PS4 Queue Has Already Started

28/11/2013 09:14 | Updated 27 January 2014

The PS4 isn't out until Friday morning - but as is now traditional, gamers are already in line.

In fact, they were queueing on Monday.

Sony has announced those who have not already pre-ordered a console will be able to buy one at a midnight launch event being held at the PS4 Lounge #4ThePlayers event in Covent Garden, central London, leading many gamers to pay the price and brave the cold. Five days in advance.

Launch day pre-orders for the console sold out in August. The consoles available at the PS4 lounge will be on a first come, first served basis from midnight and are tipped to be the last opportunity to have one before Christmas without preordering.

Gamers queuing for their consoles today will be treated to a performance by rapper Tinie Tempah and will be given Domino's Pizza and Red Bull to keep their energy up during what will be a long wait.

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Sony UK & Ireland managing director Fergal Gara said the event was a ray of hope for gamers who did not preorder.

"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," he said.

"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, CEO of retailer GAME, said the excitement for the PS4 launch was "absolutely massive".

"We're stepping into the next generation of gaming and this really is a fundamental shift for the industry," he said.

"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."

The PS4 is being marketed as 10 times faster than its predecessor, the PlayStation 3, which was released in 2006.

It features a Blu-Ray/DVD optical drive, digital video recording, 8GB DDR5 RAM, an 8 core single-chip x86 AMD "Jaguar" CPU, AMD Radeon graphics core next engine GPU, 500GB removable hard drive and internal power supply.

The new console launches across the UK on November 29, priced at £349, with over 400 stores hosting special midnight openings tonight.


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    To start with, you'll need a PS4. It costs £349 for the basic bundle, for which you get the machine, all the cables and a controller, plus a simple headset for voice chat.
  • PS Plus
    A year-long membership to PS Plus costs just £36.99, and nets you an instant collection of games on both PS Vita and the PS4 (including the stand-out launch game Resogun) which you can keep and play until you're membership runs out. It also lets you play online and get discounts on other games on the PSN store. It's a bargain.
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    Everything we said in our review stands - this is a five-star action adventure game set on the high seas. But on the PS4 the added graphical polish really brings the experience up to another level. The ocean, in particular, is stunning. We know, it sounds weird. But you have to see it to believe it, because technology.
  • Need For Speed: Rivals
    EA's new Need For Speed game is just brilliant. Play as either cops or racers in an open-world designed explicitly for idiots to race each other with no consequences. It's like a game of toy cars set in a just-barely believable American vista, and it's ridiculously fun (and good looking, too).
  • PlayStation Camera
    It's not as technically advanced as Microsoft's new Kinect, and it's not technically required for any of the PS4's games. But adding voice and motion control to your console is handy, games that use the new features are starting to emerge, and the included 'Playroom' software is a really neat little AR toy that kids will love. You can wait on this, but at £45 it's not a huge extra expense.
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    The new 'Killzone' isn't a dramatic reinvention of the genre, and it probably won't win over new fans who've played old versions and not enjoyed them. But it has among the best graphics on the PS4, uses the new controller's touchpad to neat effect, opens up the palette of the Killzone universe to include green landscapes and blue cities, as well as the traditional brown murk, and is a really fun way to blast through an alien civilisation... at least until Destiny comes out in 2014.
  • FIFA 14
    It's been a long time since FIFA was seriously challenged at the top of the football video game Premier League, and its first evolution on the next-gen consoles is another step forward. The graphics are deliciously enhanced, and there's a sense that players have real weight and purpose. It's not a huge revolution - that will likely come in 2014 with the first ground-up next-gen version. But it's an essential buy if you're a sports fan.
  • Extra Dualshock 4 Controller
    If you're going to play multiplayer games - particularly FIFA at launch - it's a good idea to bite the bullet and get an extra controller now, rather than agonise over when to buy it later. It's £49, which is pricey, but games are still more fun when the other player is next to you on the couch.
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    This is the best telly we've ever tested in person, with amazing picture quality and genuinely useful Smart TV features. It's an excellent screen on which to play the PS4, and its range of included catch-up apps is a great addition to those included in the console at launch. The only problem? The price - which is about £1,450 for the 46-inch model.
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