SINCE its release last November, millions of gamers around the world have found it nearly impossible to bag themselves a PS5.
In the UK, rumours swirl almost daily about new stock drops at the likes of Smyths Toys, Argos, GAME, and Amazon.
Most of the time these time out to be untrue, but even when new consoles DO drop, they seem to be snapped up before most us even have a chance to get on the websites.
But never fear, The Sun is here…
You can follow all the latest news and stock rumours here, live on this page – giving you the very best chance to get yourself a console today. And why we’re at it, we’ll be bringing you the latest PS5 game reviews too.
Follow our PS5 live blog below for the very latest news and updates.
GAME UK AND VERY COULD RESTOCK ON FEBRUARY 9TH
@PS5StockAlertUK claims that insiders have informed him Game UK and Very could potentially drop fresh stock on February 9th.
Retailers are expected to drop masses of consoles from the second week of February, after supply chain issues.
AMAZON FRANCE, ITALY AND SPAIN RESTOCK
Amazon France, Italy and Spain dropped stock of PS5’s this morning, but theres no sign that the UK will be next in line.
Prime members receive priority email alerts to inform customers of restocks, so it could be worth signing up just in case.
UPCOMING CONFIRMED PS5 GAMES COMING IN 2021
- Destruction AllStars
- Kena: Bridge of Spirits
- Resident Evil Village
- Ghostwire: Tokyo
- Far Cry 6
- God of War Ragnarok
- Gotham Knights
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
PIMP YOUR PLAYSTATION
If you’re lucky enough to own a PS5, why not pimp your PlayStation console?
CMP Shells, formerly known as Platestation 5, have unveiled a new range of products set to launch which allow people to switch up the appearance of the sleek white and black PS5.
Users can customise their consoles with the colourful shells, which are set to go on sale next month.
Credit: CMP SHELLS
COPS CALLED TO TOKYO STORE AFTER GAMERS GO MAD
Police were reportedly called to a Japanese store on Saturday, after gamers desperately tried to grab a PS5.
The staff at Yodobashi Camera, in Tokyo, used a random lottery system in a bid to deter scalpers – but when handing out the few hundred tickets, the excited crowd surged forward.
The chaos continued despite a spike in Tokyo’s coronavirus cases and the current state of emergency, and police arrived within 10 minutes.
The sale was eventually cancelled as a result.
Dave Gibson, who was there at the time, tweeted: “They cancelled the sale due to people being insane!! Pushed so hard even the cash registers and staff went backwards. I’ve never seen that kind of insanity in Japan before…”
Shortages of the PS5 and Xbox Series X could continue well into the summer, insiders have warned.
It’s grim news for any gamers that still haven’t managed to bag a next-gen console.
Since their launch in November, the new PS5 and Xbox have been largely sold out.
Neither Sony nor Microsoft has been able to keep up with rampant demand.
Now chip-maker AMD – who supplies both firms – has warned that the shortages may continue.
WEREWOLF: THE APOCALYPSE – EARTHBLOOD RELEASED TODAY
The PlayStation 5 video game Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood has been released today.
The action role-playing game developed by Cyanide is based on White Wolf Publishing’s tabletop role-playing game Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and is part of the larger World of Darkness series.
It retails at £44.99 on Amazon.
DON’T BUY INTO AMAZON PS5 SCAM
Twitter user @PS5StockAlert has warned customers: “Amazon’s £100 PS5 offer is not true, don’t buy it.”
A listing of the consoles for just £100 sparked frenzy as gamers rushed to buy it, but the lack of credibility of the seller caused scam concerns.
The listing is priced drastically below retail and the seller has no history, identifying themselves as “a gift list to get a £30 gift card”.
Argos reportedly holding stock of PS5s until later date:
PS5 REMOVED FROM CURRYS PC WORLD WEBSITE AMID SHORTAGES
Both editions of the PlayStation 5 console have been removed from Currys PC World website amid large shortages in stock.
The highly sought after console has seen even more shortages recently as manufacturers Sony struggle to keep up with demand.
The major UK retailer has removed the items from their site, posting: “PlayStation 5 both editions have now been taken off Currys Website. #PS5 #PS5stock.”
HOW MUCH DOES THE PLAYSTATION 5 COST?
The first PlayStation retailed at £299… but how much does the PlayStation 5 actually cost?
The PlayStation 5 costs £449.99 in the UK, and the Digital Edition is priced at £349.99.
In the US, the console is $499 and the Digital Edition is $399.99.
After a hefty rise to £425 seen for the PS3, Sony then retailed the PS4 at £350.
