The less than ideal pre-order process for the PlayStation 5 has left a sour taste in the mouths of many- even after a more organised second wave of consoles were released late last month.
It took a while to find out details surrounding the launch of the new console. While the Xbox Series X price was revealed before the PS5, Sony fans were left waiting a little longer.
We now know that the two consoles available will be the main PlayStation 5 (£449.99) and a digital PS5 edition (£349.99). Now we have all the details, PS5 games, confirmed price and specs, and the biggest question is – how do we get our hands on one?
UPDATE: Currys and John Lewis have updated their websites confirming new stock on 19th November. That indicates that the waves of pre-orders have come to an end and those who were still hoping to secure the console for launch day are out of luck.
StockInformer has previously said it is “expecting the third wave of PS5 pre-orders imminently which is reported to be a larger volume of units being available.”
The PS5 pre-order journey hasn’t been easy. Retailers teased us by drip-feeding stock with Currys PC World, Very, GAME, Smyths and Amazon all getting stock on 25th September but, unsurprisingly, all selling out extremely quickly- not helped by us not getting much notice at all of when they would go on sale.
Even now, there are some who were able to nab one that may not even be able to get the console on launch day as they had hoped. Customers who purchased through ShopTo have been warned that they need to manually pay their balance ahead of the release or risk their allocated PS5 going to someone else, saying:
“Failure to pay by the 31st October will result in cancellation of your confirmed for day one pre-order, your console will be automatically allocated to the next customer in the queue, and we will be unable to reallocate the console to you. Please, DO NOT PRE-PAY for your Pre-Order if it’s not confirmed for day one.”
At least it looks like the next-generation machine will be worth the stress it went through to get hold of one.
We can’t guarantee you’ll get a console, but check the links below for the latest stock.
Be warned; when stock does crop up, there may be wait times even once you’re lucky enough to find a retailer with stock. Both GAME and Currys PC World used queue systems, which wasn’t without issues. The wait time for both retailers was over an hour before fans finally could check out.
Here is all you need to know about how to pre-order the PS5 – and if you want to know the best PS5 accessories to pre-order we have your back too.
When can I pre-order the PlayStation 5?
We have good news though Currys and John Lewis have confirmed new stock is coming on 19th November – so while that means you cannot guarantee you will have one on release day- you do have a chance. We’ll keep this page updated when we hear more and if a surprise third-wave of pre-orders become available.
Pre-orders went live (17th September) in a first wave, but there were a few issues with websites showing a PS5 page to buy but no product as it was snapped up so quickly. Another round of pre-orders went live on 25th September. Largely, pre-orders are only available for the standard PS5 and not the cheaper digital edition.
GameStop announced more stock recently, but there were no Amazon Prime Day deals on the PS5, which was to be expected for such a new console.
The DualSense controller is back in stock on Very, AO.com and GAME.
While the consoles sold out before many of us even knew they were listed, we had been told that more were on the way. The latest pre-order wave on the PlayStation 5 was Friday, September 25th with Currys PC World getting more stock. However, retailers were expected to have more stock as we edge closer to the PS5 release date of 19th November- that seems to now not be the case.
If more do appear before launch day, expect any new stock to be gone in a flash though as while they may have more, it is extremely unlikely that they will have enough stock to meet the demand.
We’ll update you as more stores get stock and when it becomes available. “We’re working tirelessly to secure more stock,” Currys say.
We aim to check this regularly, but it’s still worth checking the above to see if stock has come back in!
When will the PS5 be back in stock in the UK?
You know that a pre-order release has not gone to plan when the company behind it come out and admit it. The official PlayStation Twitter account recently said “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother. We truly apologise for that.”
We admire their honesty! Well, with difficulty. GAME, Smyths, Amazon and the regular retailers went live with stock overnight but it was quickly snapped up. Argos went live soon after, but it also sold out. John Lewis went live next – and sold out within minutes too.
The good news is that they have promised more pre-orders will be going live soon and while we do not know an exact date, or what retailers this applies to, it is a promising sign that all hope is not lost- even if that is looking less likely now. GameStop got stock on 13th October, which shows there is more stock to be had, so keep your eye on our links just in case…
PS5 pre-order UK
Currys PC World
PS5 pre-order USA
As well as the PS5 console accessories have gone on sale. There’s the DualSense Controller, the Pulse 3D headset or the Media Remote. We’ve also rounded up the best PS5 accessories to pre-order now.
GAME – £59.99
Very – £59.99
Smyths Toys – £49.99
AO.com – £59
DualSense Charging Station
Very – £24.99
Smyths Toys – £24.99 out of stock
GAME – £49.99
Very – £49.99
Smyths Toys – £49.99
AO.com – £49
PS5 Media Remote
Very – £24.99
Smyths Toys – £24.99
Pulse 3D Headset
GAME – not available
Very – £89.99
Smyths Toys – £89.99
PlayStation 4 deals
Maybe you are yet to join the PlayStation world and are considering investing, an older console rather than the brand spanking new one. If so, here are some deals for the PlayStation 4 that you may be interested in.
For more help, check out our comparison on the PS5 vs PS4.