UPDATE TWO: PS5 stock hunters will be keeping their fingers crossed a weekend drop could become available.
ShopTo in the past has released weekend restocks of the PS5, but so far the retailer hasn’t opened orders again for the PlayStation 5 this weekend.
According to the @PS5StockAlertUK, Smyths Toys branches around the country will have PS5 stock up until Tuesday February 8.
However, not all stores will have stock, and different branches will be getting stock on different days. Plus, it’s meant to only be a PS5 Digital restock and stock will be limited.
Nonetheless, if you are swinging by a Smyths Toys branch today it might be popping in to see if they have any PS5 Digital consoles available.
The next big PS5 restock to keep an eye out for is at GAME though, with the retailer tipped to be opening orders for the PS5 once again between February 8 and 10.
UPDATE: The PS5 is expected to become available to buy again at GAME next week, while fans are keeping a lookout in case any retailers in the meantime drop a surprise weekend restock.
But for any fans hoping the ongoing PS5 stock shortage gets resolved sooner rather than later, we’ve got some bad news. This week Sony held an earnings call where they revealed 17.3million PS5 consoles had been shipped since it first launched back in November 2020.
And during the call Sony chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki also revealed the Japanese tech giant had lowered its forecast sales forecast for the next quarter. So the PS5 could be even more difficult to come by in the new few months than in the previous few months.
Sony also downgraded its PS5 sales forecast for this financial year from 14.8million to 11.5million. During the call Totoki-san said demand for the PS5 remains extremely high, but supply of the console is being hampered by the ongoing semi-conductor shortage which is affecting a wide range of industries.
Unfortunately, the Sony bigwig also said he expects this parts shortage to continue this year – so the PS5 may still be hard to come in 2022.
ORIGINAL: PS5 stock hunters will be scouring major UK stores this weekend in case a PlayStation 5 restock becomes available to buy once again. Typically, PS5 restocks drop at the likes of GAME, Argos, Amazon, Smyths Toys and ShopTo on a weekday – but every now and again a weekend restock does go live.
And there is a chance at least one UK retailer will be opening orders for the PS5 once again this weekend.
According to reliable PS5 stock tracker account @PS5StockAlertUK, Smyths Toys will be opening orders for the PS5 again between February 4 and 8.
So there is a chance the PS5 could become available to buy at Smyths Toys again this weekend.
Elsewhere, while there is no information on whether ShopTo will drop more stock this weekend the online gaming retailer has been known to release surprise weekend restocks in the past – so PlayStation fans may get lucky this Saturday or Sunday.
The next big restock will be coming from GAME, with the major high-street retailer set to release more stock the week beginning February 7.
GAME has updated its website to say its next batch of PS5 Disc and Digital consoles have a release date of February 18, which indicates a restock on the GAME website between February 8 and 10.
The PS5 should become available to buy between 9am and 11.30am on the day that the restock goes live at GAME.
While speaking about the inbound Smyths Toys restock on Thursday, the @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter posted: “Exclusive: PlayStation 5 Restock Confirmed For Smyths Toys
“Smyths Toys will be offering the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console at local stores starting tomorrow, till Tuesday. The twist is, not all stores will have the console tomorrow.
“We’ve been advised that the whole nation will receive PS5 Digital Edition consoles in-store however, each store will get stock on different days, up until Tuesday. And yes, this is a Digital Edition restock only, with a very small quantity available.
“What we advise is, to visit your local stores tomorrow morning, and ask if they’ve got any PS5 Digital Edition consoles in-store. If they do, they’ll sell you one right there and then. If they don’t have it in stock, ask them when that store will get them in.
“The staff should tell you which of the days from 4th-8th that store will have them available to order.
“As always, we wish you the best of luck, dear PS5 hunters!”
Argos, meanwhile, had a PS5 restock towards the end of January – but unlike previous stock drops this was mainly for Ireland.
Unfortunately, the @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter account said there’s currently “no ETA” for the next Argos drop.
While Amazon also had a PS5 restock in January where Prime members got ‘priority’ access, but there’s no word on if or when there will be a February drop.
With news of an Amazon Prime price rise hitting users in the US, if you’ve been thinking of signing up to the service you may want to consider getting an annual Prime membership which will lock the price in as it stands currently for the next 12 months.