This is why you still can't buy the PlayStation 5

Zara Andrén

Updated June 9, 2021

PlayStation 5 was released last year but is still virtually impossible to get your hands on, but why is that and what is it that makes it so popular? We're here to answer all your questions.

PS5 playing hard to get

Patience is a virtue...but how long is long enough? PlayStation 5 launched in the UK in November of 2020 but even before its launch date the demand for the PS5 was record high, which meant that if you hadn't signed up for the waitlist the chances of getting your hands on one at release was close to none. It's safe to say that the hype has been real with stocks being sold out within seconds and websites crashing, we have thousands of in-stock alerts set on the PlayStation 5.

Why is the PS5 so hard to get a hold of?

Unfortunately it doesn't seem like the situation will change any time soon, so if you're longing to explore Valhalla or fight in the latest Demon's Souls on a new console, you might have to wait a bit longer, as shops are still out of stock with long waitlists. The main issue that has contributed to this worldwide shortage stems from a lack of available components. Since many have in the past year been working from home the demand for computers have sky rocketed, and these unfortunately use many of the same components as the PS5. Another aspect is that scalpers and bots that buy up all the stock as soon as anything becomes available and then resell them way above the retail price.

Even though the interest for gaming has rocketed in the past year since it is undoubtedly a perfect "at-home" activity. We can't forget about the shortage of graphic cards, making it essentially impossible to build your own computer, something which many gamers will opt for. Perhaps this has contributed to the increased popularity in consoles. It's also of course worth mentioning that PS5's predecessor the PS4 was released in 2013 and long overdue for an upgrade, so new console releases don't come around every day and will naturally be popular.

Additionally the restrictions of the past year in terms of travel and transport means that both manufacturing and delivery of goods have been delayed or cancelled. But with a bit of luck this might all be cleared up within a year. Sony however do still believe that even without transport and manufacturing delays it would've been hard to meet the high demand for the PS5. Rumours have it that as a form of consolation Sony will invest heavily in producing as much as possible for the remainder of the year, and may even throw in the launch of one or two highly anticipated games.

Why is the PS5 so popular?

Week after week the PS5 has topped the charts as one of our most popular products. So what is it that makes it so high in demand?

Specs and and advantages

  • A super quick hard drive with 825 GB. This is to allow essentially no loading time in games.

  • 3D-sound via Tempest 3D Auditech = incredible sound quality that elevates the gaming experience.

  • The option for game creators to activate multiplayer online games between PS5 and PS4 users.

  • You can essentially play all PS4 games as well as store games on external USB-units that support SupperSpeed USB (at least 250GB and maximum 8 TB capacity.) This allows you to save both space and time when installing.

  • With the push of a button you can get to the control centre to easily access for example the most used functions.

  • Socialise with friends, share, plan session, and enter games via Game Base. Here you can create a "party" where you can chat with up to 16 members.

How can I find out when the PS5 is back in stock?

So how do you actually get your hands on this popular console? Of course you can you yourself monitor and check for updates of when the PS5 comes back in stock, but the simplest way is to set an in-stock alert, this way you will be notified as soon as the product is in stock and you won't have to worry about missing it.

Don't want to wait for the PS5? No worries there are plenty of great console options to choose from. Like PS4, Xbox or how about a Nintendo Switch?

Why not optimise your set up while you're at it, with some Sony Pulse 3D headphones or a HD Camera

Are you one of the lucky few that has managed to get your hands on a PS5? Is it all you ever thought it would be?

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