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PlayStation 5 restocks are once in a blue moon, and in order to ensure they didn't walk away empty-handed, gamers queued for hours and hours for a chance to get the console.
Why the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are so elusive requires an answer that has layers. Like an onion. First and foremost, the pandemic affected countries in Asia before the virus spread to the rest of the world. This caused a significant slowdown in the productivity of manufacturing hubs used by companies like Apple, Sony, Microsoft and so on.
Then, there was the shortage of semiconductors to contend with - tiny chips that are inside cameras, consoles, cars and nearly everything else that you'd consider a "smart" product. "We have not been able to fully meet the high level of demand from customers [but] we continue to do everything in our power to ship as many units as possible to customers who are waiting for a PS5," said chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki earlier this year.
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Gamers are desperate to get their mitts on a PlayStation 5, especially as the exclusives have had a rapturous reception from critics and players alike. Restocks occurred at Best Buy and the retailer sent out an announcement that the products would be available for in-person shoppers. Cue these surprising scenes with people literally queuing around the store itself to try and buy a PS5:
8:30am at the Millenia Best Buy in Orlando, store opens in 1.5 hours
At least 250 people in line wrapped all the way around the building waiting for the PS5 / Xbox Series X restock
- TmarTn (@TmarTn) September 23, 2021
Nah this PS5/Xbox line crazy. This is the BACK of Best Buy pic.twitter.com/wukMph94mI
- CJ (@CJSTRO13) September 23, 2021
The fact that it's almost been an entire year since the console was released and customers are still struggling to find one is astonishing. That's not considering the impact of scalpers on the price of these products if you're not willing to wait for an official restock.
News of a restock in the United Kingdom is light on the ground at the moment, yet it is likely that Very and Argos are getting a restock of the PlayStation 5 next week. May the odds be ever in your favour.
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