Sony’s PlayStation 5 console was released back in November last year, but even 10 months later there are still plenty of gamers across the UK – and the world – who are yet to get their hands on the next-generation machine.
Stock supply issues have plagued the PS5 since its 2020 release, and we’ve been hearing reports that the situation could continue well in 2022. But don’t despair: they’re still regularly available online, and just because it’s difficult to buy one doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Retailers are now regularly getting consoles.
Yesterday morning stock went live at the retailer GAME and a queuing system was in place for both standalone consoles and a selection of bundles, which have the console paired with popular games such as Spider-Man and FIFA 22. The release is listed on the site as 21st October. Shop the GAME PS5 consoles and bundles now.
Multiple UK retailers are predicted to have stock drops this week, according to PS5 Stock UK, a Twitter account that tracks availability of the next-gen consoles.
The tipsters said John Lewis is expected to receive PS5 consoles on 15th October, which would suggest they could be listed online a few days before that date.
It is predicted the popular retailer will have up to 700 disc edition consoles and up to 300 digital edition consoles. With demand high, they are likely to sell fast.
In addition, PS5 Stock UK claimed that shipments of the next-gen consoles had started arriving at Argos warehouses this week, in anticipation of a possible drop on the morning of the 20th October.
PS5 Stock UK also listed PS5 stock available at Very.co.uk right now! If you move fast you might be able to get your hands on one using this link to the Very.co.uk PS5 stock waiting room. Don’t refresh the page as you may lose your place in the queue.
There are two PS5 consoles – a disc edition (RRP £449.99) and a digital edition (RRP £359) – but some come bundled with games or accessories. As the names suggest, the only difference between the consoles is one has a disc-drive.
Last week was a busy time for stock drops.
In-store PS5 pre-orders started on 5th October at Smyths Toys, with some of the chain’s stores opening early for the occasion. The pre-orders are predicted to ship closer to the end of this month, forecast to happen between 16th and 20th October.
📰 PlayStation 5 (John Lewis) Exclusive News— PS5 Stock UK (@PS5StockAlertUK) October 3, 2021
John Lewis expects to receive PlayStation 5 consoles on 15/10, indicating a possible online restock a few days before or after the 15th. Disc & Digital Editions are expected with the following stock level: Disc (<700) | Digital (<300) pic.twitter.com/D8BbIrWzRI
PS5 Stock UK has previously forecast that PS5 consoles were expected to arrive at Curry’s on 24th October for anyone who pre-ordered in September.
If you want to be rid of the virtual queues, we’d suggest keeping an eye on Smyths Toys and GAME. Both retailers are allowing you to pre-order a console in-store. This is a change from the online-only stock drops so far – so if you want one guaranteed way of reserving yourself a PS5, then it’s by venturing out into the world in person.
If you’re a BT customer, you may also want to consider registering interest for the PS5 on the BT shop. The phone network has had regular stock drops, and because the consoles are only available to BT customers, they haven’t been selling out at the breakneck speed we’ve seen elsewhere. You can check stock levels below:
So far this year, we have also seen stock in the U.S. appear at Target but only stores in certain locations, and they sold out as fast as ever, followed by sell-out drops at Walmart. We’ve also seen PS5 consoles appear at Best Buy and GameStop, and – in better news – stock didn’t disappear within a few seconds, mainly due to changes to the ordering process to stop bots securing consoles.
It seems like retailers are now doing their best to make the buying process as fair as possible and to stop their sites from crashing. However, that does now mean that you’ll probably have to wait in a virtual line.
We’re checking retailers regularly to bring you 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 PS5 accessories and PS5 games, along with the PlayStation game releases you need to look out for this month.
That being said, the PS5 is no longer the new console on the block. Nintendo Switch OLED pre-orders is now available and we got our hands on the new console. Find out our gaming editor’s thoughts in our Nintendo Switch OLED review.
