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PS5 release date crashes websites as gamers face long queues

Written by on 19 November 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.

Thousands of shoppers had been hoping to purchase one of the GBP450 consoles on its first day of sale – with many complaining on social media after being hit with messages of limited stock, delayed release or long online queues to place an order.

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 website was also down at around 11:30am with the company saying it would be “back up and running soon”.

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.

The Currys website said it was “down for a bit of maintenance” after the company said it was no longer selling PS5s today

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.

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

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

Despite a general closure due to coronavirus restrictions, the store had a limited opening on Thursday, with more than 50 people seen lining up outside.

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.