There is speculation going around that the demand for the PlayStation 4 will outpace the available supply for the console system at launch. Gamestop stated that around 900,000 of its members have signed up for its "PlayStation 4 First To Know List". While it's more of a pre-registration than it is pre-orders, Gamestop says that its lists are usually a "strong indicator" for the number of people planning on pre-ordering the device.
The news came from Gamestop's President Tony Bartel. He stated, "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". If his statement is true, the high-demand for Sony's PlayStation 4 is a good sign for the video game industry. The industry has been on the decline for quite some time now, with recent numbers showing the industry dropping 25% in sales.
Also, in other good news, the PlayStation is looking to launch globally by the holiday season this year. There were rumors circulating around that stated that Europe would have to wait until 2014 to get their hands on the game console due to distribution issues, however Gamestop assures consumers that that's not the case. Sony has yet to release images of the PlayStation 4, however, it has released information regarding the PlayStation 4's specs and its peripherals, like its DualShock 4 controller.
The PlayStation 4 is an impressive console. The PlayStation 4 demonstrations showed off the stunning graphics that games on its system will be capable of. There were also a bunch of features announced that make the system much more than a game console centered around the living room. You will be able to use the remote play feature to stream games onto your PS Vita, tablet, or smartphone so that you can play your games anywhere in the house. Check out our PlayStation 4 guide on everything you need to know about the console.