Best Buy has 'pretty much run out' of Sony PS4: retailer's CEO

NEW YORK Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:05pm EST

Visitors take pictures of Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 new game console at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, east of Tokyo, September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Visitors take pictures of Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 new game console at the Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, east of Tokyo, September 19, 2013.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc has "pretty much run out" of the new PlayStation 4 gaming console, the retailer's chief executive said on Thursday.

Sony Corp's new $399 PlayStation 4 console sold 1 million units in the first 24 hours after its November 15 release in the United States and Canada.

"We will get new inventory next week," Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said in an interview ahead of the holiday season. "It's a great launch, there is no doubt about that."

Microsoft Corp's competing Xbox One console goes on sale November 22 with a price tag of $499.

The PlayStation 3 debuted in 2006 and Sony later unveiled a more powerful version of the same machine. Sony sold 3.6 million of the predecessor PS3 in the four and a half months after its launch in November 2006.

(Reporting By Dhanya Skariachan; additional reporting by Lisa Baertlein)

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