GameStop is the biggest video game retailer in the world, and is gearing up for this Fall, when the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720 are expected to launch. And just as it was the case with the PS3 launch in 2006, GameStop expects shortages of the PlayStation 4 on launch day. Several retailers have already started taking pre-orders for the PlayStation 4.
According to GameStop president Tony Bartel, the retailer expects PlayStation 4 shortages at launch. He also confirmed that GameStop will offer PlayStation 4 pre-orders, where the first ones offered to pre-order the console will be gamers on their “First to Know” list via their PowerUp rewards program.
He says that the PlayStation 4 price will be very important for the success of the console, and that most gamers will trade in their current gen console and games for cash going towards a PlayStation 4 purchase.
Bartel also said that he doubts Sony will block used games on the PlayStation 4. Used games are big business for GameStop, accounting for almost half of their sales. In the interview, Bartel said that there is a lot of excitement from gamers and GameStop staff about the PlayStation 4, and he praised Sony’s emphasis on social features