Update 11 August: The standalone PS5 disc edition console is in stock at PlayStation Direct. PS5 bundles are also in stock at the BT Shop, Studio, Very, Hughes, The Game Collection, ShopTo, John Lewis, AO and Scan. In-store stock is available at some branches of Smyths Toys. Read on for more information.
Since its launch in 2020, the PlayStation 5 has been ridiculously difficult to get a hold of. Supply chain issues stemming from the coronavirus pandemic have brought the production of Sony’s latest games console to a near-standstill.
Thankfully, the stock situation has improved massively in recent months, with PS5 bundles being readily available in at least one retailer since late April. Game and the BT Shop, plus several independent retailers such as The Game Collection and Scan have continued to lead the charge.
This avalanche of console restocks carried on throughout July, and so far it looks like the good news will continue throughout August and into September. But while restocks have become more frequent, buying a console on its own is still a challenge, with retailers preferring to restock bundles over the standalone console – those sell out in the blink of an eye. We only started seeing digital console bundles arrive in stores last month, but even those have since dried up.
If you’re still hunting down the elusive PlayStation 5, we’ve got one tip for you – sit yourself down on this liveblog and watch for your real-time alerts. Our aim is to secure you a next-gen machine, whether that’s a bundle, or a standalone disc or digital edition console, as well as provide you with the details on the best games and accessories to nab alongside your new console, plus the latest game reviews.
Check stock from UK PS5 retailers below:
Check stock from US PS5 retailers below:
PS Direct has the PS5 disc edition in stock
Where to buy the PS5 digital edition today
Even John Lewis has PS5s in stock today
ShopTo had a PS5 restock today too
What PS5 bundles are available at Very?
10:31 , Jasper Pickering
Very is currently operating a pre-order system for their remaining PS5 stock which is expected to ship around 26 August 2022.
There is still currently one bundle available from them with a copy of Horizon Forbidden West as well as an extra PS5 dualsense controller. It comes to a total of £559.98.
What PS5 bundle is available from Currys?
09:36 , Jasper Pickering
If you’re looking to pick up a new PS5 bundle from Currys, then the retailer is offering the standard edition of the console, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and a Steelseries Arctis wireless gaming headset, with the total cost comes to £649.
Morning PS5 trackers
08:58 , Jasper Pickering
And we’re back! It’s been a busy week for stock drops as we’re seeing new bundles available from Currys and EE. They’ll be joining our extensive list of other retailers with the PS5: the BT Shop, Studio, Very, Hughes, The Game Collection, ShopTo, John Lewis, AO and Scan.
But we’re not discounting any other offerings to pop up to make sure you’re getting the best deal. We’ll keep an eye on all the retailers to help you find the bundle that’s best for you. Stay tuned.
PS5 tracker, signing off
Thursday 11 August 2022 17:31 , Jasper Pickering
Amazon doesn’t currently have any stock but much like their US counterpart, they have opened up an invitation-only model so customers can register their interest in purchasing a new console as soon as they become available. It’s a bit of a lottery as shoppers are randomly selected but it’s certainly better than stock selling out within seconds of going live.
We’ll be back first thing tomorrow morning to help you look for a new console, see you then!
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Thursday 11 August 2022 16:30 , Jasper Pickering
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New games added to PS Plus Extra and Premium
Thursday 11 August 2022 15:31 , Jasper Pickering
If you’re subscribed to the new PS Plus service, then Playstation has recently announced its latest lineup of games for the two higher tiers of subscriptions, meaning that you will be able to play those games at no extra cost. Those games include (in no particular order):
Yakuza Kiwami 2
Dead by Daylight
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
Trials of Mana
They will be available to download from 16 August 2022 on your home consoles, but what other games are on the service and how much does it cost? You can find the full library in our PS Plus buying guide.
Backbone One Playstation edition
Thursday 11 August 2022 14:28 , Jasper Pickering
If you’re wondering how you can play your PS4 and PS5 games on the go, then Backbone has recently released its latest controller – and it’s perfect for Playstation fans.
The Backbone One Playstation edition (£99.99, Playbackbone.com) is designed to work with your iPhone and convert it into a working handheld controller, roughly the same size as a Nintendo Switch lite.