PETITION TO STOP SCALPERS HAS 12,487 SIGNATURES
A petition to prevent scalpers charging extortionate prices for goods has 12,487 signatures – reaching the threshold of signatures to trigger a government response.
Since the PS5 consoles hit the market, consumers have been hit with huge price increases – and they’ve had enough.
The petition wants to “prevent/deter the buying and reselling of goods/services at inflated prices”.
The creator 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. I believe the law around this practice needs to be reviewed and measures to prevent it need to be introduced.”
Twitter user shares his frustration as trading shops hike up prices of PS5 just like scalpers:
Tom’s Guide reviews the Playstation 5:
- Incredibly fast SSD
- Wildly inventive DualSense controller
- Gorgeous 4K visuals
- Snappy, clean interface
- Impressive backwards compatibility
- Massive, unwieldy design
- Controller may feel too big for some
- Few must-have exclusives (for now)
The PS5 is a true generational leap, offering incredibly fast load times and an innovative new controller that can change the way games feel.
Reported screenshots from the Kimetsu No Yaiba PS4 game shared on Twitter. The game is also set to be released on PS5, PC and XBOX.
STEADY DEMAND TO REMAIN FOR 2021
A principal analyst for games at Omdia. Steven Bailey, told CNBC, to “expect demand to remain strong for 2021.”
He explained that the high-demand for the consoles are expected to persist, saying “supply will define the marketplace until at least Q2.”
“After that it’s down to PlayStation and Xbox to really start delivering the goods in terms of first-party exclusives. Along with retail bundling, this is a crucial aspect of stoking second-year momentum in the console marketplace,” Bailey said.
HOW TO PLAY PS5 AT 120 FRAMES PER SECOND
The PS5 is a technological talent – so if you’re lucky enough to own one, why not exercise its full potential?
One of its most prominent features is its ability to play at least 60 frames per second. If you have the right set-up, you can reach 120 FPS with a 4K UHD resolution. And Business Insider have told us how:
- Choose ‘settings’ in the top right corner
- Select ‘saved data and game/app settings’
- Choose ‘game presets’ on the left side of the screen
- Select ‘performance mode or resolution mode’ and in the pop-up menu choose ‘performance mode’
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ARGOS RESTOCK DOESN’T HAPPEN
Hundreds of prospective PS5 purchasers were left “gutted” after a highly anticipated Argos restock didn’t happen.
Stock tipster, @PS5StockAlert, burst fans bubbles by announcing the retailer would not be getting stock in yesterday.
He said he was informed that “consoles were sitting in cages in stores”.
“Argos tonight is *very unlikely* so 22/02 is our next lookout. Curry’s have had some activity on their website but we still think they’ll go live next week. Amazon’s £100 PS5 offer is not true, don’t buy it. Very & GAME UK still look like 09/02,” he tweeted.
SONY GET THE SALES
It seems the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in gamers – as Sony revealed their sales numbers.
The Japanese company has sold 4.5 million units of the PlayStation 5 console since its release on November 12.
Despite battling supply restraints, its driving a 40 per cent year-on-year boost to its quarterly gaming revenue.
It’s a huge jump ahead of the estimated 2.4 million Xbox Series X, sold by rivals Microsoft since the consoles were released on November 10.
WHY IS IT SO HARD TO GET HOLD OF A PS5?
We all know how hard it is to get your hands on a PS5 console… but what is the reason for the hold up?
Sony confirmed as part of its quarterly earnings report that a shortage of semiconductors is preventing the manufacture rate from keeping up with demand.
Chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki said: “We have not been able to fully meet the high level of demand from customers [but] we continue to do everything in our power to ship as many units as possible to customers who are waiting for a PS5.”
SONY RELEASE FIX FOR DISC UPGRADE ISSUE
Sony has released a PlayStation 5 system update that sorts out a PlayStation 4 disc upgrade issue.
The PS4 version of a game was sometimes installed from the consoles game disc, even after the disc version was upgraded to the PS5 version.
The new update, all 868.3 MB of it, released by Sony fixes this issue.
Resident Evil Village is officially up for grabs from May 7, 2021 – if you’re brave enough.
The next-gen survival horror game is the tenth entry to the series, and looks as frightening as ever.
Sony unveiled the Capcom game last June, and it’s been desperately awaited by keen gamers ever since.
Importantly, Resident Evil Village will be available on next-gen consoles, with better-than-ever graphics.
The game is playable on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Windows PC.
Like Resident Evil 7, the new game is a first-person survival horror.
ARGOS EXPECTED TO GO LIVE WITH STOCK IN LATE FEB
Argos is expected to set consoles live on February 22nd.
So sign up to Argos email alerts and keep an eye on our blog for further updates!
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