As I wait for my PlayStation 4 to be delivered, one day after launch, I took the time to read Bradley Ramsey's excellent recollection of the launch day events at his local GameStop. If you have not done so yet, I highly suggest clicking this link and giving it a read.
As for myself and my story? Not nearly as interesting.
I've moved frequently, once in the same city and then once across the country, from the east coast to the west coast. I never did lock down a PlayStation 4 preorder due to this and eventually, found myself unable to. That's fine, I reckoned, I can still write for the website about PS4 news and game previews, same as always. The really awesome games aren't hitting until Spring 2014, I told myself, and it'll be easy to find a console then.
But the last few days of writing about PS4 news nonstop, covering the console extensively up until that last minute, watching the Spike TV live coverage -- something awoke inside of me. I felt the pull of the PlayStation 4. I wanted to experience the console I had written so much about.
Either that, or it was the fact I could write it off in my taxes, being a writer for a PS4 website.
I'm pretty sure it was the system itself that won me over though. When you write about something for nearly two years nonstop, like I have, the system kind of grows on you.
So the plan was to avoid the GameStops, the Best Buys, anywhere that was guaranteed to already have a line forming at around 10:30 pm on November 14th when I decided to go for it. The plan was to hit Fred Meyer, a chain primarily existing in the Northwest from what I recall, that is a smaller store that might not be that busy. To be honest, I wasn't looking forward to sitting in 30 degree weather for an hour; however, the heavens themselves parted and a ray of line shined down, as if it was destiny for me to get a PlayStation 4 as a golden opportunity lay in front of me.
Amazon restocked the system. They guaranteed a November 16th delivery.
I was on a competitor's website, reading about the Uncharted reveal and rewatching the trailer, when I saw this lone comment in the comments section: "GUYS AMAZON INSTOCK PS4 GO GO GO." I clicked the link so fast my mouse shattered and there it was: a shiny new launch edition console.
Beads of sweat formed at my forehead. Could I get one? Would it sell out before I finished checkout? I had to update my credit card, I had to calculate the costs of Saturday delivery, I had to groan at the fact I now live in a state that Amazon charges tax for, but I got through. Order secured.
I must have checked Amazon's website every five minutes on November 15th, worried that the retailer would suddenly renig on their promise. However, late Friday night, I finally got the email: order shipped. With the console secure, it was time to get games.
And get games I did.
First things first was exchanging my copy of Assassin's Creed IV for PS3, which I had yet to open, for a PS4 one at my local Best Buy. Sure, I was a few days past the date I could exchange it but one cool customer service representative later and the deal was done. Game #1 was secured.
Next stop was Target to hit the buy 2 get 1 free sale and, as expected, they were wiped out, which is no surprise as the neighboring state I was in doesn't charge sales tax. I did still manage to pick up Killzone: Shadow Fall, Battlefield 4 and Madden 25, but Madden will likely get exchanged as I just needed a placeholder game and I don't really do sports games. It was either that or Just Dance 2014.
I'm contemplating doing the deal one more time. Perhaps for Need For Speed: Rivals, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Knack? Perhaps. Maybe I will end up keeping Madden 25, as Target apparently doesn't stock Injustice.
But right now, I wait. The delivery is any time from now until 8 pm. The way I feel right now, it feels like now until eternity. I just pray I'm not the last stop.
Once the PS4 gets in, I'll update this post with pictures!
Sure, I didn't get my system on launch day, but I avoided cold weather, long lines, bad smells (anyone who has attended a midnight launch knows what I mean), and by not preordering, I managed to get killer deals on games since I didn't lock in my purchase elsewhere.
I can't wait to do it again in a week when the Xbox One releases. But for now, Greatness Awaits.
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 11/16/2013