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GameStop’s US arm has stopped taking PS4 pre-orders both in store and online following strong demand. A GameStop spokesperson told Game Informer: "Due to high demand for the system, GameStop is not currently taking additional store reservations for the PlayStation 4." The retailer’s website also says: “PS4 console currently sold out. Sign up here to be the first to know for new information.”

Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House said last month that PS4 “demand may well outstrip supply” after the console made all the right headlines at E3, while SCEA CEO Jack Tretton said GameStop executives had told him the retailer would purchase "every single [PS4] unit" Sony can manufacture.

Sony revealed the actual PS4 hardware for the first time during its E3 press conference, where it also announced a Christmas release date in Europe and the US and a PS4 price of £349 / €399 / $399, which is $100 less than Xbox One’s launch price. Multiple European retailers recently began listing the PS4 release date as November 13, 2013 although Sony told us the suggested launch date was “pure speculation”.

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9 comments

  • rainn'sgaydar - July 9, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    I didn't think it would take quite this long, but I guess it did. And really, at this point if owning it launch was something you wanted, you'd have preordered by now anyway. Except for all the 12 year olds whose moms didn't know better. That should be interesting.
  • FoxdenRacing - July 9, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    One thing to keep in mind: It was reported that GS was getting ~60 PS4s per store [and 16 XBones, hence why it sold out so much faster]; enough to be a strong launch [400k-500k launch week in both the US and Japan is normal] without considering any other store. It took so long because this is one of the larger initial production runs in gaming. Personally, I'm impressed by those numbers...if those reports are true, just Gamestop has sold 400,000 PS4s in the US alone.
  • rainn'sgaydar - July 9, 2013 2:19 p.m.

    I didn't mean to sound unimpressed, as your numbers do tell quite the tale, just still surprised it took that long considering amazon sold out seemingly within a week of E3. If the numbers we've heard are true of PS4 and Xbone, PS4 stands to jump out to a very early and substantial lead to start the new gen.
  • FoxdenRacing - July 9, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    The joys of conveying tone in text...it's nearly impossible unless you already know the guy well. >_< That is kinda strange...but at the same time, I'd wager the geekiest among us typically don't shop at Gamestop. Personally, I'm holding off for at least 6 months; won't have the cash for that kind of purchase before tax refund time.
  • rainn'sgaydar - July 9, 2013 8:15 p.m.

    I'll admit to using GameStop more often than most here, but I preordered as soon after Sony's press conference as possible from Amazon because no tax. I also just felt safer trusting Amazon. Also doesn't hurt that I can just come home from work on launch day and find it on my porch rather than having to go to a brick and mortar at midnight. It was an all around win for me.
  • FoxdenRacing - July 10, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    Case in point. :) I'm too impatient for Amazon, but thankfully have a couple locally-owned stores to pick from. Gamestop's the last resort, when something's so obscure nobody else can get it [or when they pay bucketfuls of cash for an exclusive, like the Borderlands loot chest]
  • Errrrbo - July 9, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    Just a few weeks ago they were saying they could take unlimited preorders. I guess they underestimated. It's already set record-breaking preorders on Amazon as well. PS4 is set to have a very strong generation, though I think (hope) all 3 will achieve solid sales over time.
  • FoxdenRacing - July 9, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    Sales will be strong compared to 6th-gen and before if only because of how much broader gaming's gotten since the X360 launched...but with the global economy down and so many underwhelming moments in the past year, how they do compared to one another...or the current 'most sales' recordholder, PS2...is yet to be seen.
  • CUFCfan616 - July 9, 2013 4 p.m.

    well the video games industry has been one of the few industries to largely buck the downward trend seen around the world in the last 5 years or so, so I see no reason why it wouldn't continue to grow with the launch of two of the most anticipated consoles of all time. While Microsoft might be doing that old trick of limiting supply to say they sold out of consoles and did it quicker than Sony, the fact that they're likely to run out of supply is good to see. The future of gaming has never been stronger and with the launch titles looking like the strongest launch titles in recent memory, if not ever, we could see in a few years numbers hitting PS2 sales figures. Of course that's dependent on the software being top notch and Sony being able to maintain the level of excitement currently around and Microsoft being able to win back the consumer, but still, very exciting times ahead methinks

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