Gamers will be able to get their hands on the much sought-after PlayStation 5 console tomorrow, as Game has announced it will have some in stock online
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Gamers will be able to get their hands on the much sought-after PlayStation 5 console tomorrow, as Game has announced it will have some in stock.
The PlayStation PS5 was released in November 2020, but actually buying one has been impossible for many shoppers.
The shortage is due to high demand during the pandemic, a global shortage of microchip processors and even the Suez Canal being blocked by the Everready cargo ship.
Now video game store Game says it will have some of the consoles for sale tomorrow online .
It is selling both the more expensive version with a disc drive and the cheaper one without it.
Game said: “Due to the large amount of traffic, we operate a queuing system to make the process as smooth and fair as possible for our customers.
“If you try and order more than one console, any additional orders will be cancelled within 24 hours.
“If you’re not able to secure a console online, please contact your local Game store to discuss your options.”
It’s proven so difficult to track a PS5 down that dedicated Twitter accounts exist to give updates on when shops might restock the console.
It will cost you £449 for the full console, while a Digital Edition without a disc tray is priced at £359.
The PS5 has an 8-core AMD Zen 2-based CPU at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GGDR6 RAM and 825GB of internal storage.
It is meant to be 100 times faster than the PS4, so games will load in extra-quick time.
Shoppers are advised to keep checking major retailers if you want to snap one of the consoles up.
Earlier this week the PS5 was in stock with retailer Argos, from £449.99, while bidders could also pick up the console from £520 upwards on bidding sites Stockx.com and eBay.
Last week, Smyths Toys had a real-world drop, and was allocating PS5 consoles to anyone who came in and pre-ordered in-store.
Figures from Sony, the manufacturer of the PS5, show more than 10million consoles have exchanged hands worldwide since entering the market last year.
Experts of the gaming giant have predicted another surge ahead of Christmas as the gift-buying bonanza begins.
Analysis carried out by TechRadar suggests that US and UK retailers will see a surge in the number of shoppers looking to buy Sony’s next-gen machine this autumn.
“In two months’ time, it’s going to become much harder when parents wake up to the fact that they need this console to fulfill their child’s Christmas wish list,” TechRadar said.
“Even if Sony were to ramp up the supply of PS5 Disc and PS5 Digital consoles, demand will skyrocket right before Black Friday and Cyber Monday.”
If you want a console but haven’t got your heart set on the PS5, the new Xbox series has had supply shortages but nothing on the scale seen by its PlayStation rival.
The Xbox Series X (£449) and Xbox Series S (£249), also launched last November.
The Series S is the digital sibling to the more powerful Series X.