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PS5 UK stock updates – Playstation consoles ‘now on way’ but sales at Amazon, GAME, Smyths and Argos ‘still weeks away’

GAME are expected to finally receive PS5 stock in mid May - as the Suez Canal crisis means more PS5 consoles until 'unlikely' until the end of April.

A Twitter account that watches updates, @PS5StockAlertUK, said the likely restock is “officialising what we stated beforehand that the April restock dates were placeholders.

“This alone shows that we may not see any PS5s from any retailers during April at all.”

Last month the Ever Given cargo ship became stuck in the vital supply route, blocking hundreds of vessels - including, it appears, many that were carrying Playstation 5 consoles.

Although there have been sporadic resupplies since then, it was largely of consoles that were already in the country.

It means major UK retailers are now expected to experience a two week delay before getting new stock.

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

  • FEATURE LETS YOU AWARD MEDALS TO MATES

    Alongside the PS5, Sony launched a new medal system that players can hand out to people they meet on the PlayStation Network.

    Accolades are Sony's way of promoting friendly behaviour on multiplayer servers better known for vulgar language and conduct.

    You can award them to any PlayStation Network users who "contributes to the community and embody PlayStation’s ideals", Sony says.

    Accolades fall into one of three categories: Helpful, Welcoming and Good sport.

    You can take a look at Accolades by heading to your profile after signing in to the PlayStation Network.

  • HOW TO FIT MORE GAMES ON YOUR PS5

    Sony is finally letting you expand the storage on your PS5, meaning you’ll be able to install more games before running out of space.

    That’s no bad thing: Call of Duty takes up north of 200GB, for a start, and your 825GB PlayStation 5 only has 667GB of usable storage.

    But Sony is now letting you boost this capacity with external USB storage, meaning you can connect external USB drives to the PS5 and then move installed games from your PS5 onto a USB drive.

    The bad news is that you can’t actually play games from the USB drive.

    That’s because the drive you’ll be using likely won’t be fast enough to support the ultra-fast load times the PS5 promises. Instead, you’ll simply copy your games back over to the PS5 when you’re ready to play.

  • CONTINUED: PS5 GAMES ON PS4

    The game is still run through the PS5's hardware, but your mate is controlling the action on their PS4 controller remotely.

    "This means PS5 console users can let their friends ... try out the PS5 games through Share Play, and vice versa," Sony wrote in a blog post.

    "Options include the ability to share your screen with a friend, pass your controller virtually to a friend, or pass a second controller virtually to play co-op games together."

  • HOW TO TRY OUT PS5 GAMES ON YOUR PS4

    Sony has released a major software update for the PlayStation 5 that lets gamers on its previous console join the next-gen party.

    PlayStation 4 players can now try out PS5 games free of charge thanks to the Japanese tech titan's new Share Play feature.

    Unsurprisingly, PS5 games cannot be played on PS4 as the older console does not have the right hardware. It can't handle the graphics of its newer sibling, which was launched by Sony last year.

    With the introduction of Share Play, PS5 gamers can share their screen with friends using a PS4 to show off what they're up.

    But that's not all. PS5 players can also virtually pass their controller to a friend playing on a last-gen console.

  • DON'T FORGET ABOUT YOUR HANDY DUST TRAY

    Believe it or not, your PlayStation 5 has an ingenious design flourish to stop the console from overheating.

    Two pockets known as dust trays that sit behind the main faceplate collect dust sucked up by the cooling system.

    It's worth removing the face plate and cleaning out the trays every once in a while with a vacuum to keep your console clean and quiet. That'll help to avoid overheating issues and extend the lifespan of your machine.

    It does not guarantee that your console will be free from dust, however.

    In a teardown video last year, Sony warned users that the pockets “dust catcher does not guarantee the hardware clogging from dust”.

  • NEXT GAME RESTOCK ‘COULD BE A MONTH AWAY’

    The next GAME restock could be more than a month away.

    The @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter noted: “GAME have changed their release date to 27/05, officialising what we stated beforehand that the April restock dates were placeholders.

    “This alone shows that we may not see any PS5’s from any retailers during April at all as we’ve also mentioned.”

  • AMAZON MIGHT HAVE PS5 STOCK THIS MONTH

    Amazon might be the only retailer with PS5 stock later this month, according to a stock tracker.

    The account tweeted: “The PS5 stock being released this month is relatively low

    “Amazon is the only retailer that may drop next week but nothing can confirm it.

  • CALL OF DUTY BANS 45,000 WARZONE PLAYERS

    Over 45,000 Call of Duty players have just been banned for cheating.

    It brings the total of permanent bans for Warzone cheaters to a staggering 475,000 accounts.

    Game-makers say the most recent ban-wave was for “fraudulent black market accounts used by repeat offenders”.

    Activision added: “Removing cheaters and taking away their ability to alternate accounts is a key focus for the security teams.”

