SONY’S new PlayStation 5 console dropped today in the UK – and gamers hoping to get hold of one are in for a rough ride.
Major stores including Currys, Amazon and Argos launched limited stock online early this morning and are expected to sell out soon.
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Where to order the PS5 in the UK
The PlayStation 5 launched November 19 in the UK, a week after the US, where it went on sale November 12.
A handful of major retailers put the console up for pre-order in September but stock sold out within minutes.
Some shops have a small number of consoles available to buy today, so keep an eye on the links below.
Amazon, for instance, has promised it will have fresh PS5 stock for launch day.
However, the retail giant warned on Wednesday that stock woud be “limited”.
According to Amazon, new PS5 stock will be added online from noon UK time.
“We will make every effort to deliver all orders as soon as possible,” said Amazon in a email to customers.
“If you order, we will email you with an estimated delivery date. However, this may be subject to change.”
Sony claimed on September 19 that more pre-orders for the consoles would arrive at some point. They never materialised.
- Amazon – £449 (in stock at noon UK time)
- Studio – £449 (sold out)
- Argos – £449.99 sold out)
- GAME – £449.99 (sold out)
- Currys PC World – £449 (out of stock)
- Smyths Toys – £449.99 (sold out, new stock available December 2020)
- John Lewis – £449.99 (sold out)
- Very – £449 (sold out)
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 are out 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.
When is the PS5 out and how much does it cost?
The PS5 release date has been set for November 12, but not everywhere.
That date only stands for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
In the UK, you won’t be able to get 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?
Microsoft’s pair of next-gen consoles came out a little earlier, landing on November 10.
The cheaper disc-free Xbox Series S costs £249/$299, while the Xbox Series X comes in at £449/$499.
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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