Gamers hoping to buy a PlayStation 5 on its release day have been met by long queues and crashing websites as retailers struggle to cope with the demand.
Shoppers have been complaining on social media about the delay in being able to order the £450 console – with some stores pushing back their release of stock and others reporting no units being available.
Physical queues of dozens of people could also be seen outside Game’s branch in east London’s Westfield shopping centre.
Currys PC World confirmed its initial online release for 9am had been placed “on hold” but would go live “later today”, while other retailers including Amazon and Game were showing the PS5 as “out of stock”.
John Lewis has tweeted that the console has been “incredibly popular” and is now out of stock on its website.
Shoppers had earlier struggled to access the website for roughly an hour on Thursday morning – but it is not clear if this is due to the demand for the console.
The PS5 has been hailed as a “new era for gaming” by maker Sony, with the new system promising 4K resolution gameplay, higher-quality graphics and faster loading times.