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PS5 stock and where to buy: today's PS5 restock details, PS5 in-store sales

PS5 stock and where to buy: latest PS5 restock details
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PS5 stock could drop at Amazon, Smyths, AO and John Lewis today. You'll need to be on your game if you want to snag Sony's 4K console, so prepare for some serious clicking. This week's PS5 stock drops are as follows...

Amazon UK is tipped to unleash a major Amazon PS5 restock today, Wednesday 1st September (8 - 9.30am). It's only available to Prime members (sign up to the free 30-day Prime trial here).

AO said to be readying stock between now and 3rd Sept (10am - 1pm). AO sometimes offers stock over the phone, so it's worth giving them a ring.

John Lewis is expected to drop today or tomorrow, 2nd Sept (7 - 8am). 

Smyths Toys is pegged for the  1st – 4th Sept (8.30am - 4pm), according to trusted tipster @PS5StockAlertUK. 

Currys says a "limited" amount of PS5 consoles are available to pre-order now at the following stores.

Game's PlayStation 5 listings page has been updated with a new release date of 17th September, which means Game could drop PS5 stock between 7th - 9th September. It typically drops around 10am, and then again around mid-afternoon.

EE has revealed that new stock is "coming soon". Visit ee.co.uk to register your mobile number by 12pm on Wednesday 2nd September for SMS updates.

Argos is set to drop again soon but there's no firm dates as yet. Supermarket giant Asda unleashed PS5 stock on 26th August (8-9am) but is now sold out.

In the US, GameStop and Walmart delivered PS5 restocks last week. 

Best Buy had a surprise PS5 restock earlier this month and could drop again soon. Fingers crossed. The same goes for SonyDirect. With winter on the way, demand is only going to increase.

The new, lighter PS5 is now on sale in both Australia and the UK. If you want to check, the old PS5 serial model numbers are: CF1016A (disc) and CFI-1015B (digital). The new PS5 numbers are: CFI-1116A (disc) and CFI-1100B (digital).

Use the links below to check the latest retailers for PS5 stock. If you do manage to bag a rare PS5 console, head on over to our round-up of the best PS5 games, best gaming headsets and best gaming TVs.

Where to buy PS5

The PS5 has officially hit the shelves but stock is still in extremely short supply. Frustrating though that is, Sony has confirmed that more PS5 consoles are on the way. You'll need to be logged in to your retailer of choice and be prepared to hit that refresh button – competition is fierce to say the least.

Where to buy PS5 Digital Edition

The PS5 Digital Edition went on sale alongside the full-fat PS5 in all territories.

Like the full-fat PS5, the Digital Version is out of stock in most retailers and you'll have to be quick to secure a console during the restocks. Again, be ready with your retailer log-ins and debit or credit card details.

Where to buy PS5 accessories

Where to buy a PS5: latest pre-order stock details

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Getting hold of most PS5 accessories is a whole lot easier than getting hold of a PS5 right now. However, some of the more popular accessories, such as the DualSense Wireless Controller, Pulse 3D Wireless Headset and Media Remote, have been in and out of stock. 

Where to buy PS5

Where to buy PS5 in Australia

PlayStation 5 price: recent history

Where to buy a PS5: latest pre-order stock details

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After much waiting, Sony announced the price and release date of the PS5 during its 16th September showcase. The Japanese giant's 40-minute digital event featured "a look at some of the great games coming to the PS5 at launch (and beyond!)". 

The real draw, however, was the promise of the price finally being revealed. Sony didn't disappoint, with the PS5 Digital and PS5 prices set at £360 ($400) and £450 ($490, €499, AU$749.95). That came as a pleasant surprise to those who'd expected the PS5 to be priced much higher than the rival Xbox Series X.

So how does the PS5's price compare to that of its predecessors?

Both the original PlayStation and PS2 launched at £299 ($299) in 1994 and 2000 respectively. The PS3 was quite the step up in 2006, with the entry-level 20GB model starting at £425 ($499)  – although that was more or less in line with inflation with regard to the original PlayStation, and there were also the significant hardware upgrades to factor in, not least of all being the Blu-ray optical drive.

Nonetheless, the PS3 was initially criticised partly for its seemingly high price. The 60GB model's $599 price tag took particularly heavy flack. By the arrival of the PS3 Slim in 2009, though, all seemed to have been forgiven.

The bigger public surprise was saved for the 2013 PS4 launch, however, when the PlayStation price dropped down to £350 ($399) and heralded the arrival of one of the best-selling games consoles of all time.

PlayStation 5 price: cheaper Digital Edition

Where to buy a PS5: latest pre-order stock details

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June's PlayStation live event revealed not one but two PS5s – the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition – and that strategy could well prove crucial for the next console generation: Sony can keep at least one model more affordable while still offering a more fully-featured PS5.

Unlike the approach taken by Microsoft with the Xbox Series X and Series S, the full-fat, disc-playing PlayStation 5 and the more affordable, disc-less PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will have performance parity, with the optical drive the only difference between the two.  

We predicted that the PS5 Digital Edition would dip below the magic £400 ($400) barrier, while the version with the disc drive might be more like £499 ($499), and Sony has actually trumped our expectations – in the UK at least.

The most telling piece of news we'd had in the run-up to launch was the PlayStation 5 product page leak on Amazon France, spotted by Twitter user Ben Geskin, which stated that the PlayStation 5 would be 500 euros with the PS5 Digital Edition at 400. That turned out to be right on the money (ahem).

More recently, the PS5 Digital Edition seems to have mysteriously shed some weight (via PlayStation Universe). Eagle-eyed gamers claim that the latest version is 300g lighter than the launch model. It doesn't look like Sony has changed the design, size or contents, so the theory is that the newer model is made using lighter materials.       

