Even though it’s becoming less profitable to resell PlayStation 5 consoles, the next big PS5 restock coming this week from UK retailers will still be inundated by customers, many of whom will miss out.
The problem is, we don’t know how many units will be available, and there is no way there will be enough for everyone who wants one.
So if you want to try and buy from one of the final PS5 stock drops of March, you’ll need to keep an eye on Amazon, Very, John Lewis and GAME this week.
And according to the latest reports, there could be a few other retailers joining the list, including ASDA.
These are the digital stores that are expected to offer stock next, with the final days of March possibly seeing updates from Argos and Amazon.
Knowing that more PlayStation stock is coming is important, but console hunters should also know the best ways to get stock from each platform.
Here’s a few examples of how best to try and buy a PlayStation 5 console from leading UK retailers:
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 making sure to keep 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 trying to check 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.
From what has been shared so far this week, the coming days will feature PS5 stock drops from GAME, John Lewis, Very and ASDA.
This will happen between March 22 and March 26, although this remains unverified by the stores themselves, who rarely confirm stock drops before they arrive.
No PS5 stock updates are expected today, with no UK retailers offering weekend drops regularly.
And the good news is that the final days of March are also expected to include PlayStation 5 buying-options from other retailers.
This will reportedly include Argos and Amazon, meaning that it could be a big PS5 stock drop.
This is expected to happen between Monday, March 29 and Friday, April 2 and will likely happen in the early morning.
While second-hand prices are still extremely high compared to the recommended retail price, it’s a sign that the tides are turning for customers.
Scalpers will be less likely to buy so many consoles in the future, which means increased availability at Amazon, GAME, Currys and Smyths.
Sony has also been working hard to address component shortages and manufacturing issues with the PlayStation 5.
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout and relaxing of lockdown rules and restrictions should make it easier to manufacture and ship consoles in the coming months.
It will be interesting to see if there are more shortages at Christmas, or if Sony will have finally managed to catch up with demand.
And for those wondering between which console to buy, here are the differences between the digital and disc PlayStation 5 consoles:
“The only difference between the PS5 console and the PS5 Digital Edition console is the inclusion of an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive in the PS5 console. The PS5 Digital Edition console does not feature a disc drive.
“The PS5 console features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive that will allow you to play PS5 Blu-ray disc games and PS4 Blu-ray disc games, as well as play video from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs, standard Blu-ray discs, and DVDs.
“The PS5 Digital Edition console does not have an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive. PS5 Digital Edition console owners will be able to buy PS5 and PS4 games from PlayStation Store or access games via PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now.
“And more than 99% of the 4,000+ PS4 games can also be played on either the PS5 console or the PS5 Digital Edition console, though with the PS5 Digital Edition console these games will need to be downloaded from PlayStation Store while the PS5 model with a Blu-ray disc drive will also support PS4 Blu-ray discs.”