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Looking for the elusive Sony console? Here’s where to buy it

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Update July 20: The PS5 is now in stock at Game, Very and the BT Shop, as well as some locations in Argos. It sold at ShopTo. Read on for more information.

Since its launch in 2020, the PlayStation 5 has been ridiculously hard to come by. Supply chain issues resulting from the coronavirus pandemic have all but halted production of Sony’s latest games console.

Fortunately, the situation has improved considerably in recent months, with the PS5 remaining in stock at at least one retailer since late April, with Game and the BT shop, as well as several independent retailers like The game collection and To analyse lead the charge.

We expect this flurry of console restocks to continue throughout the summer. But while restocks have become more frequent, buying a console on its own remains a challenge, with retailers preferring to restock bundles rather than the standalone console. These sell out in the blink of an eye. Digital consoles – bundles included – are even harder to find and have all but disappeared off the face of the earth.

If you’re still on the hunt for the elusive PlayStation 5, we’ve got a tip for you: sit back on this live blog and watch your real-time alerts. Our goal is to guarantee you a next-gen machine, whether it’s a bundle, standalone disc or digital edition console, as well as providing you with the details on the best games and accessories to grab with your new console, plus the latest game reviews.

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Can you buy a PS5 on the high street?

If you thought buying a PS5 online was tricky, you should try to find one on your high street. We generally found Game and Smyths are the best options here, with each occasionally having a handful of consoles available in some of their stores. But at the moment, these consoles are rare.

Smyths Toys stores don’t have stock, at least according to the retailer’s website. As for Game, we saw a single digital edition PS5 in the Lisburn branch, and this same store indicates that the disc edition consoles can be pre-ordered. The Game branch in Chatham also has a limited supply of PS5 Disc Edition consoles today, while in Wolverhampton Disc Edition consoles are expected “soon”.

And that’s all. There are really few choices today, but I hope the situation will improve soon. You can keep an eye on the game’s stock in store by following this twitter listwhich shows every tweet from every branch across the UK.

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Fifa 23 trailer reveal today

Want to know more about the latest Fifa Game? Well, we have good news for you, because the reveal trailer of FIFA 23 – the last EA football game to carry the Fifa name, before the switch to EA Sports Soccer in 2024 – lands later today.

Specifically, the trailer arrives in just a few hours, at 5:00 PM BST today, July 20, and will be available on EA’s YouTube channel. Along with gameplay and a preview of new features and game modes, we expect to see pre-order and release date details.

EA previously said of the upcoming game: “EA and FIFA are thrilled to deliver the biggest and most comprehensive game ever this fall. Our final Fifa The product will also include more game modes, features, teams, leagues, players and competitions than any previous edition. Fans will be able to experience these innovations throughout the EA Sports FIFA ecosystem, including FIFA Mobile, FIFA Online 4and eSports.

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Can you buy a PS5 directly from Sony?

Sony’s own online store, called PlayStation Direct, has been offering consoles to UK buyers for around nine months now. But, like many other retailers, it rarely has stock available. Yes, even the company that makes the PS5 is struggling to keep supply available on its virtual shelves for gamers to purchase.

We last saw a restock at PS Direct on July 1, and before that consoles landed on May 10 and 24, and then June 7. There’s not a lot of template here, and it’s hard to predict when other consoles will arrive. Instead, we suggest players visit retailers with stock available today, including Game and BT Shop.

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Here’s how BT customers can buy a PS5 console today

For months now, BT has been offering existing customers a helping hand in securing a PS5 console. The telecommunications company periodically emails codes to its broadband subscribers, which can then be used to access PS5 stock on the BT Shop website. You can also get a code via the My BT online portal.

Once you have a code, the BT store will sell you a PS5 disc edition with Forbidden Horizon West for £499.99, or with the game and an additional Dualsense controller for £549.97.

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When might Amazon have a PS5 restock?

You can’t currently buy a PS5 console from Amazon – at least not at the usual retail price, anyway. But we have a feeling that situation will change soon, as it’s been a full month since the retail giant last had PS5 stock in its warehouses. The consoles were last available on June 21, and before that, we also saw restocks on June 8 and June 15.

In fact, we haven’t waited more than a month between PS5 console restocks at Amazon since a drought between March 23 and April 27. Hopefully we’ll see consoles land in the next few days, and as always we’ll be the first to let you know when they finally arrive.

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How to get PS Plus extra and premium free for seven days

Earlier this week, Sony announced a free trial offer for new extra and premium tiers of its PS Plus subscription service. To access either tier for an entire week, simply visit the PlayStation website and choose the tier you want to try. If you don’t want to pay after the trial ends, be sure to cancel your subscription within seven trial days.

For those unfamiliar with what’s new in PS Plus, here’s everything you need to know:

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PS5 consoles can be pre-ordered today from Very

Very is another retailer with PS5 consoles available to order today – or rather, they’re up for pre-order, ahead of August delivery.

Borrowing a leaf from Game’s playbook when it comes to building PS5 pre-order systems, Very offers the PS5 Disc Edition with Forbidden Horizon West for £499.99. Added a second game in the form of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apartor a second Dualsense gamepad, raises the price to £559.98.

All three options are available for pre-order now, with Very Say consoles shipping on August 12.

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These PS5 bundles are available on Game right now

Game is another retailer that has stock available right now – and, unlike Argos, you can have your PS5 delivered to where you actually live. The game’s current range of PS5 console bundles are priced at £514.98, and for that you get the disc edition console with an additional Dualsense gamepad (in white, black, blue or pink) and a “Player 1” branded controller case.

The game also sells the console with Forbidden Horizon West and the controller box, but without the second Dualsense, for £524.98.

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PS5 Digital Edition Consoles Are Landing At Argos (Sort Of)

Argos quietly restocked its PS5 supplies last night, with the less spotty Digital Edition console added to the retailer’s online inventory. But, as is too often the case with Argos, being able to buy one is something of a postcode lottery. We’ve seen some buyers claim that stock is available in Wales, but we’re unable to find any consoles on our own.

The Argos website lists the PS5 Digital Edition, with a download code for Forbidden Horizon West, is in stock and priced at £409.99. Some consoles should therefore be available, but stock is being added to the Argos system gradually, and you will need to enter your postcode to see if any consoles are available for delivery or collection in your area.

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Hello

Hello and welcome to another day of PS5 hunting. Several retailers still have consoles available for purchase right now, and we also spotted more land in stock overnight. As always, we’ll be bringing you all the latest PS5 restock news all day, from retailers across the UK and US, so stay tuned to this live blog if you’re still on the lookout. looking for a PS5 console.