Looking to buy an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4 before Christmas? With the Xbox One you should be safe, but the PS4? That's a different story. After a quick call around, and speaking to some official reps it looks as though the Xbox One, while still in high demand, will be available for most. The PlayStation 4 is slightly more tricky.
"More people are interested in the PS4," said one store clerk when we asked.
"We're getting a lot more Xbox Ones in store," said another, from a different store.
It's difficult to tell at this stage whether it's demand, a lower level of stock, or — more likely — a combination of both.
"Xbox One is not under any real constraint at the moment and we have adequate supplies until just before Christmas," was the official word from JB Hi-Fi when we asked this week.
But if you haven't pre-ordered a PlayStation 4 by now, you most likely won't get a console before Christmas. Even if you did pre-order, if you pre-ordered too late, the details get a little more murkey.
"All pre-orders received before July 9th are guaranteed and reservations prior to about September 10th have been successful is securing a Day one allocation," explained the JB Hi-Fi rep. Meaning that anyone who pre-ordered before September 10 should be able to get their console today.
"Subsequently, all reservations until about November 20th have secured an allocation before Christmas."
The folks at EB Games have Xbox One consoles in stock, but suggested they might not last long.
"The Xbox One is still available in EB Games stores," explained the rep, "however this is not set to last and we will definitely sell out in a few days due to demand. If you are looking to get yourself an Xbox One for Christmas it is a good idea to get in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment."
Again the PlayStation 4 situation was more complicated.
"We will always guarantee all preorders our customers make," said the rep, "however due to the worldwide supply shortage for the console some customers will not receive their console launch day. All of our preorder customers have been contacted by their local stores to advise them of the timeframe their allocated shipment will arrive in."
Anyone here manage to get a PlayStation 4 without a pre-order? Anyone planning on picking up an Xbox One before Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.