Sony’s PlayStation 5 has been the hottest item of this holiday season. Ironically, the console’s record launch has also resulted in a downside for fans. PlayStation patrons have had a tough time getting hold of the console, as the demand has outstripped the supply by a mile.
It all started with Sony’s pre-order phase that was rather chaotic, leaving hundreds of gamers stranded. Since then, potential buyers have waited for countless hours, but it seems like their patience is wearing thin.
Retail stores like Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon paint a disturbing picture. Walmart announced a restock of the console only for it to get sold out within seconds. Stock shortages have forced many to leave empty-handed.
The online stores too, announce a restock only for it to get sold out instantaneously, something that has become a pattern. The disastrous availability of the console has led the buyers to vent their feelings online.
PlayStation 5 just doesn’t seem to reach its buyers
Walmart had announced a stock refill just last week. Thousands of buyers went online in order to grab the next-gen console. But despite that, many were left empty-handed just like before.
Walmart over the last few days has been announcing the date and time of stock refill. While this information allows the buyers to be prepared for the refill, its flip side is the massive crowd that it attracts.
I think everyone on earth needs an explanation as to why the PS5 keeps going out of stock at the exact same time you guys say it’ll be available???
At 8:55pm At 9:00:00pm pic.twitter.com/lj09UrxTVm
— Juan Liriano (@Dr_john4) November 26, 2020
Sony’s PlayStation Direct service enables the buyers to enter a virtual queue. This allows Sony to cut down on bots and scalpers. However, this system too isn’t foolproof as the buyers have to wait in long queues only to find the console unavailable at the end of it.
— Day-Vaun (@devonreed650) November 26, 2020
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Walmart recently announced yet another stock refill as part of the Black Friday sale. But once again, not everyone could get their hands on it as the stock emptied out hot cakes.
This gave the patrons yet another chance to scrutinize a system that over the last few days has become obsolete. The PlayStation’s official Twitter account sent out a tweet empathizing with its users.
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
PlayStation 5 is available worldwide after its second phase of the launch last week, but that’s only if you manage to catch it in the wild.