The PlayStation 4 pre-order craze hit Amazon hard a few days ago, with the PS4 Launch Day Edition selling out very quickly. With Amazon’s stand-alone launch units allocated, the online retailer opened up a host of PS4 launch pre-order bundles, which are now racking up orders just as quickly. If history is any indication, you’ll want to head over to Amazon right now and get your PS4 pre-order bundle ASAP.
Four different PS4 launch bundles currently exist on Amazon, with two of the four including sure-fire hits: a PlayStation 4 Battlefield 4 Launch Day Bundle and a Killzone: Shadow Fall PS4 Launch Day Bundle. With the stand-alone PS4s being all but sold out for the console’s launch in November, if you want to get your PS4 the day it’s available at retail, you’ll need to head to Amazon and get your pre-order ASAP. Or stand in line for a ridiculous amount of time before the stores open for business.
As if you needed more incentive to pre-order from Amazon, both the Battlefield 4 PS4 bundle and the Killzone: Shadow Fall PS4 Bundle also include a one-year subscription to PlayStation Plus. When you consider the bundles include a PS4 console, a PS Plus card and the game, the $499 price reflects a $10 savings off the normal price if you purchased the three items separately. And remember, the PlayStation Plus subscription is now necessary if you want to play either of those games’ multiplayer modes — Sony’s now charging for online multiplayer functionality (a la Xbox Live).
The other two bundles on Amazon are both for completely new franchises. The first, a Watch Dogs PS4 Launch Day Bundle, features the new stealth-action hacking game from Ubisoft. We had the good fortune to demo Watch Dogs at E3, and it’s shaping up to be a much more intriguing and larger game than we’d initially thought. Being able to play it upon the PS4′s launch should be high on many gamers’ to-do lists, and it appears this launch-day bundle is going to be one of the few ways to achieve that.
Rounding out the bundles is another new-IP package: a Knack PS4 Launch Day Bundle. Knack was first shown at Sony’s PS4 unveiling event earlier this year, and it looked almost like a next-gen Katamari Damacy. In Knack, players make their way around the in-game world gathering various pieces of armor, weapons and general technology to make progressively larger and more powerful robots to defeat enemies. It’s an interesting twist on the Katamari Damacy gameplay model, and it’s likely to be a sleeper hit among fans of that franchise. It’s not necessarily the riskiest new IP we saw at E3, but it’ll be interesting to see the reception it gets upon the PlayStation 4 launch, since it’s a PS4 exclusive.
These four PS4 launch-day bundles are bound to sell out fast, both because of their built-in value and because it’s looking increasingly likely that these Amazon pre-orders are the only way to ensure you get a PS4 at launch. So, whether you’re looking for a console for yourself or as a holiday gift for someone else, you should head over to Amazon to get your pre-order in ASAP. Here are the direct links: Watch Dogs PS4 Launch Day Bundle | Battlefield 4 PS4 Launch Bundle | Killzone: Shadow Fall PS4 Launch Bundle | Knack PS4 Launch Bundle. Alternatively, if you don’t care about the launch-day charm, you can always pre-order a stand=alone PS4 using the following link, it just won’t come with a guaranteed ship date: PS4 Standard Edition pre-order.