Sony: PS4 will be "supply-challenged" for rest of 2013

Despite that, PlayStation boss Andrew House says system remains on track to sell 5 million units by end of March 2014.

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The PlayStation 4 will be "supply-challenged" for the balance of year, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House has said. In an interview with The Guardian, House explained that Sony succeeded in having enough units available for the system's launch in North America and Europe, but admitted demand has not been fully addressed with follow-up shipments.

"So I’d characterise it as being somewhat supply-challenged for the remainder of the calendar year, but hopefully we’ll be able to satisfy that pent-up demand as we get out to January and February," House said.

Despite initial supply challenges, House said the PS4 remains on track to outpace sales of the PlayStation 3 during its first fiscal year (November 2006-March 2007), when it sold 3.5 million units during that time frame. Sony expects to sell 5 million PS4 systems during the November 2013-March 2014 window.

Regarding the calendar year, Sony said in November that it expects to sell 3 million PS4 systems by the end of 2013--now just 11 days away. The PS4 has sold 2.1 million units officially so far, but Sony has not provided a sales update since December 3.

The PS4 is currently available in 48 countries, which will rise to 49 when the system comes to India on January 6. Microsoft's Xbox One is only available in 13 markets, but has achieved the same 2 million sales mark.

Discussion

306 comments
blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

wow. once again, sony shows its outstanding dedication towards taking 1 step forward and 5 steps backward. these idiots forgot how to run their business.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

Picked one up at Walmart this morning.  Gamestop had them in stock too.

soulless4now
soulless4now

They might as well say early 2014 too. 

xolivierx
xolivierx

this is funny. The WiiU has been bashed for months because it has no games, and yet everybody is looking to buy a xbox one and a PS4 although they have absolutely NO GOOD GAMES. Not to mention the shortage of consoles and it being 1st gen.


Morons

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I saw a ps4 and X1 today. Actually I saw several ps4s behind a counter and 1 X1. I live in a area that is primarily Xbox country so I'm not surprised. 

gam3r80
gam3r80

Better than be 1080p-challenged I would say lol

blackace
blackace

Andew isn't wrong about the "Supply-challenged", as it's hard to find a PS4 anywhere. I did find one yesterday at Best Buy. Unfortunately, I was looking for a PS3 for my older sons. I was able to find a 250GB PS3 (with TLOU bundle) for $249. It was the last one. Sony isn't supplying enough PS3's either. Everywhere I looked they were sold out. Can't find any XB1 either. Sold Out at Toys R Us, Fry's Electronics & Best Buy. There are plenty of Xbox 360's however. They are everywhere.

FoxExecutive
FoxExecutive

Well darn, that means I can't play NBA 2K14 now!  I really wish I could have spent the $400 to play it.  Well guess I'll go back to playing GTA 5 on my PS3, Dota 2 on my PC, the GOTY Link Between Worlds on my 3DS, and a bunch of others in my current Steam library (thanks to Gabe Newell and his crazy Steam sales).  Actually, in retrospect, I think that $400+ saved worked out rather nicely.

megakick
megakick

Well if that is true that will hurt Sony not like Sony is selling the consoles for $800 on EBAY maybe this is an excuse for Sony to increase the price of the PS4.


Sony," gamers should pay more, money equals value."

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

WOW an Eddie Makuch Gamespot Article about PS4 Sales in which it's stated that the sales figures was released way before the Xbox One, but true to form it's on an article that is bad news for those who want to buy a PS4, way to extend an olive branch to the Sony fans only to snap it and stab them in the eye with it couldn't they have put that fact in a more positive article Gamespot seems to be doing it a lot lately in articles published by Gamespot and written By Eddie Makuch (the resident Sony hater for Gamespot he earns his money well though lol) and Before the bots and trolls say anything I'm a collector (I have every Console and Hand held since the Nintendo NES  and i have also had a Gaming PC for most of that time), my anger is directed at Gamespot's recent troll articles they also conveniently leave some important bits of info out just to get comments, and well I'm also angry at the Games media in General they love feeding the hate instead of encouraging being a collector, seriously people it's better to be a collector and it's not as expensive as some people make out in fact it's quite manageable (I'm able to do it as well as provide for my family it can be done) plus you get to enjoy every game.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Damn you Sony hurry up make more!

We dont get them back in Australia till Febuary

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

funny, i got one on launch day, and then got another one less than a week ago for my buddy's christmas present. it took me less than 24 hours of searching  too. and i had like 5 chances before i finally made good on it.....


I think those that really want them, make it happen

zintarr
zintarr

Translation = If you do not have one now, you are screwed.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

that's good news. it means the product is popular and there are no signs of slowing down. sony will dominate the charts and will likely crack the 10 million mark by the end of next year if not sooner. 

