Looking for a PS4? "Be patient" Sony says

Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida offers advice to shoppers hunting for a system; won't say if PS4 has crossed 3 million units sold.

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PlayStation executive Shuhei Yoshida has some advice for shoppers hunting for the still-hard-to-find PlayStation 4. "Be patient," the Worldwide Studios boss told a fan on Twitter today who mentioned that Xbox One units are readily available at numerous outlets.

Indeed, while the Xbox One is available through major retailers like GameStop and Amazon, the PS4 remains sold out through those channels. Sony said last month that the PS4 would remain "supply-challenged" for the balance of 2013, with new shipments becoming available in January and February 2014.

A fan also asked Yoshida if he could say how many PS4s have been sold worldwide as of January 2, to which he responded, "I do not know." SCEA CEO Jack Tretton went on record in December to say Sony would sell 3 million PS4 units by the end of calendar 2013, but that time has come and gone without a new sales update from Sony.

Officially, the PS4 and Xbox One are neck-and-neck, each having sold more than 2 million units since their launches in November. Sony expects to sell 5 million PS4 consoles by the end of its fiscal year in March 2014. In the United Kingdom, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in 2013 by a substantial margin, according to data from research group Gfk Chart-Track.

Discussion

321 comments
Aeondeity
Aeondeity

How long before we only have computers for home gaming, I wonder..

fabs1
fabs1

I think this is the real indication of who is winning the console war.

Timothy Oleson
Timothy Oleson

OMG this is getting stupid make some dam PS4s Sony

Frederick Quatman
Frederick Quatman

Sony is crafty. They likely are making or have available the exact same amount as Microsoft has Xbox One's. The difference is Microsoft launched theirs in 13 territories and Sony stretched themselves too thin in 48. This makes it look like there is more demand on the PS4 here in North America, when in actuality it's just the fact that Sony has been shipping very few units here. So buy something else or get lucky. I've been in KMart and a Walmart that both had PS4's.

NTM23
NTM23

Nope, got one at the store last week. Walked in, the sign said "Have Xbox One!" My brother and went in to look at that, because we also want an Xbox One, but there was also a PS4, so we stood there for about five minutes weighing the options, and just picked up the (final) PS4.

Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson

No...xbox just isnt selling as much..thats why its on store shelves

wm437
wm437

How could Sony expect to sell 3 million units by the end of 2013 yet not have the 3 million units?

Sounds like $#!+ to me.

Dear Sony, not all of us gamers are ignorant children. Before making a statement make sure you cover all your bases.

Cesar Becerra
Cesar Becerra

Not a kid. I'm 20 years old and I simple explained how much of a flop this console is. No games, and no online support for serious players equals flop. It's a console at it has only one job it can't even do that.

nighterrorx
nighterrorx

No, I don't understand this. Sony is a hardware company, and they saw the response after E3. They should have been ready for this. When I read that selling numbers are "close" and you can find XBOne if you look around...this means the "software company" was able to meet the demand better than the hardware company. I can wait -- and congrats to Sony for being "sold out". But come on Sony....step it up!!!

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

It's pretty simple to understand both companies produced roughly the same amount of consoles. But, Microsoft concentrated there stock in North America and Sony spread themselves globally. The question remains which strategy will be more successful.

Jeremiah Erickson
Jeremiah Erickson

I can't find a PS4 where I live. I've seen quit a few Xbox One's around but no PS4's. Sony probably didn't do that great of a job of meeting demand. I'll give credit to Microsoft for actually having the product in store shelves. I'm hoping to own both eventually but I want the PS4 first because it simply has the one game I've been looking forward to most.

nonfanboygamer1
nonfanboygamer1

I have witnessed on two separate occasions multiple stores having x1 while not having any ps4's in my town. I think price does play a small role with demand

Majed Aljarman
Majed Aljarman

Wait, did a kid just tell us that the PS4 has an immature fanbase. right, got it.

divinejester
divinejester

This is why Sony always make me face palm. Even when they do every thing right they still screw up. How the hell do you not have enough supply to meet demand, and this badly.


Its almost like the first time the manufacturer unit of Sony heard about the ps4 was the day before launch. I mean you knew you were going to launch it in November, so why are you not manufacturing units to meet demand? Its like you are asleep at the wheel.

David Sil
David Sil

I play them, Beyond is crap, Last of us is a shitfest that should be classified a movie. The only good PS exclusive is Infamous.

Victor Tamayo
Victor Tamayo

who actually even cares about the company more than the games... sad how gaming is tuning out like this.

