GAMERS will be almost certainly be able to get their hands on a PS5 this week as seven top UK retailers are planning restocks.Argos, Amazon, Very, Cur
GAMERS will be almost certainly be able to get their hands on a PS5 this week as seven top UK retailers are planning restocks.
Argos, Amazon, Very, Currys, John Lewis, AO, GAME and Very are all tipped to have consoles on sale this week after bagging new supplies from Sony.
According to an alleged leak from the Argos warehouse, consoles arrived last Friday with the coveted console being said to be appearing on the website sometime today, lasting until Thursday.
Meanwhile an error message when customers try to order from Amazon’s PS5 page left fans furious after thinking they’d found a console – only to be told any orders made “will not have processed at this time”.
Since its launch last November, millions of gamers around the world have struggled to bag a PlayStation 5.
With restock rumours swirling continually, only the quickest off the mark at shops like Very and Amazon have been able to pick one up so far.
Follow our PS5 live blog below for the very latest news, updates and stock drop rumours…
Here’s the latest from the major retailers.
- Very – drop coming tomorrow.
- Smyths – dropped last week.
- Argos – no drops, despite rumours one could happen soon.
- Amazon – dropped today but now sold out.
- Curry’s – no drops.
FIRST IN THE QUEUE
Gamers wanting to get their hands on a PS5 can get ahead in the queue by signing up to a stock checker.
These online tools monitor a range of different retailers to find out when a product is available to buy again.
Stock Informer is currently monitoring PS5 stock at a range of different retailers including eBay, Amazon, Currys PC World and Very.co.uk.
Playstation5stock.com focuses purely on the latest Sony console but only monitors nine retailers.
A HISTORY OF PLAYSTATION RELEASES
- The original PlayStation launched in Europe in 1995
- This was followed by the PlayStation 2 in the year 2000
- The PlayStation 3 arrived over half a decade later, in 2006
- Then gamers had to wait a further seven years for 2013’s PS4 launch
- Sony released the PS5 in November 2020
SCALPER SAYS HIS INDUSTRY IS ‘MISUNDERSTOOD’
A PS5 scalper has claimed his industry is misunderstood.
Scalpers have been the scourge of many an honest gamer looking to get their hands on the console – with many selling the console for a £1,000 or more.
One, named Jordan, told Forbes: “Essentially every business resells their products. “
“Tesco, for example, buys milk from farmers for 26p or so per litre and sells it on for upwards of 70p per litre.
No one ever seems to complain to the extent as they are currently doing towards ourselves.”
TYPICAL DROP TIMES
It is always worth being one step ahead if you’re looking to get your hands on a PS5, as many who have tried to buy the console have found out.
This handy account has rounded up the usual stock drop times – so you can beat other buyers.
WORLD’S BIGGEST PS5
An influencer has bought the world’s biggest PlayStation 5 – a fully functional console standing 10ft tall and weighing 230 kilos.
In a recent video, American YouTube star Zachary “ZHC” Hsieh said that he purchased the bonkers contraption coupled with a gigantic, working controller for £50,000.
ZHC, who boasts over 19million subscribers on the video platform, said he then spent 100 hours customising the behemoth with a colourful paint job.
It’s apparently 100 times larger than a bog standard PS5, which Sony launched in November 2020.
“The crazy thing is, this PS5 actually works,” the 22-year-old said in a video uploaded to YouTube this month.
CONFIRMED: VERY TO RESTOCK TOMORROW MORNING
Very have confirmed that a PS5 restock will arrive online tomorrow morning.
Gamers are urged to have their finger on the button from 10am tomorrow to get their hands on a console.
STOP PS5 SCALPERS PETITION
A petition to stop scalpers reselling goods at a drastically inflated price has gained 13,252 signatures.
It was created by David Glover after the continuous PS5 scalper scandals, as he believes, “the law around this practice needs to be reviewed and measures to prevent it need to be introduced.”
He wants to “prevent/deter the buying and reselling of goods/services at inflated prices” and needs a total of 100,000 signatures before it can be debated in Parliament.
Glover wrote: “I believe it to be an unfair and unjust practice that well-funded groups/individuals can deplete the stock of a single item and make it unaffordable/unavailable to the average consumer.”
PS5’S IMMEDIATE SELL OUT ON AMAZON RESTOCK
PlayStation 5’s were restocked at Amazon – and disappeared just as quick.
The console dropped on the online retailer this morning, just after 9am.
Even those quick off the mark were left unable to load the webpage or add the stock to their baskets, as they sold out immediately.
Fans are now hoping other retailers restock their supplies this week.
VERY UK confirm a restock of consoles on February 17.
RUMOUR – VERY ‘WILL HAVE STOCK TOMORROW’
One gamer eager to get their hands on a PS5 has shared a screenshot of their correspondence with Very’s customer service account.
The account claims that the retailer is “expected to have stock tomorrow”.
Worth keeping an eye on!
BLACK PS5 NOW AVAILABLE
Gamers can now get their hands on a sleek black PS5.
