About Pre Ordering the PS4:
The PlayStation 4 is now fully available for preordering! Currently, the initial price is $399 for the basic system. We've compiled a helpful list of every retailer in the United States carrying the PlayStation 4, along with whether the system is still available there or not, so you can quickly reserve your system at your favorite retailer! While the chart just covers the system and accessories, keep in mind that every retailer on this list also lets you preorder nearly every announced PlayStation 4 game!
With the PlayStation 4 finally announced, we quickly get closer and closer to the release date. Of course, anybody who has ever paid attention to the release of a new console knows there won't simply be hundreds of them sitting around the store waiting to be purchased; everybody is excited to get their hands on the new next-generation console. Unfortunately, there will probably be more fans waiting the PS4 than there will be consoles available to purchase. With this in mind, anybody who wants to take home a PlayStation 4 on day one will definitely need to look into pre-ordering the console. It may be the only way to be sure you get a PS4 in time for the holidays.
Fortunately, there will be plenty of places to pre-order a PlayStation 4 console, each of which has its own email list to alert readers the moment the console becomes available for pre-order. First up in the list is the largest online retailer, Amazon.com. Like with its other pre-orders, Amazon may offer a deal as an incentive such as Amazon credit or even a free game. In addition, this is likely the best place to seek getting a pre-order; fans need not stand outside in a line, and there will likely be more consoles available for sale through here.
The next best place to get a PlayStation 4 pre-order would be GameStop.com. In terms of physical retail stores, this is likely the best place to not only reserve a console but to specify the store where it will be picked up on release day. The same can be said for other places to pick up pre-orders, such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart. However, given that neither store is a games specialty store, these two stores may not have as many copies available for reservation. Other stores that will most likely sell the PS4 but do not have websites up include Target, K-Mart and local game stores in your area.
Given that we have only recently witnessed Sony announce the console, it is difficult to say specifically when retailers will be able to officially open up reservations. What we do know, however, is that this is largely because retailers do not currently know what price to sell the console for; it is safe to say that whenever Sony finally announces how much it intends to sell the PlayStation 4 console for, all retailers should begin letting customers pre-order the console on a first come, first serve basis. While we do not yet know when Sony will announce this price, it seems likely that the E3 2013 convention would be a good time to expect this information. As soon as the price is announced, retailers will open preorders as early as minutes after the announcement so be prepared.
When pre-ordering the PlayStation 4, there are some general rules of thumb to keep in mind first. Above all, pay attention to retailers announcing the date that pre-orders will begin. Those who miss the first few minutes or are not among the first in line at a store likely will miss out on the opportunity to get a PlayStation 4 console this holiday season. Similarly, it is important to pay attention to the price that Sony announces for the console; attempting to get a pre-order from a source that sells the console for a higher price is most likely not a Sony-authorized retailer and is likely attempting to purchase the console elsewhere and charging you a higher price. Some examples include those selling pre-orders through classifieds and auction websites like Craigslist or eBay, respectively, but this can also occur through individuals selling the console through Amazon through the Amazon Marketplace.
Because Sony has not yet announced the price for the PlayStation 4, we do not yet know how much to expect in terms of cost. However, based on rumors that have been coming out regarding the PlayStation 4's 40,000 JPY Japanese price tag, we can likely expect the console to cost either $399.99 or $449.99, depending on the different models Sony releases. If retailers use a similar mechanic for pre-orders as with the PlayStation 3, then customers can likely expect to have to put down $100 or more in order to reserve a console.
The staff at PS4 Experts will update this page as soon as we know when retailers will begin allowing customers to pre-order the PlayStation 4 console. In the meantime, keep an eye on our PS4 Release Date page and our PS4 Price page for updates!
Update -- September 25th, 2013: Amazon offers Pre Order Upgrade
Follow this link to learn more. Amazon has offered a pre order upgrade to some who pre-ordered.
Update -- August 20th, 2013: Wal-Mart To Start In-Store Preorders For PlayStation 4
Wal-Mart has announced that beginning August 24th, gamers who are still looking to preorder the PS4 can do so from any Wal-Mart store.
The only requirement is that you pay 10% of the PS4's cost, which is $39.99 plus any applicable tax. Unlike other retailers, such as GameStop, Wal-Mart will hold your PlayStation 4 until December 13th, 2013, giving you plenty of time to pay it off!
If you want to guarantee yourself a PS4 but you will need extra time to get the funds together, definitely look into this option. But hurry -- the PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15th, 2013 in the United States, just a few short months from now.
Update -- June 11th, 2013: Preorders Now Available @Amazon
The PS4 is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com. There are some fears that the PS4 will sell out before the holiday season.
Update -- April 12th, 2013: Preorders Available At Asda For The UK
United Kingdom supermarket chain Asda has announced that they have now opened up preorders for the PlayStation 4. PlayStation 4 potential customers can place a £20 deposit online to receive a unique code that will prioritize their place in line when PlayStation 4 preorders officially go live.
Keep in mind that the code does not guarantee you a system: Asda states the preorders will still be on a first come, first serve basis. All the code is guaranteeing you is an advantage of those customers without a code. Asda claims that due to factors that are out of their hands, such as limited availability of stock, not all customers who receive a code will get a system when it launches.
Asda claims the PlayStation 4 will be out around Christmas 2013 and has not given any other information towards price and date. However, the £20 deposit will be deducted off the cost of the system.
If you are in the United Kingdom and wish to preorder with Asda, you can do so here.
Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 4/14/2013
Update -- March 14th, 2013: Preorders Available Now For Australia!
If you happen to live in Australia, today is your lucky day! The Australian EB Games branch is giving its customers the ability to place a preorder for the system as of today. EB Games has set the preorder for 899 AUD, which translates into $933.16 for the US.
Keep in mind that Australians generally pay higher for games and consoles than other countries and that EB Games is clear that the price is just a placeholder. Chances are good the price is intentionally higher than what the company expects; it's easier to refund money for a higher price than charge customers more for a lower price which, in many cases, companies cannot do as a preorder locks you into a price.
If you're in Australia and interested in preordering the PS4, you can do so here.
Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 3/14/2013
Update -- March 24, 2013: Preorders Available Now For The UK!
Video game retailer GAME, located in the United Kingdom, has now opened preorders for the PlayStation 4. Unlike EB Games in Australia, GAME is requiring only a 20 pound deposit for the system at this time. Additionally, if you preorder the PS4 from the GAME website, you will also be entitled to free shipping for the console!
If you're interested in preordering the console and live in the UK, you can do so in-store or from the GAME website.
As of this date, there are still no opportunities to preorder the system in the United States.
Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 3/24/2013
Update -- March 27th, 2013: Preorders Available Now In The Netherlands!
Another European country has stepped up to offer PlayStation 4 preorders to excited fans: the Netherlands. Games retailer Game Mania is currently offering free PlayStation 4 preorders on their website; when the price of the console is known, you will then receive an opportunity to pay the announced price.
Preorders are first come, first serve, so preorder today to guarantee your system!
If you live in the Netherlands and want to preorder the PS4, you can do so from the Game Mania website.
Update by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 3/27/2013