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Poll: What Are Your Plans for the PS4's Launch?

Posted by Sammy Barker

Prepare yourself

Good things come to those that wait – and we reckon that we’ve been especially patient this year. It seems like a century ago when Sony teased its PlayStation Meeting press conference at the tail-end of January, but with several months of drama between now and then – alongside thousands of news articles, features, and previews – the PlayStation 4 is right around the corner in North America.

While we’re scurrying around the office making final plans and preparations, though, there’s a good chance that you’ll be making some arrangements of your own. As a consequence, we figured now was a perfect opportunity to poll you on your release day plans. Are you attending a midnight launch? Will you be waiting at home for a delivery? Have you booked time off work?

Take a moment to fill out the embedded quiz, and then jump into the comments section to flesh out your next generation itinerary. We want to know what time you’re visiting your local store, what snacks you’ll be bringing along for the ride, and if you’re planning to meet up with friends in order to pick up your brand new machines together.

Oh, and if you’re from Europe, feel free to participate, too. Given the later launch date, we appreciate that your plans may not be quite as concrete just yet, but we’re sure that you’ll have some preparations in place. Don’t be shy – and join in the discussion below.

Where have you pre-ordered your PS4 from? (87 votes)

A specialist games retailer


An online shop


A supermarket or department store


Somewhere else


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Will you be attending a midnight launch? (85 votes)

Yes, I’ll be picking up my system at 00:00AM


My store’s doing a midnight launch, but I’m not going


The shop I pre-ordered at is not doing a midnight launch


I purchased my system online


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Are you taking time off to celebrate the release? (80 votes)

Yes, I’m having launch day off to play with the system


I’ve actually booked a week or more off work


I wanted to take time off, but sadly wasn’t able to


I never really considered having a gaming break


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How many boxed games are you planning to buy at launch? (85 votes)

None, I’m focusing on digital downloads


Just the one game for now


I’m purchasing between two and five games


I’ll be picking up six or more titles


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User Comments (52)



Tasuki said:

Sadly I couldn't get the day off from work since I already asked for this weekend off for Blizzcon. I will however be picking up my PS4 along with AC IV after work and probably not sleeping that night or very little.



Squiggle55 said:

I will be picking mine up and waiting til XMas to open it. And if demand goes crazy closer to Xmas I might still sell it.



Sanquine said:

Picking it up at Gamemania:) I don't think there is a launch in the night. I buying Killzone , knack , Battlefield and AC



InsertNameHere said:

I'll be sitting in a corner crying my eyes out because I won't be able to afford a PS4 until February.



irken004 said:

I'll be away on vacation when it arrives here in the mail, so I'll come home to a shiny new KZ bundle



Cloud7794 said:

Been planning this for a while actually. I took the weekend off, and will be heading to Gamestop after classes around 8 or 9pm to get in line. A few friends also pre-ordered from there, so we'll be chatting for the most part until launch. I'll also try to get that launch stream running on my phone, that'd be a great way to spend the hour before getting the system.



cheapogamer4life said:

Even though I doubt Ill be getting a console at launch im still excited. I mean how many next gen launch are their.



Cloud7794 said:

@get2sammyb That's great! I may end up following that instead if I can't see it live. I've yet to miss a live Sony conference this year, but if I have to choose, I'd choose midnight release + reading the event over missing the release but watching the conference. Thanks for the heads-up



ztpayne7 said:

I've never done a midnight launch, so the gamestop employee told me it might be a little crazy for my first one. I'll probably get up and be there when the store opens the next morning. Should I expect a line at 9 am?

Oh and I'm on the fence between buying one game (killzone) using targets buy 2 get 1 free (killzone, knack, lego marvel), or just playing warframe.

Any news on minecraft? I wish they'd say delayed or launch. There's no official word.



shingi_70 said:

Watching the Giantbomb and IGN Livestreams and counting the days till next year when i'll get one.



longshot28 said:

Picking that badboy up at midnight form gamestop and jumping directly into some KZ multiplayer while Contrast and Resogun Dl in the background.




