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No PS4 stock constraints?

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So, after claiming that demand might outstrip supply, it has now emerged that Sony is allowing unlimited pre-orders for the PS4 at GameStop.  Normally, each store is allocated a certain number of units – it appears that Sony is lifting all restrictions on pre-orders.

In a memo leaked to GameTrailers, GameStop stores received the following information:

Starting now, through this weekend and until further notice, Sony has allowed us to take unlimited preorders beyond your current allotments. In other-words, the flood gates are open for PS4 system reserves, we will let you know when to stop preordering based on limited quantities.

So, flood gates are open, yet Sony is worried about demand exceeding supply.  Not too sure about this mixed message.  Perhaps it’s a way for GameStop to get all the PS4s out there and ensure that they are the only suppliers.  Or maybe it’s a sign that they have actually ramped up the manufacture of the PS4 and we won’t need to worry about issues with supply.  Hope they learned their lesson after the PS3 ran low on stock at launch.

I also find it amusing that the very next section in the memo reminds sales people not to over reserve the Xbox One.  Are we expecting high demand or low supply?  Either way, I still think it’s a good idea to pre-order your next-gen console; who knows how many units will be available in South Africa and I don’t want to be left without one.

Last Updated: June 25, 2013

30 Comments

  1. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    June 25, 2013 at 09:56

    All these contradictory statements are making my head hurt

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    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      June 25, 2013 at 10:11

      That means you are a robot!

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 25, 2013 at 10:19

        Clarification: This does not compute

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      • Lord Chaos

        June 25, 2013 at 10:20

        Negative, I am a meat Popsicle.

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  2. CaptainNemo42

    June 25, 2013 at 10:21

    Even if I could afford it. I’m not sure I’ll pre-order a console. Odds are good I will get one. Just not sure I want to. I might have some spare cash lying around later in the year, and then I pre-order, so don’t take my word as gospel.

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    • Argentil

      June 25, 2013 at 10:26

      I pre-ordered one, it was a moment of weakness. I just need to avoid going through with the purchase.

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      • CaptainNemo42

        June 25, 2013 at 10:28

        Mmm. Yeah. Now you putting ideas in my head.

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        • Argentil

          June 25, 2013 at 10:36

          Oops. Don’t blame me if you fold. I’m not influencing/enabling your spending!

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          • CaptainNemo42

            June 25, 2013 at 10:41

            That’s how the devil works. You’re the devil!

  3. Ultimo_Cleric N7

    June 25, 2013 at 10:24

    Wonder what the sales figures in the US will be like now that the Xbox is back as a contnder. I remember reading that inital pre-orders for the Xbox1 were under 25% of those of the PS4, but now the XB1 pre-orders have sky-rocketed.

    hmmmm….

    Either way, I have decided to keep with PC till mid/ late 2014 and see where the market is at afterwards. Got a funny feeling that PC will be this generations winner…..who knows.

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    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      June 25, 2013 at 10:25

      Hehehe, same here Cleric, same here

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    • Argentil

      June 25, 2013 at 10:25

      There were multiple chains of Gamespots talking about how their system allotments were 60 PS4, and 16 Xbox Ones available, per store.

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    • Lardus

      June 25, 2013 at 10:27

      Whether I get a console or not, my PC deserves an upgrade. It hasn’t had one since 2007!! I first blamed WoW, then my internet was stolen and now I blame Telkom because so many games have dropped the LAN and gone to Steam!

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      • Argentil

        June 25, 2013 at 10:32

        Ja, you need to upgrade your PC. You gotta wait for the right time, when components for the new architecture are pushing down the prices of the older stuff.

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        • Lord Chaos

          June 25, 2013 at 10:33

          And when the exchange rate isn’t tearing a new one.

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          • Argentil

            June 25, 2013 at 10:37

            Oh right, I keep forgetting about that. We are going to have a rough time ahead folks. The Rand’s going to go down a bit more, if my logic is correct.

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            June 25, 2013 at 10:39

            until the strike action has bee nsorte out, foreign direct investment (which keeps SA afloat) will continue to decline. And if one of the major mining houses goes down, then we are in HUUUUGE kak.

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            June 25, 2013 at 10:38

            Wow its really bad at the moment, but from what I have been told the new hardware architecture is going to be a bit more stable for PC and should be coming in Q1 2014…..That will be the real decider. Will prices come down or not….

          • FoxOneZA - X-Therminator

            June 25, 2013 at 11:02

            When Intel brings out a Tri-Gate 8 Core CPU then I’ll be getting me that. Hopefully MP will still be free in PC games by then.

          • Ultimo_Cleric N7

            June 25, 2013 at 12:43

            Cant see them changing that rule, there is so much pirating in PC as is, cant see them adding another cost to the MP equation. If so, they would have done it already with the major competitive games like SC2, LoL and DOTA 2. Final DOTA 2 will be for free and they will be making their money off the micro transactions.
            And look at MMORPG’s. The only 2 left that still charge are WoW and Eve (I think).
            PC gamers are too fussy to be bothered to pay for online gaming nowadays, they will just go somewhere else if its not free.

  4. J

    June 25, 2013 at 13:30

    okay, so on amazon the ps4 launch edition is sold out and so is the standard edition, but are the bundle editions still going to be available at launch in november?

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  5. iPrimal

    June 25, 2013 at 18:01

    Only owe $60 on my ps4. can’t wait.

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