- The PlayStation 5 launched this week in Europe and the United Kingdom, and customers encountered many of the same issues they faced in the US: The console was sold out near-instantly at most retailers.
- The only way to get a PlayStation 5 at launch was through a preorder, but some retailers sold PS5 consoles digitally on a first-come, first-served basis.
- A robust resale market for the coveted new game console is at least partially to blame, and that market is dominated by groups that work collectively and use “bots” to buy up as much stock as possible.
- The manager of one such group told Business Insider that his group is responsible for thousands of PlayStation 5 purchases headed for resale. “You have to put the work in otherwise you literally don’t stand
Amazon U.K. is conducting an investigation following several reports of customers being sent items such as cat food and kitchen equipment instead of the PlayStation 5 they ordered.
The PS5 came out on Thursday, since when there have been a host of reports from Amazon customers that their console was substituted for something far less enticing.
Multiple customers have claimed to have opened the Amazon box, only to find pet food instead of a games console waiting inside.
Other unwanted substitutions have included kitchen equipment and toy guns:
It’s not clear whether the incorrect items are being sent because of mistakes at the fulfilment centers or because of something more sinister. A couple of unconfirmed reports suggest customers saw delivery drivers tampering with packages shortly before they were delivered. Amazon employs several different
(Bloomberg) — Sales of Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp.’s new gaming consoles fell short of their predecessors during their first week in Japan, suggesting persistent supply bottlenecks will hamper the debut of two of this holiday season’s most hotly anticipated gadgets.
Sony sold 118,085 PlayStation 5 consoles from its debut on Nov. 12 to Nov. 15, roughly a third of the PS4’s performance over launch weekend, Famitsu estimated. Microsoft tallied 20,534 units of its Xbox Series X and S during the six days from its start on Nov. 10, also shy of the 23,562 that the Xbox One managed during its first few days, the research house said.
Sony fell as much as 1.6% in Tokyo trading on Thursday and Microsoft was down by about the same amount in New York Wednesday. Both
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When he was a child, David Wales would wait in line with one of his parents as the clock approached midnight, so he could be among the first to get his hands on the newest gaming console.
“I’ve been playing games since I was 4. … It’s just something I’ve always done and feels like something I’m always going to do,” Wales, 34, of Texas, said of getting the gaming systems right when they release.
But this year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Wales bought his console online and picked it up at a brick-and-mortar location to avoid waiting in hourslong lines.
The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles are the first to be released by Sony and Microsoft, respectively, in more than half a decade. With the coronavirus forcing people into isolation and hungry for new entertainment, the launches appear to have come at an ideal time — especially
- Retailers such as Target are out of stock
- The system goes for $499, but is $100 cheaper for a digital-only package
- Sony didn’t stock shore shelves with PS5s because of the pandemic
Gamers on Thursday got their chance to snatch up the latest iteration from PlayStation but supply-chain issues and the pandemic are making it tough to buy.
Sony announced last week its PlayStation5 would be available to the general public on Nov. 12, and a week later in some regions — just not in stores. Pre-orders were available and some Twitter users suggested they were walking out of stores under the watchful eye of the unfortunate.
“What a year,” Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said in a statement Wednesday.
In announcing the launch plans last week, the company said that in the interest of keeping people safe during the pandemic, sales would