PS5 Japan Lottery Sony Sales Hardware PlayStation

Sony promised the PS5 would be much easier to find in 2023, and it’s slowly becoming a reality. Sales are improving dramatically in the manufacturer’s native Japan, where for the longest time you’ve had to register your interest with retailers in order to partake in lotteries for the opportunity to purchase a system. That practice is now, finally, on the way out, as the platform holder is able to more easily meet demand.

Electronics outfit Nojima Online has announced that, starting 1st February, it’ll cease its lottery system for the PS5 and switch to regular sales. This means, effectively, you’ll be able to order a console directly when available, without restriction. This doesn’t mean the system won’t still sell out, of course, but it’s an indication that hardware will be more readily available moving forward, which is something the PlayStation maker itself has indicated.

The firm is currently in the process of relaunching its new-gen console, with a vast and sprawling marketing campaign that’s seen artefacts like Kratos’ Leviathan Axe from God of War Ragnarok installed in real-world locations. It seems confident it can finally meet demand for its new-gen console, so if you’re in the market for a PS5, there’s never been a better time to try and pick one up.