There have been conflicting articles around the net about possible shortages of the PS4 at launch, but how does the situation look from inside? SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida seems cautiously optimistic, but still won’t make predictions on possible shortages, as he expressed during an interview on 4Gamer.
The interviewer asked: When the PS3 was launched there were problems because the first shipments were insufficient. Can we assume that such a thing won’t happen with the PS4 and that it’ll be shipped in large quantities?
Yoshida-san’s response was as follows:
That’s right. Partly because we have so many preorders in the west, we still can’t predict if we’ll be able to ship the hardware without any interruption, but production is going smoothly.
He also specified that in Japan Sony has a little more time, so there should be abundant supply of the hardware there.
Will Sony manage to satisfy the demand for the console fully? We’ll have to wait and see about that, but at least we know that production is proceeding without hiccups. The situation should be quite different from what happened with the PS3, and that would be a large improvement already.