that bitterly separated Sega MegaDrive and Nintendo 64 owners in the 1990s.
His autobiography The Long Walk to Freedom imagines a future where a man does not have to travel to the nearest branch of Game to buy it, but can simply download it online.
Commentators have been surprised that Mandela has remained in hospital, although his family claim he is still trying to complete the Mexican missions of Red Dead Redemption.
Mandela was jailed in 1964 but freed in 1990 after his legal team successfully argued it was inhumane to keep him imprisoned given that the groundbreaking Super Mario Land had been released on the Game Boy.Tweet