PlayStation 4

It sounds like the PlayStation 4 is going to remain troublesome to track down way into the New Year, as Sony Computer Entertainment UK boss Fergal Gara has hinted that it will take a “couple of months” for supply levels to meet the ravenous demand that has surrounded the device since its launch late last month.

Chatting with the Daily Express, the executive admitted that while the platform holder’s aware that it’s frustrating for consumers trying to locate the out of stock machine, the firm is absolutely “delighted” with the console’s success so far. As part of the same interview, the suit said that gamers should expect some “great surprises” in 2014.

The comments follow in the footsteps of similar thoughts shared by American gaffer Jack Tretton prior to Christmas. “I get asked a lot if we’ve created an artificial shortage in order to create a feeding frenzy, and the answer is no,” he told the PlayStation Blogcast. “It breaks my heart if somebody’s got the money and they want a PS4 but we can't sell them one.”

We’ve been tracking the stock situation around the globe over the past few weeks, and the machine is selling out almost as quickly as it becomes available. Retailers such as Amazon are expecting new shipments early in January, so hopefully it will receive enough units to ease the demand. How are your family and friends coping with the shortages? Scream and shout in the comments section below.