It’s been a year and a half since the PS5 was first released, yet we’re all still here, clinging on to the dream of owning one of the elusive consoles.
Shelves remain barren and empty, and restocks still come and go in the blink of an eye thanks to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. This has meant consoles are still tricky to get hold of, both online and in-store.
But the situation is getting better – slowly. April was one of the best months for restocks since the start of 2022, seeing 21 drops take place in total, We saw restocks from PlayStation Direct, ShopTo, Currys, Argos, AO, Game, Smyths Toys, Very and many more independent retailers to boot. As we inch closer to summer, we’re hoping May will continue that momentum, though it’s looking doubtful at the moment.
Still on the hunt? Our liveblog is here to get you one of Sony’s elusive next-gen consoles, as well as provide you with the details on the best games and accessories to grab alongside your new machine, plus the latest game reviews. If you want to find out which online retailers will be the first to restock, then keep scrolling to receive updates as they happen.
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Another Argos PS5 stock tip
This is a high risk method of securing the PS5 from Argos, and that’s by physically heading in-store to your local branch. Argos drops are always click and collect, and the retailer usually allows customers to walk in and order directly from one of its tablets. If you’re really struggling, well, it’s another method to try.
Still trying online? Just keep refreshing the page. Argos toggles the out of stock message when its website gets overloaded with traffic so that it doesn’t oversell consoles it doesn’t physically have. On another note, we’ve just seen a bunch of Birmingham stores go live with the PS5.
Alex Lee10 May 2022 09:21
How to buy the PS5 from Argos
The PS5 is still in stock at Argos. We know this because the retailer’s main landing page still shows the “add to trolley” button underneath the PS5 disc edition console, while the digital edition console shows “more details”. This means that it’s still in stock, though perhaps not for your location – right now at least.
So how do you buy it? Look, Argos’s website is absolutely awful. There’s no real way of checking stock in other locations other than entering in random postcodes. But, there is a much more reliable way of securing the console, and that’s through the Argos app. Throughout history (well, a year of tracking PS5 stock), we’ve consistently seen people successfully secure the console by checking out through the Argos app.
Alex Lee10 May 2022 09:06
The PS5 is now in stock at Argos
Goooooooooood morning folks and what a glorious morning it is. As we predicted, the PS5 is now in stock at Argos.
As usual, it’s a region by region drop, so you might see one store go live before yours and all you can do is refresh the page. Only the disc edition PS5 console is currently available to buy, not the digital edition console.
Reports suggest that Argos started dropping the PS5 at around 12.30am this morning, so the restock started fairly early. Most stores went live at around 8.30am however, so you’ve still got time if your store hasn’t gone green just yet.
Argos restocks aren’t the easiest to get your head around, so we’ll be handing out some tips in our next few posts.
Alex Lee10 May 2022 08:50
PS5 stock trackers, signing off
All righty folks, that’s it for another day of console stock tracking. Only one retailer drop today, but at least it was something! We don’t tend to see restocks on a Monday morning, so this one from ShopTo was a pleasant surprise.
Best PS5 headset
Needing some accessories now that you’ve got a PS5 on the way? Check out Sony’s Playstation 5 pulse 3D wireless headset (£89.99, Amazon.co.uk), which landed a spot in our review of the best PS5 accessories.
Our tester said: “There’s no shortage of gaming headset options out there but the PlayStation 5 pulse 3D wireless headset is a little bit special. Made with certain PlayStation 5 games in mind, its 3D audio means you can feel fully immersed in the experience, feeling like things are truly happening all around you. “It’s a distinctive way of doing things that stands out more so than conventional headsets, even if not all games fully take advantage of it just yet. It can help you gain an advantage in certain titles too, which is always useful.
“It uses a wireless adapter to connect to your console rather than Bluetooth which is a minor irritant, and you’ll need to remember to recharge it, but it sounds fantastic and it’s comfy to wear even after a number of hours of playing.”
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When could Argos restock the PS5?
If you’re on the hunt for a standalone console, then Argos is another retailer to bookmark. The retailer last restocked the PS5 on Saturday 23 April and before that on Tuesday 12 April.
If it sticks to that restock pattern, we could potentially see another restock sometime this week. Be warned though, it’s incredibly difficult to buy a PS5 from Argos, who tends to drop the console for a select few customers at around 4am. Your best bet is always going in-store when it comes to Argos drops.
On the hunt for the Xbox series X?
The Xbox series X is far easier to buy than the PS5 these days. Several retailers have the console in stock compared to just one (ShopTo) for the PS5.
But some of them are sold in bundles, upping the price. If you want to find out how to get the best deal on the Xbox series X, we’d recommend heading on over to our Xbox series X restock guide for the most up to date information.
When could PS Direct restock the PS5?
PlayStation Direct is another retailer we have our eye on this week. The retailer last dropped the console on Wednesday 20 April. Before that, it dropped consoles on Thursday 7 April. If it sticks to that twice monthly restock pattern, then there’s a chance we could see consoles drop this week, too.
But hold up, you could get exclusive access to buy it before everyone else. How? Pray tell. Basically, you have to register your interest on the PlayStation Direct website. If you’re one of the chosen ones, you’ll get an email the day before a drop.
You’ll still be able to buy a PS5 from PS Direct even if you don’t get an invitation, it’s just that it will be more competitive because you’ll be fighting with everyone else after the invitation window has closed. It’s still the best place to buy a standalone console, however.
When could Currys restock the PS5?
Currys is one of the more probable retailers to restock the console this week. The only issue is that it only sells bundles, and they’re not cheap.
The last Currys restock took place on 12 April, and we usually see restocks take place once every four weeks. All the PS5 disc edition console bundles contained a Logitech G435 Headset, a WD SN850 1TB M.2 SSD and an extra controller in either white or starlight blue, as well as a copy of Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Forbidden West or both.
That’s a lot of stuff, so it’s no surprise that the bundles were priced between £749 and £799. The bundle in stock at ShopTo this morning was far cheaper than any sold on the Currys website, so well done if you secured one.