Although the console isn't due to be released here in Ireland until November 19th, the PlayStation 5 is now completely sold out of pre-orders in all major retail outlets.
In fact, the situation is the same globally. The pre-order debacle began during the PS5 Showcase earlier this week, which announced the price of both editions of the console - and declared that pre-orders were opening the very next day.
After that, retailers began offering pre-orders, but the whole thing descended into chaos before long with all retailers eventually selling out of pre-orders in record time. Now, a few days later, Sony have come forward and apologised for the mess.
Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologize for that.
Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details.
And more PS5s will be available through the end of the year. pic.twitter.com/h1TaGsGBun
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) September 19, 2020
"PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologize for that. Over the next few days, we will release more PS5 consoles for preorder – retailers will share more details," the statement read, promising that more PS5s will be available through to the end of 2020.
As it stands, nobody's really sure if there'll be enough consoles available to meet the Christmas surge, however, Sony has reiterated that they have ramped up production to ensure demands are met.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has managed to throw a few digs at Sony over their handling of the pre-order chaos. Here's a tweet from the official Xbox account just as the pre-order madness hit its peak.
Pre-order 👉 September 22
Worldwide launch in 36 countries 👉 November 10
Hype 👉 9000+
(don’t worry - we’ll let you know the exact time pre-orders start for you soon) pic.twitter.com/SLUrrtszyN
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 17, 2020