According to Sony, the PlayStation 5 shortage is officially ended. “Everyone who wants a PS5 should have a much easier time finding one at retailers globally, starting from this point forward,” said Jim Ryan, the company’s gaming head, during the company’s CES presentation. The company also claimed that it had sold around 30 million consoles to far. This is around 5 million more than the previous time it revealed sales figures in November.
It’s been a long road; the PlayStation 5 was released in November 2020, but it wasn’t until August 2022 that we proclaimed it “almost easy to buy.” For the most of the console’s life, buying one meant either being really lucky, being relatively on-the-spot with drops, or being ready to pay scalpers or Best Buy substantially more than the console’s MSRP.
Even recently, the only way to purchase it was through a $550 bundle that included the PS5 with disc drive and a game – good if you were already planning to buy Horizon Forbidden West or God of War Ragnarok, but a hefty price increase if you were looking for the $399.99 digital console.
Ryan commended PlayStation fans for their patience as the firm “managed unprecedented demand amid global challenges over the past two years,” according to the presentation.
Best Buy and GameStop both have both variants of the system listed as out of stock on their web sites at the time of writing, but the latter does state that at least one of its locations in my area has the normal one in stock. If you sign in to Sony’s direct store, you can add a digital edition to your cart while the disc version is marked as unavailable.
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