Shops can’t stock the PS5 console quick enough, as it flies off the shelves as soon as it arrives. But you can still get the devices on eBay – provided your pockets are deep enough
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The PS5 console is selling out almost as quickly as stores can get hold of some – but shoppers can still buy the console online, provided they don’t mind paying 50% extra.
The PlayStation PS5 was released in November 2020 , but actually buying one has been impossible for many shoppers as demand for it far outstrips supply.
Yesterday Argos, Game and Studio had some for sale in the morning, but these were quickly snapped up .
It’s proven so difficult to track a PS5 down that dedicated Twitter accounts exist to give updates on when shops might restock the console.
But if you can’t wait for shops to restock the PS5, there is one place you can still find it – eBay.
Some eBayers are reselling the consoles, but normally for a steep profit.
In-store the PS5 costs around £449 for the full console, while a Digital Edition without a disc tray is priced at £359.
However, on eBay some sellers have added a steep mark-up for those desperate enough.
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One eBayer is selling the full console for £699.99, an increase of around 55%.
The digital console is trading on the auction website for around £569.99, a 58% price rise.
The PS5 has an 8-core AMD Zen 2-based CPU at 3.5GHz, 16GB of GGDR6 RAM and 825GB of internal storage.
It is meant to be 100 times faster than the PS4, so games will load in extra-quick time.
But if you are really desperate and want one now, private sellers are listing PS5 consoles for sale on eBay.
However, most of these are being sold for a big profit.
The disc version of the PS5 is being sold for up to £748, compared to its £449 normal retail price.
Even a disc PS5 that has been opened and used are being sold for £650.
The cheaper Digital Edition is selling for up to £549, though it would cost just £359 if bought new.
Shoppers are advised to keep checking major retailers if you they want to snap one of the consoles up.
If you want a console but haven’t got your heart set on the PS5, the new Xbox series has had supply shortages but nothing on the scale seen by its PlayStation rival.
The Xbox Series X (£449) and Xbox Series S (£249), also launched last November.
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The Series S is the digital sibling to the more powerful Series X.
The Series S has a 8-Core AMD Zen 2 CPU, clocked at a 3.6GHz, 10GB of GGDR6 RAM, and an AMD GPU clocked at 4 Teraflops.
Storage for the machine is 512Gb of internal memory and has the same Xbox Velocity Architecture as the Series X for speedy loading and fast resume functionality.
Plus, the games subscription service Xbox Game Pass offers more than 100 games starting at £1 for three months.
The shortage of the PS5 is due to high demand during the pandemic, a global shortage of microchip processors and even the Suez Canal being blocked earlier in the year by the Ever Given cargo ship.