The PlayStation 5 has been tremendously difficult to get hold of since pre-orders went live last week.
The device has been so elusive, in fact, that it's still out of stock even after a second wave released. In an effort to get the PS5 into the hands of desperate gamers everywhere, Sony launched the second wave of next-gen hardware today.
Unfortunately for eager fans, there still doesn't seem to be enough of the PS5 to go around. With #PS5PreordersUK trending once more, disappointed gamers are once again complaining about not being able to purchase the upcoming console.
This isn't likely to be the only new wave of PlayStations released ahead of launch. What's concerning is that some retailers are now reporting that pre-orders may no longer guarantee a console on release day.
PS5 Pre-orders May Arrive After Launch Day
Those able to get their hands on a PlayStation 5 pre-order from now on, may not get the hardware at launch. Already, Amazon is warning customers that their PS5 might arrive after release day.
Amazon is likely attempting to cover its bases here. Even the retail giant itself may not know how many units it will receive. Sony has been emailing several customers regarding their upcoming order.
There appears to be two versions to the Sony email. Some recipients are reporting that their PlayStation 5 will be delivered in mid-November.
Interestingly, this isn't actually confirming a release day delivery.
The second batch of emails are being sent to gamers that aren't so lucky. A number of users have reportedly received emails that promise the PS5 delivery in December.
It's clear that the PlayStation wasn't ready for pre-ordering to go live, but perhaps Sony felt pressured to get their device up before Micrsoft could launch the Xbox Series X. On the other hand, it could be that orders for the PS5 are reaching unprecedented numbers, and Sony is struggling under the demand.
How Many PlayStation 5 Consoles Are Available?
With consumers racing to get their hands on the console to no avail, it begs the question: just how many PS5s have been produced? Earlier this year, Sony stated that it was aiming for 5-6 million units this fiscal year.
Of course, the financial year won't be over until March 2021, so less than half of those consoles might be ready as it stands. When the PlayStation 4 launched back in 2013, it managed to sell 7.5 million units in the first two quarters.
Sony CEO Jim Ryan previously stated that there would be more PS5 units available at launch than the PS4 had. But perhaps those units aren't ready just yet, even if they will be here for release day.
Of course, a lot of PS5 launch titles, such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales, are set to release on PS4 as well. This could alleviate the need for some users to snatch up the next-gen hardware right away.
The cost of the PS5 console should also be taken into consideration. Sony might consider the expensive piece of hardware to be out of reach for many users right now.
2020 has been a difficult year for many people, and not everyone has the money to drop on a PlayStation right now. Perhaps Sony's market analysts didn't predict that people would still be able to consume the product in this volume.
PS5 Production Cut Rumours
Previously, Bloomberg reported that an inside source had confirmed Sony was cutting PS5 production by as much as 50%. The report cited manufacturing problems as the cause of the production cut.
However, Sony quickly shut down this statement, denying having altered their initial production number in any way.
For now, it's a waiting game with the PS5. We're certain that pre-orders will be available again soon, but it's clear that Sony is struggling to keep up at present.
Supply of PS5 Accessories seems to have been higher, with most staying in stock with major retailers.
We hope for the consumers' sakes that things calm down before long.