In early 2022, we reported that Sony believed the PlayStation 5 shortage would last into 2023. Thankfully, the once impossible-to-find consoles appear to now be showing up in retailers at a reasonably normal rate.
As covered by PC Mag, Sony stated in a blog post that the company believes PS5 consoles should be more readily available moving forward. Apparently, the supply chain issues and chip shortages that have plagued the manufacturing process since the next-gen system launched in 2020 have been solved.
In the post, Sony’s vice president of Brand, Hardware, and Peripherals thanked customers for their patience “as we navigated unprecedented demand for the PS5 console amid global challenges. As a result, if you’re looking to purchase a PS5 console, you should now have a much easier time finding one at retailers globally.”
To see for myself, I looked at a couple of online retailers. Best Buy has a God of War: Ragnarök Bundle available right now to ship. This PS5 includes the disc drive and is priced at $559.99. A quick check of Facebook Marketplace shows scalpers are still trying to sell PS5s (digital and w/drives) between $400-$550. My, how times have changed.
If Best Buy isn’t your preferred big box store, Target also has the bundle for the same price. Heck, there’s even one available by me ready for pickup. Of course, you could always buy a PlayStation 5 directly from Sony.
If you have recently picked up a PlayStation 5, check out our recent article about vertical-standing Sony consoles possibly being susceptible to liquid metal leakage. This issue does not appear widespread, but if your new console starts randomly shutting off, you’ll know one of the possible issues to look out for.
Did you pick up a PS5 during launch? Or did you have to pay a premium price to a scalper? Let us know in the comments section below.[Source: PC Mag]
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