PS5 UK stock live: Today's restock news from Currys and BT

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

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

The situation improved through the moment, 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. Let’s just hope the momentum continues as we head into December and edge towards Christmas.

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.

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      Key Points

      • Who will have a PS5 restock this week ?

      • Game store announces PS5 stock available today

      • Does Sony sell the PS5 directly?

      Live blog signing off

      17:00 , Alistair Charlton

      That brings a very quiet day of PS5 hunting to a close. But we have hope for a brighter day tomorrow, with news that the PS Direct online store is due to have consoles available from 10am. These are set to follow a two-hour window from 8am, during which customers who received an email today will be able to buy a console before the masses descend on the Sony website.

      We also spotted a handful of consoles at Game stores today, so hopefully this trend will continue as we approach the end of the year. As ever, we’ll be back with more PS5 news tomorrow morning.

      Read our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED

      16:04 , Alistair Charlton

      (Nintendo Switch)

      If handheld gaming is more your thing then check out our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED. The console features an OLED display for the first time, which is larger than before and produces punchier colours and deeper blacks. There’s also a redesigned kickstand and double the internal storage of its predecessor.

      Our reviewer said of the £309.99 console: “The larger display is fantastic and playing games in handheld mode is an absolute joy. The kickstand feels so solid and makes us never want to look at that little toggle on the back of the original Switch ever again…this is absolutely the best version of the console yet.”

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      15:00 , Alistair Charlton

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      PlayStation Direct sends out invitations to purchase

      14:59 , Alistair Charlton

      It looks like Sony’s PlayStation Direct website is preparing for a PS5 restock. Today, a batch of exclusive email invitations was sent out to customers, which they’ll be able to use to purchase a console. According to the PS5 Stock UK Twitter account, these purchases can be made between 8am and 10am tomorrow morning, 2 December.

      For those who didn’t get an invitation this time, fear not. You can head to the PS Direct website and queue up to buy a PS5 for yourself from 10am tomorrow. We expect these to sell out quickly, as ever.

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      The best 4K TV for your new PS5

      14:03 , Alistair Charlton

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      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.

      How to buy an Xbox series X

      12:59 , Alistair Charlton

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      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.

      If you’re in the market for an Xbox series X, head over to our live blog for your best chance of securing a console. As ever, the cheaper, smaller and less powerful Xbox series S is in stock at Game, Very, Argos and most other retailers, ready to buy right now.

      How to get a PS5 voucher code from BT

      12:20 , Alistair Charlton

      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.

      Can you play PS4 games on PS5?

      12:01 , Alistair Charlton

      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.

      When did Argos last have a PS5 restock?

      11:26 , Alistair Charlton

      Buying a PS5 from Argos isn’t the easiest route to take. Although some branches have begun offering consoles to lucky walk-in shoppers, the majority of consoles are offered online. Stock tends to arrive on the website at 8am, but consoles are made available gradually, on a geographical basis. This means shoppers in some cities will see PS5 stock appear online for them sooner than others. All you can do is hit the refresh button until the console is listed as available in your location.

      Like we said, buying from Argos isn’t easy. The store last had an online restock on 27 October and 18 November. This suggests there will be at least one restock in December, but we don’t know when that will be.

      How big is the PS5?

      11:05 , Alistair Charlton

      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.

      Can you get a VPN on the PS5?

      10:33 , Alistair Charlton

      While Sony doesn’t allow any 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 which 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.

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

      10:01 , Alistair Charlton

      (Sony)

      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.

      Does Sony sell the PS5 directly?

      09:34 , Alistair Charlton

      Yes. In fact, Sony only recently opened the doors to the UK branch of its PlayStation Direct website, where you can buy PS5 consoles, games and accessories. But – surprise, surprise – there are currently no consoles in stock. The website has only once had a PS5 restock since launching in the UK, and now doesn’t say when more consoles might arrive. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a couple of restocks before Christmas, but that’s purely speculation on our behalf for now.

      When did Currys last have PS5 stock?

      09:15 , Alistair Charlton

      Currys has seemingly struggled to secure PS5 consoles for the last couple of months. The retailer ran a lottery system intended to give shoppers a fairer chance of securing a console. This system was closed to new applicants in the summer, but is still emailing out codes every so often to those who entered before the lottery closed in June. Codes were last sent out on 17 November and all has been quiet ever since.

      As with other retailers, we’re hoping Currys has been stockpiling PS5 consoles for December, but for now we’ll just have to wait and see.

      Game store announces PS5 stock available today

      09:12 , Alistair Charlton

      As we said in our last post, Game stores often tweet about PS5 consoles they have in stock – and if you live in Plymouth then we have some good news for you. The city’s Game store has the PS5 disc edition in stock and ready to buy right now.

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      Can you buy a PS5 on the high street?

      09:09 , Alistair Charlton

      Yes, but the Sony console is as hard to find in-store as it is online. Your best bet is to try your local branches of Smyths Toys and Game, which both have occasional in-store restocks, with consoles available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smyths has a tool on its website for checking PS5 (and Xbox series X) stock at all of its UK stores. You won’t be surprised to learn that, at the time of writing, no Smyths store has any PS5 consoles in stock.

      But don’t lose hope, because consoles do occasionally appear on the website, ready to buy at your local branch.

      As for Game, we recommend keeping an eye on this Twitter list, showing every tweet from all of Game’s UK store accounts. These accounts tend to be fairly active, letting followers know when PS5 consoles come into stock at each store.

      Is Smyths Toys due a PS5 restock soon?

      08:55 , Alistair Charlton

      We hope so, but the Smyths website is pretty vague on when fresh PS5 stock might arrive. The company usually says consoles will land later in the month, but now says: “Expected in stock: TBC 2021”. This is hopefully just another way of saying the consoles will arrive in December, but we’re not holding our breath just yet. Prior to this, Smyths had PS5 stock in-store a couple of times in October, then had a very quiet November. Here’s hoping that’s because the store will have plenty of consoles for December…

      When did AO last have a PS5 restock?

      08:50 , Alistair Charlton

      It’s starting to feel like AO is dragging its heels when it comes to PS5 stock. The electronics retailer last had PS5 consoles in stock on 9 November, with stock lasting just 10 minutes. Before this, AO had PS5 restocks on 1, 4, 16 and 19 October. We’re hoping the shop will put a quiet November behind it and have a similarly robust number of restocks through December.

      Who will have a PS5 restock this week?

      08:47 , Alistair Charlton

      We’re now into December and hopeful that retailers will begin to make our wishes come true with a health dose of PS5 restocks. We can’t guarantee it, but have a good feeling this week about Smyths Toys and AO, plus more restocks from Game, who had consoles available on 30 November.

      Good morning

      08:31 , Alistair Charlton

      Hello and welcome back to another day of PS5 hunting! With Black Friday over and 1 December now here, we’re opening our advent calendars and hoping to find a PS5 tucked away inside. Optimistic, we know.

      You know the score by now. We’ll be live blogging throughout the day, bringing you all of the latest PS5 restock news, both online and in-store, from across the UK.

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