Sony: PS4 is "generally sold out"; New thinner PS Vita coming this spring to U.S.

Sony is claiming that demand for its PlayStation 4 console is still outstripping supply for the most part, even after the end of the 2013 holiday shopping season. The company held a media event today to give members of the press an update on the PS4, as well as announce that the thinner model of the PlayStation Vita portable console will be coming to the U.S. this spring, following a launch in Japan last fall and in the UK last week.

IGN reports that a slide during Sony's media presentation stated, "PS4’s are generally sold out at all retailers although regular supply is refreshing the channel." Sony did not give any updates on specific sales numbers. In early January, the company said it had sold 4.2 million PS4 units worldwide by the end of 2013.

A whopping 90 percent of all PS4 owners connect the console to the Internet, according to Sony. The older PS3 console took three years to reach a 70 percent Internet connection rate. 

The biggest news is that the new and improved model of the PS Vita will finally make its way stateside this spring in a special bundle that will cost $199.99. That includes the console itself, an 8 GB storage card and a free copy of the PS Vita port of tbe FPS-RPG hybrid game Borderlands 2. The PS Vita version will also include six of the game's DLC packs. 

The new PCH-2000, and Wi-Fi-only, PS Vita is 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the original models, and adds an internal 1 GB of storage. It also replaces the original's OLED display for an LCD screen that will help extend the console's battery life to up to six hours for games, versus just five hours for the current model.

It's currently not clear if the new PS Vita will completely replace the older models in the U.S. market, nor if Sony plans to release the console without a game bundle at some point.

Source: IGN and Sony | Images via Sony

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I just picked up a Vita and PS4 on thursday. Literally everywhere I called had the PS4. The Vita was the hard thing to obtain. After about 15 phone calls finally found it at a small shop in Phoenix.

That Vita bundle is what I have been holding out for, although not my first choice of game, but I won't complain. My PSP feels so quaint. PS4?....meh

Simon Fowkes said,
I love my Wii-U, there I said it...

You've said it multiple times on the site already; not sure what it has to do at all with this article...

Well - did the game line up change already? Cant believe they sold both consoles with this ****ty game lineup after 7 years of development

Saw the PS4 in Costco two weeks ago and in Target this morning. Both first times I have seen them in stock. Have seen tons of Xbox Ones in stock even before Christmas. Either MS is producing tons more systems than Sony is or Sony is selling a ton more systems than MS.

We will see eventually when we get some updated sales numbers.

Sony have a back-log of pre-orders for units going back until late March in some countries for the PS4.
So yep, I expect sales of the PS4 to be around the 8 million mark by then, if its not there already.

Anarkii said,
Sony have a back-log of pre-orders for units going back until late March in some countries for the PS4.
So yep, I expect sales of the PS4 to be around the 8 million mark by then, if its not there already.

They haven't even launched in Japan yet. No telling how many they have ready for that release...

Borderlands 2 on a handheld console!! Sounds awesome!!

4.2 million PS4s sold - impressive!! Wonder how the competition is faring? And the PS4 hasn't even been released in Japan yet!

"A whopping 90 percent of all PS4 owners connect the console to the Internet, according to Sony. The older PS3 console took three years to reach a 70 percent Internet connection rate."

Well when you console has limited functionality until you connect to the internet, is it really a surprise that people have connected it?
I'll wait for Microsoft to announce they have 100% of Xbox One's have connected to the Internet now haha.