THE PlayStation 5 sold out within minutes after it went on sale across the UK this morning.
Dozens of retailers opened up sales across their online stores but sky-high demand meant the £449 console was tricky to get hold of.
The PS5 went on sale in the UK on ThursdayCredit: sony/the sun
By mid-morning, Game, John Lewis, Currys, Very and other major stores had listed the next-gen machine as out of stock.
On Twitter, Littlewoods said it sold out of both editions of the PS5 stock “within seconds” of the stock going live on the website around 10am.
Some online retailers held back stock to avoid the early rush. Argos and Amazon opened up orders at noon UK time on Thursday.
Shops that sold out have suggested the PS5 will be back in stock in time for Christmas.
Angry gamers took to Twitter to vent their frustration at missing out on one of Sony’s new machines.
“Who the f**k is buying them all and how are they doing it?” one Twitter user fumed.
“I’m fuming, I waited up since 6am,” another said.
One person tweeted: “All the waiting I did for this bull s**t f**k the ps5”.
Sony’s PS5 console boasts an unusual white and black design
Sony launched two versions of the PlayStation 5 in the UK and Europe today, following the consoles’ release in the US last week.
The full PS5 costs £449/$499, while a Digital Edition without a disc tray is priced at £359/$399.
They’re up against stiff competition in the form of the Xbox Series X (£449) and Xbox Series S (£249), which launched worldwide November 10.
The Series X and Series S also sold out around the world within minutes.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X – when are they out and how much will they cost?
Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and its smaller, cheaper sibling, the Series S, on November 10.
The release date covered the UK, US, Australia and a bunch of other countries worldwide.
The disc-free Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
So how does that compare to the new Xbox’s biggest rival, the PlayStation 5?
The PS5 launch fell on November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stood for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
UK gamers had to wait until November 19 to order one of the consoles.
The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at £359/$399.
In other news, check out our Xbox Series X review.
We also took a look at the Xbox Series S.
And try the powerhouse Dell Alienware R10 gaming PC on for size.
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