PlayStation 4 stock will likely be limited in the UK until April, according to Sony.

Fergal Gara, managing director of PlayStation UK, predicted that the console will not be readily available in the territory until the month after next.

“I can’t work it out precisely. But based on what I’ve seen so far, I think it is going to be tricky until around about April,” he told MCV. “You might get a fortnight or a week here or there where it is more available, but we should be back to free supply by about April.”

“That’s our best guess. It might be a little earlier than that, or it might be a little later. But we’ll get there.”

Sony announced earlier this month that the PS4 has sold more than 5.3 million units since launch, with Gara confirming that pre-order figures exceeded expectations.

“PS4 pre-orders… were so big that we were pinching ourselves and wondering if people were pre-ordering in more than one place, and if some of these pre-orders were real,” he added.

“We were getting numbers we never imagined, let alone seen before. But it proved to be real. How do I reconcile that? I think the world has changed since we launched PS3.”

Sony have just launched (February 22) the PS4 in its native Japan.

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