UK GAMERS are abuzz with anticipation as retailers prepare to restock the PlayStation 5 this week.
Very, Amazon, Asda and more are rumoured to be dropping fresh batches of Sony’s new console – here’s where to get hold of one.
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PS5 restocks – when and where?
A number of major UK retailers are expected to drop huge PlayStation 5 restocks as early as this week.
Stock trackers PS5 UK Stock – Instant Updates and PS5 Stock UK are both predicting new waves of console availability starting Tuesday.
Very opened up orders of the PS5 on Tuesday morning.
The retailer is rumoured to have 12,000 units available, which would make it one of the biggest PS5 restocks to date.
Meanwhile, Amazon, AO, Asda, John Lewis and Scan and are thought to be dropping fresh stock during the last week of August.
As always, restock predictions are based on estimates, as retailers rarely if ever give away when they’re planning to restock Sony’s next-gen machine.
The following dates and times are based on predictions from multiple sources.
- Amazon: 24th-25th (8am-9:30am)
- AO: 24th-27th (10am-1pm)
- ASDA: 24th-26th (8am-9am)
- John Lewis: 24th-26th (7am-8am)
- Scan: 27th (1pm-5:30pm)
- ShopTo: 29th (10am-6pm)
- Very: 24th-25th (9am-11:30am)
The times are based on previous stock drops released by those retailers in recent months.
Many retailers are expected to release at least one batch of consoles this month.
It’s a pattern they’re predicted to keep up until the end of the year, possibly increasing to three a month in December as Christmas approaches.
What is the PS5?
The PS5 is Sony’s latest and greatest gaming console.
It’s the successor to the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and is available in two distinct versions.
Those are the pricey PS5 proper with all the bells and whistles, and the digital edition, which is cheaper but with no disc tray.
Both consoles came out in November 2020 with an impressive roster of launch games.
And they’re going head-to-head with Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Like Sony, Microsoft has opted to launch two machines: A full-works console with a higher price tag and a cheaper one without a disc tray.
The PS5 release date landed on November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
In the UK, gamers weren’t able to get their hands on it until November 19.
The PS5 proper costs £449.99/$499.99, while the digital edition comes in at $399/£359.
So how does that compare to the PS5’s biggest rival, the Xbox Series X?
Microsoft’s pair of next-gen consoles came out a little earlier and landed on November 10, 2020.
The cheaper disc-free Xbox Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
PS5 UK store links
- Currys PC World
- Smyths Toys
- John Lewis
All prices were correct at the time of writing, but may have since changed. Always do your own research before making any purchase.
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