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PS5 UK stock - live: PS Direct restock plagued by issues – here’s who could drop next

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UPDATE: The PS5 has sold out at PlayStation Direct and Smyths Toys. It could drop at AO, Very and Amazon soon. Read on for more information.

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 was an incredibly slow month for PS5 restocks, with the console only appearing at John Lewis & Partners, Game and ShopTo during the first week of the month.

The situation improved though, and we saw restocks at Very, AO, Argos, Asda, Littlewoods, PS Direct and Game. Let’s just hope the momentum continues now that we are in December and edging 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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Check stock from UK PS5 retailers below:


Can you play PS4 games on PS5?

You sure can! All the PS4 games you’ve been stacking up over the years will play on your disc edition PS5 just fine, but if you’ve got a PS5 digital edition console, you’ll only be able to play PS4 games bought from the PlayStation Store.

Why? Well, that’s the tradeoff with buying a digital edition console. There’s physically no disc slot for you to put any of your PS4 games into.


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When could Asda PS5 stock drop next?

Asda didn’t restock the console at all throughout the Black Friday bonanza, but it did have a drop on 9 November. We’re not expecting another drop today, but it could restock one last time before Christmas – potentially next week.

There’s no real restock pattern for Asda. It has dropped every day of the week except for Friday, but it always drops before 9am. We’ll let you know if we get anym ore info.


When will you be able to pick up your PS5 from Smyths Toys?

Well done to anyone who managed to bag a PS5 from Smyths Toys in-store this morning. It appears you may have been the very last group of gamers to bag the console before Christmas at Smyths, and potentially even the last cohort to buy it in 2021.

Looking at Twitter, it seems as though you’ll be able to collect your console between 12-14 December.

Who could drop next? We’re still looking at AO for a potential restock this week, with Amazon and Very maybe dropping next week for the final time this year.


Looking for the Nintendo Switch OLED?

While it might be disgustingly difficult to bag a PS5 – we’re looking at you PlayStation Direct –, there’s a new console which is significantly easier to secure – the Nintendo Switch OLED.

If you want to ensure you get a new console before Christmas, head over to our Switch OLED restock guide, where we’ve rounded up all the retailers that currently have the console in stock online.

We’re tracking Nintendo Switch OLED restocks at Game, Argos, Very, Smyths, Amazon, Currys, John lewis and more. Here’s where to buy it and more stock updates.


Sony apologises for PS Direct gaffe

Sony has just sent out an email to all those who had received an invitation to buy a PS5 this morning, apologising for the technical difficulties experienced with the drop.

Don’t worry though, you’ll be sent another invitation if you were one of the lucky PSN users to get an invite this morning. Hopefully Sony sorts the issue out quickly and we get another restock tomorrow.

At least we have some confirmation that we weren’t all doing something wrong.


Looking for Fifa 22 on the PS5?

If you’re looking to buy the latest game in the Fifa franchise, then Currys is currently bundling the game with a midnight black dualsense controller for £10 less than usual.

‘Fifa 22’ PS5 standard plus edition with an extra dualsense controller: Was £129, now £119,

Haven’t managed to pick up Fifa 22 on the PS5 yet? Now’s your chance! The newest entry in the Fifa franchise is here, complete with the integration of HyperMotion technology, making the beautiful game look more realistic than ever before. Plus, there’s new in-game mechanics like explosive sprint, and a new goalkeeper system. Currys is currently bundling the game with a midnight black PS5 dualsense controller for £119. All other retailers are selling this bundle for £129.

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PSN invitees couldn’t secure the console from PlayStation Direct either

If you didn’t get an invitation to buy a PS5 from PlayStation Direct this morning, don’t feel hard done by. It seems like even those who did get one failed to secure the console from the website.

Overall, it’s just been a bit of a messy drop from the PlayStation Direct store – if you can even call it a drop at all. Anyway, keep your eyes on the blog and we’ll bring you the latest restock news as we get it.


No one has been able to buy the PS5 from PS Direct after the queue ended

It seems like we’re not alone, and no one managed to bag the console this morning, despite us all waiting in the queue for half an hour.

The queue may have already been set up to go live at a certain time, even if the consoles had sold out during the exclusive invitation period. This is all speculation though and it might come back into stock soon. Keep watch.


PlayStation Direct is trolling us

So, we all just got through the waiting room and the PlayStation Direct store sent us to an out of stock page. Thanks for trolling us, Sony.

We’ll keep an eye on the PlayStation Direct page and alert you if the queue comes back online or stock miraculously appears. Sony has probably just fluffed up the drop.

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