It’s been almost a year and a half since the PS5 was first released in the UK, but we’re all still here, scratching our heads and desperately struggling to find a console.
Why? All thanks to the global semiconductor shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, of course. That means consoles are still hard to come by, both online and in stores. And when the consoles finally arrive, they’re often picked up within minutes.
But the situation is improving – slowly. April was one of the best months for restocks since the start of 2022. The month saw PS5 consoles available on PlayStation Direct, ShopTo, curries, Argos, AO, Game, Smyths Toys, Very and many other independent retailers to boot. We are now in the first week of May, hope the momentum continues as we slowly head into summer.
Our live blog is here to bring you one of Sony’s elusive next-gen consoles, as well as provide you with the details on the best games and accessories to grab with your new machine, plus the latest game reviews. If you want to know which online retailers will be restocking first, keep scrolling to get updates as they come.
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Will Very have a PS5 restock this month?
Very is another retailer that typically has a PS5 restock once a month. This was the case from January to April, with the last replenishment spanning April 20 and 21. It’s not yet clear when the next batch of consoles will arrive, but given its track record, we’d expect to see at least a PS5 restock of Very in May.
Alistair CharltonMay 3, 2022 12:00
Can you buy a PS5 on the high street?
The PS5 is as difficult to buy in stores as it is online. We recommend that you keep an eye on this twitter list, as it shows every tweet from all of Game’s UK branches, which use the social network to advertise in-store availability. There doesn’t seem to be anything at the time of this writing, but we regularly see Game stores are tweeting that a few PS5 consoles are available for walk-in customers.
Another option is Smyths Toys, which has a tool on its website to check PS5 (and Xbox series X) stock levels across all of its stores. Again, there are no consoles available at the moment, but we do occasionally see a strange handful popping up, so it’s worth checking back regularly.
Alistair CharltonMay 3, 2022 11:30 a.m.
When will the PS5 be available from Smyths Toys?
Smyths Toys is yet another retailer that currently has no PS5 consoles in stock. The toy store last had PS5 stock on April 12, and before that we saw restocks land on March 9, as well as February 4 and 18. Before, it was December 2 and 16. So things have been a bit sporadic, to say the least.
On its website, Smyths Toys says it expects to receive more PS5 Disc Edition stock in May, but doesn’t give a specific date. There is currently no stock listed at any of its physical stores either.
Alistair CharltonMay 3, 2022 11:00 a.m.
Game restock is sold out
It was a good run, but Game’s latest PS5 bundle restock is no longer available. The consoles were still available for pre-order on Game’s website this morning, but they’re now sold out. Game usually has several PS5 restocks per month, so we expect to see more consoles available to order later in May.
As always, we’ll make sure readers of this blog are the first to know when new stock arrives.
Alistair CharltonMay 3, 2022 10:51 a.m.
Can you buy a PS5 directly from Sony?
Sony sells the PS5, along with games and accessories, directly to customers through an online store called PlayStation Direct. This became available in the UK towards the end of 2021, having already opened in the US earlier that year. However – and we’re sure you won’t be surprised to learn this – the PS Direct store is currently sold out on consoles.
PlayStation Direct last had a console restock on April 20, and before that we saw new consoles land on April 7, March 8, February 23, and January 17. In other words, about once a month. It’s hard to say when the next restock will be, but we can be pretty sure it will be before the end of May.
Alistair CharltonMay 3, 2022 10:30 a.m.
When will Amazon have another restock?
Despite its massive scale, even Amazon struggled to provide a steady supply of PS5 consoles. It had a final restock on April 27, which included both disc and digital editions of the PS5, but the consoles sold out within minutes. Before that, we saw a similar restock on March 2 and another on February 23.
Amazon seems to only have enough consoles for one restock per month, and for a while now these have landed at the end of each month. As such, we don’t expect to see any new PS5 consoles available on Amazon until the third or fourth week of May.
Alistair CharltonMay 3, 2022 10:00 a.m.
PS5 bundles are available on Game right now
Continuing from last week, Game has a range of PS5 bundles available to pre-order now. These include console packs featuring Horizon Forbidden West and a range of accessories, from extra headsets and gamepads, to branded apparel and covers to change the color of your console.
These packs are all available for pre-order on the game’s website right now and will be released on May 10.
Alistair CharltonMay 3, 2022 9:30 a.m.
Hello and welcome to another day of PS5 restock live blogging from the IndyBest team. We start the day with good news, as the console packs that landed at Game last week are still available for pre-order. However, the BT store is now out of stock, and a pack offered by AO is also sold out.
As always, stay tuned to this live blog for all the latest PS5 restock news, both in the UK and US, throughout the day.
Alistair CharltonMay 3, 2022 9:00 a.m.