PlayStation 5 release date and availability

Where to buy a PS5: latest pre-order stock details

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In the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, the PS5 went on sale on 12th November. The rest of the world (UK included) saw the console launch on 19th November.  

With demand outstripping supply, most retailers are still struggling to get hold of PS5 stock. And when they do release it, customers - and bots – are snapping it up within minutes. 

Hoping to secure a PS5? In the UK, Currys PC World and Game recently dropped PS5 stock. BT, EE and Smyths Toys, Amazon and John Lewis are tipped to release fresh PS5 stock in the coming days and weeks.

In the US, Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy are your best options. You might also try Target but their supply has been rather patchy. If you're on the hunt for a PS5, check out the retailer links above.

Finally, it's worth checking specialist stock tracking websites such as Stock Informer from time to time. And remember, the PS5 is not geo-locked. That means you can buy one in the US and use it to play UK games. The same goes for Europe (Amazon Germany, for example, recently restocked). However, it's equally important to note that you may need a plug adaptor and that some Blu-ray discs and DVD may not play.

PlayStation 5 price vs Xbox Series X price

Where to buy a PS5: latest pre-order stock details

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So, how does the PS5 compare to the Xbox Series X on price? Better than many expected, as it happens.

The Xbox Series X and the full-fat PS5 are identically priced, at £449 ($500, AU$749).

Both consoles also have a disc drive-less, cheaper sibling: that's the Xbox Series S and the PS5 Digital Edition. This is where things get really interesting, because the Xbox Series S costs only £250 ($299, AU$499), whereas the PS5 Digital Edition is £360 ($400, AU$599).

That's a big step up, but it's worth pointing out that the Xbox Series S is less powerful than the Series X but the PS5 Digital Edition is identical to the standard PS5 except for the lack of a disc drive. In other words, the PS5 Digital Edition appears to be more of a proper next-gen games console than the Xbox Series S. 

PlayStation 5 games price

Where to buy a PS5: latest pre-order stock details

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Since NBA games publisher 2K announced the $70 (£65/AU$100) price for its sports sim NBA 2K21, the consensus has been that there's a PS5 games hike coming across the board.

That raises the standard by $10 from $60 which seems uncomfortable in the face of what many consider a fairly expensive games console full stop.

To be fair to both Sony and Microsoft, games pricing has remained the same since the launch of the original Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2005. Between game production values having gone through the roof and 15 years' worth of inflation, it could have been a lot worse for the consumer.

And on a more positive note, we're already seeing retailers offering discounts on PS5 (and Xbox Series X) games. Best Buy recently slashed the price of a slew of unreleased PS5 games – including the latest Call of Duty and Cyberpunk 2077– by $10.

PlayStation 5 pre-orders

Where to buy a PS5: latest pre-order stock details

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PS5 pre-orders went live on 22nd September. One PS5 leaker had predicted that pre-orders would go live on 9th September – 25 years to the day since the original PlayStation went on sale in the US. Alas, Sony missed that mark.

The first wave of pre-orders sold out within days, and there's been precious little stock since then. Those already with their hearts set on getting a PS5 console before the end of the year should keep a very close eye on online stores. 

Some UK stores released more online stock on 19th November – the day the PS5 hit shelves in the UK. We say "shelves", but with the UK in lockdown at the time, the shelves were all digital. 

Until recently, Sony had only planned on the production of 5 million PlayStation 5 games consoles by the end of March 2021. However, with a predicted increase in gaming, Sony has doubled PlayStation production to meet 10 million units by the same date, and that certainly should help in terms of pre-order panic.

More recently, Sony admitted that the PS5 could be in short supply until 2022.  

PlayStation 5 price: game bundles

Where to buy a PS5: latest pre-order stock details

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The PS5 is available with a raft of new games including the follow launch titles:

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Astro's Playroom (Sony will bundle a digital copy it free with the PS5)

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Demon's Souls

Destruction AllStars

Fortnite: The Last Laugh Bundle

Godfall

Just Dance 2021

Maneater

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

We're already seeing retailers start to bundle the PS5 with the most popular titles, including FIFA 21, Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales, Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Call of Duty. Just don't expect the first bundles to be cheaper than buying a PS5 and a copy of the game separately – demand is so high that retailers are unlikely to offer discounts at this stage. 

Beyond games, we're also seeing the PS5 bundled with other treats and temptations. On the hardware side, there are a a few options to purchase your PS5 with one of the official PS5 accessories such as the DualSense Controller. Sadly the Pulse 3D headset is currently sold out almost everywhere, so there's no little chance of seeing that in bundle. . On the software side, we may start to see subscriptions to PlayStation Plus. As ever, more details as we get them. 

Games aside, the PS5 will act as an entertainment hub. Sony has revealed it will come with NetflixDisney PlusApple TVSpotify, Twitch and YouTube from day one. But, as we recently reported, the PS5 appears to lack both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

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Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.

  • 20th November 2020 release date and roughly £500:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2020/06/19/playstation-5-price-and-release-date-leaked-by-amazon/#b0ff8291fa95
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  • Dan Sung
    Good spot, although Amazon France has since responded and said that it's a fake image. Still, I imagine the truth will be fairly close to that. Interesting to read from the tipster Eastmen that Microsoft is confident of coming in cheaper than the PS5. Especially, since a low price seemed such an important factor with the initial success of the PS4.
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  • no-name-123
    I'd hope that no body has bid on any listed on ebay that are jaw droppingly expensive
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  • MajorBuzzKill
    When you mention "Thursday 17th June, 8-10am " what timezone?
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