A strange thing is happening: four years after launch, the PlayStation 4 is selling out – particularly online in the United States. To be clear, if you had planned on getting Sony’s system this week, then you’ll probably find plenty of stock in store – assuming you’re willing to fight for it – but the heavily advertised $199 consoles have all but evaporated on Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Wal Mart’s websites. Not even GameStop has any stock online – although it seems the device is available in store.
Credit where credit’s due, the platform holder’s played a blinder this year: by lowering the price all week in America and heavily promoting the discount, it’s given shoppers the convenience of simply picking the cheap and cheerful console up before all of the Black Friday madness even begins. The stock issues suggest that it may have underestimated demand – or simply hit its targets for the promotion. Either way, seeing the PS4 out of stock this long after launch is kinda crazy.
Of course, there are still plenty of Black Friday 2017 PS4 Games Deals for you to snap up, and you can check out our full round-up of UK and US discounts through the respective links.
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Madness! $199 really was the magic number.
Is this peak PS4? If so, it will now be a couple of years to the PS5 I suspect...
@Rudy_Manchego Well everyone thought last year was peak PS4, but it looks like this year is going to eclipse it. So yes, it looks like this will be PS4's biggest year now.
I feel like the PS4's success this year has bubbled under the radar a bit — particularly in the media. To the best of my knowledge, PS4 is up year-over-year in every territory we get regular data for. It's having an amazing year.
This is great news. While I would say the Switch has had the best first-year lineup of any console in a long, long time the PS4 had the best overall library this year and when you factor in all the games it already has, $200 just to get in, or hell even $300 for the upgraded experience, is tremendous value. The PS4 had its best year software wise so it's good to see it reflected in continued strong hardware sales. Not like Sony planned it this way but it needed this year to be as strong as it was because Nintendo brought its 'A' game and I'm sure the Switch will also have a massive holiday. Great time to be a gamer, my favorite year since 2007.
I've read some reports that PSVR received a massive bump as well, at least in the UK.
@Rudy_Manchego You’re probably right. Whether this success (and the holiday buying season is just now starting!) was forecasted or not, surely Sony doesn’t want to dampen the hot sales of the PS4 by announcing a next gen console. I, for one, am fine with that.
@Gamer83 Yeah, it's been sold out again here.
I am not surprised because it's still the Best 'Games' Console on the Planet And still has LOADS of AMAZING Exclusives coming next year to Well done SONY for doing it again
Now SONY get those little Sack-boys and girls making more PS4's ASAP(well in my mind Sack-people make the PS4's)
Well done Sony. A few network issues aside, they've done a great job since the reveal of the PS4.
My two current consoles (Switch/PS4) are my two favourite consoles in years!
But...I thought consoles were dead?
All platforms are going to sell well, but I'm particularly happy about PSVR selling out.
Really happy more people will get to experience it.
@get2sammyb Hmm that is true actually, I was wondering if the PS4 price drop will go much further but I think at this price point moving into 2018, it will still sell well. I am of the opinion that at the point that PS4 starts to stall or slow down, we'll be on a 2year (ish) timer to a next gen console but at this rate, Sony would be mad to.
Also with PSVR selling out, and that getting more attention, it makes sense to keep investing in PS4.
@Th3solution Me too - long may it continue!
What an amazing time to be a gamer. So many great games out this year alone. And awesome deals on consoles and games.
Sony need to ride this gen out a few more years. Next year looks good too.
word up son.I bought a ps4 pro.I love PlayStation been a fan since day one.ps5 see you in 2021 word up son
Can they go lower next year? Maybe $150 for 500gb ps4. That will sell nicely
Great news. Welcome to the PlayStation nation new gamers! Hope we can help the new players and just have lots of fun!
PS4 will def reach 100 million lifetime
@wiiware Hmmm. Well the first step is to get the standard price down to $199.
@wiiware Sony/PlayStation discontinued the 500GB model, so it'd be the 1TB Slim for $150 during BF 2018.
@get2sammyb I don't see that happening until 2019, if it ever happens. $250 normal price during 2018 for sure though.
Next year, PS4 will have a new God of War, Spider-Man, Detroit, Shadow of the Colossus remastered and maybe Days Gone. The best exclusive line-up by miles.
Can't stop PS4, and people like Patcher were saying that consoles are dead, hahaha.
@ToddlerNaruto Most 500gb console is moved to asia now, like the $360 ps4 slim bundles with god of war 3, uncharted 4, and horizon zero dawn.
@wiiware I'm not from Asia or know anyone who lives there so didnt know.
Brack Friday Bunduru strikes again.
We are playstation nation. We are the vodka of computer games. Cheap, current and mind blowing.
Unlike wild n white Nintendo were its over in a few swigs or mad dog 20 20 xbox which went out of fashion years ago.
I deemed my $320 Slim a bargain when I got it last year (seriously, some big electronics store chains in Belarus still sell it for $500 apiece with a straight face); of course 200 bucks will look evem more appealing. I reckon 70-80 million lifetime sales milestones are as good as in the books at this rate with a couple BF and holiday sales like this.
@nhSnork Didn't they forecast their expectations to get to 80mil next year till march.
@Fight_Teza_Fight I played Until Dawn: Rush of Blood today, my first vr game ever, and words can't express how incredible the experience was. For me, it's as if it's a new medium/form of entertainment. The biggest step the video game industry has ever taken since the first video game launched.
So it goes without saying that I'm really glad psvr is doing well. It deserves so. The box that it came in was fantastic, the instructions clear as day and the actual psvr well made. I'm still trying to figure out how to make it less blurry, but other than that I couldn't be happier.
What a time to be alive.
@MadAussieBloke it'd be nice to see if these anecdotes are in line with the official numbers we'll get eventually.
@naruball I feel exactly the same way. As awesome as the games have been, I think I'm going to remember this gen for giving us VR.
I have to get back to Rush of Blood, never finished it. Check out Rez Infinite. As impressive as Resi VII & Skyrim are it's still my favourite VR game.
@Fight_Teza_Fight Thanks for the recommendation. I definitely will.
@MadAussieBloke LOL! That is Absolute Reality
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