Seriously, it’s time to pre-order your console 
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Zoe Hawkins
July 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

I will admit, I’ve been bad.  I haven’t pre-ordered my console yet, even though I know that there will be limited supply.  Somehow, I keep thinking that I’ll just be able to saunter into a store after launch and pick up my PS4 without a problem.  Well, apparently GameStop in the US of A has already run out of launch stock.

Due to high demand, GameStop is no longer taking pre-orders for the PS4.  They only began taking pre-orders on 11 June – it took less than a month for them to allocate all of their launch stock!  I’m not particularly surprised; not only was there high demand for the PS4, they also didn’t put any limits on pre-orders for a while there.  Apparently, that retailer has also hit their cap for Xbox One preorders.  So, less than a month from when pre-orders open, and they’re already closed.

Preorders are still available at our local retailers, but I’m starting to wonder for how much longer.  I suppose it’s time to bite the bullet and start saving for my next-gen console.  Who knows how much stock was actually allocated to “the Dark Continent”, and I don’t want to be the sad gamer without a shiny new console.  If it only took a month for one of the biggest retailers in ‘merica to sell out of launch stock, I wonder how long it will be for our guys to also sell out.

Also, I think this is a pretty good sign for both next-gen consoles.  Such high demand means a high early adoption rate.  Hopefully, that also translates into awesome games being developed early in the console’s life cycle without fears of profitability.

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    AS much as I want to pre-order, there doesn’t seem to be anything worthwhile really at launch, will wait for gamescom

    • LordCaptainAwesomeness

      Wait for FFXV…..

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        2 years seems like a long time :P lol

        • LordCaptainAwesomeness

          I am happy to wait. Only reason i got a PS2 and PS3 was for the FF titles.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Right on, I’m waiting to, in the mean time I’m hoping to see something exciting but honestly there is nothing at launch. Maybe MGS 5 can turn that around

          • LordCaptainAwesomeness

            I really hope it can. But without David Hayter, i dunno….

            Plus if you wait a couple of months, then you can be sure some of the glitches will be sorted out

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            But we have Keifer!!lol and true that, consoles at launch are always glitchy. will wait till then unless FF XV becomes a launch title or within a few months then I will jump on that console faster than a diabetic looking for his Insulin injection!

          • LordCaptainAwesomeness

            I really hope it can. But without David Hayter, i dunno….

            Plus if you wait a couple of months, then you can be sure some of the glitches will be sorted out

      • DarthofZA

        Because the FF series has been so amazing lately? Oh wait… never mind…

        I’m not going to bother with FFXV until it is out and I can see reviews. Not hyped for it at all. FFXIII looked incredible until it came out.

        • LordCaptainAwesomeness

          True that. X was amazing, XII was nice.

          XIII looked amazing, until you started playing it.

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          Well, we never saw much of XIII up until release, they lied with their E3 trailer showing false gameplay, FF XV actually showed a lot of story and in game gameplay, no reason not to be hype at that

          • RinceWind

            I want this to be true! If you lead me on, and it comes out as some steaming pile of poo, I will find you, I will come for you, and I will kill you 0-O Okay, bit harsh… EDIT: I will find you, I will come for you, and I will force you to listen to It’s Friday for an entire week… OF FRIDAYS! DUM DUM DUM!

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            WHOA!! slow down please … I value my life…Friday weill kill me sooner than a knife to the heart!

        • RinceWind

          This is very true. I WANT to be excited, but after the last abomination, all I can say is… Yes, I am going to….

      • RinceWind

        damn straight.

    • RinceWind

      I know you will be first in line for a ONE. You tell LIES! trololol!

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Lol I’m actually the one that started the petition not David :O

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        Lol I’m actually the one that started the petition not David :O

  • Anon A Mouse

    I’m sure by the time I get the new console, it will be slim and half priced at least.

  • Anon A Mouse

    I’m sure by the time I get the new console, it will be slim and half priced at least.

  • Spathi

    Dark Souls 2, GTA5, MGS5, Watchdogs, GT6 – So much games still coming to the current gen. I’ll rather wait a few months before adopting.

