Dad bags PS5 after refreshing eight screens for 13 hours to get son console

A super dad refreshed eight screens for 13 hours to make sure he bagged his eight-year-old son a Sony Playstation 5.

Stephen Hill, 39, used a laptop, mobile phone, five iPads and a PC with two browsers open to secure the newly released games console for his lad Harrison.

As soon as the clock struck midnight on release day, the dad-of-three from Walsall, the West Midlands, was glued to the screens, the Birmingham Mail reported.

He opened direct links to dozens of websites he had saved ahead of time.

Eventually, after "a lot of clicking and refreshing" Stephen managed to secure a console at 1.20pm.

His route to success was using the multiple devices to select every bundle option on GAME.

Complete with a Spider-Man game it came to £509, including postage.

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

He had purchased the Microsoft machine on pre-order.

It was part-funded with a £400 voucher from Family Fund, a charity that supports families raising disabled or seriously ill children.

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

"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."

Luckily for Stephen, his seven-year-old daughter Lillie-Mai is not as gaming-mad as her brothers.

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

Stephen said it had been "a terrible year" for the family due to lockdown.

They had lost a loved one to coronavirus, leaving the dad determined to spread some Christmas cheer.

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

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