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You might want to pre-order your next gen console

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Neither Microsoft nor Sony’s next generation console is here yet. From what we’ve heard, we expect Sony’s PlayStation 4 to release locally around November this year, with Microsoft’s Xbox One coming a little later next year. If you want either of them close to their respective releases dates, you might want to look at pre-ordering.

According to Sony, PS4 demand “may well outstrip supply”, to which Jack Tretton recently added:

“I certainly think, given the technology that we’re offering, given the software lineup, given the price point we have, that we’ll have consumers interested in excess of what we’re able to manufacture.”

And while much of the momentum seems to be in Sony’s favour right now, Demand for the Xbox One is also rather high. Apparently the US arm of the retailer Gamestop has stopped taking Xbox One pre-orders because its already exhausted its initial stock consignments. UK’s  GAME has also  revealed that pre-orders for the Xbox One have been “very strong,” saying that there’s been a “great activity both in store and online with very strong pre-order numbers.”

“There are lot of gamers out there in the UK gaming community who can’t wait to get their hands on the console,” they told Videogamer.

Coupled with how relatively small our gaming market is, it’s safe to assume that there’ll be quite a limited number of consoles available – and if you want to ensure you get one as soon as they’re available, you might want to pre-order as son as that option is available to you. I know local retailers BT Games and AWX have preliminary pre-orders for the new systems open, while other retailers are likely waiting for some sort of pricing and availability confirmation before they commit to anything.

Have you pre-ordered?

Last Updated: June 19, 2013

61 Comments

  1. Rinceyouropinion

    June 19, 2013 at 15:32

    Nope, don’t think I will be either. Love the idea of the PS4, but there are so many games I still want to play this gen (Last of Me, for example) that I can wait another year… At the very least…

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    • Spathi

      June 19, 2013 at 15:44

      Dark Souls 2, GTA 5, Beyond: Two souls and Gran Turismo 6, just to name a few of the current gen games still to look forward to. This, coupled with the high price of a new console and my huge gaming backlog, makes for a easy decision to not pre-order or buy upon release.

      A lot of the next gen games are also coming to the current gen, so if I’m really really tempted, I’ll even start buying those games.

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      • Argentil

        June 19, 2013 at 15:48

        I feel said that Puppeteer and Rain didn’t get a mention 🙁

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        • Spathi

          June 19, 2013 at 15:50

          I forget to mention, Rain and Puppeteer looks incredible and shows you the kind of commitment that Sony has to their current gen system 😉

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          • Argentil

            June 19, 2013 at 15:51

            Upvote for you, you have placated the beast.

          • Spathi

            June 19, 2013 at 15:52

            Please don’t use big words like placated. You make me feel even dumber than I already am..

      • Rinceyouropinion

        June 19, 2013 at 15:48

        Agreed. I am also waiting for the current gen consoles to come down in price. I shall then buy a PS3!

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  2. Argentil

    June 19, 2013 at 15:32

    I am in the camp of nuts who pre-ordered with little intent to actually purchase at launch.

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  3. DieJason

    June 19, 2013 at 15:33

    I’ll order in two years, when they are “In stock, 24-hour delivery to main city centres” 😛

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  4. matthurstrsa

    June 19, 2013 at 15:34

    Nope, this gen proved that if you pre order and don’t wait, you might get burnt (at least with high prices, at worst a RROD or something similar). I’ll wait to see if the consoles actually live up to expectation thanks.

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    • Argentil

      June 19, 2013 at 15:37

      This is why I have always been a year+ later to adopt a console. I think the only exception was the vita because of the PS+ incentives. Hardware issues, short-supply, few launch games etc. The only thing that would make me purchase a PS4 day one, would be the announcement of at least 3 outrageously good titles. Considering there is one Sony launch title I am eager to play, and 3 I am anticipating, I doubt Sony could pull it off, and I will likely purchase mine somewhere near Christmas next year.

      Edit: Price is also the main decider for me. I won’t purchase a R7 000 console. The exchange rate is ridiculous at the moment, so it could happen.

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 19, 2013 at 15:42

        I apply this kind of attitude to almost everything in the IT world. Never buy in to the hype of early adoption simply to have it. You will be burnt at some point

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        • DarthofZA

          June 19, 2013 at 15:56

          100% agreed!

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        • Brady miaau

          June 19, 2013 at 16:46

          Never trust an unpatched release of anything.

