Turns out launching a gaming console during a worldwide pandemic is great for business - but not so much for the customer.
The head of Sony Interactive Entertainment and man with two first names, Jim Ryan, confirmed that "absolutely everything is sold" after a mad rush of customers flocked to buy the next-gen PS5 console when it was released on November 12.
I guess my two principle feelings are one of happiness as things appear to be going well, and secondly of relief – we did it in this unusual, strange and frankly rather difficult year. Of all the things that I’ve learned this year, one is that I wouldn’t plan on doing another big console launch in the midst of a global pandemic, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anybody else.
A quick look at NZ retailers like JB Hi Fi, Noel Leeming, EB Games confirms this, with no stores having the console available but are accepting pre-orders.
And some jokers are listing their PS5 consoles on Trademe for well over a grand....some even listed at $2000 (RRP of a PS5 is $649 for digital edition, $819 for the full edition).
So if you were hoping to get a PS5 for Christmas, you might want to start dreaming of something else.