If you haven’t been keeping up with the news, the PS4 is selling like hotcakes. Sony’s latest console remains hard to find worldwide as the hardware manufacturer prepares to launch in Japan. Supplies are so limited in the UK that Sony doesn’t believe that supply will meet demand until April.
“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,” PlayStation UK Boss Fergal Gara told MCV. “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.”
“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.”
This follows the news that Sony has sold 5.3 million PS4s since the console launched in November 2013. The PS4 is currently outselling competitor Xbox One and is expected to surpass lifetime sales of the Wii U within a month. It isn’t just the UK that Sony is having a hard time keeping the PS4 in stock. It is still hard to find one in North America.
Hopefully with the launch of the console in Japan Sony will be able to allocate more units worldwide.