Play.com has sold out of its allocation GTA IV pre-orders - whilst GAME and Gamestation's online offerings have already put up warning of stock running low.
Play.com's head of games Gian Luzio told MCV that the title was far and away the biggest selling title” he'd ever seen on PS3 – but predicted the site would have more stock back in for the game's release date of Tuesday, April 29th.
He added that it was already proving a real hardware driver” – especially for Sony's next-gen console.
Luzio told MCV: "This is the biggest ever title for PS3 by a long way - and probably 360 as well. I've been really blown away by how quickly it's sold on PS3.
"Sales have gone crazy and have proven to be a real hardware driver already. We've sold out now, but will be getting in more stock as soon as it becomes available.
"We expect to have some stock back in for the day of release on April 29th."
GAME's website at www.GAME.co.uk says: ‘We cannot guarantee delivery on the day of release for orders placed on or after the 7th of April'.
Gamestation's site reports: ‘Due to unprecedented demand for the standard editions of Grand Theft Auto IV, we are no longer taking pre-orders for this version.'