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Why the PlayStation 4 Is Already In High Demand

The PlayStation 4 hasn’t even been shown off to the public yet, but already the box is on the minds of millions of people across the globe. In fact, in a recent earnings call with investors, GameStop president Tony Bartel said that his company has 900,000 people signed up for its first-to-know list on the PlayStation 4. And he expects demand to far outstrip supply of the console when it launches.

Such demand already might surprise some folks. After all, it took a long time for the PlayStation 3 to truly get off the ground and although it’ll likely end this generation with more worldwide sales than the Xbox 360, in the U.S., especially, it’s no match for Microsoft’s console. (PS4, Sony Computer Entertainment)

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GalacticEmpire  +   1034d ago | Well said
Following a brilliant gamer focused announcement show and considering the uncertainty surrounding the direction of the xbox brand, it's no wonder gamers are flocking to PS4.

What you have to consider is that all this buzz and excitement surrounding PS4 is even before they have shown the actual console, most of the games and even the price. It's kind of phenomenal when you think about it.
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b163o1  +   1034d ago
Couldn't agree more, Sony's done exactly what your suppose to do when you make a mistake, they've learned, and refocus there attention on the developers, and most seem happy about it. Can't wait to see what this things gonna look like!

On the NextBox, IMO once M$ heard about the 8GB of GDDR (or whatever's it called), M$ had to make adjustments to there system. That's why there hasn't been a word or a mention about it.
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Jek_Porkins  +   1034d ago
Actually it was rumored that the PS4 would only have 6 gigs of RAM and the next Xbox had 8, so you could make the case that Sony might have done that.

I don't think one or two months is going to make a difference for Microsoft at this point, they probably already had 8 gigs, it doesn't need to be GDDR5, because that is graphical memory and DDR3 will work just as well, but will actually work better for background downloading and multitasking.

I guess we wont know for sure what's up until after the next Xbox is actually announced, if MS says yes to used games, no DRM and a mini Xbox that helps there to be physical backwards compatibility, that would all be huge in helping the next Xbox.
SHORYUKEN  +   1034d ago | Well said
Yep. My wallet is ready for the PS4.

Cant wait longer. Just launch it this summer!

Edit: @Jek_porkins

Next xbox should have free online gaming otherwise its not worth for purchase.
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BABYLEG  +   1034d ago
Neverthat. Ps4 in high demand where? On the webz
T2  +   1034d ago
@ jek p - do you work for ms ? Get a big kickback on each xbox sold ? Im not saying its a bad console but you are like a religious zealot dude you should reevaluate yourself seriously. This article is about ps4 ... Why does that bother you so much ?
Army_of_Darkness  +   1034d ago
The xbox 720 could have 1-2Gb's of Ram more than the PS4 for all I care cause it still doesn't change the fact that the PS4 will have more great games! Not to mention the variety.
How do I know you ask?? well, take a trip back in time and look at the ps1,ps2 and currently the ps3 along with all their 1st party developers and you will.... Just know;-)
UnholyLight  +   1033d ago
In my opinion:

PS4 was announced first. This coming generation has been VERY anticipated by pretty much every gamer out there (well at least me) for the last year or two so it's obvious why people are in a frenzy about the PS4. The PS4 is the only console we have solid information and exciting things being announced for it, which we can get hyped about and continue to talk and create buzz.

On the other hand, Microsoft has not unveiled their Xbox yet (yeah pretty sure it's just gonna be Xbox or have a logo stylized XboX), so the only buzz surrounding that console is basically rumours. This is basically what the PS4 was as well and there were many optimistic and pessimistic rumours about it at the time as well.

To me, it's all the pent up demand for the next gen and the fact that Sony did a really good job with their unveil and definitely got me very excited. Sony showed with the PS4 that jumping into next gen is going to be nuts and has already proved pessimists wrong by showing some insane tech demos and insanely beautiful games.

I expect that Microsoft always had a plan for their own unveil and that the PS4 reveal hasn't affected it much..aside from the fact that they also need to have a great first showing. I truly think that Microsoft will have it's own great things to share with us very soon and that the hype for both of these consoles is going to reach insanity level and E3 is going to be the best one ever.

'Tis a great time to be a gamer, and it's only going to get better!

**EDIT: Not to mention, I think a lot of gamers were disappointed so far with what the Wii U has to offer and how it's seemingly not going to be able to offer everything the PS4 and Xbox are going to have on tap. Not trying to take a stab at Nintendo and it's fans but I'm just saying that seems to be the case! I know I was.
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portal_2  +   1033d ago

"it doesn't need to be GDDR5, because that is graphical memory and DDR3 will work just as well, but will actually work better for background downloading and multitasking."

