Sony suspends pre-orders for PS4, fearing Christmas stock shortages

Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One were announced a few months apart, but it’s the latter that’s been generating the lion’s share of headlines, although not always for the best of reasons. Even so, pre-orders for both consoles seem to be doing pretty well by all accounts.

For Sony, PS4 pre-orders are going so well that the company has reportedly directed major retailers in the UK to stop accepting them. As The Telegraph reports, the instruction was given in order to avoid stock shortages, particularly in the lead-up to the all-important holiday season, when the two consoles will go head-to-head in the battle for Christmas sales. 

Some retailers believe that Microsoft will soon follow Sony’s lead, by instructing that pre-order books be closed for the Xbox One.

Neither console has a confirmed release date yet, although global retail giant Toys R Us apparently let the cat out of the bag a couple of weeks ago, when its website claimed that the Xbox One would be made available on 29 November, two weeks ahead of the 13 December availability date that it cited for the PS4.

Source: The Telegraph | image via Sony

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