          And even then be wary. Yes, sony.

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          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            June 19, 2013 at 17:35

            Yep.

  5. Dean

    June 19, 2013 at 15:34

    When I’m slowly chewing my own arm off next year with the vast variety of available games, thats when I’ll buy.

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  6. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    June 19, 2013 at 15:40

    Mildly surprised to hear XBoxOne maximum pre-orders have been reached at Gamestop. Then again I guess for most of the northern US internet isn’t too big a hassle

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    • Argentil

      June 19, 2013 at 15:42

      As biased as I am, there have been numerous rumours circulating, starting months prior, hinting at MS having a shortage of consoles. Personally, I think they are being smart, and using expensive components to eliminate hardware failures. MS would lose all credibility if they had another red ring scenario.

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 19, 2013 at 15:43

        It’s not the hardware. I was sure that being more expensive and having restrictive hardware based DRM would be a no selling point. Guess I am wrong.

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    • DarthofZA

      June 19, 2013 at 15:45

      It could also be due to the superior game lineup it has over its competition…..

      I’ll wait at least a year for both consoles to show their true colours and get all their dark schemes out, as well as any unforeseen hardware problems being addressed.

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      • Argentil

        June 19, 2013 at 15:47

        If you think their launch line-up is enough to diminish all of the ill-will the DRM fiasco and terrible PR has given them, you are surely mistaken. Even the mainstream knows about all of the negativity surrounding the console.

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        • DarthofZA

          June 19, 2013 at 15:55

          Yet they are still getting huge amount of pre-orders. The thing is, most GAMERS care about one thing above all others – the GAMES. Many GAMERS are smart enough to look past the bad PR about the DRM and assess why it is there. Then they look at the GAMES, and think, yes, it is still an amazing console. As a GAMER, who loves good GAMES, it is very tempting. And then the GAMER orders the GAME console with a superior GAME lineup.

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          • Argentil

            June 19, 2013 at 15:59

            Considering Sony’s pedigree, I would counter by saying Sony has a much better history for producing quality, and varied titles. When it comes to games, Sony will deliver in the long-term.

            That said, I will disagree. It wouldn’t be unrealistic to imagine half of 360 owners don’t want to be tied down to always online. I really do think the real answer is what I stated before. MS are release a set number of units to avoid hardware failure.

          • Spathi

            June 19, 2013 at 16:00

            Genuine question: What XB1 exclusives that has been announced will want you to buy the console?

            I am a GAMER, as you put it. And in all honesty, there has been very little from both Sony and MS in the exclusive games department that has tickled my fancy.

          • DarthofZA

            June 19, 2013 at 16:05

            Off the top of my head, Dead Rising 3, Ryse, Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break and D4 are all games I’m very much looking forward to.

          • Spathi

            June 19, 2013 at 16:10

            But enough to make you buy XB1? All the previews of Ryse make it seem rather meh. No one knows what Quantum Break really is (seems like interactive TV), D4 will be a Kinect game.

            Sunset Overdrive looks good, and Dead Rising looks nice, but not enough to make me fork out R 7500 for a console.

          • DarthofZA

            June 19, 2013 at 16:14

            From what the guys who I trust and the opinion from the writers here say about Ryse, it looks a lot more than just meh. Quantum Break has me intrigued… D4 is an episodic story game, which is one of my favourite genres. Sunset Overdrive is one of my favourite studios and Dead Rising looks excellent. Coupled with the fact that MS now have 8 studios that they own (read, not paying for timed exclusives) working on games for them, we know that this generation will see a lot more gaming support from MS than the last did. I won’t buy any of the consoles any time soon, but as of now, if I was living in the US or some other country that is getting the xboxOne soon and had decent internet, I would put money down for the xboxOne before the PS4.

    • John Ambitious

      June 19, 2013 at 15:50

      Maybe they only had 50 up for pre-order

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        June 19, 2013 at 17:40

        hahaha

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    • Marc O Polo

      June 19, 2013 at 20:29

      well the fact that xbone is launching in selected areas tells me they dont have the manufacturing capacity, the volume of these pre-order is not disclosed so fuck knows how many of each unit have been order!

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  7. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    June 19, 2013 at 15:44

    will wait for all the bumps to be ironed out before I buy

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  8. Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    June 19, 2013 at 15:44

    Pre-order?

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  9. Lourens Jordaan

    June 19, 2013 at 15:50

    I pre-ordered my PS4 when BT made it possible. Still waiting for price confirmation but I’m getting one.