Where to buy PS5: UK and US 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 – now sold out
- Amazon Germany – stock had gone live, check updates
- Argos – now sold out
- Very – potential incoming stock
- Currys – sold out
- John Lewis – potential incoming stock
- EE – only EE customers, check updates
- BT – only BT customers, check updates
- Smyths – now sold out
- AO.com – now sold out, check updates
- box.co.uk – register for interest, check updates
- eBay – occasionally stock but mostly re-sell, so be careful with prices
- Hughes – now sold out
- Tesco – now sold out
- GAME – now sold out
- Laptops Direct– now sold out
- ShopTo.net – now sold out, check updates
- Sony Direct – now sold out
Buy PS5 (US)
Unfortunately, PS5 stock issues are a global problem. However, remember the 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?
Since PS5 pre-orders went live in September last year, gamers have been grappling to get their hands on the Sony console. Both the Disc and Digital Editions of the PS5 console have been plagued with stock issues, well over half a year later, the console is sold out across UK retailers.
When there is stock, retailers sell out within minutes of going live. There are even Twitter accounts such as PS5 Stock Alert UK that inform gamers of when new stock might be released to give them a chance in the world of crashing websites and virtual queues.
We don’t yet know how long this misery will continue on for, but Sony is telling customers to expect the stock issues into the summer months at least.
Can I get a PS5 in-store?
With lockdown easing in the UK, you may be hoping to have a better chance of nabbing a PS5 from a physical store. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
While retailers such as GAME, John Lewis and ASDA have reopened their stores, the console hasn’t yet being sold in-store.
That might now be changing as a poster was recently seen in a Smyths Toys store promoting the fact that the PS5 console can now be pre-ordered in the physical store.
❗️ A Smyths Toys store has been spotted with an in-store pre-order poster today. Might be worth popping in to your local Smyths Toys store if you're out and about!— PS5 Stock UK (@PS5StockAlertUK) June 22, 2021
Let us know if you go! pic.twitter.com/ebrdkOSKpS
Some retailers, such as Argos, are also making the console available via Click and Collect so you can order online and collect it from your local store. There do seem to be regional variations, though, so Click and Collect may not be an option for all retailers or stores. We suggest checking with your local store for details on how it is working in your area.
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:
Amazon has consistently been putting PS5 stock live twice a month since the beginning of 2021. For most of these drops, both the Disc and Digital Editions of the console have been available.
There haven’t been any bundles available so far, and PS5 consoles sell out in minutes each time they go live. More stock is expected in the next week or so, though, so we wouldn’t give up just yet. In the past, adding the console to your Wishlist in advance has been a good way of bagging one.
Currys has been a little quiet on the stock drop front in the last couple of months. The retailer also offered a PS5 VIP raffle for a time that gave you the chance to win a unique PS5 buying code that you can use at a local Currys store. This now seems to have ended, but it could still return at a later date.
However, the end of the VIP raffle does mean that Currys is expected to release more PS5 stock via their website during June. This hasn’t happened over the last couple of months, so we’re excited to see what levels of stock will be on offer.
Over the last few months, Very has proven itself to be a reliable source of PS5 consoles, games and accessories. In March, stock drops happened every other week. There have been cases of stock selling out in less than 10 minutes, though, so this is another retailer you’ll want to act fast with.
Another great source of PS5 consoles and accessories. Along with having a great stock level of PS5 accessories, Smyths has been consistently releasing consoles twice a month. As expected, stock sells out in under half an hour, but there’s always a good balance of Disc and Digital Editions of the PS5.
A good option for the early birds among us because John Lewis loves to release PS5 stock as early as 6am. The retailer may not be your first port of call for gaming accessories and consoles, but John Lewis hasn’t had the same technical errors seen with the likes of ShopTo, Smyths and Currys.
AO is another retailer to keep an eye on. The stock drops tend to be small and sell out fast, but that’s not necessarily anything new. New stock tends to be released once a month, and lunchtime or mid-afternoon drops are not uncommon.
Despite all the troubles with the PS5 console, there’s generally been good availability when it comes to the PS5 accessories. Naturally, the DualSense Controller and charging station are the most popular, but there are also various other accessories on offer, including the Pulse 3D headset and Media Remote.
