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PS5 stock and where to buy: latest PS5 Christmas restock details

Where to buy a PS5: latest PS5 Christmas restock details
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Gamers have had a tough time getting hold of a PS5. Pre-orders sold out within days, and when the console launched in November, the second wave of stock was snapped up in seconds. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have now been and gone, so what are your chances of bagging a PS5 in time for Christmas?

The good news is that Sony has now confirmed that more PS5 stock will arrive before the end of the year: "Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year – please stay in touch with your local retailers."

Of course, the statement hints that stock could arrive after the big day, so fingers crossed Sony pulls off a Christmas miracle. 

Lucky enough to live in the US? Walmart is set to release more stock Thursday 3rd Dec, online only. 

To help you get your hands on the next batch of PS5s – and even bag a bargain with some of the best PS5 deals – we've listed all the major retailers offering Sony's next-gen console below. 

As for pricing, the PS5 is cheaper than many were predicting: the disc drive-less PS5 Digital Edition price is £360 (€400, $400, AU$599) and the full-fat PS5 price is £450 (€500, $500, AU$750).

Where to buy PS5

The PS5 has officially hit the shelves but stock is in extremely short supply. The good news is that Sony has confirmed that more PS5 consoles are on the way, but you'll need to be logged in to your retailer of choice and ready to buy at the drop of a DualSense controller if you want to catch the next PS5 restock. 

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 should be a whole lot easier than getting hold of a PS5. However, like the consoles, it appears as though some of the more popular accessories are already out of stock with some retailers sold out of the DualSense Wireless Controller, Pulse 3D Wireless Headset and Media Remote already.

PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller – £59.99 ($69.99 / AU$109)
The PS5 only comes with one controller in the box, so this is a must-have for those who want to get stuck into multi-player gaming. It uses haptic feedback and adaptive triggers to make games more immersive.View Deal

PlayStation 5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset – £89.95 ($99.99 / AU$159)
If you want to enjoy 3D audio, one of the one of the PS5's best features, you'll need one of these. It will also cut out background noise, so you can't hear anyone else in the same room, and make your gaming more immersive.View Deal

PlayStation 5 HD Camera – £49.99 ($69.99 / AU$99)
This lets you add yourself to gameplay videos or video chat during multiplayer marathons. A must if you're communicating with teammates.View Deal

PlayStation 5 Media Remote – £24.99 ($29.99 / AU$49)
Want to use your PS5 as an entertainment hub? This handy remote will help you navigate everything from Netflix to 4K Blu-ray discs, and it'll make it as simple as changing channel on your TV.View Deal

PlayStation 5 DualSense Charging Station – £24.99 ($29.99 / AU$49)
This accessory charges up two wireless DualSense controllers at a time, so you'll never be powerless.View Deal

Where to buy PS5

Walmart
Retail giant Walmart has promised more PS5 stock on Thursday 3rd December at 11am EST (8am PST). Orders are online only, but if you're quick you should be able to secure a PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition – plus PS5 games such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demons Souls.
.View Deal

Amazon
While the online shopping giant did get more PS5 consoles on launch day, they sold out in a heartbeat. Ah well. Keep checking back though, as it's sure to be one of Sony's first ports of call when it comes to allocating the next big wave of stock.View Deal

Argos
High street favourite Argos sold out of its pre-order stock of PS5s, and sadly there's no word on when more will arrive. All it will say is "We're working hard to get more stock." It's not expected to get more stock before Christmas.View Deal

Sony
Over in the US, Sony Direct released a wave of PS5 consoles on Black Friday but they're now sold out. Keep checking, you never know your luck. It figures that Sony would supply it's own store first.View Deal

Box.co.uk
You can set a stock alert over at Box.co.uk, so you'll be notified as soon as stock comes in.View Deal

AO.com
It might be best known for its appliances, but AO.com also sells PS5s. Or will when more stock arrives. Unfortunately, there's no word on when that will be – just that "we should have more stock arriving soon".View Deal

Best Buy
Best Buy had PS5 stock available at launch and on Black Friday, through its website and app. It also offered the option to click and collect at your local store. Expect all these options once the console is back in stock.View Deal

Gamestop
The specialist games retailer reported overwhelming demand for the PS5 but only offered "limited" quantities of PS5 bundles. It currently has no stock but there's talk it may have held back some stock for Christmas. Keep a close eye on the firm's twitter feed.View Deal

Target
Target had stock available in stores on US launch day, but buyers had to purchase online to collect from the store. Again, it's currently sold out, and there's no word on when more stock is due.View Deal

StockX
You may not have heard of StockX – it's mostly used by fashion aficionados looking to buy and sell rare and limited edition clothing/sneakers. But it's also recently branched out into PS5s. You will pay more than the RRP, but StockX inspects each item it sells before dispatching, so you can guarantee it will be in mint condition.View Deal

Where to buy PS5 in Australia

Sony Store Australia
You would expect Sony to be the best place to guarantee PS5 stock. But sadly it's currently sold out. Our advice? Sign up to be notified as soon as it's available.View Deal

EB Games
Specialist retailer EB Games traded in the UK as Electronics Boutique. Remember it? The Gamestop-owned chain is working on getting more stock – check its website to see if it's succeeded.View Deal

The Gamesmen
Independent retailer The Gamesmen previously announced it would have stock at 10am on the 19th, but has since sold out of that and all its December stock, too. Oh well.View Deal

JB Hi-Fi
One of Australia's largest tech retailers sold out of its pre-order stock, plus some it was expecting for December. But never say never...View Deal

PlayStation 5 price: recent history

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

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After much waiting, Sony finally 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, though, was the promise of the price finally being revealed, and Sony didn't disappoint on that front, with the PS5 Digital and PS5 prices, at £360 ($400) and £450 ($490, €499, AU$749.95), coming 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).

Meanwhile, a rumour published by DualShockers on 24th August 2020 suggested that Best Buy's website had the PS5 price pegged at $499 in the US, and that customers would be offered 18-month financing options. We've not seen any financing options appear yet, but that price prediction has turned out to be accurate.

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.  

Despite the rock solid launch dates, Amazon warned some pre-order customers that their PS5s may not arrive on launch day itself. Amazon put the problem down to "high demand". Well, who could have predicted that?

Hoping to secure a PS5? In the US, 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.

In the UK, stock has mostly sold out, including the extra consoles that landed on launch day. Currys released more more PS5 availability on Black Friday but Amazon UK seems to have run dry. That said, Sony has promised more PS5 stock by the new year, so keep an eye on Amazon.

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 – 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 and non-essential retailers closed until early December, the shelves will be 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.

In the meantime, the best bet is to sign up PS5 pre-order notifications (use the quick links above to find your local PS5 retailers).

PlayStation 5 price: game bundles

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

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Sony has confirmed a raft of PS5 game titles including the following 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

Expect to see the retailers 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 as new consoles aren't typically discounted. 

Beyond games, we're also likely to see the PS5 bundled with other treats and temptations. On the software side, we may see subscriptions to PlayStation Plus. On the hardware side, expect to find the option to purchase your PS5 along with one of the official PS5 accessories such as the Pulse 3D headset, HD Camera and DualSense Charging Station. As ever, more details as we get them. 

Fancy pre-ordering PS5 accessories? You'll find all the latest PS5 pre-order info here.

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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  • gel
    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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