When will the PS5 be back in stock?
The PS5 sold out almost instantly, as soon as pre-orders were announced, and since then stock has been like gold dust. In fact, now well over 8 months on, it's still incredibly tough to pin down a PS5 bundle despite the scalper market now having died down. Digital editions are particularly tricky to get hold of, and only tiny numbers of the standard console pop in and out at major UK retailers.
It's very difficult to predict when we might next get another drop of stock, but we're hopeful that no news is good news as Sony preps large new re-stocks of stock worldwide. This might mean waiting a bit longer for the PS5 to re-appear, but it should mean that everybody who is looking for one should have the opportunity to get one. Stock continues to be hard to come by, but with each drop, demand seems to be a little less, suggesting we're not too far from being at the stage when stock is regularly available.
In the meantime, make sure to sign up to our email list and Discord server above, as well as keeping an eye on this page and our social channels - some retailers are still listing stock every now and then, but it's extremely limited, so you have to be very fast to get one.
What does the PS5 cost in the UK?
We were made aware of pricing for both the PS5 and the PS5 Digital Edition here in the UK at the same time we found out the release date. The PS5 console will set you back an RRP of £499.99, while the PS5 Digital Edition retails at £359.99. The PS5, therefore, has been the same price since launch as the Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s new flagship console, which sets up a very intriguing battle between the two consoles. Meanwhile the PS5 Digital Edition will come in at £110 more than the Xbox Series S, but that isn’t a like-for-like comparison given the PS5 has all the power of the main console, while the Series S has reduced power in addition to no disc drive.
Some retailers have been bundling the bulk of their PS5 stock as bundles to help deter scalpers, so be prepared to possibly spend a bit extra in order to secure a console which stock remains an issue.
When will we start to see PS5 deals?
As you've probably gathered from the table above, we're yet to see any significant offers on the PS5. Neither console model has yet to dip below its RRP when sold on its own, and the bundles we've seen have been no cheaper than buying their component parts separately (in fact, in some cases, they've cost a bit more than if shopping around and buying the included parts on their own).
This, of course, isn't a huge surprise; the PS5 is so hard to get hold of at the moment that it wouldn't really make sense for retailers to start discounting it yet. So when we might to seeing some genuine PS5 deals? Well, we'll first need to see the stock situation equalise. We're not taking any firm bets on when this might happen, but we're hopeful that by the middle of the year, there should be enough stock available in the UK that most people willing to pay full price for a PS5 will be able to get their hands on one. This will likely remain the situation until we head into November and Black Friday. It's here that we might finally reach the point where an in-stock PS5 isn't a guaranteed sell out, and retailers switch to trying to incentivise Christmas shoppers to buy from them and not a rival. At that point, we may begin to see some enticing bundles at the very least.