If I hold my preorder (of two minds now) I already have a long weekend booked off work and, conveniently - the Mrs is off to the smoke for theatre stuff. So, hopefully an early delivery (yeah right) and a play, and a tinker and a test, and a play.



redd214 said:

Midnight launch at best buy, Get home and download NFS Rivals, Resogun, and F2P games over night. Wake up around 6 head to Target right across from my house get Killzone, Knack and AC4 with B2G1 deal and also a case of RedBull, Then just binge gaming until Monday. It shall be GLORIOUS!



ztpayne7 said:

@get2sammyb just wish they'd make an announcement either way. It's tough since they just dropped two titles and added two others for launch this week.



TerrorByte said:

Won't make the midnight launch at gamestop, will be at work. I'll pick it up the next morning when I get off. I already have KZ in my possession and will pick up NBA 2k14 on the 12th. Got my ps4 camera, extra controller, and the charge station setup. All I'll need is my sexy PS4.



Crimson_Ridley said:

I'll weep silently, clutching my PS3 in my arms with the lights turned off and the curtains drawn because my PS4 fund currently sits at £8. I'm not great at saving...



sajoey said:

I preordered mine off of Amazon, and hopefully I'll be getting either day one, or the day before, as Amazon has a tendency to screw up. That is, if everything goes according to plan. Once I get it, I think I'll spend most of my first day just messing around on the UI and playing the free-to-play's. I would also like to at least get Killzone Shadow Fall as well, especially to test out the Remote Play.



Gamer83 said:

Getting the system at midnight, I usually get done with work around 10-11 p.m. so I'll be heading from there to the store. Won't have that day off but I don't have to go to work until 4 p.m. so plenty of time to play some games when I get home with the PS4.



IAmNotWill said:

Skipping launch. inFAMOUS and Watch_Dogs won't be there, so I won't even bother. The excitement of a new system quickly wears off when you realize you don't care much for the launch games.

Currently at $100 saved. Spring 2014 is my target.



Reverend_Skeeve said:

Still not sure if I can scrape together the money till launch (or if wife lets me to...cough...reassign some money from other budgets, but should everything work out, I have my PS4 preordered from with overnight quick delivery, so it's supposed to reach me during the morning of 29th, together with Killzone. I have the day off with only a short thing to do during the afternoon, so I should have plenty of time to play.
I do have a daughter, I might just use the day to download the patch and all f2p games and Resogun and such and later, when the little one is asleep, waste away the night in next gen glory.

Concerning rations, I'll go with chicken, energy drinks and maybe some cough tobacco-additives to get in the groove.



odd69 said:

I finally had enough to pre-order but guess what, most places stop taking pre-orders. Yet Again my gaming time ruined by ****** pre-orders.If i manage to find me a system, ill enjoy it. I just pray some retailer has enough sense to stock the shelf for,oh i dont know for the people who want the ps4. The people who dont pre-order always get the shaft, not everyone can have to money to put down right away. Seriously.

What happened to the days where i could just go find a game and system on launch day with out any trouble? They act like they dont want my money, there is no reason why any should stop taking pre-orders until the last week. I swear if i have trouble trying to find my system on launch day, im sticking with ps3 for a while



eliotgballade said:

agree with you . what a crazy situation ,created for greedy eBay entrepreneurs . sick of reading the (tiny font) words "subject to availability"



Reverend_Skeeve said:

@odd69 Not wanna upset you or rant back or anything, but I find your rant a little bit unfair. Sony already stated that they plan to have stock available that doesn't go into the preorder contingent but is for shops who want to sell the PS4 to customers who haven't preordered on launch day. So if you get up early and check big retailers in your area, you probably should be able to snag up a system.

Personally, I preordered my PS4 in June at Amazon. They don't charge a cent before they ship your order, so I am safe to get my PS4 on launch and have time to safe the money until Nov. 25th or so. And you don't even need a credit card for that, it also works with your bank account.

