Opinion

Black Friday is set to be a big disappointment for gaming

Console gamers resting their hopes on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox discounts should prepare for the worst

Every November, Black Friday promises the year's biggest and best discounts, and every November it delivers. But if you were biding your time and keeping your fingers crossed that this was going to be your month to seal the deal on a next-generation PlayStation or Xbox, then you should brace yourself for bad news.

The recurring stock issues have marred the release of both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S and X since their release in the Fall of last year aren't about to resolve themselves before the peak pre-holidays buying season.

As far back as May this year, Bloomberg reported that PlayStation 5 supply issues will pervade into 2022. Hiroki Totoki, Sony's Chief Financial Officer, told a briefing: "I don't think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn't be able to catch up with demand."

On top of the heavy demand, availability has also been beleaguered by the affect COVID-19 has had on the production of the consoles' components. "Uneven vaccine rollouts across developing nations where Sony suppliers have their production bases have made supplies of chips and parts unpredictable," says Bloomberg, and has resulted in a production shortfall of over a million unites.

And it's a case of 'as-above, so-below' for the Xbox Series X, with Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer telling press outlets that the stock issues will be ongoing, "definitely through the end of this calendar year and into the next calendar year."

That is set to lead to disheartenment for gamers the world over as opportunities to buy are going to be few and far between. Tabitha Baker, Hardware Editor at GamesRadar, isn't feeling optimistic, does suggest there will be a glimmer of hope for shoppers next week: "We'll likely see PS5 and Xbox Series X stock concentrated around Black Friday's event, but with very few drops leading us away from November and towards Christmas."

Outside of the two main next-generation consoles, it's hardly better news for gaming fans hoping for something a little different. While the stock of Nintendo Switch console and Oculus Quest 2 VR headset will undoubtedly be more readily available, discounts are expected to be almost as scarce. "Both the Nintendo Switch and Oculus Quest 2 have seen their fair share of stock troubles over the last year, and the continued popularity of both devices means this year's offers will likely revolve around bundle deals," Baker told The Week, "with any discounts that do present themselves flying off the shelves particularly quickly."

To see what products are already seeing discounts, take a look at The Week's guide to the best Black Friday deals available right now.

More From...

Adam Marshall
Read All
Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals: 17 best discounts available today
Walmart.com website in a browser
Feature

Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals: 17 best discounts available today

Best Amazon Black Friday deals: 12 best discounts available now
Person using a MacBook Air laptop.
Feature

Best Amazon Black Friday deals: 12 best discounts available now

Best Black Friday laptop deals 2021
MacBook Air.
Feature

Best Black Friday laptop deals 2021

Best Black Friday TV deals 2021: 7 top discounts for all budgets
Man watching flatscreen 4K TV at home.
Feature

Best Black Friday TV deals 2021: 7 top discounts for all budgets

Recommended

The Week contest: Property dogs
A rich dog.
Feature

The Week contest: Property dogs

Parag Agrawal takes over as Twitter CEO
The Twitter bird.
meet the new guy

Parag Agrawal takes over as Twitter CEO

Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals: 17 best discounts available today
Walmart.com website in a browser
Feature

Best Walmart Cyber Monday deals: 17 best discounts available today

How Facebook's metaverse could change your life
Meta.
Briefing

How Facebook's metaverse could change your life

Most Popular

Late night hosts joke about Trump's secret COVID test
Donald Trump shares COVID with Joe Biden
Last Night on Late Night

Late night hosts joke about Trump's secret COVID test

Meghan Markle handed win in court battle with U.K. tabloid
Meghan Markle
meghan vs. tabloids

Meghan Markle handed win in court battle with U.K. tabloid

Fox News personality Lara Logan condemned for likening Fauci to Nazi doctor
Lara Logan.
wow

Fox News personality Lara Logan condemned for likening Fauci to Nazi doctor