PS5 stock hunters get good news – tide turns stock shortages?

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Will the PS5 stock shortages end soon? Signs that the tide is turning (Image: SONY)

It’s been nearly a year since the PS5 first launched, and stock hunters still need Ocean’s Eleven planning levels to secure an order in a restock. There are admittedly more PS5 additions today than when the Sony console launched last November and in the months that followed. But anyone looking to buy a PlayStation 5 will still need to plan ahead, make sure they’re with a computer as soon as a replenishment becomes available, and use lightning-quick reactions to jump on any stock drops as quickly as possible.

While the PS5 certainly won’t be out of stock all the time, there are signs that the tide is turning the console’s ongoing shortages. In September, the PS5 managed to break the Nintendo Switch’s 33-month streak as the top-selling console in the US. This news was revealed by Mat Piscatella, executive director of retail analytics firm The NPD Group. In a thread Today on Twitter, Piscatella revealed that the PS5 beat the Switch last month in terms of units sold and total dollar sales.

Where to buy a PS5 in the UK?
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GAME – PS5 Consoles, Bundles

GAME was one of the best places to buy a PS5 in the UK in 2021. GAME sells the PS5 Digital (£359.99) and PS5 Disc (£449.99) consoles separately, as well as a range of bundles of accessories, games and more.

FROM £359.99

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Argos – PS5 Disc

Argos was the other best place to buy a PS5 in the UK this year. One of the best things about ordering a PS5 from Argos is that customers were able to pick up a shiny new PS5 console from their local Argos store not too long after placing their order.

£449.99

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Argos – PS5 Digital

Unlike GAME, Argos typically only sells standalone PS5 consoles. The cheapest PS5 purchase option from Argos is the PS5 Digital console, which costs £359.99. With previous restocks, Argos has offered same-day in-store collection and home delivery.

£359.99

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Very – PS5 Signup

Very offers a range of PS5 purchase options for its restocks, including standalone consoles and bundles including accessories or subscription services. You can go to the Very PS5 sign up by clicking here to receive email updates on the PlayStation 5.

EMAIL SUBSCRIBE

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Amazon – PS5 Disc Console

Amazon was another great place to buy the PS5 in the UK this year. However, if you want to be first in line, you’d better update your Amazon Prime subscription. That’s because Prime members get “priority access” to Amazon UK PS5 add-ons.

PRIME VIP ACCESS

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John Lewis – PS5 Digital and Disc

John Lewis is another leading UK retailer taking online orders for the PS5. The iconic high street store has received new stocks for both the PS5 Disc and PS5 Digital consoles in the past. But with John Lewis, you have to act fast as stocks tend to pick up quickly.

£359.99 AND £449.99

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Currys – PS5 Ordering Hub

Currys is another UK retailer that has taken orders for the PS5 this year. A VIP code is required for most 2021 Curry’s online orders. But we’ll have to wait and see if this schedule changes as PS5 stock – hopefully – becomes more readily available.

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BT – PS5 code required

Telecom giant BT also lets customers order a PS5 through its official online store. To be in with a chance of winning a PS5 at BT, you must be a customer and also register your interest online.

REGISTER

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EE – PS5 code required

As with parent company BT, EE also sells the PS5 to its customers. But you must register your interest, have received a code and also be an existing customer with a handset subscription that falls within the first 17 months of their contract.

REGISTER

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AO.com – PS5 Store

AO.com is another retailer that has taken innovative approaches to its PS5 additions. While some PS5 add-ons have been purchased through the conventional online route, other customers have had to call the store to place an order. You can head over to the AO PS5 store to find the latest deals currently shopping online.

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ShopTo – PS5 Stock Alerts

ShopTo is a specialist gaming retailer that has also taken orders for the PS5 in 2021. If you’d like to be notified when ShopTo gets more PS5 stock, you can sign up for email notifications on the retailer’s website today.

STOCK ALARMS

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The Game Collection – PS5 Games, Consoles, Accessories

Another gaming specialist that has gotten PS5 additions this year is The Game Collection. The retailer has previously opened orders for bumper bundles of games and accessories. While you wait for the next supply, check out the wide range of other PS5 items the retailer has in store, as well as all the money-saving deals The Game Collection has right now.

PS5 BUNDLES

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The last time any other platform beat the Switch in monthly sales in the US was the PS4 in November 2018.

For the year so far, the PS5 has been the best-selling console in the US in terms of dollar sales, while the Switch has sold the largest number of units.

Piscatella said: “US NPD HW – PlayStation 5 was September’s best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars. PlayStation 5 is the best-selling hardware platform from 2021 so far in dollars, while Nintendo Switch leads in units.

US NPD HW – September 2021 establishes the remarkable streak of 33 consecutive months that Nintendo Switch was the market leading platform in hardware unit sales. November 2018 was the last month that any platform other than Nintendo Switch led the market in unit sales (PlayStation 4).”

The PS5 beating the Switch this year in terms of dollar sales may not seem that surprising given how much more the PS5’s price is than the Switch.

But the PS5 beating the Switch only on units sold in September is a turnout for the books, especially given the PlayStation 5’s ongoing inventory shortages – and how readily available the Switch is.

Hopefully it’s a sign that Sony is managing to produce a lot more PS5 these days, and fingers crossed that this continues and continues to improve.

In other sales news, VGChartz in a message online has provided an update on the latest sales figures for the console market.

And according to recent figures, the PS5 is said to have sold nearly five million more consoles than the Xbox Series X and S.

VGChartz said that by October 9, 2021, the PS5 had sold an estimated 12.73 million units since launch.

While the Xbox Series X and S – which hit the shelves before the PS5 – have sold 7.78 million units in its lifetime.

However, the Nintendo Switch is expected to have sold 92.45 million units since its launch in 2017.

It means the Switch shouldn’t be too far from overtaking the Nintendo Wii as the best-selling Ninty console of all time.

The Wii has sold 101.63 million units in its lifetime.

Once the Switch overtakes the Wii, it will become the sixth best-selling console of all time.

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