If you're planning to buy a PlayStation 4 in the UK on November 29, you'd better get your skates on.
From Asda to Zavvi, the PS4 is almost sold out. There are only a few places still offering consoles for launch day and you might have to pay a premium to get one.
If you didn't order a PS4 before August 6 (and why else would you be here?), retailers are promising that they will fulfill orders as soon as they can after November 29. There might be some extra stock closer to launch day, there might not. Sony certainly isn't saying.
Some PS4 deals are better than others. Bundles range from the standalone console, which has an RRP of £349, to the exclusive Call of Duty: Ghosts Exclusive Prestige Edition at Game, which costs a whopping £534.98.
We've rounded all of them up, which we'll keep updated so you know just where to get the best deal on a next-gen PlayStation.
The Sony store is dry
What do you get when you plunk down £349 for a basic PS4 pack? You get the PlayStation 4 System itself, a DualShock 4 wireless controller, an HDMI cable, power cable, wired mono headset and a USB charging cable. This is the bare minimum spec and you're unlikely to find discounts that go more than a pound or two below the RRP.
While the Sony store is still accepting 'pre-orders' for this standalone PS4 (no games included), the website cites high demand and points out that "orders placed for this PlayStation 4 console from August 6 may be received after release… We will ship orders as soon as we receive sufficient inventory." You'll see a similar story on most websites.
But you could get a PS4 on launch day here
You'll need to be quick, but at the time of writing (September 15), simplygames.com was advertising a standalone PS4 for £349.99 and promising that the "item will arrive by the day of release!!" That's good news. But it probably won't stay that way for long.
Simplygames.com also has a number of bundles available if you want to splash the cash. A PS4 with a copy of Killzone: Shadow Fall costs £399.99, as does a PS4 bundle that includes Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. If money is no object, you can pick up a PS4 with a copy of Driveclub and an extra DualShock 4 controller for £448.99.
The prestigious PS4 at Game UK
Game has two PS4 packs available for 'pre-order' - the standard £349 console and the exclusive Call of Duty: Ghosts Game Exclusive Prestige Edition (£534.98). The latter includes a copy of the game, a 1080p HD Tactical video camera, a Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass for access to DLC and map packs, plus various patches and player cards.
While these two bundles are still available to buy on the Game website (by paying a £20 deposit), the retailer is at the mercy of Sony's pre-August 6 stock control. Long story short: anybody who pre-ordered a console (online or in-store) before August 6 will get 'priority' over the available stock at launch. That's not a firm guarantee of a console on November 29, you'll notice. Just a promise that you'll be at the front of the queue.
If you ordered (or order) on or after August 6, you'll have to wait for further stock to arrive from Sony. Retailers have been burned before by guesstimating future delivery dates. For this console generation, they're keeping their mouths shut.
Amazon, Argos and Gamestop prices
The August 6 cut-off date applies to the £349 PlayStation 4s on sale at Amazon ("orders placed for this PlayStation 4 console from August 6 may be received after release date") and Argos ("we can no longer guarantee delivery at launch.") So you're better off looking somewhere else.
Gamestop also can't promise you a PS4 (£349.97) on launch day, informing pre-orderers that they will be "placed in a queue" and that any subsequent pre-orders will be fulfilled based on the time and date of those orders. So the sooner you order, the sooner you'll get a console.
While the PS4 is still technically available for pre-order at both Zavvi and Shopto.net, we're sorry to say that neither one will guarantee you a console for launch day. They don't give an expected delivery date for orders placed after August 6 either.
Asda? Tesco? Currys? It's the same old story
Asda Direct prices the basic PS4 at £349 and you can still order one before launch day by slapping down a £20 deposit. The trouble is, you're not guaranteed to receive that console on launch day if you order after August 5, which today most definitely is.
In contrast, Tesco is no longer taking pre-orders on its website as it "cannot guarantee we will have the stock to fulfil your order." When the PS4 does eventually come back in stock, the price tag is the same £349 as you'll find nearly everywhere else.
The PS4's popularity is obvious and, unless you pre-ordered one before August 6, there's now little chance that you'll get one to play with on launch day.
Any orders placed after this date will typically be fulfilled as soon as extra stock arrives. But retailers are at the mercy of Sony's supply chain and how fast the factories can crank the machines out. It could be a week after the launch before new stock arrives. It could be a month.
To avoid disappointment (and broken promises), retailers are not supplying delivery dates for orders placed after August 6. That's not to say you won't get a PS4 on launch day if you pre-order now. But it's unlikely - as unlikely as Norwich winning the Premier League, Nokia selling an Android phone or Microsoft convincing us that Surface is a good alternative to the iPad.
Our advice: keep an eye on this page - we'll update it if things change and fresh stock hits retailers. You can also track day-to-day PS4 availability via the handy Stock Informer website.