Though the PlayStation 4 is slated to be released on Nov. 15, many gamers may not get their hands on Sony's next-gen console for months after its launch reports VG247.
During Gamescom 2013, PlayStation U.K. exec Fergal Gara stated to MCV that PS4 pre-order numbers were "never seen before in our 20 years in this business" and that its "inevitable that demand will outstrip supply." Gara also noted that Sony and the retail industry were working together to meet consumer demand "as much as possible." Gara also said that "any forecast I provided a few months back are now redundant and far too small."
Sony announced last month during Gamescom 2013 that they have accepted over 1 million PS4 pre-orders. While exact figures weren't revealed, Sony noted that Europe was "right up there" with North America.
Considering that every PS4 offered by online mega-retailer Amazon has been sold out and unavailable for pre-order for weeks, we're not surprised that massive shortages could put a damper on what likely will be a very successful console launch for Sony.
After all, it's happened before. PS3 shortages lasted for months after that console was released in 2006.
What do you think? Have you ordered a PS4? If so, when did you pre-order it and where did you pre-order it from? Do you think there will be massive PS4 shortages? Do you have any PS3 shortage stories you can share? Sound off in the comments below.
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