Amazon is said to be poised and ready to release a fresh batch of PlayStation 5 consoles this week, either tomorrow (26th October) or Wednesday. The online giant typically restocks every couple of weeks, so it's well overdue.
If you're on the hunt for a PS5, check out Amazon tomorrow from 8.30am. You'll need to sign up to Amazon Prime first (here's a free 30-day Prime trial, if you're not already a member).
John Lewis is tipped to drop 300 PS5 Digital Editions and 700 disc editions any day now. A mere 1000 units won't last long, so you'll need to be quick on the draw. JL drops typically go live around 7-8am.
Smyths Toys is said to have a few consoles available in-store. You can check the stock level in your local branch on the company's website.
In the US, GameStop treated gamers to an in-store PS5 restock for the second time in four weeks. Stock was spotted at the company's Boston, LA, Phoenix, San Antonio, Houston, Miami and Chicago locations, among others.
Best Buy is (rather cheekily) offering PS5 restocks to those who subscribe to its TotalTech service ($199.99 a year). Membership includes a variety of benefits such as "around the clock" support, free installation and now, priority access to PS5 stock.
PlayStation Direct will be restocking PS5 consoles this holiday season. Customers can register on the PlayStation website to buy a "limited number" of PS5 consoles from November.
Walmart also delivered PS5 restocks recently and is due to drop again, while Sony has announced that from November, customers can register on the PlayStation website to buy a "limited number" of PS5 consoles.
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.
UK: where to buy PS5
PS5 stock is still in extremely short supply across the UK. Frustrating though that is, Sony has confirmed that more PS5 and PS5 Digital consoles are on the way. Here's where to look...
- Amazon UK: stock due 26-27 Oct, 8.30 - 10am
- John Lewis: stock due w/c 25th Oct, 7-8am
- Game: stock due November
- Smyths Toys: limited stock in store
- Currys: stock due late Oct
- Argos: stock due soon
- BT: out of stock
- EE: stock due this week
- Tesco: out of stock
- Asda: out of stock
- AO.com: stock due Oct, 10am - 1pm
USA: where to buy PS5
- Amazon US: stock due this week
- Sony Direct: stock due Nov (customers need to register)
- Best Buy: stock due soon (TotalTech members get priority)
- Target: stock due soon
- Walmart: stock due soon
- GameStop: stock due soon
Australia: where to buy PS5
- Amazon AU: currently unavailable – keep checking
- Sony Store Australia: sold out – sign up for alerts
- JB Hi-Fi: out of stock – check back for further updates
Where to buy PS5 accessories
Getting hold of most PS5 accessories is a lot easier than getting hold of a PS5 but 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
Game drops on a regular basis and at fairly regular times so it's worth keeping an eye on Game's website this month. There's usually 2-3 drops throughout any given day.
Target is tipped for more PS5 stock soon. Keep checking back and keep an eye on the retailer's social media accounts.
The online shopping giant seems to drops a PS5 stock every couple of weeks or so. Make sure you add the console to your Amazon Wish List in advance to speed up the checkout process when PS5 stock does eventually drop.
Retail giant Walmart kept its promise to release more PS5 stock in 2021. Since then, it has released several more waves of PS5 stock in the US and Canada – and is expected to do so again soon. Keep checking back.
High street favourite Argos tends to release PS5 stock in the early hours – often between 1am and 7am – via its website and app. Download the app and set up a free Argos account to speed up the process of adding a PS5 to your basket.
Over in the US, Sony Direct has released a wave of PS5 consoles every month. They're now sold out but keep checking back – you never know your luck. It figures that Sony would supply its own store first.
Existing BT and EE customers have had multiple chances to order a PS5 online via MyBT and EE’s Add to Plan service. BT has been a good source of PS5 consoles, and more stock is expected in the near future.
It might be best known for its appliances, but AO.com also sells PS5s. Or will when more stock arrives. It often drops PS5 stock via "phone only" so you'll need to ring as soon as you hear they have inventory.
Best Buy drops PS5 stock on a regular basis. It even offers optional two year accident protection and financing options, which could be handy. Keep checking back.
The specialist games retailer reported overwhelming demand for the PS5 but only offered "limited" quantities of PS5 bundles. It usually drops PS5 bundles rather than standalone consoles.
You may not have heard of StockX but it's well-known to those looking to buy or sell rare and limited edition sneakers. It's also recently branched out into PS5s but you could end up paying over the odds.
The British supermarket chain is rumoured to be taking delivery of a fresh batch of PS5s consoles. Worth keeping an eye on Tesco's PS5 page.
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.
Specialist retailer EB Games restocks regularly but supplies don't last long. The Gamestop-owned chain is working on getting more stock – check its website to see if it's succeeded.
Independent retailer The Gamesmen previously announced it would have more stock soon, but has since sold out. Check back soon.
One of Australia's largest tech retailers sold out of the stock but it could re-up soon. Keep checking the company's Twitter for clues.
PlayStation 5 price: recent history
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?
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
Last year'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.
More recently, the PS5 has shed some weight. The updated version features a lighter heatsink. The 300g lighter PS5 is on sale now in the UK, US and Australia. If you want to check which one 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
In the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, the PS5 went on sale on 12th November 2020. The rest of the world (UK included) saw the console launch on 19th November 2020.
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.
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
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.
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PlayStation 5 games price
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. Amazon, for example, has slashed the prices of hit titles such as Assassin's Creed: Valhalla by up to 50%. Check out our run-down of 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.
More recently, Sony admitted that the PS5 could be in short supply until 2022 due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage that has affected everything from cars to gadgets.
In August 2021, Sony chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki claimed that Sony had purchased enough chips to hit its target for PS5 sales this financial year and end the PlayStation 5 shortage. The company plans to shift 14.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles by 31st March 2022.
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PlayStation 5 price: game bundles
The PS5 is available with a raft of new games including the follow launch titles:
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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. 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 and Pulse 3D headset.
Games aside, the PS5 will act as an entertainment hub. Sony has revealed it will come with Netflix, Disney Plus, Apple TV, Spotify, Twitch and YouTube from day one. As we reported, the PS5 appears to lack both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos but here's how to get the best picture and sound from your PS5.
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