If you’re looking for a PS4 this holiday season, you know you’re not the only one. The console has been flying off the shelves since its November release date.
The PlayStation 4 is out of stock at most major retailers, including Best Buy, h.h. gregg, RadioShack, Walmart, Target, Kmart and Meijer, making it one of the hottest holiday gifts this year and leaving consumers unsure of where they’ll be able to find the console at all, let alone where to find the best PS4 deals.
While the PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One made their debuts around the same time, the demand for the former is 3.3 times greater than that for the latter, according to BuyVia. In fact, Sony says the PS4 launch was “the biggest ever in the history of game consoles.”
Gamers love the PS4 because it offers new features not seen on the PS3, including AMD Jaguar system-on-chip hardware, games with more impressive graphics, the new DualShock 4 controller and access to Flixster and PS Plus.
Basically, this is the best holiday gift of the year for video game aficionados who haven’t been able to get their hands on the system yet.
How to Save on the PS4
While finding a PS4 right now is certainly a challenge, it’s not impossible. If you’re determined to give a PS4 to a special someone this holiday season, you’re in luck. Not only do a few retailers have this highly sought product in stock, but there are also a few crafty ways to save a bit of money on your purchase.
Here are some of the best PS4 deals for the holidays we’ve found:
- ToysRUs.com: Two PS4 bundles are available for $519.97 each, online only. Go through Ebates.com to get a 6% discount, then receive a $5 e-gift card from Toys R Us, just for making your purchase. These savings will bring your total price down to $484.07.
- Amazon.com: A number of different sellers are offering brand new PS4 consoles on the site, at prices ranging from $599.95 to $899.99. If you sign up for the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card you’ll be able to save $30 off your total purchase.
- eBay: Many PS4 consoles are offered for sale on eBay from a number of different sellers. Prices range from around $400 to more than $600. Opening an eBay MasterCard will provide you with $30 in savings off the total price. If you’d rather not open a credit card, you can sign up for the PayPal BillMeLater service and save $10 on your purchase.
Don’t forget, no gaming console is complete without some of the hottest new video games on the market, so don’t overlook the importance of adding a few to your list. Top sellers include “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Battlefield 4,” “Madden NFL 25” and “Need for Speed Rivals.”
Every gamer knows how incredibly difficult it is to get his or her hands on a PS4 this holiday season. Imagine the look of shock and joy on your recipient’s face when you present him or her with the gift that’s nearly impossible to find.
Whether you’re shopping for a child, spouse, parent, friend or other loved one, this is sure to be one holiday gift that won’t be forgotten for years to come.