As to be expected, the PS5 DualSense Controller has also been pretty popular. However, retailers have done a good job at keeping it in stock. Features include a built-in microphone, 3.5mm jack for a headset, a motion sensor and dual actuators that replace traditional rumble motors to provide vibrations and feedback as you play.
Available from these retailers:
- Amazon – £56.99
- Smyths Toys – £56.99
- John Lewis – £56.99
- Currys – £59.99
- AO.com – £57
- Very – £59.99
- Hughes – £59.99
- Littlewoods – £79.99
If you’re not loving the white, there are also new red and black PS5 DualSense Controllers available now, too.
DualSense Cosmic Red Controller:
DualSense Midnight Black Controller:
DualSense Charging Station
Another incredibly popular accessory, but this one has had some stock issues. The DualSense Charging Station has been in and out of stock since the PS5 accessories were released. If you’re tempted to buy one, we suggest snatching it up while you have the chance. The charging station can charge up to two wireless controllers at once and do it as fast as your PS5 console would.
Featuring dual wide-angle lenses, the PS5 HD camera captures in full HD. A great accessory if you want to record yourself and your gameplay, with help from your DualSense Controller’s create button. There’s a built-in adjustable stand to help get the shot just right and is smaller enough to fit below or above the TV.
- Amazon – £44.95
- Very – £49.99
- Smyths Toys – £44.99
- AO.com – £45
- John Lewis – £44.99
- Currys – £49.99
- Hughes – £49.99
- Littlewoods – £64.99
PS5 Media Remote
With a built-in IR transmitter, the PS5 Media Remote allows you to adjust the volume and power settings of compatible TVs, scroll through menus and play/pause entertainment with ease. Available at a range of retailers, including AO, Very and Amazon.
Pulse 3D Headset
This is one of the few PS5 accessories still having some stock issues. However, it is available at a range of retailers, so you should be able to find at least one with stock at any one time. The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset has two built-in microphones and noise-cancellation to tune out distractions. With up to 12 hours of battery life, having to charge mid-way through a game shouldn’t be an issue either.
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. This should save you time because you don’t have to trawl the web yourself.
2. Make sure you are checking just before any restock time
Most retailers only have PS5 stock for a maximum of 30 minutes. 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
When the console was first released, some people reported struggles to have their console confirmed or message cropping up that it was checking payment. A console is not confirmed until you’ve paid, so 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
This may seem obvious, but 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! Retailers are dropping stock almost every week now, so there is plenty of chance to get your hands on a console – don’t give up.
How can you tell which retailers will have PS5 stock?
Keeping track of which retailers have PS5 consoles and accessories in stock is a challenge. Recent stock drops have sold out in minutes, barely giving most of a chance to pull the website.
In order to make sure you’re ahead of the curve and are ready and waiting for the drop, we have a team of experts dedicated to scrolling the web for intel.
It’s far from an exact science, but we collate information from the retailers, along with sources such as Stock Informer, social media and Sony’s own team to make sure our updates are accurate and reliable. After all, no one wants to be sat endlessly refreshing a page for a stock drop that never comes.
These updates are done daily to find the latest dates and times that retailers are due to drop stock. After half a year of stock issues, many retailers have got into patterns with their stock drops, and this can help us predict when more PS5 stock will be available.
We keep all our links updated, too, so you can click straight through to the product page because those extra seconds are precious when you’re after PS5 stock.
- For the latest news and expert tips on getting the best deals this year, take a look at our Black Friday 2021 and Cyber Monday 2021 guides.
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 disc drive.
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. The PS4 console is now a bit more scarce than it was last year, but there are still some good bundle options across Currys and Smyths Toys.
Here are some deals and bundles for the PlayStation 4 that you may be interested in.
- PlayStation 4 | £259.99 at Smyths
- PS4 Slim + God of War Bundle | £269 at Currys
- PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man + Twin Docking Station Bundle | £289 at Currys
- PS4 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Bundle | £334.99 at Maplin