More PS5 consoles are coming in 2020, Sony promises

The next-gen PlayStation 5 was Sony's "biggest console launch ever," but many gamers have struggled to snag one.

Sean Keane Former Senior Writer
Sean knows far too much about Marvel, DC and Star Wars, and poured this knowledge into recaps and explainers on CNET. He also worked on breaking news, with a passion for tech, video game and culture.
Expertise Culture | Video Games | Breaking News
Sean Keane

Gamers will get more chances to secure a PS5 this year.

Dan Ackerman/CNET

The PlayStation 5 has been out of stock at most retailers since Sony launched its next-gen console earlier this month. But on Wednesday, the company promised that more inventory will be available before 2020 ends.

"We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever," Sony tweeted from its PlayStation account. "Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year -- please stay in touch with your local retailers."

Read more: PS5 and Xbox Series X, Series S restock coming to Walmart at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday

Sony didn't offer any hard numbers, so we don't know what its "biggest console launch ever" means. The PS2 and PS4 will likely remain Sony's most successful consoles for the next few years. Nor do we have a sense of how much inventory retailers will receive before the new year. 

You can only order a PS5 online due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Walmart's site crashed on Nov. 12 as people rushed to order it on launch day.

Similarly, Microsoft warned last week that its next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S, may be hard to get until April.

Watch this: The PlayStation 5 gets this hot under our thermal imaging camera