Sony are set to mass produce a whopping 18 million PlayStation5 consoles in the coming months in an effort to meet rocketing demand, according to reports.
This will be music to the ears of frustrated gamers who have been desperate to get their hands on a PS5 since release in November.
The elusive games machine has consistently sold out within minutes of new stock going on sale – and for the time being there’s still limited availability.
Paid-for scalping services aren’t making life any easier either, with a substantial amount of any restocks being quickly pounced on.
The biggest rumour doing the rounds is that Amazon – which dropped fresh consoles yesterday – is re-stocking again from Monday (February 1), according to PS5 Restock UK.
Meanwhile, fresh stocks are expected in the coming days else where, with Irish store Smyths Toys to receive new shipments sometime in February, reports The Sun.
Very re-stocked earlier this week and customers did claim yesterday afternoon that consoles were still available.
Currys dropped new stock last week but there’s still no indication when it will see a refresh – though it is apparently selling a huge amount of gamer PCs.
GAME also dropped twice last week, but similarly there’s no indication of the next batch.
Argos – which is majorly plugging PS4s on its website – is releasing its latest PS5 stock in a trickle system to stop re-sellers from buying large quantities and selling them on at an inflated price.
It comes after claims the High Street retailer’s Tuesday morning restock was decimated by scalping bots.
One paid-for scalping operation claimed to have found access to checkout URLs on the Argos website before they were publicly available, reports EuroGamer.
Scalping bots continuously monitor websites for products that are limited in stock, with subscribers paying monthly subscription fees for the service.
The moment they become available, the bot has the user’s payment details ready to go, to secure the items within milliseconds, making it near impossible for a human to compete.
In many cases, the consoles are then being thrust onto the likes of eBay with bidding wars seeing them sell for thousands.
Industry news site Digitimes reports that PS5’s will be far easier to get hold of later in the year.
“Production for Sony’s PS5 games consoles is likely to reach 16.8-18million units in 2021,” Digitimes insiders claimed.
It comes after PS5 stock shortages saw Sony take a hit on consumer website Trustpilot to just 1.7 stars, with fans posting negative reviews claiming the manufacturer is failing to communicate with them properly.