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PS5 stock updates UK: Latest news and console availability

Still looking for a PS5? Don't give up – we're monitoring all the big retailers to bring you the latest stock updates and news in the UK and beyond.

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Christmas is quickly approaching, and Sony’s PlayStation 5 will be on many people’s wish lists – but stock remains notoriously hard to come by. 

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Even a year after the console’s launch, there are still plenty of gamers across the UK who are yet to get their hands on the next-generation machine.

Supply issues have plagued the PS5 since its release, but just because it’s difficult to buy one doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Luckily, retailers and outlets such as GAME, Amazon, Studio, EE and PlayStation Direct are semi-regularly getting consoles.

The good news doesn't stop there either. Sony has now released red and black PS5 covers for your new console, along with a matching controller. There are also now controllers available in Nova Pink, Starlight Blue and Cosmic Red. The new PS5 controller colours cost £64.99 with a new Galactic Purple on sale from 10th February.


PS5 UK stock: the latest updates

Unfortunately the PS5 is not currently in stock online at any major UK retailer (21st January). The last PS5 stock drop was this morning at Argos, with more retailers expected to restock next week. Be sure to keep a close eye on the Twitter account @PS5StockAlertUK for the latest available updates.


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 is now readily available, and we got our hands on the new console. Find out our gaming editor’s thoughts in our Nintendo Switch OLED review.

There are two PS5 consoles – a disc edition (RRP £449.99) and a digital edition (RRP £359) – and some come bundled with games or accessories. As the names suggest, the only difference between the consoles is that one has a disc drive.

We have found that one of the best ways of tracking them in real-time is by following dedicated Twitter accounts, specifically @PS5StockAlertUK and @StockCheckerUK

Some stores, including Smyths Toys and GAME, often let customers pre-order the console in-store, which could be another way to get a console in 2021. 

The main trend for many PS5 listings hasn’t changed in recent months: the consoles aren’t in stock for long – most drops sell out within minutes of going live. So you have to act fast. Many stores now have a ‘one console per customer’ policy in place. 

It should also be noted that there are often PS5 consoles available at eBay, but the pricing is often inflated by hundreds of pounds above the RRP by resellers.

Where to buy PS5: Top retailers to check

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

Buy PS5 (US)

Unfortunately, PS5 stock issues are a global problem. However, remember that the PS5 isn’t geo-locked, so you can buy from any 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.

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, 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 been 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.

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 

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

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.

Very 

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.

Smyths Toys

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.

John Lewis

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

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.

PS5 Accessories

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.

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.

PS5-controller

DualSense Controller

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:

If you do not love 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.

HD Camera

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.

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

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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.

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

playstation 4

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.

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For more help, check out our comparison on the PS5 vs PS4. Or, see how the new Sony console compares in our guide to PS5 vs Xbox Series X

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