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    • Argentil

      June 19, 2013 at 15:53

      Well, considering 350 GBP is R7000 currently, I hope you have deep pockets

      Edit: boy was I wrong there. Sorry guys, false alarm. It’s R5400

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      • Spathi

        June 19, 2013 at 15:56

        I once thought I had never ending deep pockets. Turned out to be holes. FML

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  10. ElimiNathan

    June 19, 2013 at 15:50

    No, but I cant wait to play The Division. Looks amazing

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  11. Anon A Mouse

    June 19, 2013 at 15:54

    I’ll buy in 3 to 5 year’s time, if I’m still an avid gamer that is. Else I’ll do casual gaming on my PS1-3 as well as my tablet, donky PC and smartphone.

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  12. Rinceyouropinion

    June 19, 2013 at 15:56

    I bet if we pre-order now, buy the time the Xbox One is out the damn thing will cost over R10,000. Thanks Zuma/mining chaps. $ killing us!

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  13. Slade Boender

    June 19, 2013 at 15:59

    Early adoption never works out, usually only 2-3 year olds will be accepted for the Korean shoe factories. Oh the consoles…. Well that’s not gonna make me money now is it 😛

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  14. Todor Doutchevitch

    June 19, 2013 at 16:02

    Pre-oredered PS4 at BT Games.

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  15. Lardus

    June 19, 2013 at 16:08

    I am waiting to see how I feel after getting hands-on with both consoles. I hope this happens at rage, otherwise two colleagues will get consoles on either side of the fence so I can get some game-time there. No early adoption for me!

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      June 19, 2013 at 16:09

      I’ve been led to believe that both systems will be at rAge.

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      • Lardus

        June 19, 2013 at 16:14

        Thanks Exalted one! Then this rAge might rival the first rAge I attended! Leave already booked for the Friday 🙂 *as well as the previous Friday, if you know what I mean*

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  16. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    June 19, 2013 at 16:20

    Nah! I can wait. Also my backlog is staring at me with tears in its eyes. Please banana play us!

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  17. Rock789

    June 19, 2013 at 16:39

    Oh yes… Pre-order placed and can’t wait to get my hands on it! And yes, it’s a PS4… I am blessed in that I currently have both a PS3 and XB360, but if a title is multi-platform, then it’s the 360 version I buy. I’m a big supporter of MS and their lovely Xbox and the 360 is my go-to platform of choice. But the One (as I affectionately call it) has too many restrictions – too many hoops to jump through before it actually does what you want it to do! So Sony have convinced me that theirs is the console I must make my first choice – my next-gen go-to console! Perhaps, one day, I too shall own the One for it’s exclusives. But until then…

    Sony – I’m back! 🙂

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    • Skyblue

      June 19, 2013 at 16:50

      Just wanna get an X1 controller working on a PS4, that new one looks even more awesome than the already awesome 360 one. Also gonna pick up a PS4 before looking at an X1.

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      • Rock789

        June 19, 2013 at 16:59

        Totally agree! It’s the 1 thing I wish could be cross-platform compatible – the One’s controller! 🙂

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      • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        June 19, 2013 at 17:04

        MAN, that controller! THOSE TRIGGERS! I love it.

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  18. Haunted99

    June 19, 2013 at 16:46

    Pre-Ordered my PS4 yesterday! Will have to pay asap if I want to secure mine.

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  19. Harvey P. Cheesewinkle

    June 19, 2013 at 19:03

    Amazon US has also sold out of the launch day edition PS4 models, the only model of the Xbox One is in first, but the Standard, Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4, Killzone 4, and Launch Day editions coming in at 3rd, 4th and 5th (The Last of Us in 2nd), 8th and 10th.

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  20. Johann

    June 20, 2013 at 08:29

    I’ll wait at least 2 years before getting either of the consoles. Now that Microsoft have scrapped the whole DRM/always online BS I might get the Xbox One just for all the nifty multimedia features.

    But lets wait and see what each one has to offer, I think the major selling point for me will be the console exclusives. I bought my Xbox 360 4 years after release and I’m glad I waited that long to get one. I haven’t had one issue with it since I bought it.

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  21. Wyzak

    June 20, 2013 at 09:34

    There is absolutely no way that I’ll be pre-ordering. I will sit back and wait for reviews and crystal clear clarity on all the PR-speak.

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