GameStop's Irish stores won't be able to send PlayStation 5 consoles to all pre-orders in time for release day, reports VGC. The retailer has been sending messages to some PS5 pre-order holders, informing them that their next-gen console won't be with them until sometime in 2021.
It cites "circumstances out of our control", which sounds as though its stock allocation simply isn't enough to meet demand. Apparently, Sony has contacted European retailers and informed them of their PS5 allocations, which seems to have prompted GameStop Ireland to send this out. This isn't the only example, either; ShopTo has also had to inform some customers that they won't get their PS5s at launch.
Unfortunately, it seems that demand far outweighs supply, at least for the moment. If you haven't received anything like the above messages, your pre-order should be safe, but it seems that some PS5 fans will have to wait until the new year to get their hands on the console.
We wouldn't worry too much about this. While some may be affected by stock shortages, the majority are likely to get their consoles on time. Sony is said to be producing far more PS5s for launch than it did for PS4, so there should be plenty to go around. Have you had any messages like this regarding your PS5 pre-order? Would you mind if your PS5 arrived later than expected? Tell us in the comments section below.