This offer does not come without caveats. The supply of PlayStation 4 consoles being sold at the event will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Sony is allowing fans to line up for the launch event as early as Thursday morning, and given that PS4 pre-orders have been sold out for months, it's probably in your best interest to show up as early as possible.
While this does mean that you'll likely be spending hours in the chill of an English winter for the chance to spend £350 on a new gadget, Sony is hoping to make things a bit more bearable by offering dedicated line-sitters food courtesy Red Bull and Domino's Pizza. There's no word on heating elements though, so if you hope to grab a PS4 from the launch event, we suggest you bundle up.
GAMERS EAGER TO BE AMONGST THE FIRST TO TAKE HOME A PLAYSTATION®4 CAN BUY WITHOUT A PRE-ORDER AT OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENT
TINIE TEMPAH TO PERFORM ON THE NIGHT
Monday 25th November – PlayStation® and GAME have today announced that a supply of PlayStation®4 consoles will be available to buy at a midnight launch event being held at the PS4™ Lounge #4ThePlayers in London's Covent Garden on Thursday 28th November.
Launch day pre-orders for the PS4 have been sold out since August, such has been the HUGE demand from gamers for the next-generation console. The PS4s, available at the PS4 Lounge, will be on a first come, first served basis from midnight and will provide an ideal opportunity for customers who haven't yet pre-ordered to get their hands on a PS4 on launch day.
Queuing for the launch event will start from Thursday morning and those in attendance at the event will also be treated to an exclusive performance by Tinie Tempah.
"Day one PS4 pre-orders sold out in record time and this could be the last chance for anyone who wants to get their hands on a console before Christmas", said Fergal Gara, MD and VP, Sony Computer Entertainment UK & Ireland. "We really wanted to offer some way for people to buy on launch day, and this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone that hasn't already pre-ordered to get their hands on a PS4 on day one. The excitement in the run up to our UK launch has been phenomenal, and we want to thank gamers for their support by giving them the chance to take a PS4 home at the earliest opportunity."
Martyn Gibbs, GAME CEO comments: "The excitement and anticipation for the PS4 launch is absolutely massive. We're stepping into the next generation of gaming and this really is a fundamental shift for the industry. The PS4 launch is going to surpass anything PlayStation has done before - our pre-order numbers are around four times higher than the PS3 and we're seeing those numbers grow every day. We're delighted that we are able to bring additional last-minute stock to the UK market and keep delivering for the UK gaming communities and we can't wait for the official launch."
Gamers keen to walk away with one of the limited number of consoles available on Thursday are invited to come and queue outside the PS4 Lounge, located at 17 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, and will be kept well fed and watered by event partners Domino's and Red Bull.
The PS4 launches across the UK on 29th November, priced at £349, with over 400 stores hosting special midnight openings on 28th November.
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