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If you were still hoping to secure a PlayStation 5 ahead of the console’s launch on 12th November, you may want to lower your expectations: Sony’s admitted that not everyone in the market for the next-gen machine will be able to get their mitts on one from the off. “The demand as expressed by the level of pre-orders has been has been very, very considerable,” boss Jim Ryan told Reuters.

In fact, it took the next-gen system just 12 hours to match 12 weeks of PlayStation 4 pre-orders in the United States, which just goes to show how insatiable fans are for the new format. As a result, Ryan admits that “it may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one”. He added that the firm’s “working as hard as it can” to get as many systems into stores as possible.

The PS5 has been pretty much sold out worldwide since pre-orders suddenly appeared on retailer websites earlier in the year. It led to a mass scramble which the manufacturer actually apologised for. It doesn’t seem like the clumsy roll-out affected interest in the system, though, with the organisation selling through its entire shipment in less than a day.