The Currys PC World website is struggling to keep up with demand – marooning shoppers in a virtual queue to stop the website crashing under the surge in users. Hundreds of thousands flooded the website after the high street retailer confirmed that it would have stock of the Sony PlayStation 5, also known as the PS5, available to buy today. Pre-orders of the next-generation console sold-out in seconds when they launched. Sony is struggling to keep up with the huge demand for its console, with many scrambling to buy a console to gift on Christmas day today.

Those lucky enough to be at the front of the virtual queue, which contained hundreds of thousands of people when checked at around 9am this morning, still will not be able to get their hands on a PS5, Currys has now confirmed. It seems Currys still has some stock of the feverishly sought-after console, but it won’t be available until later today. It’s unclear what caused the delay… but it seems the vast crowds swarming the website might have something to do with it.

Posting on its official Twitter profile, Currys stated: “Our 9am go live for the PS5 is unfortunately on hold. We’re really sorry as we know a lot of you are really excited to get your hands on the PS5, we are hoping that it will go live later today. Keep your eyes peeled on our page for more updates.”

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