PS5 availability delays are over, that is the message that Sony is sending to existing users of its PlayStation consoles as well as aspiring users.
“To all our fans: thank you for your patience as we navigated unprecedented demand for the PS5 console amid global challenges. If you’re looking to purchase a PS5 console, you should now have a much easier time finding one at retailers globally,” Sony says in a statement on its blog.
“For players in the U.S., U.K, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, be sure to check direct.playstation.com to purchase a PS5 console, games, and accessories directly from PlayStation. PS5 products are also available at participating retailers globally.”
While there is no mention of Kenya and any African country, this news should be good news to Sony PlayStation users and fans in Kenya and the rest of Africa as well as the markets here are dependent on the global availability.
Since its release in 2020, the PlayStation 5 has been a rarity with supply shortages being witnessed because of a myriad of factors that had forced Sony to release it in limited quantities.
The dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic that year resulted in supply chain issues owing to the early withdrawal and part decrease of chip orders by most companies due to the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic. With cancelled orders, chip makers turned to alternative industries with cryptocurrency miners rushing in to fill the void, mopping up almost all the available inventory even as chip makers scaled down production, causing chaos in the supply chain that would last at least 2 years.
Sony offers two main versions of the PS5: a standard model that includes a disk slot and a new digital edition that leaves out the disk slot forcing users to download their games online after purchase on the same platform(s).