PS5 launch has killed the internet – John Lewis, GAME, and Tesco sites all down
Everyone trying to buy a PS5 on launch day has brought down almost every website connected with games, whether they’ve got stock or not.
It was obvious things were going to end up this way, but the launch of the PlayStation 5 has been a complete disaster in terms of anyone being able to actually buy the new console.
Not only has there been problems delivering it to those who have already pre-ordered but gamers hoping to buy one today, as new stock comes in, have been faced with the not inconsiderable problem that most of the major retailer websites are down.
John Lewis started selling the consoles at 9am and did seem to run out of stock before its website fell over and died. GAME was also up earlier but is now impossible to access, while Tesco’s dedicated pre-order website is completely dead.
You’d hope a site as big as Amazon would be okay, but it hasn’t been tested yet as new PlayStation 5 stock isn’t planned to go back on sale there until 12pm.
Currys PC World is still okay too, although it has a strict queuing system that seems to prevent problems. Although it’s changed its plan from offering stock this morning to ‘later today’.
Asada and Smyths are also still up, at time of writing, but they haven’t got any stock either, so that doesn’t really help.
Stock of new consoles is always limited when they first come out, but the situation is even worse this time because of the problems caused by the coronavirus.
Sony has given no indication of when the PlayStation 5 will become easily available, although Microsoft has warned that their Xbox Series X and S won’t be free of supply issues until April next year.
Although both should slowly become easier to get hold of as the weeks and months go by.
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