It was known for a long time that demand would outstrip stock around launch, so this should hardly come as a surprise. It was the same during the launch of current gen. It's a perfectly normal business decision that production starts as late as possible to minimize loss for the company. And because of limited stock it's perfectly viable in my opinion that stores stopped taking preorders. What sense would it make to take 'em if you can't fulfill them? Imagine the outburst if people who preordered around two weeks before launch suddenly get told they won't get their system in time.

Again: don't want to start a fight here, but complaining (and cursing) about stuff that's been known for month and acting like the stores and Sony are on a personal vendetta against people who didn't preorder rubs me the wrong way.




@Reverend_Skeeve I agree, my pre order with Game was a £20 deposit, which I'd only have spent on lattes and Danishes anyway.
You may as well go to a black Friday sale and complain that it's busy.



charlesnarles said:

I'm gonna be creeped out, but I'm going to GameStop at 11pm. It's gonna be cold here! And I'm getting a camera, KZ, BF, and maybe AC. Pretty exciting



Beaston61 said:

Hi all.
I have not pre-ordered a PS4. My intention was to wait till January...
I think the excitement is getting to me and instead I think I will buy one on my Birthday - December the 4th.
What do you think the chances are of me being able buy a PS4 from a retail store in the UK, around December the 4th?

Thank you in advance.



ztpayne7 said:

@Beaston61 my birthday is dec. 4th, too! Good times!

I just read somewhere that the ps4 (at least at launch) will come with a month of plus, a month of music unlimited, and $10 store credit.



Beaston61 said:

AWESOME! I will make sure I log in to wish you happy birthday... on my birthday !

Thanks for the info though. Not sure how the store's in UK will compare to the US/Can in terms of availabilty and deals. Just wondering if anyone from UK had an opinion on PS4 availabilty after release date. ^^



get2sammyb said:

@Beaston61 Sony's said that there will be "spare" units in stores that haven't been pre-ordered, but, honestly, you're probably going to have to queue for it. Realistically, I'd say your chances are low - but it's not impossible.



Beaston61 said:

Thanks Sammy.
So, hmmmm...
Its either;

  • pre-order and get one a couple of days after release.
  • Wait around my Birthday and see if I can get lucky.
  • Get one in January when there should be PS4's aplenty.


hYdeks said:

@Beaston61 i'ld say just keep your PS3 till next year, when Destiny comes out, THEN buy a PS4, I don't think it would really be worth anyone's time to get a PS4 at launch unless u absolutely love Killzone and slightly sharper games that the ps3 is getting anyways lol So,I would say wait till Jan/Feb next year, get it before Destiny and all the big titles come around Who knows, maybe they'll have great system bundles by then!



Tasuki said:

@odd69: I am not sure where you live but try Kmart or Sears or some store like that on launch day. Its sounds crazy but people don't think about those stores on video game launch days they usually go to Gamestop or Best Buy or Walmart.

I went to Kmart on the day GTA V release and where as all the Gamestops and the Best Buy in my area were sold out Kmart had at least 20 copies of the game.



banacheck said:

I'll be sitting at my front door in the morning on the 29/11, i've got the Killzone4 bundle. I've got COD Ghosts digital on PS3 so i'm upgrading it on the 29/11, I'm also getting AC4 & BF4 i'll properly be downloading some games also Resogun.



odd69 said:

Im well aware of the busy launch since day one lol,i think my rant is fair there is alot of people just like me who save their money in the knick of time .I think target is stocking them big for launch.



FallinUp said:

Can't wait to pick my PS4 up. I'll be standing in line at my local Gamestop at midnight. I even bought me a hefty sized jacket to wear as I wait. Killzone: Shadowfall and NBA 2k14 are probably going to be my first two game purchases.



artemisthemp said:

My plans is to pick up mine and my friends PS4 up ad Midnight Launch + Getting 1 PS4Eye for my PS4.



Uberchu said:

If I was getting a PS4 I'd just subscribe to PS+ and get a red/blue controller set.

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