A PS5 restock has been ruled out at a key UK retailer this week as Argos fans are dealt a crushing blow. The high street catalog retailer has been ruled out over an impending restock – but there is better news for GAME, Smyths Toys Superstores, and Very customers.
The PS5 restock has become a key fixture in the consumer calendar each week throughout lockdown, after a problem-plagued launch that left the console in short supply amid insatiable demand from consumers after consoles initially dropped back in November.
John Lewis, Currys, Smyths and GAME are all expected to be lined up for restocks as soon as today.
It comes after gamers were left disappointed when rumours of a Smyths restock swirling on social media throughout this week came to no avail.
@Ps5Instant said: “Expecting GAME (9-10am) & Argos (1-4am) 8th to 14th April.”
This has been backed up by another PS5 restock alerts account on Twitter, which has assured gamers desperately trying to get hold of the elusive console that “April is promising for stock”.
The account, @PS5CentralNews, claims “at least one major retailer will release every week”.
Rumours also continue that Amazon is about to make a large drop of PS5 consoles any day now.
PS5 Restock Updates
It’s proving to be a hectic day for PS5 restocks. Game released a bumper crop this morning just after 9 am, swiftly followed by Currys at midday.
Both retailers sold out within an hour or so but there could be more to come today…
It seems like the first of several big PS5 restocks, dubbed “March Madness” on social media, have begun.
Game’s PS5 restock comprises 60% disc edition and 40% Digital Edition but was blighted by glitches, leaving many gamers to vent their fury on Twitter.
The good news is that Game and Currys are expected to restock again later today or this week.
According to one prominent tipster, “Due to the huge amount of bugs, Game will most likely re-release the stock that doesn’t get sold either later today or later in the week.” Fingers crossed.
Yesterday Amazon restocked although there was no sign of the rumoured AO.com restock.
Meanwhile, it was a familiar story at Argos. The high street tech chain released a batch of PlayStation 5 consoles at 1 am and 3 am yesterday, but a website error left many gamers empty-handed.
Curious as to why Argos drops before dawn? “Almost every PS5 stock replenish has been around the same time,” said an Argos spokesperson. “With fewer people online at this time, the website runs smoother.”
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Where to Get the PS5
According to the latest stock tracker reports, the next PS5 restock from Smyths Toys will not happen until the end of this week. There were hopes that a small shipment of consoles would be going live later today.
Other stores that could receive a PlayStation 5 restock this week includes Very, Argos and Game, although there is always room for a few surprise entries too.
This week might see multiple PS5 stock updates in the UK, and the next could be coming soon.
The latest reports suggest that Smyths Toys could release a small shipment this week, perhaps as soon as today.
There is no guarantee that something will materialise on April 5, but gamers should be prepared to check Smyths and see if anything does appear.
But even if something does arrive this week, it’s unlikely that there will be enough PS5 consoles to keep up with demand.
Stock tracker accounts suggest that the next Smyths PS5 stock will offer a limited number of consoles.
This will mean that gamers will only have a slim chance at purchasing a PS5 from Smyths, but the good news is that other retailers are also expected to see updates.
Both Argos and GAME are also expected to see updates, although it might not arrive until later this week.
According to the PS5 Instant Twitter account, Argos and Game could see a PlayStation 5 restock as early as April 8.
This could be delayed until next week, with Smyths another retailer that might not resupply until next week.
Knowing that more PlayStation stock is coming is important, but console hunters should also know the best ways to get stock from each platform.
Who will have the PS5?
ARGOS: The Argos website is notorious for crashing and being unable to complete purchases when site traffic is high.
Stock trackers suggest using the mobile Argos app and keeping an eye on local store listings.
AMAZON UK: Amazon UK runs better under strain but still comes with a few kinks worth mentioning.
Having an account set up with your card details is a good start, and gamers should also try adding a console to their wishlist before checking out.
GAME: Game is a UK retailer that offers the most regular stock updates for PS5 consoles.
However, console hunters have been warned to use Guest Checkout, as this option is less likely to crash when completing a purchase.
Early morning drops are also widespread, and the next updates from Argos are expected to arrive at around 3am BST.
Meanwhile, Game UK is a retailer that launches stock later in the day, usually releasing around 10am BST.
PS5 Instant also has a list of times to check leading UK retailer for PS5 stock, which can be found below:
- Amazon 8-9am early week
- Very 9-11am
- John Lewis 4-7am
- Tesco – uncollected orders
- ASDA 9-1pm
- EE via emails
The latest information from PS5 Instant adds: “Smyths has a small drop of 2000 units planned for early April. John Lewis has pallets of PS5 in warehouses.
“April is promising for stock; at least one major retailer will release every week! With GAME & Amazon receiving two big shipments minimum.”
Frequently Asked Questions
QUES: Are there any performance differences between the PS5 console and the PS5 Digital Edition console?
ANS: No. The consoles’ performance is identical, outside the existence of a disc drive.
QUES: Will PS5 be available in other color schemes?
ANS: There won’t be additional colors or designs available for either of the PS5 models at launch.
QUES: Does PS5 use an external ‘power brick’?
ANS: No, PS5 is designed with an internal power supply.