Sony: UK PS4 Stock to Remain in Short Supply Until April
Posted by Sammy Barker
Platform holder never predicted demand
While it’s definitely getting slightly easier to find a PlayStation 4 in the UK, the system still isn’t as readily available as it probably should be. Previously, the platform holder suggested that the situation could remain this way until March, but now the firm doesn’t expect that it will fully satisfy demand until as late as April.
“I can’t work it out precisely, but based on what I’ve seen so far, I think that it's going to be tricky until around about April,” SCEUK managing director Fergal Gara told MCV. “You might get a fortnight or a week here or there where it’s more available, but we should be back to free supply by about April. That’s our best guess. It might be a little earlier than that, or it might be a little later.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the always outspoken executive added that the manufacturer couldn’t believe the number of pre-orders that it received prior to the next-gen system’s release. “They were so big that we were pinching ourselves and wondering if people were pre-ordering in more than one place, and if some of these pre-orders were real,” he added. “We were getting numbers that we never imagined.”
To date, the platform has sold 5.3 million units worldwide, with the install base likely to get another big boost following the console's launch in Japan earlier today. Are you still struggling to track down the device, or are you starting to see them with some more regularity now? Find a format in the comments section below.