Sony Opens Up Registrations For People Hoping To Buy A PS5
UPDATE: The PS5 is set to drop at Argos this morning. Read on for more information.
The PS5 launched almost a whole year ago, in November 2020, but supply problems and a global semiconductor shortage have caused the production of Sony’s new game console to slow substantially. New stock is still quite difficult to find, and when it does appear the PS5 sells out almost instantly.
September was a mixed bag when it came to PS5 restocks, but was still much better than June and July. Although not a patch on the sunlit uplands of August, we still saw some consistent drops last month at Very, BT, EE, Argos, Amazon, Smyths Toys and Game. We had 10 drops to end the month of September. The question now is, how is October going? The news hasn’t looked great so far. This month, we’ve only seen online restocks from AO.com, BT, and ShopTo, with Game joining the gang on Tuesday last week, plus an in-store drop at Smyths Toys.
But don’t lose hope. This week, we’ve seen drops at Asda, Studio, John Lewis & Partners and Very. If you’re still on the lookout for a PS5, you’ve come to the right place. Our liveblog is on hand to give you the latest insight on Playstation 5 restocks from all major UK retailers, both online and in-store, as well as providing details on rumoured releases, the latest PS5 games and accessories to snap up.
Check stock from UK PS5 retailers below:
Argos PS5 stock set to drop this morning
At 1am last night, Argos updated its PS5 listings page with the ‘add to trolley’ button, meaning that it’s set to go live with stock any minute now. Keep your trigger fingers at the ready. We’ll let you know when you can check out.
Alex Lee20 October 2021 08:02
Live blog signing off
Well, would you look at that! We actually saw some PS5 stock change hands today, thanks to early-morning restocks at Studio and John Lewis, then a more substantial offering from Very a few hours later. Given the recent stock shortages, we’d call that a successful day – and we’re hoping for more from Argos later in the week, too.
Congratulations if you managed to bag a PS5 today. But if not, don’t worry. The IndyBest team will be back to help you out again tomorrow morning.
Alistair Charlton19 October 2021 17:00
How to buy an Xbox series X
Fancy an Xbox series X instead? Well, unfortunately the Microsoft game console is even harder to buy than a PS5 at the moment – you can blame the global chip shortage for that, too. But fear not, because the IndyBest team is here to help! We have a daily live blog tracking every time a UK retailer replenishes its Xbox series X stock, giving you the best chance possible of securing one.
Alistair Charlton19 October 2021 16:01
Read our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED
In the market for a new portable games console too? Well you should check out the Nintendo Switch OLED, which arrived earlier this month and features an all-new OLED display that is larger and brighter than before, with vivid colours and deeper blacks. The new Switch (£309.99, Argos.co.uk) also has a redesigned kickstand and twice the internal storage of the previous model.
Our reviewer gave the Nintendo Switch OLED a 9/10 rating and said: “The larger display is fantastic and playing games in handheld mode is an absolute joy. The kickstand feels so solid and makes us never want to look at that little toggle on the back of the original Switch ever again…if you’re new to Nintendo Switch and have never bought one before, this is absolutely the best version of the console yet.”
Alistair Charlton19 October 2021 15:32
How to get a PS5 voucher code from BT
BT is giving its customers a helping hand when it comes to securing a PS5 (and other hot products, like the Xbox series X, too). Instead of throwing open the virtual doors and dealing with a stampede like other retailers, BT sends out unique voucher codes to its customers.
If you are a BT TV customer, for example, or subscribe to BT Sport, you can apply to receive a PS5 voucher code. These are emailed out sporadically and can be used to access a PS5 next time the BT store has a restock. You still have to pay the regular price, of course, but this system is a neat way of rewarding BT customers and giving them a better chance of securing a console.
Alistair Charlton19 October 2021 14:58
Can you get a VPN on the PS5?
While Sony doesn’t allow any VPN apps like NordVPN or ExpressVPN to be downloaded from the PlayStation Store (VPNs aren’t supported on the platform at all), there’s still a way to use a VPN on the PS5 if you want to stream geo-restricted content.
We’d recommend getting a VPN which has the Smart DNS feature. It’s a service provided by a number of VPN firms, including NordVPN, allowing you to spoof your location on devices that don’t have VPN support. You can read our round-up of the best VPNs for more information.
Alistair Charlton19 October 2021 14:30
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Alistair Charlton19 October 2021 14:01
How to find the best gaming deals this Black Friday
As the nights draw in (we’re not entirely sure the sun actually rose yesterday), it’s time to look ahead to Black Friday. After a difficult 2020, retailers will be chomping at the bit to offer masses of deals and discounts right across the technology market. Gaming is always well represented, with deals and discounts on consoles, games, accessories and bundles from Argos, Very, Game and many others.
Naturally, the IndyBest team will be here to help find you the very best gaming deals for Black Friday 2021.
Alistair Charlton19 October 2021 13:28
Can you play PS4 games on PS5?
You sure can! Almost all of PS4 games you already own are playable on the PS5. You’ll be able to download any games you bought through the PlayStation store on your PS4 and play them on the next-gen console.
If you’ve got the disc edition of the PS5, you’ll also be able to insert your PS4 discs into it and play them that way, too. Obviously, because there’s no physical disc slot on the digital edition of the console, you won’t be able to play any PS4 discs you own. We’ve compiled together a list of our favourite PS4 games, and most of them have dropped in price since the PS5 came out.
Alistair Charlton19 October 2021 13:02
The best PS5 games
Congratulations to anyone who managed to buy the PS5 at Very this morning. With the console now on its way, you’ll be wanting to buy some games to go with your new console. We’ve got a round-up of the best PS5 games for you to peruse.
In the bestselling Spider-Man: Miles Morales game (£44.99, Currys.co.uk), Peter Parker is replaced with his awkward teenage protégé, Miles Morales. A next-generation spin-off, Spider-Man: Miles Morales refines the original’s formula,” our reviewer said. “This is a streamlined adventure with a more focused story, far less busy work and an endearingly clumsy protagonist still getting to grips with his powers.”
Meanwhile, Demon’s Souls (£57.99, Currys.co.uk) on PS5 is a showcase of what the new console is capable of. “The oppressive gothic architecture, yawning arches and festering dungeons of this cult classic look spectacular on the new hardware, while remaining faultlessly faithful to the aesthetic and vibe of the original game,” our tester said.
Alistair Charlton19 October 2021 12:01
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