Sony is going to try its absolute best to meet the demand for PS5 Stock this Christmas season as the company begins flying systems into the UK onboard gigantic Boeing 747 aeroplanes. Three deliveries have already been made using the aircraft and The Sun understands two more are on their way between now and the middle of November. The planes have been "stacked high with almost 50 pallets" of PS5 consoles, which needed 12 articulated lorries to transport from Heathrow Airport to distribution centres throughout the UK.
A source within Sony supposedly told the newspaper that the firm has "a phenomenal operation has been underway to stock UK shelves of PS5s for Christmas. Sony just wants to keep fans happy after a slew of issues with its new kit, and this is an unprecedented air-lift."
Despite stock shortages since the device launched in November 2020, Sony has still managed to sell 13.4 million as of September 2021. It means the PS5 is still the fastest-selling PlayStation console in history; who knows how many more could have been sold without supply constraints and the coronavirus pandemic. Either way, it looks like Sony plans to sell as many PS5 consoles as it can this holiday season.
Shipping the consoles by air instead of using ferries across the sea is a much faster option, but it also comes at an expensive cost. Ampere Analysis research director Piers Harding-Rolls said: "Air freighting goods such a long way is commonly avoided as it’s expensive. But firms can use it to overcome supply chain issues or meet demand at key times of the year as it gets consoles, in this case, from factories to stores much faster." Harding-Rolls warns that shipping so many consoles at once may create a longer drought in early 2022, however.
Will you be hoping to snag a PS5 off the back of one of these deliveries this Christmas? Share your holiday wishlist in the comments below.
[source thesun.co.uk, via videogameschronicle.com]
You could say it’s a Planestation
Good thing their zero emissions goal is still 29 years away.
Now fly in a couple of exclusives as well please.
Absolutely disgusting. Our world is coming to an end and all we can think of is flying over electronics?
On second thoughts I need one for upstairs so get them over quickly.
Sounds good. The sooner the PS5 userbase grows to whatever size Sony needs to really kick off the gen, the better.
Coming to a scalper near you soon!
The longer shops have no stock, the less bothered I am about the thing. So far there hasn’t been a game released for it that has hooked me to search for the console, as it seems aimed at someone else. I think this may be because Sony is taking a far more Western-centric position on the sort of games it’s developing.
I am glad SONY are helping Santa out
I've just bought one of the planes. Bidding starts at ten million, do I see ten million?
That's nice I guess.
In completely unrelated news, if you're looking for a PS5 this holiday, check out my Ebay listing....I still have almost 50 pallets worth available from my UK warehouse!
Wait, what? You mean to tell me these aren’t made in the North Pole and the shortage wasn’t due to the ongoing Elf union workers strike? 😲 Man-childhood ruined! 😫
I know you are meant to quote source links but do you really need to post a link to The S*n website?
That scumrag doesn't deserve anyone's clicks. @liamcroft @get2sammyb
Well that’s quite the optics during the climate conference. It’s not like there are any HGV drivers to even get them from their airport either.
@solocapers Exactly. I’d rather they linked to some random local newspaper than The Scum.
Nothing us peons and common folk can do when the people in charge of the world are causing the mess. Might as well enjoy the end of days while we can.
@solocapers That's the source of the story. I'm afraid there's nothing we can really do about it except not report on it at all.
@Rickshaboy My thoughts exactly.
People actually believe the crap in the sun ?.
@Martsmall it’s increasingly difficult to believe the crap published in any newspaper tbf. Be it the sun or any other 🤪
@CynicalGamer Unfortunately I don't think Sony are going to kick it up a gear until demand dies down, or the flood of Xbox exclusives starts coming out.
@fR_eeBritney yep they all grab the story then when it turns out to b fake they can say well that newspaper did it first blah blah
@The_Pixel_King While that's all true, the demand will be even higher in the holiday season.
Also, this makes me wonder if something similar happened in EU and/or other regions. Not that I'm looking for another PS5 or know anybody who does, just curious.
@ThomasHL Fair enough. I do think to some extent they want a large enough userbase to kick their marketing hype machine into full gear. I'm no marketing guru but my sense is that once the hype of a game is over, its sales at high price go down even as the userbase grows.
I've given up until I can buy one without a hunt!
Just follow your local Game UK stores on Twitter. Mine tweets when they know there is stock coming to their store.
Pick up available in a pub near Heathrow soon.
That's good news to those who don't own one yet, Sony know what they need to do especially seeing as the ps5 is the most wanted console
Lucky to get mine off shopto a few months ago, was randomly roaming twitter and saw their tweet about new stock, I had no money in the bank but thankfully I was allowed to use Klarna to pay £30 a month for 24 months (came with 3 games and extra controller)
So I'd definitely reccomend following gaming stores on twitter and keep an eye out for any tweets
Tried to get one during Walmart's drop yesterday at 3PM. You can probably guess how that turned out. 😝
Getting close to the 1 year launch date, no? Those articles can write themselves.
If my kid didn't want 1 for Christmas I'd give up at this point and wait for the PS5 Pro. I'll still play HFW and GoWR on PS4 and call it a gaming career after BotW2.
@solocapers this man be be speaking facts about that gobs**** paper
@themcnoisy Always the outrage that could be a thing but then i see people hop on the plane to go on holiday. I can see your point but a lot of people are hypocritical b6 going oversees to go on holiday. 🤪
@rjejr What if PS5 Pro just has a better external SSD port, brighter LED lighting, and costs $550? Jim said he's watching how Switch OLED turned out and it's a hit so....there's your PS5 Pro right there.
@UltimateOtaku91. Ps5 is not the most wanted console.its the most wanted item now.the most wanted electronic ever.word up son
@NEStalgia OK, good points, good points. I misspoke, I should have said "PS5 Slim" so I can fit it in my gaming room basement which is limited to a 7' ceiling and I'm not sure PS5 will fit atop any of my furniture and I don't want to leave it on the floor.
@rjejr Well, now you're just being unreasonable.
Scalpers are now waiting at the airports 😆
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