Update: We’re expecting new consoles at Game, AO and Very this week. Read on for more information.
The PS5 console launched more than six months ago, but ongoing supply problems mean it’s difficult to actually get your hands on Sony’s new console.
Restock issues have plagued the console since launch day, and despite stores reopening in the UK, it’s still almost impossible to secure a console in-store (and not easy online either).
But the restock landscape seems to be improving, with huge drops appearing from every single major retailer throughout May. 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:
A goodbye from your resident PS5 stock trackers
Well, we weren’t expecting to see any drops today, but it still sucks when the baron wasteland of PlayStation 5 consoles continues. That said, tomorrow is expected to be a sensational day for PS5 drops, with Game, Very and AO all predicted to drop in the morning.
We’ll be here bright and early to give you the updates as they happen. Until them, have a look at our PS5 restock guide for all the latest predicted drop dates and times.
‘Ghost of Tsushima’ PS5 upgrade
Sony and games developer Sucker Punch have announced that an enhanced director’s cut edition of their hit open-world samurai game Ghost of Tsushima will be released on 20 August for both the PS4 and PS5.
The upgraded version of the game will include all of the content from the original game as well as a new island, Iki, to explore. Sucker Punch says that means there will be new story content, characters, environments, armour, enemies, and more. You can read our news story for more details, but for now, enjoy the announcement trailer 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.
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”.
PS5 digital edition vs PS5 disc edition: What’s the difference?
There are two versions of the PS5 to choose from: one with a disc drive (plainly called the PS5) and one without (called the PS5 digital edition).
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.
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.
Best PS5 games: ‘Miles Morales’
If you’ve managed to secure a PS5, yu might want to have a look at our round-up of the best PS5 games. Our reviewer called it the best action game out so far.
“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.
AO is expected to drop this week
The last time AO.com had a PS5 restock was on 17 June, so it’s been a long old while. There’s a little trick to getting the PS5 from AO.com when the PS5 is live.
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’.
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.
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).
Other highlights included a PS5 disc edition bundle with a copy of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and an additional dual sense controller (£594.96, Game.co.uk) and the same PS5 bundle, except with Demon’s Souls (£594.96, Game.co.uk).
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