Demand for the Sony PS5 has been unprecedented since its launch. So while the Japanese giant’s fifth major console has sold by the million, PS5 restocks have been in short supply and console stock remains tricky to find online and in physical stores.
The reason? The pandemic-induced global chip shortage, which has put the brakes on manufacturing and severely hampered the supply chain. The resurgence of a new COVID-19 variant hasn't helped, either. When a PS5 restock does go live, it usually sells out within minutes and in some cases seconds.
The good news? Hope is on the horizon. With a bit of patience and a few tricks (which we'll teach you below), you can beat the odds and win the PS5 stock lottery. Right, let's get started: here are all the retailers that offer regular PS5 restocks...
US PS5 restock quick links
- Amazon: PS5 | Digital Edition
- GameStop: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Best Buy: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Walmart: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Target: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Sony Direct: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Newegg: PS5 | Digital Edition
UK PS5 restock quick links
- Amazon: PS5 | Digital Edition
- AO: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Argos: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Box: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Currys: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Game: PS5 | Digital Edition
- John Lewis: PS5 | Digital Edition
- PlayStation Direct: PS5
- Smyths Toys: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Very: PS5 | Digital Edition
Australia PS5 restock quick links
- Amazon: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Sony Australia: PS5 | Digital Edition
- Gamesmen: PS5 | Digital Edition
- JB Hi-Fi: PS5 | Digital Edition
- EB Games: PS5 | Digital Edition
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PS5 restock buying guide
Fed up with missing out on PS5 restocks? There are plenty ways to stack the odds in your favour. We've pooled all the latest tips and tricks below...
Walmart Plus members get early access to PS5 drops. The company offers a free 15-day trial of Walmart Plus but it doesn't include PS5 restocks. Most are exclusive to paid members, so be sure to click the button that says "Start paid membership").
Game is one of the best places to find UK PS5 stock because it offers big PS5 bundles – consoles bundled with games, accessories and even t-shirts – to deter scalpers. The pricier the bundle, the better your chances.
Sony Direct uses a queueing system to block scalpers. You'll need a PlayStation Network account and the ability to solve the odd CAPTCHA test. Update: PlayStation Direct is taking registrations for PS5 stock.
Amazon Australia has seen the most frequent restocks in Australia, so it's worth checking in often, and Sony has the ability to sign up for notifications. Sadly there aren't many other strategies that work down under, apart from checking back with the retailers we've listed above, or signing up to brick-and-mortar store waiting lists.
Finally, make sure you sign into your preferred retailer in advance and save your credit card details. That should speed up the checkout process.
Pro tip: pre-load your Amazon account with a gift card to cover the cost of your PS5. This will cut out any chance of your bank rejecting the payment at the last minute (it happens, and it's incredibly annoying).
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Best PS5 stock tips 2022
You should never purchase a PS5 directly through Twitter – it's often a scam. Far better to use to Twitter to track the latest PS5 restock rumours.
There are a ton of fake accounts out there, so make sure you follow a legitimate tipster. We find PS5StockAlerts (US), PS5StockAlertUK (UK) and AustraliaPs5 (Australia) to be the most reliable sources for PS5 stock tips.
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Where to buy PS5 accessories
Getting hold of PS5 accessories is a whole lot easier than getting hold of a PS5 console right now. But many of the most popular accessories still flash in and out of stock during busy trading periods such as Black Friday. In other words, you might want to grab stock while it's available, rather than wait until you secure your console.
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. Pre-order in Starlight Blue and Cosmic Red.
PlayStation 5 Console Covers – £45 / $55 / AU$85
Available to order from Sony Direct from 21st January, and on general sale on 18th February, these official PS5 covers add a dash of colour to your console.
PlayStation 5 price: recent history
After much waiting, Sony announced the price and release date of the PS5 on 16th September 2020.
The company set the price of the PS5 Digital Edition at £360 / $400 / AU$599, and the PS5 disc edition at £450 / $490 / AU$749. That came as a pleasant surprise to those who'd expected the PS5 to be priced higher than the rival Xbox Series X. Prices remain rock solid with demand continuing to outstrip supply in 2022.
But how does the PS5's price compare to that of its predecessors?
