The PlayStation 5 is officially here – well, depending on whether you’re able to buy one or not yet.
There are two consoles, the main PlayStation 5 (£449.99) and a PS5 Digital Edition (£359.99). The standard has a physical disc slot whereas the digital edition doesn’t if you’re wondering what the difference is.
Sadly, it didn’t matter which console you wanted come launch day, fans faced immediate stock problems, with limited availability at almost all retailers.
Many were unlucky and were unable to get hold of a console even on release day, meaning most are waiting for more PS5 stock to become available in the UK.
Sony has since said “everything is sold”, but has now updated fans saying “we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year.” So we can expect stock in this month, but not necessarily before Christmas.
EE and BT restocked today (3rd December), but you had to be a customer to add the console to your plan and take advantage of the offer. Argos dropped stock at 4am, and there’s now new stock at GAME and Amazon, but abroad. Walmart also restocked today, but nearly all stock was gone within minutes.
Our top tip remains the same – look abroad. Amazon Germany had stock on PS5 release day, which is great news as the console isn’t geo-locked, meaning you can still play UK games.
It’s still unclear exactly how much stock will become available throughout December. The only other concrete news we’ve had on PS5 stock has come from Smyths, who said to expect stock in December. ShopTo.net is also letting customers register interest again, letting people know when stock is back to fill orders.
While there isn’t much information to go on, we’re checking retailers regularly and will update you with any new restock times – just scroll down to our PS5 deals section for all the must-have links.
We’re bringing you the latest updates and the best PS5 stock links this week so you have a chance to buy a console if you haven’t already. And, if you have we also have links to accessories and PS5 games.
Best PS5 deals
Remember there are two consoles, the standard edition and the digital; the PS5 Digital Edition doesn’t have a disc drive to play physical copies of the games.
We can’t guarantee you’ll get a console, or it will be delivered in time for Christmas, but check the links below for the latest stock. At some retailers you can also sign up to the mailing lists for further updates.
Buy PS5 UK
- Amazon UK – out of stock
- Amazon Germany – out of stock
- Argos – restocked 3rd December at 4am, now sold out
- Very – stock on release date, now sold out.
- Currys PC World – “working hard” to restock
- John Lewis – now sold out
- EE – only EE customers, restocked 3rd December
- BT – only BT customers, restocked 3rd December
- Smyths – currently out of stock with more due this month.
- AO.com – now out of stock, working on restocking.
- box.co.uk – pre-orders previously, stock “coming soon”
- eBay – occasionally stock but mostly re-sell so be careful with prices.
- Hughes – “temporarily” out of stock but more due this month
- Tesco – pre-orders release day, now out of stock
- GAME – sales “on hold”
- Studio – now out of stock
- Laptops Direct – bundle deal with a gaming monitor, now out of stock
- ShopTo.net – console and controller now back to ‘register interest’. One per customer only.
Buy PS5 USA
Stock did return, briefly, for some stores as part of Black Friday. Remember PS5 isn’t geo-locked so you can buy from any of the retailers below and still play your UK games. We’ll keep track and update you with the latest deals, but we expect they’ll be snapped up extremely quickly.
- GameStop – in-store only stock was available for Black Friday.
- Best Buy – out of stock.
- Walmart – Black Friday stock arrived but sold out quickly
- Sam’s Club – out of stock.
- B&H – sold out, but accessories available.
- Amazon USA – out of stock, but “more coming”
When will the PS5 be back in stock in the UK?
Sony said it had no stock available for either console. “Everything is sold. Absolutely everything is sold,” Head of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan said. Since then PS5 has tweeted that more stock will come by the end of the year.
We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever. Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year – please stay in touch with your local retailers.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) November 25, 2020
A few retailers have been very clear about their stock issues too. The latest, Argos, restocked at 4am on 3rd December alongside EE and BT, who released stock just for customers.
AO.com has put a message up on its website letting customers know it’s run out of stock again. At least they’re being upfront! The message says: “We’re really sorry but unfortunately we don’t have any PlayStation 5 consoles available for order at the moment and we won’t be receiving any stock in the near future.”
Currys also has been on something of a rollercoaster. Originally Currys had got customers hopes up saying it was due to get stock on release day. Confusion followed, as Currys postponed then cancelled the launch.
Some customers also claimed they had managed to order the PS5 but then had the order cancelled. Currys then tweeted confirming no stock was available. Since then, Currys has said it is “working super hard to get more stock”.
There will be no PS5s available to buy today.
We know that this is disappointing news, and we are working super hard to get more stock.
Please check our social channels for further updates on availability ????
— Currys PC World (@curryspcworld) November 19, 2020
GAME similarly said it would have stock on release date morning, but has been put “on hold”.
Very, Argos, Tesco and John Lewis all had issues with their websites on PS5 release day, but came back online and went promptly out of stock. EE and BT similarly confirmed in the morning customers could buy stock from them too, but… you guessed it, it sold out fast.
Amazon is offering a little bit more hope for UK restock as it has told customers who complain through its web support to refresh the page regularly, but, manage your expectations – there was no indication of when stock would return.
Our first hint of stock returning came from ShopTo.net, who are now allowing customers to register their interest again – suggesting that more stock is on its way again.
