The sought-after consoles have been hard to come by since they launched in November 2020, usually selling out within minutes of being restocked.
But after retailer Game went live with a selection of PS5 bundles and Amazon UK restocked Xbox Series X on Thursday morning, the consoles have remained available to purchase for an unprecedented amount of time, even if the former won’t fulfil orders until January.
The fact that PS5 and Xbox Series X have remained available to purchase for more than a day is welcome news, but it may simply be due to larger than usual restocks prior to Christmas rather than a sign of changing times.
Console manufacturers have struggled with stock shortages for over 18 months now, after the Covid-19 pandemic hit supply chains and saw demand for gaming devices increase significantly as countries implemented social distancing measures.
At a news conference last week attended by Nikkei Asia, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said the global chip shortage is set to last until 2023.
Chip maker Toshiba also warned in September that supply issues for power regulating chips will stretch well into next year and perhaps even beyond.