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Just this week, we were informed that the Sony PlayStation 5 has become the fastest selling console in US history. Plus, the Xbox Series X/S is selling like hot cakes too. So, with this in mind, as fans we should be rejoicing at the quality of the new console generation.
However, for many of us, that simply isn’t possible. This is due to the widespread unavailability of both consoles leading to many players wanting to enter the new age of gaming but simply having no way to get their hands on these illusive products.
When we think back to past launches, this wild separation in supply and demand has never been such an issue. Which begs the question, why has this occurred this time around. Well, we have a few theories.
Why Is There a Gaming Console Shortage?
One reason for the shortage according the manufacturers, is down to the global shortage of important tech components used in production. In February this year, Sony issued a statement which warned customers not to expect a change in availability regarding PS5 consoles due to the shortage of semiconductors which are key for PS5 production. This is in line with the shortage of GPU components for PC players and suggests that the game industry is struggling to keep up with the influx of new players in the past year.
Another key reason for the shortage is also due to the phenomenon known as scalping. Thanks to the nefarious actions of online bots, shoppers are finding it increasingly difficult to purchase any of the limited stock available as it tends to be gone before they even access the retail website.
Then these same units get reposted on second hand selling websites for a massive mark up price. This has led to many genuine players missing out on a next-gen console in favor of sketchy entrepreneurs looking to make a quick buck.
When Can We Except More Stock?
This depends on what you mean by ‘stock’. In the UK and US, retailers have been periodically stocking gaming consoles. However, these have rarely been in quantities over 15,000 units, so they tend to be gone within seconds.
In fact, this week Curry’s, Smyth’s, Very, Target, AO, Walmart and Amazon all have stock that they intend to make available to the public. However, in terms of major influx of next-gen hardware that will make it easy to purchase one, you guess is as good as ours. We just hope this madness ends soon so that everyone can join the next-gen party. I know when they are finally available more consistently, I’ll be grabbing them as well.
So that’s our news regarding the next-gen console restock. What do you make of the news? Will you be trying to pick up a console this week? Or will you be biding your time until more become available? Let us know in the comments section below!