That's simply not true, in fact it's a lie.

GDDR5 will be unified, meaning it will be accessible across the system thus providing a tremendous increase in speed for most tasks. Also, the PS4 will have independent chips for handling uploads, downloads, decompression which will not affect the performance of the system at all.
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loulou  +   1033d ago
"people are flocking to the ps4"?? jesus, when was it released?? i want to buy one as well!!

i mean, if people are flocking, then it must mean that it has be released right??
sengoku  +   1033d ago
yeah there probably working hard to bring the size of the OS down from 3GB
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spicelicka  +   1034d ago
Well i'm hyped for ps4 and its games but you also have to understand that this "excitement" is all towards ps4 because its the only console (other than the wii which many people don't consider nex-gen software wise) that's been announced, so it has a monopoly on hype right now.

People have been waiting for 8 years for anything to be announced, so they're thirsty as hell. Also, the negative attention micrsoft has been receiving has all worked in favor of the ps4. But this excitement can easily dissipate in a couple of months once the next xbox is announced.

I'm not saying one console is better than the other, but obviously the hype will be divided once another console enters the field. It'll only be phenomenal if this hype lasts closer to the release date.
GalacticEmpire  +   1034d ago
In my experience, the hype for new consoles only builds as the launch approaches. People aren't just going to stop being excited for PS4 when Xbox 3 is finally announced. There will be much more info to come from Sony in the run up to and at E3.

What's phenomenal about the hype is that Sony have revealed so little but still there's a huge amount of anticipation from gamers.
Pillsbury1  +   1033d ago
ALL ABOARD! Hype train here! Next stop ps4! Beast.
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Xyla  +   1034d ago
the ps4 is in high demand because logic dictates that because ps1, ps2, and ps3 were focused mostly on games then ps4 will also. ps3 is the best gaming platform today when it comes to gaming and supporting the widest audience and genre. nintendos main focus is about a handful of titles which are the exclusives theyve been releasing for decades. xbox main focus is to have 3 exclusive titles to release bi-yearly, some multiplatform titles and a lot of kinect titles. ps3 is about supplying a lot of exclusive titles, multiplatform titles with a few casual and move titles.
DragonKnight  +   1034d ago | Well said
Careful now. Not allowed to have positive words or articles about the PS4 on N4G or the Xbox loyalists will think the site is run by Sony fanboys and that the mods are corrupt. It couldn't possibly be because there is just so much positive news to talk about the PS4.
Ezz2013  +   1034d ago
yeah i'm getting sick of xbox fanboys play the victim every time a bad article about MS come out
sony get bad articles as MS or even more

yet they still call this site pro sony

if they think this site is unfair and treat them badly
then why they still here ?!
Ck1x  +   1034d ago
Well all you have to do is look at the negative spin being put on the 720 and it hasn't even been announced yet! You people go around here quoting "always online" as if its a verified feature of the new system... Even the Xbox Live issues were confirmed to not be caused by hackers and I still read current post of people mentioning that "you get what you pay for I guess!" People believe and run with what they want to believe though.
DragonKnight  +   1034d ago
See what I mean? Not allowed to have any positive PS4 news because the site is run by corrupt Sony execs.

@Ck1x: "You people go around..."

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3-4-5  +   1034d ago
It's basically the unknown of the xbox 720 that is pushing people to want the PS4 more.

I mean the conference did it really but Microsoft would be wise to speak up Pre- E3..

If they wait until E3 they won't get ALL the attention or the Full attention.

This E3 is going to blow last years out of the water so they need a Pre and Post E3 conference IMO.

Like Nintendo Direct's
TheOneEyedHound   1034d ago | Offensive
Psn800  +   1033d ago
You bet your eyes nose and ears it's in high demand .
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1033d ago
Where are people flocking to the PS4? Is this just about N4G?

ps3_pwns  +   1033d ago
there is zero reason not to get a ps4 at this point thats why its in high demand. its the new go to console of this gen so if you want to play online with a lot of people and chat and have free online and such why wouldnt you already preordr the ps4?
Trunkz Jr  +   1034d ago
First-to-know list does not = Preorders...
girevik  +   1034d ago
first to know list = first to pre-order! :-) that's why I did it.
IRetrouk  +   1034d ago
I put a deposit down at game, game says its a preorder, quess they know more than you ;)
TrailerParkSupervisr  +   1034d ago
Um where did you preorder the ps4? Everywhere I go they say you cant pre-order them. Im not being flippant I'm serious. Gamestop, best buy, they all say cant put money down yet just get on the first to know list.
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IRetrouk  +   1034d ago
Told u, i preorderd from game in uk.
T2  +   1034d ago
At trailerparks ... Gamestop has a waitlist they will phone you to preorder first
DiRtY  +   1033d ago
This. And it is Gamestop. What do you expect them to say?

