Even five months after its launch, Sony’s PS5 continues to sell out within minutes anytime it’s back in stock. The frenzy for this highly coveted console — which was recently named the fastest-selling gaming console in US history — isn’t just due to high demand from gamers, but also a global chip shortage that’s affecting all kinds of tech. Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, spoke with Nikkei on Thursday about what the company is doing to get the PlayStation 5 console in stock.
“Supply under the new coronavirus was very complicated, and we had to limit distribution to online,” Ryan told Nikkei, as translated by Video Games Chronicle. “The supply and demand for semiconductors is also tight worldwide. We are asking our suppliers to allow us to increase production, which will flow into the market this year.”
The shop with the most PS5 restocks is still Sony’s PlayStation Direct site, where drops often take place in the afternoon and require people to queue up for a chance to buy a console. If you don’t get one at the time, it helps to still join the queue as some patient and lucky customers may receive a priority access email directly from Sony. The company hasn’t provided all the details about these PS Direct emails, but a PS Plus subscription does appear to be required — and you must be logged in to your PSN account. If luck is on your side, then there is a chance Sony will send you an invite to buy a PS5.
While major retailers like Walmart, GameStop, Amazon, Target and Best Buy don’t usually give much notice ahead of a restock, your best chance of scoring a PS5 happens when you log on right when inventory drops. Even then, nothing is guaranteed, but there are ways to improve your chances.
First tip: Don’t wait until you hear a new stock alert about a PS5 inventory drop. Check the links at major retailers for stock updates daily or even multiple times a day. (We’ve got them all lined up below.) If you do happen upon some PS5 availability, go all in with as many browsers and devices as possible. On a desktop, for example, open the retailer’s page in Chrome, Firefox and Edge. Then do the same on your phone and tablet. The more devices and browsers, the better. It’s like with lottery tickets: The more you have, the better your chances of winning.
If you’re starting to crack and considering buying a PS5 right now (and we know that with the number of big PS5 games about to drop over the next few months, the pressure is on), you can do so, but at the cost of a pricier PS5 markup on sites like eBay and StockX. On eBay, for example, we’ve seen PS5 units priced well over $1,000. We think it’s worth it to wait it out a bit and get the new console at sticker price.
The PS5 is available in two versions: There’s a $500 model with a Blu-ray drive and an otherwise identical $400 digital-only version with no disc slot. At this point, people are happy to get their hands on either one, but if you don’t have a library of optical discs — for Blu-ray movies, used games or old PS4 games — CNET recommends that you go with the $400 version. ReadMore
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