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PS5 UK stock LIVE – Smyths ‘to do mini drop THIS MORNING’, GAME scam warning and latest on Currys, Argos

SMYTHS have been predicted to do a 'mini drop' this MORNING and Playstation fans predict more stock could be dropping across other retailers.

Those looking to get their hands on a new console should be aware that there could be yet another new scam waiting to catch people out.

One PS5 tracker account wrote: "WARNING. We have reports of people receiving fake GAME emails asking for bank details. DO NOT RESPOND OR GIVE ANY DETAILS TO THEM! It's a scam!

"The email is [email protected] The correct email for GAME is [email protected]"

The alleged scam has nothing to do with GAME itself and appears to be criminals posing as legitimate employees to steal customers' cash.

Playstation CEO Jim Ryan reassured fans that Sony are "working as hard as they possibly can" to get more stock and blamed a global shortage in semiconductors for a slow rollout that has caused prolonged misery around the world.

"I know there were people who wanted a PS5 and couldn’t find one. We’re very sorry about that and obviously grateful that demand has been as strong as it is," he said.

Follow our PS5 live blog below for the very latest news, updates and stock drop rumours...

  • JOE BIDEN ORDERS INVESTIGATION INTO SEMICONDUCTOR SHORTAGE HITTING CONSOLE PRODUCTION

    US President Joe Biden has ordered an investigation into the supply chains of Critical and essential goods such as semi-conductors – which are needed for manufacturing consoles.

    The executive order, signed by the president on Wednesday, launches a 100-day review to address vulnerabilities in the supply chains of four key products.

    The four categories include pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, semiconductors, and large capacity batteries such as those used in electric vehicles.

    The share of global semiconductor manufacturing capacity in the US has fallen from 37 percent in 1990 to 12 percent today, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

    The organisation, which recently called on the Biden administration to offer “substantial funding for incentives for semiconductor manufacturing”, welcomed the signing of the executive order on Wednesday.

  • EARN TO EARN

    For some PlayStation fans, hunting down trophies is as much fun as conquering a Dark Souls boss or swinging above the streets of New York as Spiderman.

    But not all trophies are created equal. Some are far easier to unlock than others, offering a quick way to boost your virtual collection.

    Trophies are awarded for a range of achievements, such as beating games, finding collectibles, or completing certain tasks.

    They range in difficulty from gold trophies for hard-to-beat challenges to bronze trophies for assignments that don’t eat up too many hours.

  • HEADS UP FOR GAMERS

  • FORTHCOMING PSS GAMES COMING OUT IN APRIL

  • PLAYSTATION PRESIDENT CONFIRMS MORE STOCK IS ON THE WAY

    Speaking to the Financial Times, PlayStation president Jim Ryan said more PS5 stock is on the way – with stock levels expected to climb steadily month-on-month.

    He added that from July onwards, it will be much easier to get a PS5.

    “It will get better every month throughout 2021,” he said. “The pace of the improvement in the supply chain will gather through the course of the year.

    “So by the time we get to the second half, you’re going to be seeing really decent numbers indeed.”

  • ‘WE’RE CONTINUING TO INNOVATE’

    More on the new virtual reality system for the PS5

    The current PSVR headset is compatible with the new PS5, which was released late last year, but Sony said it wants to offer a next-generation VR system to go with its newest console.

    “We’re continuing to innovate with our new VR system so that our fans can continue to enjoy the unique experiences that are synonymous with PlayStation,” said spokesman Hideaki Nishino said.

  • PLAYSTATION GIVE THEMSELVES PAT ON THE BACK

    PlayStation boss Jim Ryan praised the company for delivering a “considerable amount” of consoles into the UK market last week.

    He told GQ,”We’re doing our best. I was just looking at the supply figures for the UK – we put a considerable amount of product into the UK market last week.

    “And that will continue over weeks and months to come.”

  • SMYTHS SOLD OUT

    Smyths shoppers have claimed today's PS5 drop sold out in seconds.

    One disappointed fan wrote on Twitter: “Added mine to basket, typed in all my details and then said sold out.”

    Another said: “How does someone manage to get one, from being dropped within 10 seconds and then going through the checkout process?”

    While a third joked: “Bet there was only 10 consoles.

    “I honestly think I’ll just wait for the PS6 at this point.”

  • THE PS5 SOLD OUT – WHAT HAPPENED?

    Sony released two new consoles – the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition – in the US on November 12 and in the UK a week later, on November 19.

