The PS5 has been out for months now – but with stock running low around the globe, there are still plenty of avid gamers who haven’t got hold of the new console.
There was commiseration for some – and we emphasise some – gamers yesterday as GAME finally dropped some PS5 stock. But that was all snapped up very quickly, and the retailer no longer has either the Disk or Digital Edition available to buy.
Earlier today there was a brief run of PS5 stock available on the Asda website, but that was also gone in a matter of minutes unfortunately.
Argos has dropped stock already this week – according a PS5 Stock Twitter account, a consignment of consoles arrived on Argos’ mobile app in the small hours of May 11th – but those look to have all sold out now.
Reports suggest that these PS5 stock issues could rumble on well into 2022, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get your hands on a console in 2021. You just need to act fast, because whenever the consoles make it onto the shelves again, they are hoovered up almost as quickly as they arrived. Seriously, PlayStation’s latest console is practically worth its own weight in gold right now.
And what didn’t help matters was the huge container ship than ran aground in the Suez Canal in March. When the Ever Given blocked the trade flow for a week, it also apparently delayed the arrival of thousands of consoles in Europe – a major reason why the PS5 has been so elusive across retailers in the last few weeks.
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.
And, if you’re fed up of waiting in virtual lines, you might like a new initiative from Currys. The retailer recently launched its PS5 Priority Pass raffle to try and level the playing field a little more – your pass will be valid for 72 hours and if you’re lucky enough to be selected, you can buy a PS5 from your local Currys PC World store.
Winners of this VIP raffle have already started getting emails so we suggest getting involved as soon as possible for a chance to win. We don’t know how long this brilliant deal will be available.
You can check stock levels below:
So far this year, we have also seen stock in the US appear at Target but only at 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 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.
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 – stock 30/03, now sold out
- Amazon Germany – stock had gone live, check updates
- Argos – stock 11/05, check updates
- Very – stock 10/03, check updates
- Currys PC World – now sold out, check updates
- John Lewis – stock 09/03, next drop due in May
- EE – only EE customers, now sold out
- BT – only BT customers, check updates
- Smyths – now sold out, check updates
- AO.com – now sold out, 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 – due stock today
- Laptops Direct– out of stock
- ShopTo.net – now sold out, check updates
- Sony Direct – restock on its way
Buy PS5 USA
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 Disk and Digital Editions of the PS5 console have been plagued with stock issues and 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. With additional delays caused by the Ever Given ship incident, it is going to be a tough few months for those still searching for a PS5 console.
Can I get a PS5 in-store?
As the lockdown begins to ease in the UK, ‘non-essential’ stores including the likes of Currys PC World, John Lewis, Argos and GAME have re-opened.
Some retailers such as Argos are making the console available via Click and Collect so you can order online and collect it from your local store. Click and Collect may not be an option for all retailers or stores though so we suggest checking with your local store for details on how it is working in your area.
There’s no news yet on how many consoles will be available in-store or how readily available they will be.
However, there is hope that if PS5 stock is sold in stores, it will ease the pressure on online retailers. In turn, this should mean fewer technical issues, no crashing websites and shorter virtual queues.
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 being putting PS5 stock live twice a month since the beginning of 2021. For most of these drops, both the Disk 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 PC World
Currys has been a little quiet on the stock drop front in the last couple of months. However, they recently launched a PS5 VIP raffle that gives you the chance to win a unique PS5 buying code that you can use at a local Currys store.
For those who aren’t lucky enough to win, Currys is still releasing stock sporadically with a virtual queuing system in place.
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 Disk 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’s 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 PC World – £56.99
- AO.com – £59
- Very – £59.99
- Hughes – £59.99
- Littlewoods – £79.99
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 has fast as your PS5 console would.
Featuring a 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 the 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
- Very – £49.99
- Smyths Toys – £44.99
- AO.com – £44
- John Lewis – £49.99
- 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 be patient. 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.
- Amazon – £89
- AO.com – £89
- Smyths Toys – £89.99
- Hughes – £89.99
- Currys – £89.99 (out of stock)
- Very – £89.99 (out of stock)
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 are 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 retailer’s 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 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. If so, here are some deals and bundles for the PlayStation 4 and Pro that you may be interested in.
- Playstation 4 | £259.99 at Smyths
- PS4 Spiderman and Twin Docking Station Bundle | £299.99 at Currys
- PS4 The Last of Us Part II Bundle | £309 at Currys
- PS4 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Bundle | £334.99 at Maplin