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PlayStation 5 consoles in short supply ahead of Christmas season

Supply chain issues have had a huge knock on effect on the Irish market
Sony PlayStation 5 (Sony/PA)

Sony PlayStation 5 (Sony/PA)

Clodagh Meaney

PlayStation 5 consoles are in short supply as the festive season approaches.

It comes as manufacturers of the gaming console have throughout the year faced supply chain issues with some components needed to build the machines.

Sony were reportedly forced to reduce their assembly targets as the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the countries where they have their production bases and has made the supply of some parts unpredictable.

The entertainment company’s manufacturing partners expect that consoles will be in tight supply throughout 2022 also.

Speaking to Sunday World, Justice Iria, who manages a Twitter account dedicated to giving updates on PlayStation 5 stock in Ireland has said that issues have had a knock-on effect on the Irish market.

“The stock situation in Ireland at the moment is quite horrendous, loads of parents are still looking for the PS5 for their kids ahead of Christmas. Others just haven’t been able to get one due to the shortage so the situation is pretty dire.

“This is mainly to do with the current chip shortage across the world that has led to the console still being hard to get over a year later.”

The expert on PS5 stock said that unfortunately not everyone who wants one will be able to get their hands on one.

“I am pretty sure that not everyone who is currently looking for a console at the moment will be able to get one before Christmas.

“I can guarantee that the majority of those looking for one will get one. Retailers are working hard to get them for people."

“Smyths have just had their last drop and a lot of people were able to pre-order a console and they’ll surely get it before Christmas,” he said.

“Harvey Norman has been releasing expensive bundles but that’s not a problem as it’s all still Recommended Retail Price (RRP).”

The gaming enthusiast gets insider information from retailers and said that GameStop are still trying to fulfil in store orders but they may have some more releases coming.

When it comes to his best advice to help you get a Playstation 5 console this Christmas, Justice says you need to get onto social media.

“If people want to get their hands on one so bad, then that’s why I’m here. They should also follow every major retailer's social media pages as sometimes they’ll get news on there as well.

“I get inside information most of the time, it’s not the same as getting from the official source so some people get the information late.

“But all in all, just following me and the social media pages of major retailers like Smyths, GameStop and Harvey Norman will go a long way."

He also said that there are many people selling the consoles above the RRP.

“Most of them are even following me but there’s very little I can do to stop them, that’s why I try as much as possible to give out the info to everyone following me so they wouldn’t have to resort to scalpers.”

A spokesperson for Argos told Sunday World: “It's clear customers are excited for the new PlayStation.

“When we’re released additional stock, we see huge numbers of customers trying to place their orders with us and we sell out very quickly.

“We’ve not announced any updates. We continue to encourage customers to check back regularly.”

The highly anticipated Playstation 5 was released over a year ago in November 2020, and due to the supply chain issues, it is likely that the console will not be in readily available supply to gamers until 2023.

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