Until now, it’s only been possible to have the standard all-white PS5.
It’s a stark contrast to the black PlayStations of yesteryear – and the Xbox Series X for that matter.
You can find out more on that here.
CURRY’S ISSUE STATEMENT TO GAMERS
Curry’s issued a statement yesterday after thousands of gamers flocked to its website expecting a stock drop.
The retailer’s website had gone down for maintenance in the early afternoon – prompting eager buyers to rush to the site.
But alas, customers in the queue were left disappointed after being sent a message denying that any stock was actually there.
A quick rundown of the latest stock situation at other retailers.
- GAME has no stock currently available, and said last month that “demand far outweighs current supply”.
- EE also has no stock, but you can register your interest to buy on their website.
- John Lewis last had stock on January 20, but it sold out rapidly.
AMAZON ‘DON’T KNOW’ WHEN PS5 WILL BE BACK IN STOCK
Amazon restocked the PS5 this morning – but some gamers were left disappointed.
Unsurprisingly, the console sold out almost immediately.
In response, Amazon Help tweeted this morning: “Due to the speed with which the item sold out, it wasn’t possible to email all customers who had asked to be notified before it became unavailable, apologies.
“We don’t know when the PlayStation 5 will be back in stock, however we recommend checking back on the website regularly as more stock will become available periodically.”
Some lucky gamers have been able to bag a PS5 today – despite hundreds being left disappointed.
PS5 HAS BETTER BLU-RAY PLAYER THAN XBOX SERIES X
The PS5 has one major advantage over bitter rival the Xbox Series X, according an audio-visual geek.
Vincent Teoh from YouTube channel HDTVTest carried out an in-depth comparison of the consoles’ Blu-Ray players, and found Sony’s machine came out on top.
Microsoft’s powerhouse also doesn’t display 12-bit color, leading to less chroma bandwidth than Sony’s machine.
GAMERS’ FURY AT AMAZON
Gamers were left furious after attempting to purchase PS5 consoles today via Amazon, which restocked this morning.
Despite the restock, many fans found themselves unable to buy the console.
But many reported receiving a message which read: “We are sorry. An error occurred when we tried to process your request.
“We are working on the problem and expect to resolve it shortly.”
PS5 tracker accounts shared news of the message this morning.
TRUMP BLAMED FOR PS5 SHORTAGE
Donald Trump’s bitter trade war with China has been blamed for a global shortage of PlayStation 5s that has left gamers unable to get hold of Sony’s new console for months.
Sony says that the resultant dearth of microchips – alongside the coronavirus pandemic – has hampered its efforts to produce enough consoles following the release of the PlayStation 5 (PS5) in November.
A surge in sales of laptops and monitors is also thought to have contributed to the shortage, CNBC reports.
WOMAN CLAIMS TO HAVE SEEN STOCK ARRIVING
A woman has told BirminghamLive she saw PS5 stock arriving at her local Argos branch.
She said: “Just been down my local Argos to collect a package and they had 1 pallet of PlayStation consoles, the lady couldn’t tell me when but said she expects her management team to put them on sale tomorrow morning click and collect.”
WHAT IS ‘SCALPING’?
Anyone trying to get their hands on a PS5 in the past few months will have encountered the scalpers.
‘Scalping’ is defined as the practice of buying PS5 consoles only to re-sell them at a grossly inflated price.
A Sun probe found that just two months into 2021, the PS5 is still in such high demand that people are selling the console for £1,000 on eBay.
This is £550 more than the original price, with scalpers looking to make a profit off stock issues.
PETITION TO BAN SCALPING GETS THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES
A petition to make scalping illegal has drawn thousands of signatures.
Change.org is running the petition, which is titled: “Prevent/deter the buying and reselling of goods/services at inflated prices”.
Its author writes: “I believe it to be an unfair and unjust practice that well funded groups/individuals can deplete the stock of a single item and make it unaffordable/unavailable to the average consumer.
“I believe the law around this practice needs to be reviewed and measures to prevent it need to be introduced.”
Should the petition gather 100,000 signatures, it will trigger a debate in parliament.
ARGOS ‘SET FOR BIG RESTOCK TONIGHT’
PS5 Tracker accounts are claiming that Argos is set for a big restock tonight.
PS5 Stock UK tweeted: “Argos is expected to drop either tonight (16th Feb) or tomorrow night (17th Feb).”
They provide a handy thread on the reasons why, which you can take a look at below.
PS5 GAME: ASTRO’S PLAYROOM
Bundled with the PS5, this could easily be dismissed as a gimmick to show off the DualSense joypad.
But it’s a brilliant and wondrously sensory game in its own right – not to be missed.
RUMOURS ARGOS RESTOCK TO COME FROM TODAY
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week are believed to be possible dates for Argos’ next PS5 drop.
“Argos will go live next week rather than the week after,” Twitter tipster @PS5StockAlertUK said.
“I will announce an exact date when possible in a few days.”