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PS4: UK supply to remain limited until April, says Gara

Friday, 21 February 2014 13:03 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 consoles are expected to remain in limited supply across the UK until April, according to exec Fergal Gara.

Speaking with MCV, PlayStation UK boss Fergal Gara said, “I can’t work it out precisely. But based on what I’ve seen so far, I think it is going to be tricky until around about April. You might get a fortnight or a week here or there where it is more available, but we should be back to free supply by about April. That’s our best guess. It might be a little earlier than that, or it might be a little later. But we’ll get there.”

Reflecting on the high uptake of pre-orders across the UK, Gara added, “PS4 pre-orders were obviously a strong indicator of what was going to happen, but they were so big that we were pinching ourselves and wondering if people were pre-ordering in more than one place, and if some of these pre-orders were real. We were getting numbers we never imagined, let alone seen before. But it proved to be real. How do I reconcile that? I think the world has changed since we launched PS3.”

Did you get a PS4 at launch? Are you holding out for this Christmas instead? Let us know below.

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16 Comments

  1. OwnedWhenStoned

    How well does it play Blu Rays and run Netflix? I heard it was pretty bad and there was going to be a firmware update. Might get one after that.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. gomersoul

    It is excellent as a blu ray player, and runs Netflix and iPlayers really well. Just doesn’t support 3d yet until a firmware update

    #2 1 year ago
  3. OwnedWhenStoned

    @2 Thanks for the info. I read somewhere that it was worse as a media player than the PS3 – I stand corrected.

    Can’t get them here in Germany anyway, so I guess it’s a moot point.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. mistermogul

    Sony really learned from their past arrogance and PS3 errors by listening to gamers and developers rather than doing what they thought was best.

    They’ve produced a machine that is very appealing to gamers and it really shows in the final product. Imo they are being rightfully rewarded in sales…

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Hcw87

    @1

    PS3 is still the best console media player. Neither XB1 or PS4 is that great yet, but who buys a console to use as a mediaplayer anyway? There are far better alternatives out there (WDTV/AppleTV/ROKU etc).

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Hcw87

    @4

    Neither console is appealing at the moment, seeing as they both struggle achieving 1080p/60fps games.

    In a few years time, 1400p+ will be the norm on PC, and consoles will yet again trail far behind the gaming PC’s.

    I am FAR happier with my PC at the moment, but then again it cost over twice as much as XB1+PS4 combined. Those with cash should stay away from both consoles until they build a better library in a few years, and invest in a PC instead.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. OlderGamer

    Tbh, I agree with Hcw.

    My PS4 is just fine for BluRay and does Netflix great.

    But for games…thus far not impressed. But like Hcw, I am on my PC most of the time to play my games. I tell everyone of my friends to just wait and buy a console when the games fill out more.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. dreamcastnews

    Down in the South West they have as many as you’d like in GAME and Sainsbury’s…. We even have a second-hand one where I work, I’m not sure what Sony are smoking but you can get them alright.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. MFBB

    @You can use them here in Germany (anyhwere in the world) aswell, simply use a proxy server.
    I use Hulu&other streaming sites and there are no problems.

    They dont delete accounts because you are using a proxy server or VPN.

    @Hcw87 no one buys consoles for graphics, the hardware is static and will always fall behind.

    We buy console because of the great exclusive games, cheap price and simple use.

    If you go only PC you miss way to many awesome games.

    I am going to buy a PS4 as soon as there are 4-5 exclusives I am interested in…end of the year or 2015 should be enough games released and being released soon.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Hcw87

    @9

    ”We buy console because of the great exclusive games, cheap price and simple use.”

    That’s kinda my point. There are almost no exclusives worth owning on either console yet, the price is high as it just launched and they will both get patched plenty of times over the course of a few years. That’s why you should wait if you’re strapped for cash.

    I got both PS4/XB1 and a high end PC though, but i would regret buying the consoles if i couldn’t easily afford them.

    Been replaying some last-gen games on PC, and it’s astonishing how much better they run and look on PC. Borderlands 2 running with high Physx on a 144hz monitor for example just needs to be experienced by everyone.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Mike W

    @Hcw87

    So true, but the games are starting to slowly (I do mean slowly) starting to come down. I have to admit I’ve been playing the PS4 a lot lately since strider came out.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. fearmonkey

    The PS4 plays Netflix and Blu-rays great, it doesnt have a Youtube app, but the same interface that the PS3 had for playing Youtube videos. It doesnt have the ability play media from the network which is a bummer.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Mike W

    I think Sony is kind of shooting themselves in the foot here, when games like Infamous Second Son comes out, isn’t the demand for the system going to get even higher???

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Dragon

    Its rather clear now that X1 has no chance of matching PS4 in overall sales (Wii U never had one).

    And of course, it stands as an undeniable indicator of huge demand of for home consoles, despite all PC/mobile/tablet etc. evangelism and console doom prophecies that went on (and obviously proven wrong).

    “In a few years time, 1400p+ will be the norm on PC, and consoles will yet again trail far behind the gaming PC’s.”
    Thanks for the info. I didn’t know that console hardware become obsolete in a few years and hence are replaced by newer iterations.

    @Mike W,
    If anything, Sony has been justified in holding back games with such humongous launch. Sony are selling every PS4 they can produce. Its the fastest selling console ever. Sony easily has more 1st games in development for PS4 than any other console, and wisely, most of them haven’t even been announced.
    Games will come. The awesome sales for PS4 ensures that. The utter dominance of its sales also ensures that it will be that much more difficult for MS to have 3rd party exclusives in any form.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. fengato

    @Hcw87 As someone who plays through a 1080p tele, achieving 1440p means very little. I’m a couch gamer – I avoid sitting up to a desk to play (spend all day working at one). I want to sit back, use a controller and relax.

    I’d love all games on PS4 to reach native 1080p – if I could buy a $1000 super PS4 I would. I want the best controller/ living room based system (where I won’t be playing competitively against guys hunched over a desk with a keyboard and mouse.) That’s why I’m greatly enjoying the PS4; particularly BF4 presently.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Kreion

    @Dragon
    “Thanks for the info. I didn’t know that console hardware become obsolete in a few years and hence are replaced by newer iterations.” Console hardware has always become obsolete pretty quickly – at least if you want to talk about top-of-the-line graphics. This is nothing new and the console’s WON’T be updated. The 360 and PS3 were way behind the times even two or so years ago and we still had to endure for a while before they updated them.

    As for MS and 3rd party…I think you’re forgetting that MS makes so much more than Sony overall. Hell, Sony was in the red for a looong time before now, which is why it’s good the PS4 is doing so well imo. But the point is that if MS want 3rd party, they can pay more. Plus I don’t think we’ll see as many exclusive 3rd part games this gen, since it should be far easier to port games between the systems (and indeed the PC).

    I’d also add that the PS3 was was behind the 360 for ages until it eventually overtook it right at the end…but then again I wouldn’t be surprised if the X1 trails behind a bit this gen – it depends on the games coming for both systems.

    #16 1 year ago

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  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

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  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]