Sony has expressed its pride and appreciation in an announcement stating that the PlayStation 5 has achieved the strongest console launch in its history, and assures that there will be restocks before the end of 2020.
"Of all the things that I've learned this year, one is that I wouldn't plan on doing another big console launch in the midst of a global pandemic, and I wouldn't recommend it to anybody else," said Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, recently. "It's been difficult, it's been challenging from the production side, not being able to get anybody into the factories in Asia... Before we started production, we had to do all the manufacturing preparation by camera remotely. I mean, just imagine that for a precision device like the PlayStation 5."
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
The console's launch has contended with production problems, freightage issues, and scarce stocks, owing to the coronavirus crisis beginning in 2019. As the year progressed and developers announced delay after delay to a number of anticipated games, it was even thought that Sony and Microsoft would push their console launches into 2021 to avoid the impact that the pandemic has had on the global economy. Neither made this move, and both managed to succeed in spite of the odds.
Of course, there are still aggravations over the PlayStation 5, where a lot of people still haven't been able to purchase one due to the demand. Sony apologised for this, and reminded consumers that more stock would be supplied to retailers. That was whisked away as soon as it dropped, and this was partly achieved through automated bots purchasing for scalpers. One group in the UK had the gall to boast that they'd gotten their mitts on 3,500 PS5 consoles since September, and were selling them on for more than double the asking price of the digital version. Shocking stuff.
Remember, no matter how tempted you are, how extreme the FOMO becomes, don't turn to scalpers. There's plenty of opportunity to pick up a PS5 from official retailers, especially as another lot of stock is set to arrive before the end of the year. We don't have much more detail than that at the moment, and Sony advises that you keep across announcements from your local retailers. May the odds be ever in your favour.
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