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PS5 release date crashes websites as gamers face long queues

Written by on 19/11/2020

Gamers hoping to buy a PlayStation 5 on its release day have been met by long queues and crashing websites as retailers struggle to cope with demand.

Shoppers have been complaining on social media about the delay in being able to order the £450 console – with some stores pushing back their release of stock and others reporting no units being available.

Currys PC World has tweeted to say “there will be no PS5s available to buy today” and added they are “trying super hard to get more in stock”.

The retailer had earlier put its initial online release time of 9am “on hold”.

John Lewis has tweeted that the console has been “incredibly popular” and is now out of stock on its website.

Shoppers had earlier struggled to access the website for roughly an hour on Thursday morning – but it is not clear if this is due to the demand for the console.

Other retailers including Amazon and Game are also showing the PS5 as being “out of stock”.

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Physical queues of dozens of people could also be seen outside Game’s branch in east London’s Westfield shopping centre.

The PS5 has been hailed as a “new era for gaming” by maker Sony, with the new system promising 4K resolution gameplay, higher-quality graphics and faster loading times.

 Sky News

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