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PlayStation 4 to be “Supply-Challenged” for Rest of 2013

The demand for a PlayStation 4 remains ever high and the console is going to be “supply-challenged for the remainder of the year.

In an interview with The Guardian, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House explained that they were successful in shipping out enough units for the system’s launch.

However, the high demand has now caught up with the company and though they are trying their best to fully address the follow-up shipments, it seems they won’t be able to satisfy the demand completely.

“So I’d characterize it as being somewhat supply-challenged for the remainder of the calendar year, but hopefully we’ll be able to satisfy that pent-up demand as we get out to January and February,” House said.

That said, the PlayStation 4 is still on track to sell more units compared to the sales of the PlayStation 3 in its first fiscal year; where it sold 3.5 million units. Sony is expecting to hit the 5 million mark by March 31, 2014.

At the launch of its console on November 15, Sony revealed that it expected to sell at least 3 million units by the end of the year. With just a couple of weeks to go, the PlayStation 4 has now officially sold more than 2.1 million units. An updated figure has yet to be published but the company may just end up reaching that figure with the help of Christmas shoppers.

The PS4 is currently available in 48 countries, which will rise to 49 when the system comes to India on January 6. Microsoft’s Xbox One is only available in 13 markets, but has achieved the same 2 million sales mark.