With the launch of Playstation 4 in South Africa drawing near (13 December 2013 with RRP of R6,299), MyGaming asked local retailers about the supply and demand they have received for Sony’s new console, along with the plans post-launch.
With regards to how many PS4’s are still available for pre-order, the various retailers were adamant that there’s more than enough supply to meet demand.
“We have sold our allocation of 130 units and we just received word yesterday that we will be receiving more stock,” said Takealot’s Gavin Forsyth.
“Do not have exact numbers,” said CNA’s Nerisha Lakha, but “CNA is confident that current stocks will be enough to satisfy the pre-order demand.”
Makro’s Clyde Kurten also said that stocks are doing well, with a “couple of hundred consoles still available for pre-order.”
Incredible Connection’s Jacques-Louis Watts said that the store expects demand to actually outreach supply.
“We urge all customers to pre-order their PS4 consoles as soon as possible. We expect the PS4 to be sold out before it even reaches the shelves. Although we will try to make sure that there will be stock in stores over and above the pre-order units we expect the pre-orders to ramp up in the next few weeks,” said Watts.
PlayStation 4 at SA retail post-launch
What if you didn’t make your PS4 pre-order and the stock in-store runs out? Retailers are preparing gamers to be patient until the next shipment arrives.
“Customers who miss out on day one units will most probably only get their stock in the new year,” said Incredible Connection’s Jacques-Louis Watts. “We will offer customers the opportunity to order units after the stock has run out but we cannot confirm how long they will have to wait for the next batches of stock to arrive.”
According to CNA’s Nerisha Lakha, the next shipment of PS4 consoles is expected “at the end of January 2014.”
“Customers will be able to back order the PS4 console at any CNA store,” said Lakha.
“As it stands, [more] stock will only be available next year (2014),” explained Takealot’s Gavin Forsyth, who could not confirm a date for the next shipment.
“We won’t be taking orders after the launch, because once the second shipment arrives we should be able to meet the demand,” said Makro’s Clyde Kurten.
Incredible Connection’s Jacques-Louis Watts also said that Incredible Connection would offer post-launch orders, but an ETA is still up in the air. “We will offer customers the opportunity to order units after the stock has run out but we cannot confirm how long they will have to wait for the next batches of stock to arrive.
“You do not have to pay up front if you select to collect in store and we will offer anyone the opportunity to upgrade to a bundle when they are announced,” added Incredible Connection’s Watts.
Ster Kinekor Entertainment has confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will launch on 13 December 2013 in South Africa.