PlayStation 4 is pretty much sold out globally, Sony has said, with new supplies inbound shortly – and necessarily, since the platform is expecting about 100 new game releases this year.
The news comes out of a closed doors PlayStation media summit today, with the official PlayStation Twitter confirming the figure.
According to slides shown during the presentation, as reported by IGN, early shipments are almost all accounted for sales-wise.
“PS4’s are generally sold out at all retailers although regular supply is refreshing the channel,” Sony said.
SCE America marketing boss John Koller said Sony is aware it has to keep stock levels constant, commenting that the PS4’s launch isn’t like previous PlayStation product releases.
“This is a story of engagement,” he said. “When demand outstrips supply, the promise of what’s to come is really critical.”
What’s to come is those 100 games, I guess, but as for what we have now: Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4 are the three best-selling games on the platform to date, and Assassin’s Creed 4, Don’t Starve, and NBA 2K14 are the most popular Remote Play titles for those with a connected Vita.
PS4 gamers average a collective 34 million hours a week of play time, and 50 million hours of general console use including entertainment functions.
48 million screenshots and videos have been shared so far, with 1.7 million hours of Twitch and Ustream sharing.
90% of PS4 consoles are Internet-ready, which is unusually high; by compairson, the PS3 was on sale for three years before it reached a 70% connection rate. PS4 gamers have played 172 million hours online so far.
PlayStation Network card sales at retail are up 120% year-over-year, and PlayStation Plus subscriptions are up 90% since the console’s launch. More than half of all PS4 users are subscribed to PS Plus.