The brand new PS5 may have been out for months now, but getting your hands on one of the latest consoles is no easy feat. Stock issues have plagued the new PS5 since its launch and whenever they hit the shelves again they are hoovered up almost as quickly as they arrived.
But could that be about to change? There were rumours that January would be the month more stock was released and last week we saw just that at some of the main retailers. GAME led with stock, with John Lewis following suit and Currys going live on 20th – all selling out. Monday 25th January saw Amazon restock, but many complained they couldn’t add the console to their baskets. While frustrating, this is a good sign as it points towards other retailers following suit and indicates that stock is returning once again.
The latest rumours point to EE and BT being the next to restock. Though remember, you’ll need to be an existing customer. Some are pointing to Argos as restocking this week, too. And we still expect the likes of Very to have more imminently, around the end of January, which could be any day now.
However, we are hearing whispers it could now be February with rumours swirling that February 2nd is a good date to check John Lewis. Smyths is also telling customers that the next date for PS5 stock will be February. Either way, more consoles are definitely coming and the dry spell could almost be, finally, over for hopeful gamers still waiting to snap PS5 stock up.
The case was the same for the US which saw a few PS5 consoles appear at Best Buy and GameStop, and – in even better news – stock didn’t disappear within a few seconds mainly due to changes to the ordering process to stop bots securing consoles.
Remember the console isn’t geo-locked so our top tip is look abroad if you’re struggling. Amazon Germany had stock on PS5 release day. It is worth noting that some UK Blu-rays and DVDs won’t play, so keep that in mind if you want the console for more than just gaming – although 4K discs will work.
While there isn’t much information to go on right now, 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 which we are updating daily to make sure you have the latest information.
We’re bringing you the latest updates and the best PS5 stock links so you have a chance to buy a console if you haven’t already. And, if you have got the console we also have links to accessories and PS5 games.
Where to buy PS5: stock updates
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 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 – More stock arrived 25/01 but currently unavailable
- Amazon Germany – stock had gone live, check updates
- Argos – stock in 2021, check updates
- Very – stock in 2021, check updates
- Currys PC World – Stock 21/01, now sold out
- John Lewis – Stock 20/01, now sold out
- EE – only EE customers, out of stock
- BT – only BT customers, out of stock
- Smyths – out of stock, restock in February 2021
- AO.com – stock coming, check updates
- box.co.uk – stock coming soon, check updates
- eBay – occasionally stock but mostly re-sell so be careful with prices
- Hughes – out of stock
- Tesco – out of stock
- GAME – Stock returned 19/01 but sold out quickly. More coming soon.
- Studio – stock previously, check updates
- Laptops Direct– out of stock
- ShopTo.net – out of stock
- Sony Direct – restock on its way
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 – out of stock
- Best Buy – out of stock
- Walmart – out of stock
- Sam’s Club – out of stock.
- B&H – out of stock
- Amazon USA – out of stock
- Sony Direct – out of stock
When will the PS5 be back in stock in the UK?
In short, “very soon” seems to be the answer with multiple retailers saying more stock is coming this month (January 2021) – we just have no exact date for when that will be yet, with all signs pointing towards the end of the month, or early February at the very latest.
“Everything is sold. Absolutely everything is sold,” Head of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan said. Since then PS5 had tweeted that more stock would come by the end of the year but it was few and far between.
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 and we haven’t seen any new stock since.
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” and, just like everyone else, more is now expected this month.
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 other 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.
But regardless of these stumbles, it should only be a matter of time now until the next big wave of stock arrives and we will keep you posted when we hear anything about a concrete date.
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.
- Very – £59.99
- Smyths Toys – £59.99
- AO.com – £59
- Amazon – £59
- John Lewis – £59.99
- Currys PC World – £59.99
- Hughes – £59.99
- GAME – £59.99
- Littlewoods – £79.99
DualSense Charging Station
- Smyths Toys – £24.99 (out of stock)
GameWare PS5 Dual Charger
- GAME – £24.99
PS5 Fast Charge Twin Charging Dock
- Amazon – £15.88
- Amazon – £48.95
- Very – £49.99
- Smyths Toys – £49.99
- AO.com – £49
- John Lewis – £49
- Currys – £49.99
- Hughes – £49.99
- GAME – £49.99
- Littlewoods – £64.99
PS5 Media Remote
Pulse 3D Headset
- Very – £89.99
- Amazon – £89.99
- AO.com – £89 (back in stock soon)
- GAME – £89.99
- Smyths Toys – out of stock
- Hughes – £89.99
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?
Online looks to be your best bet given that the UK is now in its third lockdown. With this one due to last several weeks at least, non-essential stores have been forced to close, meaning you won’t be able to just pop into your local GAME and pick up a console. This may differ with stores like Argos who have a click and collect system but you will need to check each retailer individually to see if they have that system in place.
How much does PS5 cost?
The PS5 price is £449 in the UK – that’s the same as Xbox Series X. There is the cheaper PS5 Digital Edition at £359.99 (Xbox Series S is cheaper). The digital console has the same specs as the standard PS5, it just doesn’t have the physical drive.
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.”
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 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. 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.
The way things stand it’s a bit of a wild west out there with restocking happening suddenly and sometimes very early in the morning – Argos restocked at 4am! Your best bet is to keep an eye on our rumoured dates and get ready for the January 2021 restock.
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 for the PlayStation 4 and Pro that you may be interested in.
- PlayStation 4 | £249 at Currys PC World
- Sony PS4 500GB Console | £249.99 at Argos
- PS4 Pro with Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare | £399.99 at Very
For more help, check out our comparison on the PS5 vs PS4.