Gamers are forking over some serious cash to get their hands on a PlayStation 4. Someone on eBay put down $860 for a preordered PS4, which didn't include any games. That's more than double the $399 rate that the base model PS4 is going for in stores.
The number of incidents of consumers paying big bucks for Sony's next-gen console is becoming more commonplace it seems. We've already seen the PS4 sell for more than $600 last weekend, more than $800 about a week and a half ago and at least $2,000 during E3 2013 last month. It was at this year's E3 that Sony announced the PS4's $399 price tag, as well as its lack of restrictions on used games and DRM.
As we get closer to the holiday season, we wouldn't be surprised to see PS4 consoles going for above-market rates with increased frequency, especially if Sony fails to satisfy consumer demand for their next-gen console. Though the PS4 can still be preordered at Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Amazon right now, it's completely sold out at GameStop, and five of the six bundles being offered on Amazon are currently unavailable as of this writing.
Both the PS4 and Xbox One will be released later this year, likely during the holiday season. An exact release date has not been announced yet.
What's the most you would pay for a PS4 and why? What do you think of the above price for the PS4? Sound off in the comments below.
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