PS5 has been posting poor sales numbers of late because of a lack of supply – and not, it’s important to underline, because of a lack of demand. Microsoft recently gloated that it was stealing marketshare from its closest competitor, but the caveat has always been Sony’s inability to ship enough hardware. That looks like it’s slowly beginning to improve, with 18 million consoles planned for the coming fiscal year – and availability increasing in key countries like the UK.
Case in point: while the system has been rock bottom for several weeks, it rebounded in Britain last month, outselling even the Nintendo Switch to become the top-selling console of the month. We’ve seen evidence of this reflected in software sales charts, where tentpole titles like Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 have suddenly surged in response to fresh shipments. If there’s a positive to find here, it’s that consumers still want PS5s – it’s just been near-impossible to find.
While it’s unlikely you’ll be walking into a store and purchasing a system any time soon, the hope is that Sony is able to improve production to a point where availability is, at the very least, easier to manage. There have been a lot of restocks in the UK and USA lately, and you can keep an eye on our PS5 stock page for the latest information. Hopefully better months are ahead for the hardware, after a dismally slow start to the year.