The official pre-sales of the fourth-generation device in the
Nadeem Khanzadah, head of retail at
But according to another retailer, who did not want to be named, the next shipment will likely be in January. Even if stock become available for Christmas, it would be limited.
Online retailers, who are getting the devices from local importers (grey market), have also been facing shortages of the PS4.
"We are really facing shortage for the last two days after the official market became dry. Right now, we don't have any stock and are currently taking pre-orders,"
"The next shipment is going to be 200 units which we will be getting by this week or next week in time for Christmas," Rizwan said.
"If you look at the incredible sellout, we may face a shortage but we are trying to fill the supply gap as soon as possible," Fisser said.
Due to the shortage, local demand for the popular gaming console has driven up the price on online retailers.
"We are even selling it today despite high price. Even in the US, there aren't enough stocks available. Right now PS4 is more in demand than Xbox One. We sell a mixture of US and European devices,"
The official price is Dh1,699 for the basic console only, but online the price has jumped to Dh2,899.
A number of units entering the market are coming from the US. Buyers have said they are concerned about the compatibility issue of the device sourced from the US and
Whether it is NTSC or PAL is not an issue, Kassim said, and added that no TVs have PAL or NTSC anymore. They all work with HDMI which is the digital standard and the games do not have any region restrictions. That means, a gamer can buy a console from the US and use it with Japanese or British games. There is no issue with the "power supply" either.
"When downloading games from the play store, it does not matter which region you are in. All the PS4s are manufactured with a switching power supply. So 110-240 volts, it switches automatically unlike the US-made Xbox One where a power convertor is needed," Kassim said.
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