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PlayStation 4 pre-orders “unlimited” at GameStop – rumour

Monday, 24th June 2013 03:33 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony is said to be so confident it can supply retail with PlayStation 4 consoles at launch that it advised GameStop to pre-sell as many as it likes.

Retailers are generally awarded an allocation of stock, spread across its outlets, and take pre-orders up to this limit. But according to a memo on GameTrailers and sources speaking to CVG, major chain GameStop was advised to ignore these limits this weekend.

The whisperers also said that GameStop had previously been advised it would have access to up to 100 units per store, as opposed to up to 30 Xbox One units.

The question of how many PlayStation 4 units will be available day one is quite an important one as the PlayStation 3 suffered shortages at launch, and its release outside North America and Japan was delayed. Its’ especially concerning given that Andrew House has warned that demand could potentially outstrip supply.

The PlayStation 4 was not believed to have been finalised until sometime between its February reveal and E3 2013; however, that’s not to say Sony hadn’t ramped up manufacture of internal components well ahead of time.

The PlayStation 4 is due before the end of the year and will retail at $399.

Thanks, TrickyAudio.

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13 Comments

  1. hud4995

    *$399

    #1 1 year ago
  2. antitheta

    Wrong price!

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    Numbers, ugh. Thanks.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. adumicic

    There was a rumor going around a few months back that Sony was aiming for 15 Million units to be available at launch. That sounded insanely high then, but maybe there was some truth in it.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. xxJPRACERxx

    I’ll wait to see what games will be available at launch before making my pre-order. I don’t know why people are pre-ordering a console without knowing that. It’s not the console that count, it’s the games.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Aullah

    “It’s not the console that count, it’s the games.”

    Well… not entirely true. The features of a console are also important.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Belmont

    I think both the console and its games are equally important. But I understand that it might become a chicken or the egg thing.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. killzone64

    if we want to synch our phone to ps4 we should have playstation mobile on our phone(sony or htc)or we can synch other phones like iphone with ps4?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. ps3fanboy

    the xbone wasn’t even finished at e3, the ps4 was… at this late stage it is clearly that sony is ahead of the game and will deliver with no problems. while microsofts is gonna go short and will not for fill their pre-orders. this will cost microsofts dearly. no one is gonna be bothered to wait for xbone for another four months extra. when they can just go pick up a nextgen ps4 with no waiting.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. TrickyAudio

    Be interesting to get the official date for it now.

    Have a feeling it might sneak out before Xbox.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. xxJPRACERxx

    @6 Please tell me what features of the PS4 people could be interested in? For the PS3 it was the BD player, than I can understand, but for the PS4? What features are there that someone would spend $400 with no game for?

    #11 1 year ago
  12. MCTJim

    There is always a shortage of Launch consoles…going to be a lot of disappointed people that wont have a launch day system or in time for the Holidays…damn shame too :(

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Constructor5000

    Gamestop employee here… this rumor is a fact. Our ps4 preorders were so high (speaking about my particular store) that we had to create makeshift “ticking cells” (cells on a paper titled “PS4 preorders” in which we track not only the pre-order number but also number of games/controllers within that reservation) beyond the original we had initially printed on day one. We kept having to extend the list (with permission from the upper management), until the other day I went into work and saw our new table all crossed off. I asked, “So NOW we’re going to tell people they have to get put on the waiting list?” and my boss shook his head and said, “No. Now we stop tracking like we have been, and instead just start tallying them on this new sheet. We have unlimited amounts we can reserve, so go wild.” Personal rant: praise be to Sony for considering the beating hearts who get their customers excited for upcoming games and help them soften the blow by giving credit for pre-owned software/hardware. Gamestop may or may not be on its way out, but our last service to the wonderful world of gaming will be to force the cost of digital so low that you cannot refuse it, and even workers at Gamestop are largely in favor of this (most of us got our jobs because we spent so much time at Gamestop trying to be frugal that we couldn’t help but spread the word). We know nothing lasts forever, but forcing people to look down upon the primary business which helped them afford the last two decades of gaming(and, thus, participate in it) was doomed from the beginning, and it speaks volumes of the underlying mentality of companies which try such a forceful approach. The only way to beat companies like mine is to get competitive, not exclusive. Sony is taking a largely inclusive approach, and it is showing. Sure, PSN games may be on their way to being $30 brand new (gross exaggeration, but not outside the realm of possibility, either), which will sign my works’ death certificate. I have to say, the surge of support from my local gaming community has been so positive that I have trouble believing it’s actually Sony who is behind it. Power to the players!

    #13 1 year ago

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