Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Players struggling to get their hands on a PS5 in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg can now register directly with PlayStation for an opportunity to buy one.
Sony had previously launched this service in the US last year, but it has now opened up to a select few European countries, allowing players to buy directly from PlayStation in an attempt to avoid scalpers and resellers. In order to register, players need to sign in with their PlayStation Network ID on the Register to Buy page on PlayStation.com.
If you're selected, you'll be emailed by PlayStation with a date, time, and instructions for your chance to purchase one of the “limited amount of PS5 Consoles available for customers to purchase direct from PlayStation”. Players can only purchase one PS5 console per household or PSN ID, to avoid mass buying, so this should be one of the better options for anyone looking to get their hands on a PS5 without paying over the odds. You can find the full details on the PlayStation Register To Buy page here.
PlayStation 5 stock is still notoriously difficult to acquire, given the huge number of scalpers buying up consoles to resell at a higher price, and the current semi-conductor shortage which prevents more consoles being manufactured.
“Rest assured that we are laser-focused on doing everything in our power to ship as many units as possible, it’s something we work on every day across the company and remains my top priority,” said PlayStation boss Jim Ryan late last year.
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