  • RESTOCK NEWS: GAME DROP SCHEDULED FOR MAY 27

    Retailer GAME has reportedly changed its release date to May 27 - likely disappointing hopeful buyers expecting an April release date.

    @PS5StockAlertUK tweeted: "GAME have changed their release date to 27/05, officialising what we stated beforehand that the April restock dates were placeholders.

    "This alone shows that we may not see any PS5's from any retailers during April at all as we've also mentioned."

  • FORGOTTEN PS5 FEATURES INCLUDING MEDALS YOU CAN AWARD YOUR MATES AND ‘DUST CATCHER’ TRAY

    The Japanese tech titan introduced a bunch of handy features with the console, some of which are better known than others.

    Read more here.

  • FORTHCOMING PLAYSTATION 5 APRIL GAMES

    The next PlayStation 5 exclusives will be: 

  • THE LAST OF US: SONY WORKING ON PS5 REMAKE OF HORROR GAME CLASSIC

    Sony is reportedly working on a PlayStation 5 remake of the beloved survival horror game The Last of Us.

    The alleged remake is expected to follow the same story as the 2013 original but with upgraded graphics to match the power of the Japanese gaming giant’s new console.

  • UK GAMING MARKET HIT RECORD £7BN IN 2020

    Players pushed the sector’s value up 29.9 per cent compared to 2019 with increases across both digital and physical sales, according to a report by gaming industry body Ukie.

    Digital sales took the lion’s share totalling £3.90 billion, with digital console revenues rising 24.2 per cent, mobile games up by 21.3 per cent and digital PC adding 14.8 per cent.

    Despite store closures as the UK went in and out of lockdown, traditional boxed game titles also climbed by 7.1 per cent to £646 million, but pre-owned game-buying took a hit, diving 22.8 per cent compared to the year before.

    Gaming hardware raked in £2.26 billion, thanks partly to new launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, with console hardware alone making up £853 million of that figure, up 74.8 per cent.

  • PS5 CONFIRMED TO HAVE CMOS BATTERY FAILURE ISSUE

    It has been confirmed that the pS5 console has the same CMOS battery failure that was found in the PS4.

    Discovered by a Twitter account, the CMOS battery failure issue limits players from accessing digital games if the battery dies, says NME.

  • HOW TO FIT MORE GAMES ON YOUR PS5 CONSOLE

    The PS5’s 825GB memory drive leaves players with 667GB of usable space on which to store games and other files – and that fills up pretty fast.

    Sony announced a couple of ways to expand your console’s storage last year, but one only became available this week.

    Players can now plug USB drives into their machines following a software update issued by the gaming giant.

    It means you can install more games before running out of space.

    Sony showed gamers how to add an additional drive to the PS5 in a console teardown video released last October.

  • PRINCE OF PERSIA THE SANDS OF TIME REMAKE FOR PS5 DELAYED – WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

    Prince of Persia The Sands of Time remake for PS5 delayed – watch the trailer here
  • RONALDO ONCE TREATED ALL HIS TEAMMATES TO A PLAYSTATION 5

    Ronaldo once treated his Real Valladolid players to a Playstation 5 after a victory.

    The Brazil legend and club president’s kind-hearted gesture was revealed by right-back Saidy Janko.

    The 25-year-old former Manchester United prospect also told of how Ronaldo invited players over for online gaming.

    Janko told blick.ch that players went to Ronaldo’s house “to play a little online against the Juve stars Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala”.

    And he added: “Once he just gave us a Playstation 5 after a win.

    “He’s very sociable, and he’ll have a coffee with you from time to time.”

  • NO RESTOCKS UNTIL MAY

    There has been no activity from retailers and no updates for new stock.

    The next console drop is expected in May.

  • GAMING TIPS AND TRICKS ROUND UP

    Looking for tips and tricks across your favourite consoles and games? We have you covered...

  • FORGOTTEN PS5 FEATURES INCLUDING MEDALS YOU CAN AWARD YOUR MATES AND ‘DUST CATCHER’ TRAY

    The Japanese tech titan introduced a bunch of handy features with the console, some of which are better known than others.

    Read more here.

  • WHAT IS THE NINTENDO SWITCH?

    The Nintendo Switch is a hugely popular video game console. It’s created by Japanese tech giant Nintendo and is the successor to the Wii. Uniquely, the Switch can be plugged into a TV or used in handheld mode

    When handheld, it looks just like a screen with joysticks and buttons on either side. But when docked to a TV, the “Joy-Cons” on the side detach for wireless play

    The Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 and has quickly become one of the most iconic game consoles of all time. It supports popular games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Sword and Shield, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons

    As of December 31, 2020, Nintendo had shipped just under 80million Switch units. In September 2019, Nintendo launched a spin-off console called the Switch Lite – which is cheaper and handheld-only

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Neymar's contract in one picture. Mbappe wants the same one
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