But is it worth it? In our review of the device, we said: “The Backbone One is, in the most literal sense, a gamechanger that makes gaming on mobile phones a tempting proposition for dedicated gamers who want nothing to do with touch controls. The added benefit of PS remote play integration without limiting its functionality with other gaming platforms also means that it has further use outside of the Playstation ecosystem.
“It would be easy to mistake the cradle as a new dedicated Playstation handheld from a distance and while gamers will silently mourn the loss of the PS Vita, this could be the next best thing to a dedicated PS Vita 2.”
PS5 bundle available from Studio
Thursday 11 August 2022 13:27 , Jasper Pickering
Studio currently has a PS5 Horizon Forbidden West bundle available with a dualsense controller for the usual price of £559.99 but you may be wondering why that game is being shipped with every console lately, and is it worth playing?
We have to say, yes it is. In our review of the game, we said: “Guerilla Games has developed its post-apocalyptic marriage of technology and nature to craft a beautifully realised vision of a world desperate for rebirth.
The story will take new players to unexpected and breathtaking places, and fans of Horizon Zero Dawn will have plenty of their questions answered.”
How to save money on a PS5 at AO
Thursday 11 August 2022 12:31 , Jasper Pickering
Like other retailers, AO is currently stocking the Forbidden West bundle and a controller for £559 but there is a way to save even more money.
If you’re willing to part with one of your older consoles (your PS4, perhaps?), AO is offering trade-ins for up to £70 off your order. You can find out more about the promotion on the PS5 product page to see if you’re eligible.
What PS5 stock is available at ShopTo?
Thursday 11 August 2022 11:31 , Jasper Pickering
ShopTo had a sizeable drop of new PS5 consoles yesterday and while it appears that most of the bundles have since sold out, there are still two available.
One comes with (what else?) a copy of Horizon Forbidden West, and the other also includes a PS5 dualsense controller. They’re priced at £499.85 and £559.85 respectively.
What is available at John Lewis?
Thursday 11 August 2022 10:30 , Jasper Pickering
John Lewis is one of those retailers that don’t stock consoles very often but there appears to be a hefty bundle available for £629.99, so what’s included?
For your money, you’ll get a standard edition of the console, Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and an extra dualsense controller. Both games made our list of top games for the PS5, so they’re both worth picking up if you’re looking for some new games as well.
Standalone PS5 available at PS Direct
Thursday 11 August 2022 09:32 , Jasper Pickering
If you’re hoping to pick up a new PS5 disc edition of the console, without all the bells and whistles of a bundle, then PS Direct currently has some stock available.
You will need to have an existing Playstation account in order to purchase it, but it’s quite rare to see standalone consoles these days, so get it while you still can.
Pre-order a PS5 from Very
Thursday 11 August 2022 09:15 , Jasper Pickering
Very is currently operating a pre-order system for their remaining PS5 stock which is expected to ship around 26 August 2022. There is still currently one bundle available from them with a copy of Horizon Forbidden West as well as an extra PS5 dualsense controller. It comes to a total of £559.98.
Good morning, PS5 trackers
Thursday 11 August 2022 08:49 , Jasper Pickering
And we’re back with the PS5 liveblog! It looks like there are still plenty of consoles available from a high number of retailers.
The disc edition console can be bought on its own at PlayStation Direct, and bundles are available at BT Shop, Studio, Game, Very, Hughes, The Game Collection, ShopTo, John Lewis, AO and Scan. In-store stock is available at some branches of Smyths Toys.
The standalone consoles tend to sell quickly, so make sure you grab one while you still can! Until thenm stay tuned to the liveblog for more PS5 updates.
Live blog signing off
Wednesday 10 August 2022 17:20 , Alistair Charlton
We’re signing off today with news that PS5 consoles are available from more retailers than ever before. The disc edition console can be bought on its own at PlayStation Direct, and bundles are available at BT Shop, Studio, Game, Very, Hughes, The Game Collection, ShopTo, John Lewis, AO and Scan. In-store stock is available at some branches of Smyths Toys.
Amazon doesn’t have any stock at the moment, but interested shoppers can request an invitation. If chosen at random, they’ll be invited to buy a console next time Amazon has a restock.
We’ll be back again tomorrow to bring you all of the latest PS5 restocking news.