Consoles snapped up two years before going on sale

They are set to be at the top of every Christmas wishlist, but unless you were among the customers pre-ordering them up to two years ago, the Xbox One and Playstation 4 look set to sell out instantly.

The country’s largest video game retailer, GameStop, said it had recorded unprecedented levels of demand for both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One.

The consoles, which are to be launched in America tomorrow, won’t be on sale in Ireland until next week, but already demand seems to be outstripping supply.

The retailer confirmed it has received tens of thousands of pre-orders for the consoles which cost between €400 and €500.

A spokesperson for GameStop told the Irish Examiner the shipment for Christmas has pretty much been bought up already.

Vice president of GameStop Northern Europe, Niall Lawlor, said that unfortunately a lot of gamers are not going to get their consoles in time for Christmas.

“We have some customers on our waiting list for almost two years and of course they’ll get their consoles. However, a lot of gamers could be disappointed for Christmas, as based on pre-orders and queries to our 51 stores in Ireland, it will be difficult to meet demand for everyone in advance of Christmas,” he said.

All 51 GameStop stores will open at midnight to allow preorder customers get their hands on the consoles as soon as they go on sale in Ireland.


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