Three months out of release, Sony’s PS4 remains a rare beast in the world of retail. I’ve never seen a physical unit for sale in a store despite making a point to look wherever I go, and I’ve only seen a couple anywhere else. This doesn’t mean they don’t exist — 5.3 million have been sold so far — it just means that they’re moving so fast they’re hard to see. With the big launch in Japan today and demand not really slowing down, Sony doesn’t think that supply will stabilize until April.
“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. 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,” Playstation UK and Ireland boss Fergal Gara told MCV.
“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.”
Gara says that pre-order numbers gave Sony some indication of the demand it would be facing come launch time, but the numbers were so high that the company started worrying they wouldn’t line up to actual sales. Demand has been high no matter how you slice it, and it’s going to be months before we can start to get a picture of what rate they might actually settle at.
A few factors have contributed to the rapid adoption. First, and most obviously, is that the last generation went on for as long as it did, meaning that gamers were ready and waiting for new hardware to come their way — some of them with huge stacks of games to trade-in in lieu of money. Secondly, Apple and other major tech companies have made us much more accustomed to buying hugely expensive electronics on the regular. Thirdly, there was a lot of vitriol towards Sony’s chief conception, the Xbox One, which gave ardent fans even more reason to follow blogs and get excited.
What’s especially impressive is that Sony has yet to deploy any attention-grabbing software. The particularly thin launch lineup made me a little skeptical, with only Killzone: Shadow Fall and Resogun deserving any real attention right off the bat. And while there have been a few new releases, we’re still shy of Infamous: Second Son, the first major release outside of the launch window. What we’re seeing now is the core of the core market, the gamers that want the powerful new toys and will patiently wait for the games later.
I’m still curious to see whether this sort of excitement will translate to a broader market whose options for gaming are becoming increasingly diffuse, but Sony is operating from a very strong base.
The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field.
John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, anticipates that the NFL’s competition committee will enact the rule at the owners’ meeting next month.
“We did talk about it, I’m sure that you saw near the end of the year that Fritz Pollard (Alliance) came out very strong with the message that the league needs to do something about the language on the field,” said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, who is on the league’s competition committee. “So we did discuss over the last three days.”
Newsome also said the committee talked about other slurs coming under any possible new rule, including homophobic slurs.
Wooten, who previously has urged all players to stop using the N-word, thinks the NFL will rule an automatic 15-yard penalty for first-time offenders and an ejection for second infractions.
“I will be totally shocked if the competition committee does not uphold us on what we’re trying to do,” Wooten said, according to CBSSports.com. “We want this word to be policed from the parking lot to the equipment room to the locker room.
“Secretaries, PR people, whoever, we want it eliminated completely and want it policed everywhere.”
Wooten thinks the competition committee will officially agree to the rule next month before presenting it to the owners.
“I think they’re going to do what needs to be done here,” he said. “There is too much disrespect in the game.”
The competition committee meets for several days in Naples, Fla., next week, where they will decide what will be presented to owners at league meetings in March.
“We will now go down to Naples starting next Friday and spend more time talking about it,” Newsome said. “We had some officials in our meeting that actually out there on the field and hear the language. We’ll be able to put all that together and if there’s a need to we will present something to our owners in Orlando.
“With any rule that we put into play we have to look at it from A to Z and find out any unintended consequences as much as the consequences. So, as it was stated in our meeting, there are mics everywhere, so if something has been said it’s probably going to be captured somewhere. So there will be an opportunity to get it verified if we have to.”
Justin Bieber releases his brand new track called Broke featuring Blake Kelly. No official word on if this track will make Justin upcoming projects due out later on this year.
Chris Brown has unleaseh another new record titled Counterfeit featuring Rihanna and Wiz Khalifa, this will appear on Chris new album X, expected to drop on May 5th.
The Sacramento Kings today announced that newly-acquired guard Jason Terry will spend the remainder of this season rehabilitating his left knee, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.
“Our focus remains on reinventing this franchise and building a foundation for future success,” said D’Alessandro. “Affording Jason time to rehab during the balance of this season allows him to return at full strength next year while giving our younger players the minutes and experience needed to help us improve as a team going forward.”
“I want to thank the Kings for their understanding during this process,” said Terry. “Through my interactions with the front office and medical staff, it’s clear that the organization cares about its players and has their best interest at heart. I’m confident that rehab presents the best opportunity to be ready for next season.”