Currys has postponed their plans to sell the PlayStation 5 console, as it emerged that customers were placing orders for Sony’s next-gen console prior to the 9 a.m. release time.
In a post from the tech retailer, Currys apologized, encouraging everyone to check their social media channels for updates on when they will arrive. While this was not the news many were anticipating, Currys said that they were “working super hard to get more stock.”
It's not only Currys facing launch day drawbacks, as Game delayed their planned launch schedule for the PlayStation 5 as well. They tweeted a few minutes after Currys, with a later post going out just after midday confirming the site was up and running for PlayStation 5 pre-orders, thanking everyone for their patience. In an email sent out to customers from Game, courtesy of VGC, it reads that due “to the volume of PlayStation 5’s in the UK market and the size of the product, the launch has led to UK wide delivery challenges for all retailers and couriers,”
Our site is now back up for PS5 pre-orders.
Thank you again for your patience.
— GAME.co.uk (@GAMEdigital) November 19, 2020
“However, for reasons beyond the control of Game, Yodel have informed us today (November 18) that not all orders due to be delivered by them will be delivered on release day.”
Yodel disputed a claim that a network issue had caused problems with distributing the pre-orders of the new console. In response, a spokesperson for the company said they’d been “consistently clear” with Game on its order quota.
As previously reported, Japan sold 118,000 units of the PlayStation 5 in just four days, with Spider-Man: Miles Morales becoming the best-selling game in Japan. The game has sold more than 18,000 copies. Earlier still, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan confirmed that there were no more consoles available to the public from launch day, and would not be holding any more launch events due to COVID-19 concerns.