Notice: To display this embed please allow the use of Functional Cookies in Cookie Preferences.
The first three have already sold out, while Best Buy’s website is seemingly experiencing technical difficulties, which have frustrated fans enough to cause the retailer’s name to trend on Twitter.
A Walmart spokesperson told VGC it would soon have more PlayStation 5 consoles available for pre-order via its physical stores.
The retailers immediately sold out of Digital Edition consoles, which sources had previously told VGC were expected to be in short supply compared to the standard hardware. As of Thursday morning, Game is not listing any PS5 products.
Amazon UK opened its pre-orders for the standard PlayStation 5 console on Thursday morning and sold out in around 30 minutes. The Digital Edition went live later and sold out in even less time.
In July, PlayStation’s worldwide marketing head Eric Lempel claimed the platform holder would give consumers fair notice before pre-orders went live.
“So I think it’s safe to say, we’ll let you know when pre-orders will happen,” he said. “It’s not going to happen with a minute’s notice.
“We’re going to at some point let you know when you can pre-order a PlayStation 5 so please don’t feel like you have to go run and line up anywhere until you receive official notice on how that will work.”
Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, told VGC he expects supply issues for both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this year.
“While production is ramping up and component scarcity is less of an issue than before, we believe that logistics issues will be a barrier for both platform holders to overcome this holiday, with the impact from Covid-19 leading to long shipping times and shortages on store shelves during the launch period.
“We expect Sony and Microsoft to utilise air shipments, which will cost more, to meet demand this year.”