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GameStop: PS4 May Be in Short Supply at Launch

By - Source: via CNet | B 33 comments

GameStop reckons preorders for the device are going to be out of control.

Nothing creates demand better than a supply shortage. It seems if there isn't enough to go around, more people want whatever it is that'ss selling out. Indeed, each time a new smartphone or console sells out at launch, there are those that wonder if the shortage is intentional, an effort to create buzz and demand. So, what will the conspiracy theorists say about the latest on demand for the PS4?

CNet reports that GameStop has already expressed concerns about a shortage of PS4s at launch. The retailer apparently said during an earnings call that 900,000 people have signed up for its 'First to Know' PS4 list. GameStop says that this is usually a pretty good indicator of preorders. The company said that while it had no word from Sony on the matter, it believes 'demand will far outpace the supply of this product during the launch window.'

Sony has been coy about details of the PS4, revealing very little about the console at the event in February. Last week, at GDC, Sony offered additional information about the PS4, hinting that it will ship with a "very large hard drive" without spilling the capacity details. Senior Staff Engineer Chris Norden also provided a detailed demonstration, explaining that the eight cores in the 64-bit x86 AMD APU are capable or running eight hardware threads. Each core will use a 32 KiB L1 I-cache and D-cache, and each four-core group will share 2 MiB of L2 Cache. The APU will be able to handle atomics, threads, fibers, and ULTs, with out-of-order execution and advanced ISA.

The latest rumors are highlighting a June reveal for the PS4. This would fit in with the schedule for E3, which kicks off on June 11 and runs through to June 13.

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    jaggsta , April 1, 2013 3:07 PM
    I can see it now people paying 2x the normal price for a PS4 like when PS3 came out.
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    drwho1 , April 1, 2013 3:08 PM
    Nothing new, consoles are usually in "short supply" at launch.
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    megajynx , April 1, 2013 3:05 PM
    Translation: please help our pre-order numbers so we don't go bankrupt, thanks.
  • 11 Hide
    jaggsta , April 1, 2013 3:07 PM
    I can see it now people paying 2x the normal price for a PS4 like when PS3 came out.
  • 11 Hide
    drwho1 , April 1, 2013 3:08 PM
    Nothing new, consoles are usually in "short supply" at launch.
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    BigMack70 , April 1, 2013 3:09 PM
    NO WAY!!!! A new console being in limited supply at launch? Who ever heard of such a crazy thing????
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    abbadon_34 , April 1, 2013 3:10 PM
    wonder if it a manfactured shortage like we've seen so often
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    kitsunestarwind , April 1, 2013 3:11 PM
    Anything to Drive up the Day1 Sale price right!
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    mvalles19 , April 1, 2013 3:19 PM
    This comes as no surprise, its marketing at its finest. Limiting available quantities at launch guarantees sales of all initial launch stock. Retailers really like limited supplies of high demand products. It allows them to raise prices based on supply and demand, so they capitalize to increase their bottom line. You wont hear any complaints coming from them about shortages. It is the US monetary system doing what it does best, making the rich, richer. I do recall the "Tickle Me Elmo" debacle, stores kept it in the stock rooms and only brought out a couple palettes at a time so they could sell them for up to six times the retail price.
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    shikamaru31789 , April 1, 2013 3:25 PM
    There were rumors about Sony having manufacturing problems that may push the launch to Q1 2014 back before the PS4 unveiling when the Holiday release window was announced. So, since they're not pushing the release back, it's not too suprising that there'll be supply issues. I just hope Microsoft is having better luck because I want to get one of the 2 at launch.
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    Azn Cracker , April 1, 2013 3:44 PM
    Haha cant wait. Literally, I will not be waiting in line for one.
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    Orlean , April 1, 2013 3:50 PM
    Just to think that a small amount of these limited PS4's at launch will be bought by people that just end up putting them on Ebay to profit off of, I wouldn't be surprised to see them going for $1500 the sad part is that people will buy them too.
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    janetonly42 , April 1, 2013 4:23 PM
    jaggstaI can see it now people paying 2x the normal price for a PS4 like when PS3 came out.

    Yeah, people are tools. Considering what I have heard about the draconian way MS wants to handle their next Crapbox I see Sony ruling the next generation of consoles.
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    anxiousinfusion , April 1, 2013 4:50 PM
    Time to feed the peasants.
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    hakesterman , April 1, 2013 5:02 PM
    It's too bad Sony and MS. Don't do accounts only sales direct to the customer at launch and completely shut out places like Ebay and Game Stop, that would be awsome. IT could be done, but they won't tie up their resources doing it....
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    bustapr , April 1, 2013 5:04 PM
    lol every time I see something sell out, I go to ebay to see how the vultures and the starving are reacting. remember when twinkies were selling out? boxes of twinkies going for hundreds of dollars. some selling at outrageous prices, other setting auctions and watching people overbid to the skies. I see the same happening as a result of this shortage(as always happens).

    Its a great tactic to launch a limited amount of consoles so they sell out and let people know that sales are strong. but its a bad idea to launch with a too limited supply and not have enough people to spread the word on the console.
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    bustapr , April 1, 2013 5:06 PM
    hakestermanIt's too bad Sony and MS. Don't do accounts only sales direct to the customer at launch and completely shut out places like Ebay and Game Stop, that would be awsome. IT could be done, but they won't tie up their resources doing it....

    that would be good to combat the leechers, but it wont be good at all in the long run when people feel like giving away or selling their console. also wouldnt work to gift people.
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    nikoli707 , April 1, 2013 5:15 PM
    console gaming is totally dead, pc gaming and smartphone gaming will take over
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    hakesterman , April 1, 2013 7:45 PM
    It's too bad Sony and MS. Don't do accounts only sales direct to the customer at launch and completely shut out places like Ebay and Game Stop, that would be awsome. IT could be done, but they won't tie up their resources doing it....


    that would be good to combat the leechers, but it wont be good at all in the long run when people feel like giving away or selling their console. also wouldnt work to gift people.


    I was talking about the Lauch of the system, till the demand of the console met production
    capabilitys. After that a free for all.
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    10tacle , April 1, 2013 8:01 PM
    nikoli707console gaming is totally dead, pc gaming and smartphone gaming will take over


    Are you really that stupid or are you just trolling?
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    10tacle , April 1, 2013 8:05 PM
    I waited 4 months before buying the PS3 after its release. Now six years later (and two replacement PS3 units later), I have yet to lose any sleep over that "lost" first four months of not being able to PS game with my friends. Between the PS3 and my PC, I can wait this PS4 hysteria out just as well.
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    jscynder , April 1, 2013 8:22 PM
    Console gaming is dying now that you wont be able to get used games and you HAVE to have an active internet connection to play single-player games. Now you can just buy new parts for your PC when the next gen consoles come out and save money.
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