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PS4 may not be freely available until April, says Sony

As of February 8, the PlayStation 4 has already sold 5.3 million consoles, however Sony says that supply will remain constrained until at least April.

Speaking in a new interview with MCV, PlayStation UK managing director Fergal Gara said that demand is so high that it's actually quite difficult to tell when the console will be freely available on store shelves.

"I can't work it out precisely. But based on what I've seen so far, I think it is going to be tricky until around about April," said Gara. "You might get a fortnight or a week here or there where it is more available, but we should be back to free supply by about April.

"That's our best guess. It might be a little earlier than that, or it might be a little later. But we'll get there."

Gara went on to say that even Sony was surprised at the level which consumers have been buying the new console.

"PS4 pre-orders ... were so big that we were pinching ourselves and wondering if people were pre-ordering in more than one place, and if some of these pre-orders were real.

"We were getting numbers we never imagined, let alone seen before. But it proved to be real. How do I reconcile that? I think the world has changed since we launched PS3.

"It's been a pleasant surprise."

Edited On 21 Feb, 2014

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