The console might be out in the US, but PS4 pre-orders are still going strong here in Blighty, with a mass of retailers all vying for your next-gen console cash.
Although day one PS4 pre-orders sold out months ago and some retailers are now not able to ship consoles until after Christmas, a number of outlets are still giving you the chance to secure your PS3 follow-on ahead of tonight's upcoming UK PS4 release date. Highlighting just how in-demand the next-gen console, interest in the PS4 is said to be double that of the rival Xbox One.
Following the announcement that more than 1 million PS4 pre-orders had already been placed by the middle of the summer, Sony has confirmed that any PS4 pre-orders placed after August 6 will not be available on the console's day of release. If, however, you are still intent on snapping up the next-gen console ahead of launch, there are many offers still available to ensure you get the most for your money - you don't even need to spend the £349 asking price.
Where can you buy the PS4? Read on to find out.
Amazon is now offering PS4 pre-orders at the console’s E3 confirmed £349 price point. Although currently offering the console at its RRP, Amazon has promised those looking to secure the console ahead of launch, that it if lowers the price at any point, it will refund the difference. If you are after your PS4 in time for Christmas, however, you might want to look elsewhere.
“Customers who pre-order this console from November 14 will receive their consoles after Christmas," the company has stated on its PS4 product pages.
Further clarifying when eager gamers can expect their PS3 follow-ons, the company added: “Customers who pre-ordered this console from August 7 up to and including November 13 will receive their consoles before Christmas.”
PS4 Pre-orders: Amazon
One of the best PS4 pre-orders savings of the moment, online outlet GameStop is offering PS4 pre-orders at the considerably reduced price of £329.97, a grand saving of £20.02.
Like many of its rivals GameStop is warning those after the console that PS4 pre-orders might no longer arrive by the unit's November 29 release date. The retailer's site states: "Pre-orders on PS4 placed after 1st September 2013 are not guaranteed for Launch Day. Any preorders up until 1st November are guaranteed before Christmas. After this you will be placed in a queue system."
Offering a bit more positivity, the company adds: "When you preorder the PS4, you are automatically upgraded to Express Shipping for free."
PS4 Pre-orders: GameStop
Although you can no longer pre-order your console through the now defunct retailer, Blockbuster has confirmed that all PS4 pre-orders placed with the company will still be honoured.
Having originally suggested that it would not be able to honour PS4 pre-orders due to entering administration for a second time, the retailer has now flip-flopped on this statement.
"We are pleased to announce that both Microsoft and Sony have set aside Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Day 1 consoles for Blockbuster customers who have valid pre-orders,” an official statement from the company has today stated.
"To ensure Microsoft and Sony supply you with your console please complete the form at the following link by midnight on Thursday 7th November - http://survey.blockbuster.co.uk/s3/nextgen.”
Toys R Us
Having offered the best PS4 pre-order discounts to let you pinch the pennies, Toys R Us has now closed its early offering of the next-gen console. Despite being out of day one pre-order stock, the retailer is still listing the PS4 price at a reduced £339.99, £10 cheaper that the console's RRP.
Since Sony's day one unavailability announcement, the retailer has closed its PS4 pre-orders stating simply "PS4 pre-orders sold out." That said, the continued low price suggests the toy store will offer this reduced price after launch too.
Offering a small glimmer of hope to those who have yet to secure their PS4 pre-order, the Toys R Us advanced order page is now letting wannabe owners to "Register to receive an email when available."
PS4 Pre-orders: Toys R Us
Offering multiple PS4 pre-order options, high street retailer Game will let you secure a standalone PS4 console, or the next-gen device bundled with a couple of games. It has failed to acknowledge the lack of day one availability at present.
Although stating the PS4 price at the £349 RRP, Game only requires a £20 deposit for you to reserve your console ahead of launch. With the precise PS4 release date still up in the air, Game has listed the Xbox One rival alongside a “X-mas 2013” launch window.
Again only requiring a £20 deposit with the full balance to be paid ahead of launch, Game’s PS4 games bundle will see the PS3 follow-on hit your doorstep with a copy of Killzone Shadow Fall and Drive Club in tow. A finalised price for this game bundle has yet to be announced.
PS4 Pre-orders: Game
Undercutting its rivals, Zavvi is offering a marginally reduced PS4 price for those pre-ordering the console. And when we say marginal, we really do mean it.
Shaving a full five pence of the console’s price, Zavvi based PS4 pre-orders will see gamers pay ‘just’ £348.95. What’s more, unlike some retailers demanding full, upfront payment, the former high street presence has stated: “Payment will not be taken until dispatch.”
Again offing a price promise that could come in useful as competition between sellers increases and fees potentially tumble, Zavvi has revealed: “Order this product with us today and if we reduce the price between taking your order and the release date, we will charge you the lower price!”
Although still accepting PS4 pre-orders, the retailer now states on its website: "Orders place from 6th Aug may be received after release date."
PS4 Pre-orders: Zavvi
The PS4 has topped the company’s pre-orders list repeatedly since its unveiling and ShopTo has no plans to halt its pre-orders even though day one stock might not be available.
A statement on the ShopTo PS4 pre-order pages now reads: “Please note that Sony have confirmed all PlayStation 4 pre-orders placed from August 6 will now not be guaranteed for launch. You can still pre-order PS4 with us in case we receive cancellations and can fulfil your order for launch.”
Another retailer to offer the PS4 with a microscopic discount, pre-ordering the console from ShopTo will save you a full two pence off the retail price. PS4 pre-orders through this online retailer will set you back £348.98. What's more, the company will let you change your mind at any time between ordering the next-gen Sony console and the device being shipped to your door. ShopTo has stated: “You will not be charged until the item is dispatched. You may cancel the pre-order any time before dispatch.”
PS4 Pre-orders: ShopTo
While a number of other retailers had previously offered PS4 pre-orders, many have now stopped accepting advanced purchases for the eagerly awaited console. While Sony itself is no longer accepting PS4 pre-orders, both Tesco Sainsbury's have also close their PS4 pages.
More to Follow: We will continue to update this post with all the latest PS4 pre-order deals as they emerge.
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