    Stocks at multiple British retailers ran dry shortly after orders opened on the morning of launch day.

    Some stores have since released small batches of PS5 stock, but those also went in a flash as word spread across social media.

  • WHAT IS STATE OF PLAY?

    PlayStation regularly hosts a major event called State of Play.

    It’s a chance for Sony to show off new games coming to its platforms.

    Importantly, this State of Play will reveal games landing on the new PS5.

    Some of the games will be out very soon, and others could be a long way off.

    “This Thursday, a State of Play broadcast will serve up new updates and deep dives for 10 games coming to PS4 and PS5.

    “Including new game announcements and updates on some of the third-party and indie titles you last saw in June’s PS5 showcase.”

  • NEW PATENT COULD LET YOU USE POTATO AS CONTROLLER

    A new patent has been discovered which will allow you to map buttons onto any inanimate object to turn it into a PS5 controller.

    According to the Metro, the patent, which was discovered by GamesIndustry.biz, using technology to turn any non-electronic item can be turned into a game controller by projecting AR buttons onto it.

  • PS5 DEMAND ‘GREATER THAN ANTICIPATED’

    The PS5 has been out for around three months – but they’re fiendishly difficult to get a hold of.

    Resellers were peddling the console for thousands of pounds in the days after launch.

    And even months later, the PS5 is still in such high demand – with PlayStation president Jim Ryan admitting to the Financial Times it was “greater than anticipated.”

    “That, along with the complexities of the supply chain issues, resulted in a slightly lower supply than we initially anticipated.”

  • A LIST OF FORTHCOMING PS5 GAMES COMING OUT IN APRIL

  • PLAYSTATION GIVES ITSELF A PAT ON THE BACK

    PlayStation boss Jim Ryan praised the company for delivering a “considerable amount” of consoles into the UK market last week.

    He told GQ: “We’re doing our best. I was just looking at the supply figures for the UK – we put a considerable amount of product into the UK market last week.

    “And that will continue over weeks and months to come.”

  • YEARN TO EARN

    For some PlayStation fans, hunting down trophies is as much fun as conquering a Dark Souls boss or swinging above the streets of New York as Spiderman.

    But not all trophies are created equal. Some are far easier to unlock than others, offering a quick way to boost your virtual collection.

    Trophies are awarded for a range of achievements, such as beating games, finding collectibles, or completing certain tasks.

    They range in difficulty from gold trophies for hard-to-beat challenges to bronze trophies for assignments that don’t eat up too many hours.

  • PETITION TO OUTLAW SCALPING NEARS 18,000 SIGNATURES

    A petition calling for the Government to crackdown on scalpers has hit 17,573 signatures and counting.

    The petition has smashed an initial target of 10,000 – the amount required to gain an official response to the petition. If it reaches 100,000 by its deadline date of June 10, the Government will consider it for debate in Parliament.

    Blurb on the petition page reads: This practice is most prevalent in the buying and re-selling of event tickets but also has a significant impact on the sales of trainers/clothes and technology.

    “The most recent case in point is the launch of the PlayStation 5 and X Box Series X consoles.

    “Both pre-orders and launch day stock were sold out instantaneously and then thousands of listings appeared on eBay at over double the RRP. A reseller group claimed to have been able to secure 3500 of these.”

  • SOME GAMERS MANAGED TO BUY PS5 CONSOLES AT SMYTHS TODAY

    Smyths has seen a lot activity this morning with gamers scrambling to secure a console on the Irish retailer's website.

    One tipster tweeted to say that the Smyths drop wasn't happening today as previously thought.

    But it was definitely a real alert because some managed to get their hands on a console.

  • GAME CUSTOMERS WAITED FOR UP TO SIX HOURS TO BAG A PS5

    Some GAME customers waited six hours for a PS5 yesterday, only to be met with an error screen, BirminghamLive reports.

    One person said: “Waited in queue with game since 09.43. At 15.00 it was down to 30 mins. Then out of stock.

    “Immediately on eBay for 675 showing receipt from game in the picture. Cant be arsed anymore.”

    Another person added: “I spent 6 hours in the Game queue for a PS5. Finally got through. No PS5s in stock! I’m fuming!!!”

  • CHILDREN GAME DANGER

    Children playing games on Xboxes and PlayStations have been groomed by paedophiles.

    They are among more than 1,000 victims to be targeted online in the past two years, according to police force data.

    Many grooming cases involve popular sites and apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

    But a handful of the 1,009 online grooming cases involved PlayStations and Xboxes.

    Read more here. 

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