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UK retailers are reportedly getting ready to make a large number of PlayStation 5 consoles available for sale in the UK this week and next.
That’s according to the PS5 Stock UK tracker on Twitter, which claims Game will make some 8,000 consoles available this week, and that Amazon is expecting to receive a shipment of approximately 10,000 units—its “biggest restock yet”—this week, “hinting at a May 17th-19th drop”.
“Multiple insiders” have informed the site that Argos will be the first to go live with its PS5 restock in the early hours of Tuesday morning between 1am and 4am, as has been the case on previous occasions, to the annoyance of many consumers.
PS5 Stock UK also expects Very and John Lewis to make PS5 consoles available for sale this week, and possibly ShopTo, Asda and Currys PC World too.
Sony has reportedly told analysts that it expects PS5 consoles to be in short supply until next year.
“I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand,” CFO Hiroki Totoki said at an analyst briefing last week, according to Bloomberg.
Totoki said last month that Sony was considering various solutions to help it cope with the global shortage of hardware components, including potentially altering hardware designs or sourcing secondary suppliers.
Sony will reportedly start production on a PS5 hardware redesign in 2022. That’s according to Taiwanese business website DigiTimes, which claims that suppliers including semiconductor foundry TSMC are planning to start producing the redesigned PS5 console between the second and third quarters of next year.