    If Demon’s Souls 2 is however revealed at gamescom as a PS4 exclusive, coming in the launch period, that may just change my mind!

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Is MGS 5 this gen?

      • Spathi

        Both!

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          Nice Tambourine!!! well then, all the good games are coming to this gen, dont really see thee need to early adopt

      • HvR

        Yes they are releasing it on PS3, Xbox360, PS4 and Xone but they are scaling graphics and effects to the console the game is running on.

        So it sounds that they are developing for either the PS4 or Xone and porting to the rest.

        • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

          I just read now it’s the other way around, the showcase at E3 was actually current gen O-O Holy krap if it looks that good current, how will next gen look … they now trying to upscale to next gen

          • HvR

            so the best experience will probably be on the PS3.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            Yup seeing as how they used to the system and MGS 4 looks amazing

          • HvR

            The PS4 version will only come with added JJ flare and the Xbone with achievement when it detects you wearing you pre-order special edition eye patch.

          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            lol well the eye patch things actually sounds cool ……

    • RRF

      I’ll wait until I have finished the games I have on my PS3. Still have about 6 games to finish. Bout them but never got the time to actually finish them.

      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        What games you got in zee backlog?

  • Spathi

    Dark Souls 2, GTA5, MGS5, Watchdogs, GT6 – So much games still coming to the current gen. I’ll rather wait a few months before adopting.

    If Demon’s Souls 2 is however revealed at gamescom as a PS4 exclusive, coming in the launch period, that may just change my mind!

  • Lardus

    I can afford both plus a PC right now (or pay off my car), but I will rather wait. I will not be an early adopter. Also, if my LTE works (deliver my device NOW Telkom plz) I will only upgrade my PC for now! ****Quickly starts researching latest CPU and motherboards :)

    • Brady miaau

      Yeah, LTE is a problem. My wife;s phone (Pretoria) we had to switch it off, i.e. never go more than 3g, because it just stopped working, dead. Other people in our area said the seem even the big red beast claims it works fine in our area, no problems.

      We have not tried for about six months.

      Of course of LTE is one of those annoying things with two meanings, then ignore this

      • Lardus

        Getting Telkom Home/Office LTE. They put up a tower close to me and I have guaranteed coverage. Plus they have a 14 day period during which I can just send it back.

        • Brady miaau

          Awesome. Sounds like the way to go. But how much data can do a month? I imagine uncapped must be pricey.

          • Lardus

            Unfortunately iBurst is going down the drain. If you get good speeds, then good for you, but they have a habit of overloading their towers and then finding all sorts of reasons why it is not their fault if speeds drop. I had the normal iBurst and could play WoW at a latency of less than 350. Now I struggle to load websites!

          • BacchusZA

            QFT.

            I couldn’t wait to get off iburst and onto an ADSL connection.

        • Zoe

          need to look at this – apparently no ADSL available for me, and iburst is getting slower and slower…

          • Lardus

            Check if you have coverage. They are quite fast to call when you submit their online “I am interested” form :)

      • HvR

        Agreed, the one time I future proofed, I paid premium R2k for brand new 939 socket MB to be the first to ran 1Ghz+ and later multi-core at the local LAN just for 939 to be dropped in favor for AM2 (940 socket) a few months later.

        If you ahve the extra cash save it now and rather go mid range more often.

        • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

          Ditto. I still have my Socket 939 mobo and Athlon 64 CPU combo kept away.

    • HvR

      Is the data costs the same for LTE deals/contracts as for 3G ones?

      “Like in blink that was 300 bucks”

      • Lardus

        Getting the 20GB package – Telkom Home/Office LTE, for R699. 36 month contract, device included. Other than iWorst the only real option for me at the moment.

        • Brady miaau

          Iburst is not so bad, if you do not play online games. If you do, you are stuffed. But they do tell you that upfront.

          I found their service quick and efficient, over the last 3 to 4 years.

