Saturday, 28 Nov 2020

Dad spends 13 hours glued to eight different screens to secure PS5 for son

A super dad spent more than half a day glued to computer screens to secure a PS5.

Stephen Hill, 39, spent 13 hours constantly refreshing eight screens so his eight-year-old son Harrison wouldn’t be disappointed.

The dad-of-three used a laptop, mobile phone, five iPads and a PC with two browsers open during his mission, BirminghamLive reports.

His hard work eventually paid off after he managed to buy one of the highly sought-after consoles.

As soon as the clock struck midnight on release day today Stephen, of Brownhills, West Midlands, was constantly clicking.

He had saved direct links to dozens of retailer's websites including GAME, Amazon and John Lewis.

The dedicated dad also followed a live blog to check availability.

After "a lot of clicking and refreshing" he managed to get a PS5 at 1.20pm by using the multiple devices to select every bundle option on GAME.

The package, which included a Spider-Man game, came to £509 including postage.

Stephen, who was helped by wife Emma, also managed to buy an Xbox Series X for his autistic six-year-old son Isaac.

The Xbox was bought on pre-order and was part-funded with a £400 voucher from the charity Family Fund, which supports families raising disabled or seriously ill children.

Stephen said: "I can't wait to see their faces when they open them."

He said it had been "a terrible year" for the family due to lockdown and losing a loved one to coronavirus.

So he wanted to make sure Santa was able to bring them the goods at Christmas.

Stephen said: "The demand for both consoles was high but I was very determined.

"It's that time of year, all the kids want them so they can play the latest games, whenever a new one comes out it's always the way.

"But it's what the boys had asked for and as a parent, you want to give them what they want."

He said his seven-year-old daughter Lillie-Mai is not quite as gaming-mad as her brothers.

Stephen said: "She's having a normal Xbox, a mobile phone and some other stuff."

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