Sony UK boss Fergal Gara reassures potential buyers.Speaking with Eurogamer,Sony UK’s managing director Fergal Gara said that they’re “working with retailers” on determining final allocations, but that it would be “unlikely” for free stock to be available to buy off a shelf in the UK.
“Some people have decided, right, turn off the pre-orders completely because I want to have a bit of free stock on day one,” he said. “Others are saying the fairest thing to do is keep the list going, and the first on the list gets the first console. Basically they’re behaving in a linear fashion rewarding first come, first served.
That of course means unless we’re pleasantly surprised by a bigger launch day volume than expected then it’s unlikely there will be free stock unless maybe people don’t turn up. So it’ll differ by retailer. But a second batch of stock will be within the week probably, so we’re not talking about droughts for months and months.”
Gara also expressed his expectation that the company will catch up with demand for the PlayStation 4 “relatively quickly” after Christmas, with all current pre-orders guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.
So, have you pre-ordered yet? Maybe Microsoft won you with the Xbox One? Maybe you’re not upgrading at all?