King_Wii
King_Wii

It's funny that I just read this because earlier today I got one on Amazon.com, they're still there right now if you're looking.

thequietstorm84
thequietstorm84

Nostradamus wrote in book 13 chapter 3," During the winter solstice a device shall be released upon the world. Only then will Greatness Await you.

xhawk27
xhawk27

Can't find a PS4 this year..... There's a console for that! ;)


PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'm actually quite surprised by how many PlayStation3s were sold in the first five months. Felt like so many less.

I still think Sony were totally unprepared for the demand that there'd be for their new machine, all thanks to Microsoft's E3 press conference.

deathstream
deathstream

"Supply challenged", but expanding to new territories constantly.  That is called creating an artificial shortage.

pszone
pszone

Sony has future know  all thx PS4 .

stickybun
stickybun

This is the problem when you launch in so many markets. 

rasterror
rasterror

This not good for Sony. The spread themselves too this at the worse possible time. If people don't see any available their gonna cross shop and pick up what is available. And if the Wii U, Xbox One, or even iPad are available, they may just settle for those.

denhoffi
denhoffi

@xolivierxThe difference being that even after a full year the WiiU has a lack of great games in its roster( it had a great start but then there were months of literally nothing coming out until Rayman Legends and now Super Mario 3D world), this will not happen with the PS3/XboxOne, both of them have great exclusives coming out in 2014 but even if we just consider the multiplatform games coming out we have a great roster, and this is exactly the problem for the WiiU they have no third party support at all. This will continue, Nintendo has Smash Bros, Mario Kart and DK coming out which will be great games I'm sure but what else? There won't be a Destiny, The Division, Mad Max, Witcher 3, MGS5, etc. they badly need more support for their console.

denhoffi
denhoffi

@bunchanumbersAre you serious? Here in Europe you can't find a PS4 anywhere, it's simply impossible.

Sundberg_man
Sundberg_man

Hardly, you'll just have to wait an extra 2 months or so. Not like that's any big loss seeing how poor the line-up is.

blackace
blackace

@XristophorosI means they are out of stock and can't meet demands of their fanbase. Microsoft is having some similar problems, but it's so where are great as Sony and the PS4. You can at least buy XB1 online if you can't find them in stores.

blackace
blackace

@King_WiiYou mean the ones that USERS are selling for $650+. That's the only PS4's I've seen on Amazon.

jhcho2
jhcho2

@Diegoctba 

That's what the guys who came up with the less popular product would say i guess.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@deathstreamWait, trying to ship the console to all interested costumers around the world is creating an artificial shortage?

If there is demand around the world, they have to decide on whether they want to focus solely on US/EU, or try and dominated globally. It's a difficult decision, since this could mean MS can have more success in both US and EU due to more available stock concentrated on these territories. But it also means that they will lose on all other potential markets.

northArrow
northArrow

@deathstreamThat's not an artificial shortage, that's as real a shortage as you can get. World wide demand exceeds production.



EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

@john1217727 

Already got mine wrapped up for Christmas, but I have a friend who has been looking since launch. Just texted her. Thank you

jhcho2
jhcho2

@stickybun

When did Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft ever not launch in so many markets? The X1 launching in only 13 this generation is an exception, not a trend. 

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@rasterror I went to 3 different stores yesterday and saw several Xbox Ones at each. Microsoft is doing a great job at keeping up and putting those consoles in front of our faces.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@blackace it is great in the sense that their console is a success. there are different ways to look at this situation don't you think? would sony have preferred having their console sitting on shelves, collecting dust and losing them money? they had not anticipated the deamand they got and this is the result. also, it is just a temporary situation and by the end of january i am sure more stock will be available. this is by no means going to hurt them in the long run and is nothing like the shortages of the wii back in the day.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@19James89 @PlatinumPaladin  But if it took a month to produce the first million that went out, there's only so much they could've done to increase the numbers produced in such a short space of time between announcing the machine and the release dates. Production on this scale has to be decided months in advance and all the logistics would have already been in place. You can't just turn the machines up to 'super fast' or whip the folks on the production lines harder and expect instant results.

john1217727
john1217727

@northArrow@deathstreamAgree.  Also the fact that Xbox One has been relatively easy to find ( at least online where it has been available on Gamestop and Best Buy to name a couple of sites) for the past week does not necessarily mean MS is doing a better job with supply, it could also mean that the Xbox One isn't selling as well as the PS4.  It's too early to make that call.

john1217727
john1217727

@FAIL_TR0LL@rasterrorFYI - Amazon has PS4's in stock right now - at least they did when I checked a couple of minutes ago.  You can buy the console by itself or you can buy a bundle.

rasterror
rasterror

I'm gonna hold off on a PS4 until the games start rolling in Resogun and Second Son are the only ones that interest me.