If you were hoping to get your hands on a PS5 on launch day, there’s a good chance that you were left disappointed as stock was snapped up in every store. With big name retailers experiencing their websites crashing, demand was quite literally unprecedented.
Even Sony didn’t anticipate such huge numbers, and that meant that stock levels didn’t come anywhere near to those needed. If you didn’t pre-order, you will have been very lucky indeed to have nabbed yourself a PS5 from one of the online retailers. But does this mean you need to give up on getting one in 2020? Not necessarily.
Check In Regularly
There’s a very good chance that when stock does appear, there won’t be a huge announcement. Some stores may have a constant dribble of PS5 consoles arriving so you need to be vigilant to spot the stock first.
The Game catalog is one place you should put near the top of your list. Quite aside from lots of other great deals for Christmas, you’ll be able to see whether they have any PS5 in stock right away. Being first in line is imperative; like many other stores, the number of PS5 that arrive may be relatively small so keeping up to date with what’s available will give you the best possible chance of getting lucky before the festive season is over.
A good tactic is to list all of the stores you know who are likely to stock the PS5 and check in with them daily. There might not always be a big fanfare, so don’t assume that they won’t have any PS5 in stock just because they haven’t advertised it.
Try Social Media
Gamers are a friendly bunch and like to spread the word when they have good news. By hooking up to social media you’ll be able to get the latest updates on what is rumoured to be arriving and when.
Some influencers and keen gamers have contacts in stores and Sony and might be able to spread the news about what’s expected and when. Certainly, some places such as Twitter seem to have a steady flow of information, so you should make sure you don’t miss out on crucial information.
Don’t Give Up!
Sony has a habit of deliberately under-stocking their launches to create more hype and demand. However, the PS5 took this to new levels with an absolute stampede of customers trying to find stock. Even well-established online sites such as Amazon struggled to process orders in a timely fashion, with people reporting items vanishing from baskets and being unable to check out.
Does this mean you should give up on the idea of getting a PS5 before Christmas? No. It won’t be easy but Sony have confirmed more PS5 stock is being released this year. The challenge is getting to the stores ahead of other gamers because there are thousands who are queuing up to buy the console.
Stay up to date on what the stores are saying, keep checking catalogues and you might be lucky. There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to get your hands on a PS5 before 2021 rolls around but with more stock on the way, you could be one of the fortunate ones – but you’ll have to stay on your toes!