By now, it’s pretty clear that a lot of people want a PlayStation 5 (or an Xbox Series X for that matter) but there aren’t enough consoles for everyone. The inventory status of PS5 has been pretty dire since launch day – which was on November 12 in North America and November 19 in France (and Europe) – and it shows no signs of improving anytime soon. Nevertheless, Sony has indicated that more stocks are being built and that they will be available before the end of the year.
On Wednesday, Sony confirmed that there will be more PlayStation 5 consoles available from retailers over the holiday season, after what the company calls its “biggest” launch ever.
Without hard numbers, we have no idea what that means – the company could be referring to the number of consoles actually purchased by consumers, known as “sell by,” or the less impressive number of consoles that are. Simply purchased by resellers without context or precision, it’s hard to say.
Either way, it’s no secret that the PS5 and its competition, the Xbox Series X | S, are very hard to find right now. Microsoft revealed earlier this month that the two new Xbox consoles will suffer from a supply shortage until next spring.
This situation is due in part to disorderly and inconsistent sales by sellers and resellers grabbing inventory.
These devices are also likely to be difficult to manufacture, although neither Microsoft nor Sony has given much guidance on how many units they have prepped for launch or even plan to ship and to sell before 2021. So it is possible that these devices are difficult to find because these companies have not planned well enough and the “unprecedented” demand that Sony says it sees for the PS5 far exceeds supply.
It’s another reminder that the gaming industry seems quite unfit to sell hardware for a multitude of reasons.
So if you’re still on the hunt for a PS5, be aware that Sony is promising more units in the next month or so. But she doesn’t have much to offer in advice, other than to “keep in touch with your local dealers”.