It’s no secret, trying to cop a PS5 right now is just as hard as copping a pair of Off-White Jordans on SNKRS. Sony is well aware of this issue and is promising more consoles are coming.
Today (Nov.25), Sony hopped on Twitter with the promising news that it will be making more consoles available for retailers to get out to customers while thanking gamers for making the PS5’s launch is its “biggest console launch ever.” We haven’t seen any numbers confirming this, nor has Sony explained how it determined that but based on just how scarce the console is and how high the demand is for it, we are inclined to believe that Sony isn’t making wild claims.
We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever. Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year – please stay in touch with your local retailers.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 25, 2020
Even the most expensive bundles, which can cost up to $800, are selling quickly. Look no further than GameStop’s drop that had gamers voicing their frustration about the retail chain running out of PS5s as soon as the link to buy its limited bundles went on sale.
Since preorders for the next-gen console began and its eventual release, it has been a broken record of gamers’ complaints who can’t purchase one when retailers drop links to buy it only to be defeated by bots and scalpers trying to capitalize off the high-demand. Gamers across the pond haven’t been lucky either. IGN reported that UK reseller CrepChiefNotify says it “acquired nearly 3,500 PS5s to resell.”
— IGN (@IGN) November 25, 2020
With news like that, how can regular consumers compete?
While Sony is claiming that this is the “biggest launch ever,” it could also go down as one of its sloppiest as well. Whether it’s the bots gobbling up consoles, the consoles being difficult to manufacture due to COVID-19, Sony is not clear on the reasoning. Thing’s aren’t any better on the Xbox Series S|X front either, with Microsoft admitting that it more than likely won’t be able to match the demand until Spring 2021.
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