Update: AO.com, Game, Smyths Toys and Very are expected to drop this week. Read on for more information.
The PS5 console was released over six months ago, but no one could have predicted quite how difficult it would be to actually get their hands on Sony’s new console.
Restock issues have plagued the console’s launch since initial reveal, and despite stores reopening in the UK, it’s still almost impossible to secure a console in-store (and not easy online either).
The restock landscape seemed to be improving in May, with huge drops appearing from every single major retailer. Sadly, that wasn’t the case in June, with the only bright spots being from Game and Very. This month, we’ve had an Argos drop, with plenty more to come soon.
So if you’re still searching for the console, we’re here to help you get your hands on the coveted Playstation by keeping an eye on all major retailers, as well as offering the latest insight on any rumoured releases.
Check stock from UK PS5 retailers below:
When is the next Very PS5 restock going to take place?
Very has quickly become one of our favourite PS5 retailers, after a long period of time when it was at the bottom of our pile (it went 76 days without a PS5 drop – we don’t mention those dark days anymore). Why is it our new favourite? Because its recent drops have been long and fruitful, usually lasting for hours on end.
The last Very PS5 restock occurred on Tuesday 22 June, and the console was in stock for a mammoth four hours. The drop before that lasted a similar length of time, too. There’s no rumoured date for the next Very drop, but when it does land, it will most likely take place in the morning between 9am and 11am.
Emma Henderson5 July 2021 15:23
Fed up of the PS5 drought? Why not buy a Nintendo Switch instead
If you’re feeling a little, well, over trying to secure Sony’s latest console, why not have a look at the Nintendo Switch instead? It’s much easier to buy than both the Xbox series X and the PS5.
With fierce competition between the best gaming console, we compared the three big hitters in a review. Our writer noted that “Nintendo has never been afraid of taking risks with its console designs, and the Switch console, first released in 2017, is a perfect example of them getting it just right.”
As “a home console that can be detached from a TV dock and used as a portable device,” it’s “well-suited to couch multiplayer, a mode that is facilitated by the novel controller design, which allows each controller to separate into two parts, each functioning independently”.
Alex Lee5 July 2021 14:35
If you don’t own physical PS4 games and you don’t have a collection of movies on Blu-ray, it could be a good idea to plump for the digital edition as it’s slightly cheaper.
Games are downloaded from the PlayStation Store and ownership is tied to your PlayStation Network account. You won’t be able to play second hand games though, which if we’re being cynical is an entirely intended side effect of the shift towards digital-only consoles.
The normal, disc edition of the PlayStation 5 costs £449, while the digital edition, without the disc drive, is cheaper and costs £359.
Alex Lee5 July 2021 13:24
Another PS5 stock forecast has been released
The @PS5UKStock Twitter account has joined in the forecasting fun, and the account’s predicted dates align with the @PS5StockAlertUK’s predictions earlier this morning. As usual, the dates are based on previous restock patterns. AO.com, Game and Very could all drop tomorrow morning, so be on the lookout and keep your eyes on this page. We’ll bring you stock drop alerts as soon as they happen.
Game and Very have quickly become our favourite retailers for stock drops. They usually last long, and they both have a wide variety of bundles to choose from, so there’s always less competition.
Alex Lee5 July 2021 12:35
Best PS5 games: ‘Miles Morales’
“Insomniac’s 2018 game broke a long-standing series curse by being very good indeed: an open-world action adventure that made you feel, emphatically, like you were web-slinging between skyscrapers and thwacking crooks,” they wrote.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales refines the original’s formula. “This is a streamlined adventure with a more focused story, far less busy work and an endearingly clumsy protagonist still getting to grips with his powers,” they added. It’s 14 per cent off at Amazon right now.
Alex Lee5 July 2021 11:46
AO is expected to drop this week
It takes a little bit of effort, but many people have seen success using it when the console is live but showing “out of stock”. Note: This will only work when the PS5 product page is live on AO and you’ll need to be using Google Chrome.
You can test this out with any item on AO’s website if you want a bit of practice before the next drop. AO usually drops stock between 9am and 11am in the morning. It’s expected to only have bundles in stock this time round.
- When the PS5 product page is live, copy the PS5’s product ID and save it somewhere safe.
- Navigate to a random item on AO’s website.Right-click on the ‘Buy now’ button on the random item and click ‘Inspect element’.
- In the element inspector, replace the product’s ID with the PS5’s product ID. Click ‘Buy now’.
Alex Lee5 July 2021 11:15
PS5 price: How much does the console cost?
The PS5 disc edition costs £449.99, while the PS5 digital edition is cheaper at £349.99. The standard PS5 is the exact same price as the new Xbox series x – conveniently also out of stock in most retailers. But the Xbox series s (the all-digital edition of the Xbox series x) is cheaper than the PS5 digital edition, costing just £249. If you want more information on the differences, you can read our comparison of the Xbox series X and PS5.
A number of retailers also sell PS5bundles, including Game and Very. We’ll let you know if new bundles are ever released.
Alex Lee5 July 2021 10:45
Game PS5 bundles: What bundles does the retailer have?
Speaking of Game, the last time we checked, it had the largest number of PS5 bundles out of all the retailers. At the time, the cheapest disc edition bundle came with a “Player1” T-shirt (£464.98, Game.co.uk). The most expensive disc bundle came with a dual sense controller and a pulse 3D gaming headset (£599.97, Game.co.uk).
Alex Lee5 July 2021 10:20
Game is still accepting PS5 pre-orders in-store
Alert! If you haven’t popped into your local Game to add your name onto the PS5 pre-order waiting list, what are you waiting for?
According to @PS5StockAlertUK, it’s because some retailers have a new stock system. Game will reportedly have 23 spots per store per month for people to go in and register their name for a PS5 console. Once stock is available in that store, you’ll get a call. The wait time is long, however, so if you don’t have the patience, you’ll have to continue the hunt online. As usual, we’ll let you know if anything changes.
Alex Lee5 July 2021 09:55
When is the next John Lewis PS5 restock expected to take place?
John Lewis last had a PS5 drop at 7am on 10 June. As usual with John Lewis drops, it didn’t last very long, but it does always seem to drop at 7am.
The retailer only seems to get a couple of thousand consoles or less each time new stock comes in, so we’re not expecting anything big the next time there’s a drop. The @PS5StockAlertUK reckons we could see another drop this week. When it happens, we recommend checking out via the app – people have seen more success through this method. More updates to follow soon!
Alex Lee5 July 2021 09:40
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