"We don't see high demand for the PS4, it is the same situation for the Xbox 720 and the Wii U is already struggling. You better sell our shares now!"

Not gonna happen. They hyped the Wii U, they called the Xbox 720 a 'hot and compelling device' and they say the PS4 is in high demand. Of course they do this, because they have to sell those consoles. It is their business.

Don't make a bigger thing out of this than any other PR talk.
Dms2012  +   1034d ago
Do we really have to ask why?
Droid Control  +   1034d ago
preoredered PS4!

720 too late to the party. They lost my money
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sway_z  +   1033d ago
PS4's Gonna Rock F'sure!


I don't believe half of you lot when you comment..."No matter what Xbox come with I'm with PS4....720 too late...blah blah blah..."

Even though I own both, I'm not known for supporting 360 much on N4G since I prefer PS3 games over 360 games.

At least wait and see what the competition has to offer. Everybody's jumping on the bandwagon & jumping the gun.
ZodTheRipper  +   1034d ago
Gonna preorder it as soon as it's available on Amazon. And I don't even mind waiting this time since there are so many good games coming out until then.
Jaqen_Hghar  +   1034d ago
A man will get 2 or 3 ASAP on Amazon! A man needs to offset the cost by selling pre-orders after all.
MultiConsoleGamer  +   1034d ago
The wait list at my local GameStop is a mile long.

I expect some camping... And a line a mile long.
youndamie  +   1034d ago
The reason the PS4 is in such high demand is because its the PS4. With the exception of the launch of the PS3 the Playstaion brand has always been at the front of the pack, so of course there is reason to be excited. Even people from camp Nintendo and camp Microsoft have to recognize that Sony has always took care of the "Core" gamer from PS1-PS3 and they will do the same with PS4. It is quite possible that Sony can have the most successful generation ever with the powerful but simple architecture, 1st party studios, huge third party studio support(PS2 days maybe?), and a great deal of support for indie devs. Regardless of your console preference you have to respect Sony.

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Bonerboy  +   1034d ago
high demand?...because its a new console.
MonkeyNinja  +   1033d ago
Not to hate on Ninty, but what about WiiU? That was a new console and never gained this much hype.
Sarobi  +   1034d ago
Launch week is gonna be insane.
BitbyDeath  +   1034d ago
E3 needs to get here soon
Sarobi  +   1034d ago
Just got to hang in there for 58 more days.
Game4life  +   1034d ago
but thats soooo long in game years
josephayal  +   1034d ago
i want
supremacy  +   1034d ago
I might try and get 2 one from amazon and the other from gamestop, just in case one fails on me. hate that whole waiting period for repairs.
Oh_Yeah  +   1034d ago
Console mock up looks like a tombstone. Can't wait to see the official design. And of course what Naughty Dog and Sony Santa Monica are working on.
Max-Zorin  +   1034d ago
The sooner the new systems come out the better.
Agent_hitman  +   1034d ago
So many good news regarding PS4, and I see a great future for this hardware. Good thing SONY made things right this time around.
Ck1x  +   1034d ago
The hype for this console is because this generation has lagged on the longest and early adopters. Why every time does it have to be like this is going to be the one console to rule them all mentality? We will never have a PS2 era for one console again, because look at how many developers went out of business this Gen. So you know that there's not going to be big AAA games only coming out for one platform only. Plus most multiplats sold better on the 360, so what's people's reasoning for that when they have about the same install base? Let's just stop making this system out to be something that it isn't! It's not going to turn water into wine, it's not going to cure cancer or balance the budget miraculously.
MonkeyNinja  +   1033d ago
So many devs went out of business because their publishers were making stupid decisions like spending a butt-ton of $ on PR, ads, music licenses, etc. So when the games (that already weren't that great to begin with because publishers were too afraid to try new things and instead just copied CoD, not all though, just most) didn't sell enough copies to make up for cost of development (READ: cost of everything but development) they had to close down. In PS2 days, Xbox and Gamecube sales were relatively small compared to PS2, so devs focused on PS2 games.
Smaller costs
+ most devs didn't bother porting to other systems
+ PS2s HUGE userbase
meant that devs made $. It's possible to get results like PS2 again, if Xbox fails considerably, because it would be the same scenario. Unlikely, but possible.
Ck1x  +   1033d ago
You can't actually believe that... Just go and compare 3rd party numbers from the PS2 days to what they raked in across two systems this gen! 3rd party developers controlled this generation of game sells and even though PS2 sold just as much as both the 360&PS3 combined. The game sale weren't as high as they are now and the quality of games has gone up as well this Gen.
_FantasmA_  +   1034d ago
I don't care if Sony charges for online. Its not the fee that pisses me about Xbox. Its their way of being, their attitude, their personality, etc. Money hungry, skimpy, complacent bastards! Nothing can convince to buy another M$ console again. I fell for it one with the Xbox and again with the 360. Third time will not happen. I started off with Sony, skipped out on the PS2 (biggest gaming mistake in my life), but now I'm back baby and I'm here to stay for life, or should I say 4Life. PS4Life!
seanpitt23  +   1033d ago
I agree I don't like how Microsoft is and and their ways they see money first and customers last. Sony dosnt they appreciate there customers and for this I have always stuck by Sony and never bought a Xbox and never will.