          • Lardus

            You are a lucky bugger then! When I joined I could play WoW at very good speeds. I have found their service atrocious myself (and know of many others as well), so you are lucky indeed!

          • Brady miaau

            When I first joined (in 2010) I could play Starcraft 2, but then I moved house from a good coverage to a poor coverage area and playing games was out. but web browsing and downloads was ok speed. I had 2 external aerials

          • Lardus

            I have one external aerial – only have the Desktop USB modem thingy. They have admitted to some throttling on their side that negatively affected gaming. I have decent spends after 24:00 but eish then I need to sleep :(

          • Brady miaau

            Yeah, that is why I got ADSL. But the tech behind Iburst is “burst”, i.e. not consistent. So on a download, the speed may look good, bounce down and back up again. Not good enough for gaming. And they throtttle games!

          • Lardus

            I had ADSL back in the day, until my cables were “affirmatively shopped”. ** and Telkom gave up on replacing them due to the amount of times different parts of the line were stolen.**

        • HvR

          Eina that is more that my home line and uncapped adsl together.

  • Craig Deubler

    Only thing that could be “must have” worthy at this point is Project Spark.

    Or it could be crap.

  • Brady miaau

    Or it could be a false shortage, in order to drum up more interest in the consoles.

  • KingKappie

    I will only get next gen when Destiny releases

  • RinceWind

    I won’t be picking anything up for a while. I will probably get the new Xbox360 as I am sure mine is about to red ring itself and will also be picking up a PS3 before year end, just so @umarbastra:disquscan stop teasing me about PS Plus :(

    • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

      Good man :) it’s about time. so you can play last of us and getting decent games for free so that you won’t be the laughing stock of LG, you know we laugh about you behind your back about your gold membership teehee :P

      • RinceWind

        I know :( The laughter wakes me from my dreams of My Little Pony and my Carebear friends. Make it stop!

      • George

        I have a question regarding PS Plus. If you join, do you get all the games that have been released in previous months or only current month?

        • Spathi

          Unfortunately only the current month. Or past two months…it depends on when the free offer lapses. Some of the games are valid for a year though. Still, never too late!

  • Skyblue

    Any console is only as good as it’s available titles and right now, there are none. I’ll be waiting for the catalogue’s to flesh out and a few “must have” titles get released.
    I must admit though, I am dying to give that new Forza a crack, looks stunning.

  • Wyzak

    I no longer pre-order. Been burned too many times.

  • The Fez

    BestBuy also sold out of Xbox one’s! Getting Diablo 3 in September for Xbox 360(cannot believe they’re taking my money AGAIN but think the console version will be much better than the pc), should keep me busy until Xbox one release locally! Should my patience run out though any local shops doing imports??

    • Spathi

      I believe some will. Maybe Zaps or Animeworx in Jhb, or Takealot online.

  • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

    AFTER THE HIGH PRICE AND FAILURE RATES before the slims.

    I will wait thank you very much.

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      In the meantime I have 1000 games to play that are now a fraction of their original price.
      TOOOO MANY GAMES TOOOO LITTLE TIME FOR NEXT GEN.

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      In the meantime I have 1000 games to play that are now a fraction of their original price.
      TOOOO MANY GAMES TOOOO LITTLE TIME FOR NEXT GEN.

      • Spathi

        *Too – Spelling Nazi reporting for duty!

        • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

          ROGER

      • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

        Gold China 1000 in 1 cartridge FTW!!!

  • ElimiNathan

    2014 shall be a dark year, because nobody is going outiside

  • ElimiNathan

    2014 shall be a dark year, because nobody is going outiside

  • fred

    Ah well , even if I can only get one in 2014 , the ps3 still has some fantastic games coming that I first need to get through. GT6 , GTA5 , 2 SOULS , DARK SOULS 2 in fact it has a better line up than ps4 .

  • Sageville

    I’ve done gone and pre-ordered PS4, Destiny, The Division and Killzone SF.

    The kids can eat next month.

  • loftie

    consoles, meh.

    • Darren Peach

      meh, :)

  • Tarisma

    Preordered

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