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The year is 2050. The PlayStation 10 has just released, and finally, after all this time, 2020’s PS5 is freely available to buy, without having to pay scalper prices, or wear out your keyboard’s F5 key in the hopes of getting through an online queue before they’re all snapped up.
Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but still. We’re over a year and a half on now from the release of Sony’s new-gen console, and they’re still basically like gold dust. Those dedicated enough to follow stock alerts (or desperate enough to pay extortionate scalper prices) might have got their hands on one, sure, but it’s really not as easy as it should be. Remember when you used to be able to just walk into a game store and buy the console you wanted? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
With PS5s being as elusive as they are, it's no wonder that this guy's reaction to receiving one as a gift was so incredible - take a look below.
Well, the good news is that there might finally be some light at the end of the tunnel. As reported by PlayStation Universe, a report from DigiTimes has suggested that PS5 shipments may see a boost in the second half of this year and into 2023. So, apparently from about now, then? Score!
This is apparently thanks to an ease in the chip shortages which have seen Sony struggling to produce enough of the consoles to match demand. Last month, thanks to a financial presentation from Sony, we saw that the company had projected that the PS5 will overtake the PS4 on sales by 2024, so, presumably when they imagine that there’s going to be no shortages at all. Admittedly, that’s quite a bit further away than the second half of this year, but hopefully that doesn’t mean we’re not going to see any improvement to the situation at all.
Amongst all this, of course, are the rumours that we might be getting hit with a PS5 Pro at some point, aka, a souped-up version of the already very powerful console. To be fair, it probably is only a matter of time, but we can only hope that the chip shortage is well and truly a thing of the past before that one’s rolled out - please don’t do this to us again.
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