THE PlayStation 5 sold out within minutes after going on sale in November – and the situation has hardly changed since.
To the frustration of gamers worldwide, stock drops are appearing sporadically only to be snapped up in minutes – so when will you be able to purchase the PS5?
- Find out all the latest PS5 news, stories and updates
The PlayStation 5 is the latest and greatest console from Japanese tech titan Sony[/caption]
PS5 sold out – what happened?
Sony released two new consoles – the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – worldwide in November 2020.
Stock at the world’s retailers ran dry shortly after orders opened on the morning of launch day.
Boasting 8K graphics and a powerful processor that almost eliminates loading times, it’s no surprise the consoles flew off the shelves.
Multiple stores have since released small batches of PS5 units, but those also went in a flash as word spread across social media.
When will UK stores restock?
Spiderman: Miles Morales is one of the PS5’s blockbuster launch games[/caption]
It’s not entirely clear when retailers plan to restock.
Sony has signalled that stock will ramp up significantly from July onwards.
That gives hope for buyers hoping to bag a console before Christmas 2021.
Most retailers have maintained radio silence over when they plan to restock to avoid a mad rush when stock returns.
Below are links and some dates for PS5 restocks in the UK.
In the US and UK, most retailers are now selling the consoles in-store as well as through their websites.
- Amazon – sold out, expected May 12-19
- Very – sold out, expected May 12-19
- Studio – sold out
- Argos – sold out
- eBuyer – sold out
- GAME – sold out, expected May 11-13
- Currys PC World – sold out, expected May 12-15
- Smyths Toys – sold out
- John Lewis – sold out, expected May 11-13
What is the PS5?
The PS5 (left) is the successor to 2013’s PS4 (right)[/caption]
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 came out in November 2020 with an impressive roster of launch games.
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.
The PlayStation 5 starts at just under £450 in the UK and $500 in the US[/caption]
The PS5 release date landed on November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
In the UK, gamers weren’t able to get their hands on 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 Series X?
Microsoft’s pair of next-gen consoles came out a little earlier and landed on November 10, 2020.
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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