At least Sony can take solace in the fact Xbox Series X, which was released 10th November, is also having stock issues. Microsoft has said due to demand new Xbox Series X and S consoles may only next be available to buy in April 2021. The issue seems to be more about demand than supply. Basically we’re all stuck indoors and want to keep ourselves entertained. Safe to assume Sony is suffering from the same problem, even if they haven’t come out and said it as clearly as Microsoft. One thing you can cling to is Sony did say early on, back in the mess of pre-ordering, that “more PS5s will be available through the end of the year.” Here’s hoping.
Where can you buy a PS5 in the UK?
We’ll update you as more stores get stock and when it becomes available. Most retailers say they are “working tirelessly to get more stock”. We aim to check this regularly, but it’s still worth checking the below to see if stock has come back in:
Currys PC World
- Sony PlayStation 5 Console 1TB with 31.5″ 4K Gaming Monitor – £999.97 (sold out)
As well as the PS5, console accessories have gone on sale. There’s the DualSense Controller, the Pulse 3D headset or the Media Remote. You could go all out when it comes to PS5 accessories and games, but don’t forget a lot of PS4 games are still work – Sony confirmed the PS5 backwards compatibility.
- GAME – £59.99
- Very – £59.99
- Smyths Toys – £59.99
- AO.com – £59
- Amazon – various options including resell – check sellers
- Hughes – £59.99
- Littlewoods – £79.99
DualSense Charging Station
GameWare PS5 dual charger
- GAME – 19.99
PS5 Fast Charge Twin Charging Dock
- Amazon – £18.88
PS5 Media Remote
Pulse 3D Headset
How to get a PS5: top tips
1. Bookmark our page and check back for stock – we keep this page updated and have the main retailers that have confirmed restock times.
2. Make sure you are checking just before any restock time – we’ll list confirmed times when we get them, just click through and get ready as when that stock appears it’ll be gone as fast as you can say ‘I want a PS5’.
3. Have your payment details ready and the money in your account – in the first pre-order round some people reported struggles to have their console confirmed, or message cropping up that it was checking payment. This seemed to ease on release day, but still make sure you remove all barriers by having the money in the account you’re using and the details ready to hand.
4. Move fast – there’s no pondering. If you know you want the PS5, decide which version, then get checking those links! As fast as stock appears it disappears.
5. Don’t worry – if you don’t get a console straight away keep checking back. Yes, it’s hard to get one right now, but there’s always the next restock!
Can I buy PS5 in store?
Sony had said that any additional stock that will be available will not be available in stores due to England’s lockdown. It is a choice that does make sense as they do not want people gathering in large crowds at shops, that may not even be open, to try and buy one. Most people tried to grab a PS5 pre-order so they could get their console on release date, whether that was delivered of Click and Collect.
To quote PlayStation themselves: “No units will be available in-store for purchase on launch day (November 12 or November 19, depending on your region) – please don’t plan on camping out or lining up at your local retailer on launch day in hopes of finding a PS5 console for purchase. Be safe, stay home, and place your order online.”
Now stores are reopening it may be possible again, but we’d add with how fast stock goes it looks like most retailers are opting to keep things online – whatever time that may be.
PS5 restock issues
PS5 pre-orders didn’t quite go to plan and, while launch day saw more PS5 come into stock, it wasn’t without its drama.
The journey hasn’t been easy for many trying to get a PS5 and you know that a pre-order release has not gone to plan when the company behind it come out and admit it. The official PlayStation Twitter account recently said “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologise for that.”
We admire their honesty!
When it came to pre-orders GAME, Smyths, Very, Amazon and the regular retailers went live with stock overnight on the first pre-order date, but it was quickly snapped up. Argos and John Lewis went live next – and sold out within minutes too.
While the consoles sold out before many of us even knew they were listed, we had been told that more were on the way. Retailers got more stock for the release date on 19th November – but it was all, well, a bit of a mess with cancellations, queues systems and websites going down. The extra stock that did appear on launch day flew off the virtual shelves and sold out within minutes. We’re finally starting to see stock drop again, hopefully giving people time to grab one in time for Christmas. GameStop got PS5 stock (in-store) and scenes of consumers cutting Thanksgiving celebrations short and bringing actual beds to sleep outside the stores surfaced online. Walmart also restocked for Black Friday as well as this week.
Will I be able to pick up my PS5 in lockdown?
If you are able to find a console but it is on that is only available to collect in-store, you may be wondering if you can even do that in current conditions. We’re now out of the second UK lockdown so you can pick up your console if the store is now open again.
England was in its second national lockdown, which ended on 2nd December – now we all have to try and work out the rules about what tier we are in.
Well, the term ‘click and collect’ is the saviour here and whilst stores like GAME and Smyths may not be open or near you if you want to keep checking, click and collect is your best option.
PlayStation 4 deals
Maybe you are yet to join the PlayStation world and are considering investing in an earlier console rather than the brand spanking (and more expensive) new one. If so, here are some deals and bundles ahead of Black Friday for the PlayStation 4 and Pro that you may be interested in.
- PlayStation 4 | £249.99 at Currys PC World
- Sony PS4 500GB Console | £249.99 at Argos (limited stock)
- PS4 Pro with Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare | £399.99 at Very
- The Last of Us Part II Limited Edition PS4 Pro & 1 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Bundle | £599.99 on Amazon (out of stock)
For more help, check out our comparison on the PS5 vs PS4.