I have had a ps1,2,3 and going to have a 4
JoySticksFTW  +   1033d ago
"skipped out on the PS2 (biggest gaming mistake in my life)"

Lol! That made me cringe horror movie style. For real. PS2 era was epic.

It would be like a wrestling fan missing the Attitude Era / Monday Night Wars (and early to mid eighties for old-schoolers).


Bubbles up for the heartbreak.
_FantasmA_  +   1033d ago
I know I don't even understand it myself. I mean I love Sony, always have, always will and yet I got swept up in the advertisements for Xbox. The fact that it was HD and had built in memory was enough to make me get it over the PS2, and while Xbox was decent it lacked the games. I wish I had known about all those Japanese horror games, Onimusha, etc back then. I just recently discovered some of the games I missed back then so I bought a brand new PS2 and those games. Its hard to play some of them because I'm so used to having crisp visuals and smooth controls, but I still slap myself every now and for missing out on the most epic console of all time (at least until the PS4 arrives) :)
puamdefokejpn  +   1033d ago
Cause PlayStation,.. that is why,..
horndog  +   1033d ago
Cause a fanboy said so......why else
DivineAssault  +   1033d ago
anyone remember that "leaked" spreadsheet with ps4 specs? It said 10GB of RAM on it & people laughed it off... 8GB isnt too far off (especially GDDR5) & i dont see anyone laughing anymore..
Raoh  +   1033d ago
My Body and Wallet are ready.
RogueSmurf  +   1033d ago
playstation has always been better than xbox in terms of functionality/picture quality/value for money

It will continue to be that way, and before you ms fanboys tell me the xbox is cheaper tell me how much you paid to be able to just play online and how much you wasted on the fact no game cost a redeemable amount of ms points so you always have some left over?

point already made i think
WillM17   1033d ago | Trolling | show
sackboyhappy  +   1033d ago
they said that the PS3 would sell out on release but it was just hype, there was enough for everyone.
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thehitman  +   1033d ago
The Ps3 did sell out on release not sure where you getting your info from but the ps3 was VERY limited in stock the first 3 months due to them not having a key part to making their blu-ray drives. I remember me calling every game store for the ps3 every week from nov. to january and they were always sold out. Initial price point + lack of availability hurt sony huge this gen.
sackboyhappy  +   1032d ago
i pre-ordered my ps3 three times (dont laugh lol) and three were delivered but i live in the UK and it was released for us in march not november.
thehitman  +   1032d ago
I see thats why, here in the NA they were really hard to get your hands on for awhile by time they released in UK there were more shipments going out.
GDDR6_2014  +   1033d ago
Because this gen goes on way too long, we should've had new consoles in 2010
PurpHerbison  +   1033d ago
Considering how dated the consoles already were in 2010, Yes. But, no.
sway_z  +   1033d ago
That mock up pic of ps4 sure reminds me of a grave headstone. Hope it does not look like that.

I would like a mini set top box look for ps4. Not too big, not too small.

Fit right under TV ;0)
PurpHerbison  +   1033d ago
It's going to take one hell of a game to get me to want the PS4 at this current point in time. Not looking forward to more Killzones or Uncharteds, or really any exclusive that is continuing on from PS3. UNLESS.. it is an exclusive Souls game or Monster Hunter finally coming back home, where it belongs.
Pillsbury1  +   1033d ago
It is a hype train and I bought a ticket, next stop ps4. This waiting is killing me, I will play on my vita while I ride the train.
thehitman  +   1033d ago
Its PlayStation enough said.
Dogswithguns  +   1033d ago
I want one.. can't go wrong with the Playstation.
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