Cyber Monday PS5 UK restock news - as it happened

(The Independent)

It is now over a year since Sony’s latest console, the PlayStation 5 (PS5), first arrived in the UK. But supply problems and a worldwide chip shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic have caused the production of the device to slow. New stock is still tricky to find and, when it does appear, the PS5 sells out quickly.

This November started slowly, with PS5 restocks only appearing at John Lewis & Partners, Game and ShopTo during the first week of the month.

The situation has since improved though and we have seen recent restocks at Very, AO, Argos, Asda and Littlewoods, plus a drop at Sony’s new PS Direct online store. There have also been several more restocks at Game. We just hope this momentum can continue on Cyber Monday as we head towards the Christmas shopping season.

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 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:

      Key Points

      • The best tech deals for Cyber Monday

      • Cyber Monday’s best deals and discounts for gamers

      • Fifteen of the best PS5 games for your new console

      Good morning PS5 hunters!

      08:17 , Joe Sommerlad

      Hello and welcome to Cyber Monday’s PS5 stock tracking liveblog.

      Today we’re tracking every UK retailer at once for any sign of the elusive console, bringing the news as it happens.

      Stick with us to be the first to know when the console drops. Ready? Let’s go.

      The best tech deals for Cyber Monday

      08:37 , Joe Sommerlad

      It’s a little quiet on the restock front just now but, never fear, here are Louise Whitbread and Sarah Young to round up the best tech deals from UK retailers this Cyber Monday.

      Cyber Monday’s best deals and discounts for gamers

      08:57 , Joe Sommerlad

      Cyber Monday is here and the sales are underway. As ever, technology and gaming will be 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 Cyber Monday 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.

      Here are Alistair Charlton and Alex Lee with the latest news.

      Fifteen of the best PS5 games for your new console

      09:17 , Joe Sommerlad

      Congratulations to anyone who has managed to grab a PS5 so far. Next, you’ll be wanting some games to go with your new machine and we’ve got a round-up of 15 of the best for you to peruse.

      In the bestselling Spider-Man: Miles Morales game (£44.99, Currys.co.uk), Peter Parker is replaced with his awkward teenage protégé.

      A next-generation spin-off, Miles Morales “refines the original’s formula,” our reviewer said. “This is a streamlined adventure with a more focused story, far less busy work and an endearingly clumsy protagonist still getting to grips with his powers.”

      Meanwhile, Demon’s Souls (£57.99, Currys.co.uk) on PS5 is a showcase of what the new console is capable of.

      “The oppressive gothic architecture, yawning arches and festering dungeons of this cult classic look spectacular on the new hardware, while remaining faultlessly faithful to the aesthetic and vibe of the original game,” our tester said.

      The best 4K TV for your new PS5

      09:37 , Joe Sommerlad

      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.

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      09:57 , Joe Sommerlad

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      Dropping into your inbox every Friday morning, the handy digest features items from our tried and tested reviews by pros in the field – helping you make the most informed choice with your hard-earned cash.

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      Can you play PS4 games on PS5?

      10:17 , Joe Sommerlad

      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.

      Can you get a VPN on the PS5?

      10:37 , Joe Sommerlad

      While Sony doesn’t allow any virtual private network (VPN) apps like NordVPN or ExpressVPN to be downloaded from the PlayStation Store (VPNs aren’t supported on the platform at all), there’s still a way to use a VPN on the PS5 if you want to stream geo-restricted content.

      We’d recommend getting a VPN that has the Smart DNS feature. It’s a service provided by a number of VPN firms, including NordVPN, allowing you to spoof your location on devices that don’t have VPN support.

      You can read our round-up of the best VPNs for more information.

      How big is the PS5?

      10:57 , Joe Sommerlad

      Not as strange a question as you might think, because the PS5 is massive. It’s often an easy joke to say how big the next generation of game consoles are, ever since the chunky original Xbox arrived, followed by the even bigger PS4.

      But, while the Xbox Series X is also rather large, it’s the PS5 that is least likely to fit under your television. The digital edition is slightly slimmer, due to not having a disc drive, but both consoles are equally tall when stood on end.

      They are 390mm tall and 260mm deep, while the disc edition is 104mm thick and the digital edition is 92mm. Both consoles are intended to be stood upright, but also come with a plastic stand to help them rest on their side – likely the only way most buyers will fit the console under their TV.

      What’s the difference between the two models of PS5?

      11:17 , Joe Sommerlad

      Sony sells two versions of the PS5.

      These are known as the disc edition and the digital edition. They have the same performance, design and technical specifications, but the digital edition does not have a disc drive.

      This means games can only be played by downloading them, and obviously there’s no way to play DVDs or Blu-ray movies.

      The digital edition is also cheaper, at £359.99 compared to £449.99 for the disc edition.

      Follow The Indy’s dedicated Cyber Monday blog for the day’s best deals

      11:37 , Joe Sommerlad

      For the very latest on today’s sales, discounts and offers in the UK, why not follow Daisy Lester and Eva Waite-Taylor’s live coverage of Cyber Monday via the link below?

      How to get a PS5 voucher code from BT

      11:57 , Joe Sommerlad

      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, the telecoms company 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.

      Why are games console stocks so low?

      12:57 , Joe Sommerlad

      If you’re new to the PlayStation 5 hunt, firstly, welcome to the dance and, secondly, you might be interested in my explainer below looking into the reasons behind this most frustrating phenomenon.

      What is at the heart of it and when will the situation be resolved?

      Need some new wireless earbuds?

      13:57 , Joe Sommerlad

      Earbuds might not be great for gaming, but that doesn’t stop us from using them while playing a bit of Fortnite.

      We’ve tested a range of the latest models in our review of the best wireless earbuds, primarily focusing on audio quality, but also checking out the various features and styles currently on the market.

      Whether you’re a style-conscious pop lover, a fitness fan on a budget or a blasphemous earbud-wearing gamer, there’s something for everyone in our earbuds guide. Our top pick are the Sennheiser CX 400BT true wireless earbuds.

      Our reviewer said that they were a “top-notch” pair for those who don’t want to splash.

      Best Cyber Monday Nintendo Switch deals

      14:57 , Joe Sommerlad

      Still nothing new to report on the PS5 front today – although we briefly heard tell of a new bundle offer from The Game Collection, promising the console and a couple of a big games and a head set for £799 but it sold out in seconds, literally before we had time to write a post!

      Ah well, we fight on.

      In the meantime, you might enjoy perusing an alternative: the best deals currently active on the Nintendo Switch.

      Sign up to The Indy

      15:57 , Joe Sommerlad

      Have we helped you get a PS5? Want more shopping insights? Why not sign up to the free IndyBest newsletter, where you can access the best deals and round-ups of the week’s must-have products chosen by our experts.

      Dropping into your inbox every Friday morning, the handy digest features items from our tried and tested reviews by pros in the field – helping you make the most informed choice with your hard-earned cash.

      Get the IndyBest newsletter and access to all of The Independent’s other newsletters now. You won’t regret it.

      Good night friends and fellow PS5 hunters

      16:50 , Joe Sommerlad

      Well that’s all from us, thank you for following the PS5 stock tracking liveblog.

      It’s been an uneventful day, with only The Game Collection briefly offering the near-mythic console for sale but it was hurriedly snapped up.

      Hey ho, we go again tomorrow!

      Auf wiedersehen.

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