Sony May have Set Themselves Up to Fail by Taking Too Many Pre-orders for the PS4

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Did you pre-order the PS4? You and about 1.5 million other people. That is a very impressive number of people who are looking to get their hands on the PS4. In fact, according to some gaming experts, this number may be too big. In fact, they believe that Sony may have set itself up to fail as it attempts to reach this huge pre-order number.

The PS4 is off to a great start for a number of reasons. First of all, the console costs $100 less than the Xbox One. Second of all, the system had a great E3 by playing off the weaknesses of the Xbox One. Although Microsoft has fixed the problems that upset gamers, like the inability to play used games and Kinect always being on, it may be too little too late.

Do keep in mind that both systems will have a nice launch. Even the Wii U had a good first week of sales as loyalists came out to support their console of choice. Things will be no different for the Xbox One and PS4. In fact, the initial shipment of PS4 and Xbox One consoles will more than likely sell out. The console that will win the launch is the one that can get the most units out. If Sony is able to produce the 1.5 million for pre-orders, plus more for stores to stock their shelves with, it has this race in the bag.

Michael Pachter, a gaming analyst, had his own thoughts on this matter. When talking about this issue on an episode of “Bonus Round,” Pachter said:

“The only thing they’re [Sony] going to have problems with is supply disruption. That million pre-orders that they talked about, which I understand now is up to 1.5 million, that’s a lot of consoles. That tells you there’s not going to be a lot of boxes behind the first 1.5 million and so I think you’re going to have some supply shortages. And I think, to the extent that there is a shortage, that’s a potential customer who says ‘I’m getting an Xbox One because that’s great too.”

If Pachter is right, Microsoft has a chance to capitalize on the fact that there is likely to be a demand shortage of the PS4. People will go to the store wanting a PS4, see that they are sold out, and pick up the next best thing, the Xbox One.

That being said, the Wii U is not dead in the water just yet either. The biggest problem with the Wii U has been the lack of games. This is a problem that Nintendo plans to fix this holiday season with a great line-up of AAA tiles that you simply cannot get on other consoles. Pair that with the fact that the new Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD Wii U bundle is out and costs $200 less than the Xbox One, and you may see some people choosing to walk out with a Wii U instead of an Xbox One. This goes double since some people are still trying to beat the economic downturn.

The fact remains that Sony is the favorite right now to win this console war. However, it may shoot itself in the foot if it cannot meet demand. Let’s not forget that the Nintendo Wii was able to win the last console war by being the cheapest console on the market. In fact, current sales show that the Wii has sold around 20 million more than the PS3 and Xbox 360. Will the same hold true for the Wii U, which already has a head start on both consoles? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: The Wii U and Xbox One will both benefit if Sony is not able to meet demand.

[Via Game Rant]