UPDATE: This morning saw the first bunch of PS5 consoles arrive on Sony’s new PS Direct online store. They sold out in under an hour but Sony says more are on the way.
The PS5 arrived almost a whole year ago in the UK, on 19 November 2020, but supply problems and a global chip shortage have caused the production of Sony’s new game console to slow to a crawl. New stock is still quite difficult to find, and when it does appear the PS5 sells out almost instantly, both online and in-store.
November got off to an extremely slow start when it comes to PS5 restocks, with drops from only John Lewis & Partners, Game and ShopTo during the first week of the month. We’re hoping that will improve though. Towards the end of October, we had nine massive drops from Asda, Studio, Very, Littlewoods, Argos, Hamleys, Game, John Lewis & Partners and AO. As we race towards the PS5’s one-year anniversary, let’s just hope November starts delivering the goods.
If you’re still on the lookout for a PS5, you’ve come to the right place. Our liveblog is on hand to give you the latest insight on Playstation 5 restocks from all major UK retailers, both online and in-store, as well as providing details on rumoured releases, plus the latest PS5 games and accessories to snap up.
Check stock from UK PS5 retailers below:
Live blog signing off
This week has got off to a fairly quiet start, but today at least included the first restock for Sony’s new PS Direct website. It’s hard to say how many consoles were available, but demand for the PS5 is showing to signs of slowing down, since we saw over 27,000 shoppers in the queue this morning. Sony says more consoles will be added to PS Direct, but doesn’t say when that might be.
As for the rest of the week, we’re hoping to see restocks from several retailers to mark one year of the PS5 being available in the UK. That first anniversary is this Friday, 19 November.
We’re signing off for the evening and will be back tomorrow morning for another day of PS5 hunting.
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 17:00
Best TV Black Friday 2021 deals
Black Friday is synonymous with heavily discounted televisions. While the sight of shoppers brawling over a cheap Sony Bravia is thankfully a thing of the past, the very best Black Friday TV deals are still highly sought-after online.
Earlier in November, AO, Currys and Studio all kicked off their Black Friday celebrations early, heavily discounting some of their bestselling TVs by up to £500. Before Black Friday officially begins on 26 November, we’ve already found some eye-catching offers, which we’ve compiled in our guide to the best TV Black Friday deals.
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 15:00
How to buy an Xbox series X
The Xbox series X is just as hard to buy as the PS5. In fact, in recent weeks restocks of the Microsoft console have been even rarer. Thankfully, the IndyBest team is on hand, with a live blog bringing you all of the latest news on Xbox restocks right across the UK.
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 14:05
How to get a PS5 voucher code from BT
BT is giving its customers a helping hand when it comes to securing a PS5. Instead of throwing open the virtual doors and dealing with a stampede like other retailers, BT sends out unique voucher codes to its customers.
If you are a BT TV customer, for example, or subscribe to BT Sport, you can apply to receive a PS5 voucher code. These are emailed out sporadically and can be used to access a PS5 next time the BT store has a restock. You still have to pay the regular price, of course, but this system is a neat way of rewarding BT customers and giving them a better chance of securing a console.
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 14:02
The best 4K TV for your new PS5
While we wait for the next PS5 restock, it’s time to think about upgrading your television. The PS5 outputs video at 4K resolution and can even handle games running at 120 frames per second. That’s something not all TVs can manage, so if you want to see your new console running at its best, a new TV could be worthwhile.
We’ve rounded up nine of the best 4K TVs available right now, from manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic, among others. And the great news is you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great 4K television – prices of our favourites start at under £400.
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 13:04
Can you play PS4 games on PS5?
You sure can! The overwhelming majority of the PS4 games you own are playable on the PS5. You’ll be able to download any games you bought through the PlayStation store on your PS4 and play them on the next-gen console.
If you’ve got the disc edition of the PS5, you’ll also be able to insert your PS4 discs into it and play them that way, too. Obviously, because there’s no physical disc slot on the digital edition of the console, you won’t be able to play any PS4 discs you own. We’ve compiled together a list of our favourite PS4 games, and most of them have dropped in price since the PS5 came out.
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 12:03
The best gaming deals for Black Friday 2021
Black Friday is now just a few days away, and many sales already upon us. As ever, technology and gaming are hot topics, with discounts expected on consoles, games, accessories and more. The IndyBest team will be with you every step of the way, highlighting the best deals from right across the web.
Gaming deals this Black Friday will be up for grabs far and wide, from specialists like Game and ShopTo, as well as general retailers like Amazon, Very, Argos, Currys and more. We can’t promise discounts on the still-tricky-to-find Xbox series X and PlayStation 5, nor the Nintendo Switch OLED – which we have recently reviewed, but you can definitely expect to see money off games, accessories, other consoles and digital services.
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 11:02
PlayStation Direct sells out in under an hour
Just 40 minutes later, and PS Direct has sold out of PS5 consoles. The digital edition went first, with the disc edition not far behind. The website showed us a message to say it had sold out when we were estimated to be 11 minutes from the front of the queue. But we have at least seen evidence of successful purchases on Twitter, and Sony says it is “working continuously to make more PS5 consoles available in the future.”
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 10:55
How the PlayStation Direct queueing system works
The PlayStation Direct queueing system is now active in the UK. The website explains that, once you reach the front of the queue, you will hear a chime (so make sure your device isn’t muted) and be automatically redirected to the right page. You will then have 10 minutes to proceed to the website and start shopping.
But it looks like the console will sell out quickly, as we are currently 28,000th in the queue, with the site estimating our wait time as being “more than an hour”.
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 10:36
PS5 consoles arrive at PlayStation Direct online store
The new PlayStation Direct online store has both the PS5 disc edition and PS5 digital edition in stock and ready to buy. The website, which sees Sony sell the console directly to gamers for the first time, launched in the UK last week but had no consoles available to buy.
But that is now about to change, as a 20-minute countdown timer appeared on the website at approximately 10:10am today. You must log into the site using your PSN account in order to buy a console, and Sony is limiting sales to one console per customer.
Alistair Charlton15 November 2021 10:15
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