Victor Tamayo
Victor Tamayo

Have you even played any ps exclusives? or do you judge by reviews? because almost every ps exclusive has a 9 even a 10. most of them.

David Sil
David Sil

I think you'll find all the best games are split between the PC and Nintendo systems, the PS and Xbox are just shooter boxes.

Kevin Franco
Kevin Franco

Posts like these bring out the worst in gamers :/

deadpen
deadpen

Best buy had a 8ft tall 10 ft wide "Christmas tree" made out of xbox ones, I really do believe that it became bigger after Christmas.


This is just an observation and not a cut on the xboner I'm not a fan boy I'm a gamer the difference is I own all systems in search of the "better for me" system. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Sega, Panasonic, and so on.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Sony really needs to get their shit together. They won't hit those sales targets if they don't have the machines to sell. Truth be told they're probably saving a lot of them up for release day in Japan.

Donte Greene
Donte Greene

Sony go have way better exclusives they always do they will dominate x box dominantly

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

So whilst people around the world are trying to hunt down non existent PS4's Sony is holding onto a vast underground bunker just choc-full of the things in order to build hype? If they had them they'd sell them. Time to put your tin-foil hat back on, your brains are leaking out.

thatguynobodylikes
thatguynobodylikes

@wm437 It's funny reading this, then reading an article that says Sony has sold more than 4.2 million consoles.

philip6k
philip6k

@wm437 They didn't say they havn't sold 3 mill...................

philip6k
philip6k

No games, have you ever seen a console launch? This is a very good one in terms of games. No online support? LOL what are you talking about?

gww101
gww101

Let me guess, you don't want an Xbox One.

fillup0
fillup0

@nighterrorx You can't predict people man, and there's only so many consoles you can make before you're taking a bigger risk for the company than you have to.


As they said, be patient.

Sumpskildpadde
Sumpskildpadde

It's actually not a bad situation for Sony to be in. Think about being a giant company who just released a new product, and you're able to sell every single unit that you manufacture. Of course it's bad for them not being able to put a Ps4 in the home of all those people who want it. But as long as they can sell every unit that they manufacture, I don't think they're worrying much about that to be honest :)

Sumpskildpadde
Sumpskildpadde

Sony couldn't have done any better actually. They've manufactured what they could. The demand for Ps4's is just greater than that of XboxOne's - That's why you're seeing Xbox'es around and not Ps4's. And I'm saying this without taking sides. (sort of have to mention this since this is the internet and a gaming site. So people's butts tend to hurt a lot even when you're just making obvious statements).

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@nonfanboygamer1 

right. i mean, it could never be a supply issue.

even though sony has outright admitted they are completely unable to keep up with demand.

Fastnova00007
Fastnova00007

The PS4 fanbase has been VERY immature regarding the next gen consoles.  It's kind of shocking actually...

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

@divinejester 

Yeah it sucks for Sony that they have nothing to sell & it sucks for people who want a PS4 yesterday but Sony are most likely experiencing shortages because they underestimated the amount of people who would want one right up. They would have had every plant they had access to turning out PS4's 24/7 until release day just to come up with the amount that they did sell. People need to remember that no launch console has ever sold as much as these new ones have. Also just because MS still have consoles available doesn't mean that they made more, it can also mean that demand was much lower for the XB1 than it was for the PS4.

tonytones21
tonytones21

Congratulations, the internet now hates you.

Fastnova00007
Fastnova00007

Most Playstation exclusives do suck.

The games worth playing are from Naughty Dog, if it wasn't for Naughty dog the PS3 would have had no exclusives worth playing.  Infamous was good, but the second one wasn't as great...

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Yea, Santa Claus had no problems finding Xbox Ones to deliver. Lucky for him, he didn't get a lot of requests either. (Yea, I went there)

strikeTact
strikeTact

HAHAHAHAHA dominate dominantly 

gww101
gww101

@fillup0 @nighterrorx Microsoft has exponentially more resources dude, that's why they can produce more. They are a much larger company. I'm with you though, waiting for PS4 to come in stock.

divinejester
divinejester

@CrouchingWeasel@divinejesterI understand to some extent. But if they had started production early they could have more on hand. With them having figures of wanting to 3-5 million within the first few months, you would think they would at least produce that much.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

@gww101 

Who said they produced more? Ever think that more people were interested in a PS4 than an XBone?

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

@divinejester As long as you realize that the earlier production is started, they less time they have for polishing the system. Look at all the features it currently does not have.

Sarijon
Sarijon

@divinejester @CrouchingWeasel wait a second, didn't they (Sony) lanuch a console called PS3 ...... hmmmm now i wonder how many units of that where sold at launch - doh!