GameStop: PS4 Demand Will Outstrip Supply at Retail

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.

Source: MCV


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    SeanB says:

    If they really wanna make a mint, they should over hype the system, then claim there's a huge shortage of machines, driving up demand incredibly.  (like happened with the PS3)

    Then, once everybody wants one just so they can re-sell it, make sure you fill every order.

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    GrimCW says:

    Meh just like with past consoles i bet i can walk around the corner to wal mart, target, or k mart, and pick one up nooo problem. Even managed the hottly wanted Wii right in the middle of Xmas season release year by doing so. Just casually walking by the game cabinets at wal mart and there it was…

    Gamestop shorts themselves on purpose, and tbh are the worst place to get the console from as they've more crap to hock in your face as "protection plans" than most others. Not to mention many people just don't seem to aware that you can even find this hardware in other stores, no need to stick to just the one place!

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Well, now I[m much much less likely to be an early adopter, giving how people got mugged during the PS3 launch.


    I'm not about to die over a game console.

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    Spencer S. says:

    I don't think the numbers of people signing up for the "First to Know" updates necessarily reflects the number of likely preorders as much as it reflects the numbers of people who want to know more about the system first. In my case, and in the case of many people I know, we all signed up for the "First to Know" updates not so that we could be alerted when preorders opened, but so we would know more about the system, specifically one important detail: the price!

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