While some may question the power of the PS4 at retail at the end of this year, retailer GameStop has absolutely no doubt that Sony's next home console system will be very, very popular.
"Although we have been given no official numbers by Sony we do believe that demand will far outpace the supply of this product during the launch window," GameStop president Tony Bartel recently told investors.
Bartel also claims that nearly 900,000 consumers have signed up to the GameStop's "First to Know" PS4 email list. He believes the number of people opting in to this early alert reflects the likely strength of pre-orders for the machine. Of course that is a very optimistic view given that customers on an email list don't necessarily translate into paying customers..
Recently GameStop’s executive vice president of strategy business and brand development Michael Hogan said that the PS4 would be launching worldwide this year in every territory.
Of course, Sony is not going to get into specifics on anything until after the Electronic Entertainment Expo this summer in Los Angeles.