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Looking for the elusive console?

(The Independent)

July 22 update: The PS5 is in stock at Game, Very and the BT Shop. The Digital Edition Console is in stock at select branches of Argoswith disc edition bundles also available. The standalone console sold for PlayStation Direct earlier this afternoon, but it could restock at Smyths Toys soon. Read on for more information.

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

Thankfully, the stock situation has improved dramatically in recent months, with PS5 bundles readily available from 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 – those 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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A recap of today’s PS5 restock events

Alright, we’re closing the blog for another week of PS5 stock hunting. Thanks for joining us as always, and we hope we’ve managed to secure you a console bundle this week, maybe even a standalone console. If you’re still looking, five retailers still have the console in stock right now. Meeting next week !


PS5 vs. Xbox Series X:

Not sure which console to choose? The Independents Technology Editor Andrew Griffin weighed in with his comparative review of the two consoles when they were first released, and it’s worth a read if you’re struggling to decide.

“Both consoles offer a host of improvements over their predecessors: new designs, vastly improved performance and new games,” he said. For his verdict, read his review of the PS5 and Xbox Series X.


US: PS5 stock alert – GameStop will restock the console tomorrow

American readers, this one’s for you. GameStop will restock the PS5 tomorrow morning at stores across the United States. You will need to be a GameStop PowerUp Rewards member to purchase a console pack.

Fair warning though, these plans are expensive, so be prepared to get your wallet out. We’ve seen some customers buy a package and then return the extras.

Become a GameStop PowerUp member now


Looking for the Xbox Series X?

While the PS5 shortage is barely coming to an end, the Xbox series X has been in stock since early 2022. It’s been a while, but things are finally starting to get back to normal.

That said, you’ll still want to find the cheapest Xbox Series X deal if you’re still on the hunt. This is where we come in. We have a handy guide listing all the retailers currently selling the Xbox Series X and at what prices.


PS5 ‘Stray’ review: is it the best cat game ever?

In Wander, you play as a fallen cat in a closed city populated by robots long after the disappearance of the humans who built it. In order to find your family, you must find a way to reach the surface and escape.

“In Wandertaking on the role of a cat comes naturally,” our writer said in his review of the game. “It’s not just immersive for its controls, interfaces, or animations, which all help sell the experience, but the way the world is built, with raised bars, narrow ledges and death-defying jumps that come naturally to our feline friends.”

Interested in knowing more? Read our article below:


‘God of War: Ragnarok’ finally has a UK release date

God of War: Ragnarok is the upcoming sequel of 2018 God of the war. When it finally gets released, we’ll see the anti-hero Kratos continues his rampage against the Norse pantheon with his young son Atreus at his side. And guess what, we finally have a release date for the upcoming title.

The game will be released on November 9, 2022 and will be available on PS4 and PS5. We’re already seeing some great pre-order deals popping up, and we’ve rounded up some of the best deals below:


Here’s your “The Last of Us: Part I” fix

Sony and Naughty Dog have just released a full 10-minute gameplay trailer that dives deep into the development of the horror classic on PS5. The trailer details the differences between the PS4 and PS5 versions, giving us a look at the new features.

There’s a real permadeath mode – we’re not playing that one under any circumstances because we’d be out in the first five minutes – and a mode just for speedrunning. We also have new outfits for Joel and Ellie, as well as 60 new accessibility options, including audio description for the visually impaired.


The PS5 disc edition console is in stock at PS Direct

We just finished the queue and this looks like the standalone PS5 Disc Edition Console (£449.99, Playstation.com) and the PS5 bundle with Forbidden Horizon West are currently in stock at PlayStation Direct!

The standalone disc editing console is going to sell out fast, so if that’s what you want, now’s the time to get it. As always, you need your PSN credentials handy.


It’s your last day to get six months of Apple TV+ for free if you have a PS5

If you just picked up a PS5 this week, we recommend hopping on your console, browsing the PlayStation Store, and downloading the Apple TV+ app today.

Apple is currently offering a six-month free trial to PS5 owners who sign in with their Apple ID on the Apple TV+ app on the PS5. This offer ends today, so if you haven’t had a chance to use it and get your free six months of Apple TV+ and your fix of Ted Lasso and Breakupmove on.


The PS5 is now in stock at PS Direct

The PS5 is now in stock at PlayStation Direct. There’s a waiting room right now, so you still have time to get in there before the shopping starts.

Luckily, it’s not first-come, first-served like many other retailers. You receive a random unique ID in the queue, which means you don’t know what position you’ll be in in the queue when the consoles drop. Take that, scalpers!

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