Update: The PS5 dropped at John Lewis and JD Williams today, but all stock is now sold out. Read on for what’s coming up next.
The PS5 console was released more than six months ago, but if you’re a gamer you’ll know how hard it has been to get your hands on the latest device.
Restock issues have been plaguing Sony since the reveal, and despite stores reopening in the UK as lockdown measures lift, it’s virtually impossible to secure a console in-store.
It has become so difficult for people to get their hands on a PS5 that it’s spawned a whole Twitter community of stock trackers, as well as a 24,500-strong community of Redditors all trying to nab the console before it sells out again.
But, it’s not all bad news, as the restock landscape has started to improve in recent weeks. We enjoyed some of the best PS5 drops ever last month, as every major retailer released consoles, including a 20,000-strong drop from Game. June is shaping up to be similar, as we saw two big restocks at Very and Game yesterday, with AO, Smyths Toys, Asda and ShopTo rumoured to follow. John Lewis also released a drop this morning that lasted just four minutes.
Owing to the high demand, we’re here to help you get your hands on the coveted Playstation by keeping an eye on all major retailers, as well as offering the latest details on any rumoured releases. Follow live so you don’t miss out.
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Why is the PS5 so hard to buy?
For those of you wondering why it’s so desperately difficult to get a PS5, it could be down to the coronavirus pandemic.
The PS5 launched in the middle of a global health crisis when production lines across the globe shut down and everyone was encouraged to stay at home. The demand for home electronics shot through the roof as people found themselves with nothing to do but bake banana bread, in-turn leading to a shortage in semiconductors, the chips which power the PS5 and many other consumer gadgets.
This messy situation is what has led to the current shortage of PS5 consoles. If you want to read more about why it’s so hard to buy a PS5, have a read of our explainer on the PS5 shortage. Sony’s boss expects production of PS5 consoles to ramp up in the summer, so hopefully, bigger drops are on the horizon.
Alex Lee10 June 2021 16:30
PS5 restock updates from ShopTo, Ebuyer, Currys PC World, Argos and Smyths Toys
A bunch of new information has just been delivered via social media carrier pigeon (well, Twitter’s logo is actually a mountain bluebird, but you get the metaphor), and it’s a big one!
According to @PS5StockALertUK, which is usually pretty reliable when it comes to PS5 stock drops, ShopTo has taken down its existing bundles from the site. We aren’t too sure what this means, but hopefully a Ratchet & Clank bundle is incoming. Ebuyer, for example, has just listed a new PS5 bundle with Ratchet & Clank.
Alex Lee10 June 2021 14:32
JD Williams restock sells out half an hour
And there it goes. The surprise JD Williams restock has now sold out, lasting just half an hour on the site. Some shoppers are reporting success in securing a console from the retailer, but are patiently awaiting their confirmation emails. We’ll keep you posted with more details on new restocks this afternoon, as we could still see AO reveal some consoles.
Ellie Fry10 June 2021 14:06
PS5 bundle in stock now at JD Williams
Sometimes drops appear in unexpected places – enter JD Williams, who just dropped a bundle (£569.99, Jdwilliams.com) including a PS5 console, two games (Cyberpunk and Spider-Man) and a twin docking station, plus dual play controllers and a charging cable, of course.
Stock is limited to one per customer, but the store says they’re aiming for a turnaround of three working days, which means yours could arrive on your doorstep at the beginning of next week. There’s no indication of how many consoles are available, so move quickly.
Ellie Fry10 June 2021 13:48
The Nintendo Switch is tons easier to get than the PS5
If all the stock issues associated with Sony’s latest console has got you feeling a little, well, over it, perhaps consider a Nintendo Switch (£279.99, Argos.co.uk) as a viable alternative.
Facing fierce competition in our review of the best gaming consoles, our writer noted that “Nintendo has never been afraid of taking risks with its console designs, and the Switch console, first released in 2017, is a perfect example of them getting it just right.”
As “a home console that can be detached from a TV dock and used as a portable device,” it’s “well-suited to couch multiplayer, a mode that is facilitated by the novel controller design, which allows each controller to separate into two parts, each functioning independently,” they added.
For our detailed comparison review between the PS5, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and more, read our review:
Alex Lee10 June 2021 13:32
An update on Game PS5 bundles
Game has just updated its PS5 bundles page with new release dates, and they’re a lot sooner than we were expecting. The release date now says 25 June. The retailer always drops consoles roughly a week and a half before the scheduled release date, meaning we could see the PS5 bundles go live between 15 June and 17 June.
We haven’t noticed any changes in the variety of bundles – there’s no Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart bundle, sadly – but feel free to look for yourself ahead of the next Game drop. The PS5 bundles are on this page.
Alex Lee10 June 2021 13:14
What PS5 bundles are available at Scan?
The last time Scan had a PS5 restock was on 28 May. The retailer sells a few decent PS5 bundles that you can peruse even though the console is out of stock at the moment.
You can get a PlayStation 5 disc edition bundle with an extra dualsense controller, a copy of Sackboy and Spider-Man: Miles Morales and an additional 1TB external SSD. If you don’t want the SSD, you can opt for a bundle with Demon’s Souls instead. And if you want something cheaper, you can go for a bundle with a copy of Sackboy and an extra dualsense controller. There aren’t any prices listed on the site at the moment, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we see them.
Ellie Fry10 June 2021 12:05
PS5 shipments have arrived at Asda and ShopTo
For those still waiting on PS5 drops at Asda and ShopTo, word on the streets in the land of stock trackers suggest that the retailers have only just received shipments. According to the @PS5Instant Twitter account, Asda received around 4,000 disc edition PS5 consoles.
The account predicts the consoles will drop on both retailers’ websites sometime between today and 17 June, with Asda dropping between 8am and 12pm and ShopTo dropping between 9am and 1pm. We’ll let you know if we get any more concrete drop dates.
Alex Lee10 June 2021 11:01
Battlefield 2042 PS5 release date
EA has just announced a release date for Battlefield 2042 and the game is coming just in time for Christmas. It’s scheduled for release on 22 October, and will be coming to the PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and the PC.
The game costs £59.99 on previous generation consoles, and £10 more on the PS5 at £69.99. But if you want the game a week earlier, you can pay £89.99 for the Gold edition and £109.99 for the Ultimate edition. The Gold edition contains a next-gen bundle and a Year 1 pass. The Ultimate edition includes the Year 1 pass, a next-gen bundle, a Midnight Ultimate Bundle DLC, a digital art book and a digital soundtrack. Whether you think that’s worth paying extra for, we’ll leave up to you!
Alex Lee10 June 2021 10:02
When will there be an Asda PS5 restock?
The last time Asda had a PS5 restock was at 8:30am on 25 May. The drop lasted just 20 minutes. Twitter stock trackers are predicting that the next drop could take place today. We’ll keep our eyes out and let you know if the drop materialises. There’s an outside chance that Scan and Studio could have a restock today as well.
For any future drops at Asda, our top tip is to add the PS5 to your wish list and then add it to your basket. The site hasn’t proven to be the most reliable in terms of stock drops, so you want to optimise the process and increase your chances of being able to checkout.
Alex Lee10 June 2021 09:25
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