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
There are two versions of the PlayStation 5: one with a disc drive and one without. It's a strategy could well prove crucial for the next console generation; it lets Sony 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 enjoy performance parity, with the optical drive the only difference between the two machines.
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.
Last year, the PS5 shed around 300g in weight. The updated version, which boasts a lighter heatsink, is available now in most parts of the world. If you want to check which version you have, the original PS5 serial model numbers are: CF1016A (disc) and CFI-1015B (digital). The new PS5 numbers are: CFI-1116A (disc) and CFI-1100B (digital).
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PlayStation 5 release date and availability
The PS5 launched in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, the PS5 on 12th November 2020. It arrived in the rest of the world (UK included) on 19th November 2020.
Since the day it his stores, demand has outstripped supply. Most retailers are still struggling to get hold of PS5 stock over a year later. And when it does appear online, eager customers - as well as bots – are snapping it up within minutes.
Hoping to secure a PS5? Check out the quick links and tricks at the top of the this page. And here's a detailed explanation of why it's hard to find a PS5 deal in 2022, as well as a few extra tips to boost your chances.
More recently, Sony released announced a slew of new coloured accessories for 2022. Fans can pre-order "Galaxy-inspired" DualSense wireless controllers in Cosmic Red, Starlight Blue and Galactic Purple, plus official coloured PS5 covers in Nova Pink, Starlight Blue and Galactic Purple.
PlayStation 5 price vs Xbox Series X price
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 is more of a proper next-gen games console than the Xbox Series S.
PlayStation 5 games price
When NBA games publisher 2K announced the $70 / £65 / AU$100 price for its sports sim NBA 2K21, it effectively confirmed a PS5 games price hike.
The sum helped raise 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.
Plus, we're already seeing retailers offering huge discounts on some of the best PS5 games. Amazon, for example, slashed the prices of hit titles such as Assassin's Creed: Valhalla by up to 50% in the recent cyber sales. If you're on the hunt for cheap games, check out this week's best PS5 deals.
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PlayStation 5 stock shortage
Sony had only planned on the production of 5 million PlayStation 5 games consoles by the end of March 2021. However, as the popularity of gaming exploded during the first lockdowns, Sony doubled PlayStation production to meet 10 million units by the same date.
Sadly, it wasn't enough.In May 2021, Sony privately warned analysts that PlayStation 5 shortages would continue until 2022: "I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand," said Hiroki Totoki, Sony's Chief Financial Officer.
On 12th November 2021 – the PS5's first birthday – Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan addressed “historic demand” for the PS5 in a PlayStation.Blog post. Ryan admitted that "inventory constraints remain a source of frustration for our customers" and said that Sony is "laser-focussed" on shipping as many console units as possible.
It all sounds very positive but the truth is, the company expects to produce one million fewer consoles – 15 million, rather than 16 million – in the financial year ending March 2022.
With the recent emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, it seems that chip shortages are set to continue throughout 2022 and beyond.
In December 2021, Intel chief Pat Gelsinger warned that the global chip shortage would continue into 2023: "Demand exploded to 20% year-over-year and disrupted supply chains created a very large gap... it just takes time to build this capacity to respond to the spike."
In early 2022, Sony decided to keep manufacturing PS4 consoles. The company intends to make an extra one million PS4 machines to compensate for the lack of PS5 stock. It's certainly one way to tackle the problem...
PlayStation 5 price: game bundles
The PS5 launched alongside a raft of games including:
Astro's Playroom (Sony will bundle a digital copy it free with the PS5)
We're already seeing 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. Beyond games, we're also seeing the PS5 bundled with other treats and temptations, such as the excellent Pulse 3D headset. Sony has also unveiled its next-generation VR2 headset for PS5.
Games aside, the PS5 will act as an entertainment hub. Sony revealed it would come with Netflix, Disney Plus, Apple TV, Spotify, Twitch and YouTube from day one. In November 2021, BBC iPlayer arrived on PS5 in 4K HDR. The PS5 YouTube app has also been upgraded and can now play video in HDR10.
As we previously reported, the PS5 continues to lack both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos but here's how to get the best picture and sound from your PS5. The company has also hinted at personalised 3D audio in the future.
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