Want a PS5 or Switch this Christmas? Prepare for bad news

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We're sorry in advance for this terrible news, gamers, but there is a serious games console shortage affecting all the big name console manufacturers. We just have to count our blessings that the shortage isn't happening during the Christmas period – oh wait.

Whether you're a gamer hoping to treat yourself for Christmas, or a parent desperately on the hunt for your littluns' dream console, you might be in a bit of a pickle when it comes to shopping this year. Four of the latest games consoles are suffering from a component shortage which is affecting the restocking of the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, as well as delaying the release of the Steam Deck. If you aren't sure what console to buy, make sure you check out our guide to the best games console available now. 

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.