There’s been a lot of talk recently about the supposed fall of consoles, with Nintendo’s poor initial Wii U sales signalling the beginning of the end for home gaming devices. Despite this, it would appear that North American juggernaut GameStop isn’t buying into the doom and gloom crew’s spiel, instead opting to say some pretty positive things about the launch of the PlayStation 4.

Company president Tony Bartel expressed optimism in regards to the platform’s release, stating that he reckons the console will sell out fairly easily when it's deployed. “We do believe demand will far outpace supply within the launch window, although we have been given no official numbers by Sony," he told Games Industry International.

Bartel’s enthusiastic outlook is backed up by various data collected by the company, mostly gathered through consumer polls. Of those questioned, 34 per cent said they planned on buying a PS4 this year, while over 900,000 customers have opted to be sent notifications on any PS4 news. The latter number was at 600,000 just over two weeks ago, so it's clear that excitement is building.

It’s already hard to look at any gaming site without seeing something PS4 related, so GameStop’s assured approach isn’t one to be sniffed at. The hype is certainly consistent if nothing else – but do you think that Sony’s next generation machine will have a smooth launch? Let us know in the comments section below.

[source, via]