Gamers in Ireland were disappointed as the new PlayStation 5 release day went on sale in stores across the country.
Retailers are struggling with huge demand for the new Sony console, with sites crashing and others releasing stock to handle demand.
On November 19, Sony launched two new consoles worldwide – the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 digital version.
Shares of multiple Irish retailers dried up after orders opened on the morning of launch.
It boasts 8K graphics and a powerful processor that eliminates most of the loading time, so it’s no surprise that the consoles fly off the shelves.
Some stores also opened sales of the PS5 on Thursday afternoon, but they went too fast as they spread on social media.
Here are the latest updates on where you can buy a new console.
Retailer Harvey Norman has sold out of PS5 consoles but has been urging consumers to pay attention to their social media channels for updates.
A message on their Facebook page reads: “We appreciate your patience this morning as our website has experienced high traffic due to the need for PS5.
We thank everyone for their understanding as we have worked hard to resolve these issues.
We completed all the orders we could and they sold out. Stay tuned to our social channels for more updates on future availability. Thanks.
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Curries PC World said the good news is that more stock will be available over the Christmas period, however gamers will have to wait for updates.
A spokesman told the Irish Sun: “We expect more stock to be available by Christmas.
“We’ll provide updates online, but please keep checking our website as well.”
Argos is also out of stock of consoles in Ireland.
A spokesman told Irish Sun: “It is clear that users cannot wait to join hands on new consoles.
“Pre-orders went live on our website last month and are now sold out.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and encourage customers to check back regularly for more stock updates.”
The GameStop Ireland website requires a coupon to pick up a PlayStation console.
A statement on their social media said: “As the number of online orders has increased, some users may experience slight delays.
“We want you to know that our priority is to get all orders to our customers as soon as possible.”
A Tesco spokesman said: “Tesco Ireland has received a very small number of PlayStation 5 consoles, with pre-orders only available online in line with Sony’s process for this sale.
“We have run a strict product range for each individual to help us satisfy as many customers as we can.”
“We sincerely apologize to the frustrated customers. We understand that this is very disturbing, however, it was beyond our control as we have limited stock.”
Smiths Toys said it expects stock to be available in December.
They said: “If you have already placed a pre-order, your order will be available on Thursday, November 19th, the day of release.
“We are working to get more stock for pre-order.
“Please check back soon for stock availability updates.”
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Littlewoods Ireland also ran out of stock on the popular console.
A message on their phoneline prompts customers to check the website for updates.