A second wave of PlayStation 4 stock will "probably" become available within the first week of the console's UK launch, Sony has said.
Speaking with Eurogamer, Sony UK MD Fergal Gara said that the platform holder was currently "working with retailers" on determining final allocations, but that it was "unlikely" free stock will be available to buy off the shelf in the UK, as previously suggested by SCEA boss Jack Tretton.
"Some people have decided, right, turn off the pre-orders completely because I want to have a bit of free stock on day one," he said. "Others are saying the fairest thing to do is keep the list going, and the first on the list gets the first console. Basically they're behaving in a linear fashion rewarding first come, first served.
"That of course means unless we're pleasantly surprised by a bigger launch day volume than expected then it's unlikely there will be free stock unless maybe people don't turn up. So it'll differ by retailer. But a second batch of stock will be within the week probably, so we're not talking about droughts for months and months."
Gara also said that he expects to be able to catch up with demand for PS4 "relatively quickly" after Christmas, with all current pre-orders guaranteed for pre-Christmas delivery.
PlayStation 4 launches one week after Xbox One on November 29. Over one million pre-orders for the console have already placed, with that number said to be growing healthily.
Sony announced two official PS4 bundles last week which will be offered to previous pre-order customers.