PlayStation 5 was briefly in stock at UK retailer Argos, but US-based players may not be lucky with international purchases of the PS5.
Earlier on Thursday morning, the PS5 console became available from Argos, on the UK retailer’s website. However, since 4am ET, the Argos website says that the PlayStation 5 console and the digital edition are currently unavailable.
The consoles still seem to be on the website, but when a user tries to add one of them to their shopping cart, the loading screen freezes.
In addition, some customers who seemed to have successfully purchased the PS5 console from Argos reported that their orders were cancelled almost immediately.
However, even if a US buyer were able to successfully add the PS5 to their shopping cart, they would not be able to have it shipped to the US because Argos does not ship internationally.
Argos’ website states: “We deliver to the UK mainland and Northern Ireland. For smaller items we can also deliver to the Scottish Islands, the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Man.
“Unfortunately we do not currently deliver abroad… but you never know what might happen in the future.
Although Argos seems to be sold out, buying a console from an international retailer could be an option for those who have difficulty getting their hands on the PS5 in the US? It may not be that simple.
Any US-based player who wants to try their luck at getting their hands on the PS5 through a UK retailer will probably need a UK shipping address, as many players, like Argos, will not ship internationally.
Those who wish to purchase the PS5 abroad could try to buy the PS5 from an international retailer and ship the console to a trusted address (e.g. friends or family) before having it shipped to the US.
Although PS5 games are not regionally limited, U.S. players who purchase the console abroad must take into account the fact that the console may have a different power cord and therefore require an adapter.
In addition, it will be more expensive to pay for shipping from an international address to the U.S. than to buy from a domestic retailer.
While purchasing a PS5 remains a challenge, it is best for U.S. gamers to continue to check U.S.-based retailers such as Walmart, Target, Best Buy, GameStop, PlayStation Direct and Costco.
There are few PS5 consoles available, but retailers are expected to have larger inventory levels by the end of the year. In addition, Washington Newsday will publish updates on the inventory levels at key retailers in the U.S. More information can be found in these guides.
Washington Newsday has asked Argos for comments.