UPDATE: The PS5 is currently in stock at AO and is available for pre-order on Game. Read on for more information.
It has now been over a year since Sony’s last console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5), arrived in the UK. But supply issues and a global semiconductor shortage triggered by the coronavirus pandemic have slowed production of the device.
If you didn’t find the console under your tree on Christmas Day, fear not, because the IndyBest team is here to help. It has been the best month for restockings on record, with several restockings taking place at Smyths Toys, Currys, PlayStation Direct, ShopTo, Very, Littlewoods, Game, Studio, Argos, EE, BT, Asda, AO, John Lewis & Partners and Amazon, but will this trend continue into the new year?
If you are still looking, you have come to the right place. Our live blog is here to give you the latest information on restocking from all major UK retailers, both online and in store, as well as providing details on release rumors, as well as the latest. PS5 games and accessories to buy.
Check the UK PS5 retailer stock below:
Some PS5 restocking stats in December
All the right people! We’re closing the blog shop for tonight, but as a farewell gift we’re sharing a few stats that just highlight how great December has been in terms of restocking so far. Before that, the PS5 is still in stock if you haven’t bought one yet.
UK PS5 restocking statistics for December
We love the numbers, especially when it comes to the PS5 stock. While we still have a day left in December, it has been the best month for restocking since the release of the PS5. There have been 53 declines so far in December, improving on the previous high of 36 in August.
Unsurprisingly, Game has had the most restocking (with the retailer’s consoles having been in stock for eight straight days now). The game is followed (surprisingly this time) by Currys, who had eight restockings this month, and then BT with five.
Here is a ranking:
- 9 to play (one has lasted eight days so far)
- 8 in Currys
- 5 at BT (one lasted three days)
- 4 on PlayStation Direct
- 4 to EE
- 3 on Amazon
- 3 to Very
- 3 in Littlewoods
- 2 in Argos
- 2 at AO (we lasted two days so far)
- 2 at Smyths Toys
- 2 to ShopTo
- 2 in the Studio
- 1 at John Lewis & Partners
- 1 to Asda
- 1 in the box
- 1 in Hamleys
We’ll be back tomorrow to see if the PS5 is still in stock at Game and AO. Maybe 53 will be beaten. See you all for New Years Eve!
Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 5:02 PM
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Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 4:15 PM
Ratchet & Clank review: Rift Apart ‘PS5
Game and AO both sell bundles with Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart. But how good is it really? Well, this is one of our favorite games of 2021 and won a spot in our roundup of the best PS5 games.
“Rift apart has burning charm, in its character design, animated combat mechanics and explorable levels that feel big without looking like a maze, busy without being cluttered, ”our writer said in their opinions. “It’s one of the best glimpses yet of what the new generation of consoles has to offer. It’s big, it’s bright, and it’s almost impossible not to like.”
Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 3:25 PM
Do you want an OLED Nintendo Switch instead?
Tired of trying to hunt down a PS5 but still want the glory of having a next-gen console? Look no further than the new Nintendo Switch model – OLED, which has a stunning 7-inch display and a much better kickstand. Read our Nintendo Switch OLED review for more of our thoughts.
We also spotted the new Nintendo Switch OLED in stock currently at a number of retailers with next day delivery available.
Nintendo Switch OLED is in stock at Amazon, Very, Currys and more
Nintendo Switch OLED restocking tracking at Tesco, Game, Argos, Very, Smyths, Amazon, Currys, John Lewis and more. Here’s where to buy it, along with stock updates.
Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 2:35 PM
How much does a PS5 cost?
As we’re sure you all know by now, Sony makes two versions of the PlayStation 5. The PS5 digital edition is priced at £ 349.99, while the standard PS5, which includes a disc drive, is priced at 449. £ 99. The latter is the same as the Xbox Series X, while the less powerful Xbox S series (which also lacks a disc drive) is lower than the digital PS5, at £ 249 (but is also significantly less powerful than the digital edition PS5).
Many retailers, including Game, Very, Argos, ShopTo and As Studio, like to sell their PS5 stock in batches. This often means spending more but getting extras like a second controller, a selection of games and other accessories. Bundles tend to be easier to obtain, but you’ll end up spending more money than buying the console on its own.
Only bundles are in stock at AO and Game at this time.
Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 1:45 PM
Do PS4 games work on PS5?
If you’re sitting there right now, staring at your stack of PS4 games, wondering if they’ll play on your new PS5. Don’t worry, they sure will!
If you have the Disc Editing Console, all that blood, sweat and tears that end these campaigns will not have been wasted because you will be able to insert your PS4 discs and play them just fine on the PS5. However, only PS4 games purchased from PlayStation Store will work on the Digital Edition console. Why? Well, because you’re going to try to insert a disc into a nonexistent hole and, well, that’s not a good idea.
Most PS4 games have enjoyed generous price cuts since the release of the PS5, so it’s worth reading our roundup of the best PS4 games to buy right now.
Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 12:55 PM
How do I get a PlayStation Direct PS5 invitation?
PlayStation Direct uses an invitation system to launch the PS5, similar to BT, inviting some lucky PSN users to buy the console before everyone else. Stock usually goes live around 8 a.m. and then the retailer opens orders for everyone around 10 a.m. But how do you get an invitation?
It’s an extremely vague process, and we’re not very familiar with the mechanics of how the PlayStation Direct invitation system works. As far as we know, the main requirement is that you need a PSN account. You probably need to be a bit network active i.e. playing games on your PS4 to get an invite as well.
Other than that, it seems to be completely hit and miss. We’ve already seen people with a PS5 being asked to buy the console, although they clearly don’t need it. We expect another PlayStation Direct restock to take place during the first week of January.
Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 12:05 PM
All the best early January sales to shop now
You know, when you’re in that interim period between Boxing Day sales and January sales and it all comes together? Yes, that’s where we are right now. This is good for us because it means that the price drop continues over and over again.
After the Boxing Day cuts, retailers are expected to lower their prices further to mark the start of January. And we’re here to help bring you the best deals and discounts on clothing, beauty, tech, toys, home appliances and more in our January sales live blog.
Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 11:30 AM
Looking for an Xbox Series X?
The hunt for the PS5 at a retailer offering overnight delivery is real. If you’re as excited as we are for a next-gen console and don’t want to wait weeks for a bundle to arrive at Game, we recommend purchasing the Xbox Series X.
Our friends on the Xbox liveblog spotted it in stock right now at Currys and Game. Next day delivery for the Xbox is available from Currys, we might add.
If you don’t mind the wait to get the PS5, you can always buy it from AO and Game right now.
We have all the latest information on Xbox drops from all major retailers. So be sure to put your head up and read.
Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 10:50 AM
Is there a PS5 AO discount code available?
Unfortunately no, but we have a plethora of exclusive AO discount codes from The independent, which will save you money on fridge freezers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, coffee machines and more. If you want to buy cheap home appliances, we’ve got you covered.
Alex leeDecember 30, 2021 10:20 AM
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