PS5 UK stock – live: Asda, AO, John Lewis and Amazon restock dates and news – The Independent

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<p>Will the coveted console restock today? </p>

Will the coveted console restock today?

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Update: AmazonAO, Asda and John Lewis could all drop today. Read on for more information.

It’s been eight months since the launch of the PS5, but persistent supply problems and a global shortage of semiconductors have slowed production of the next-generation console to a crawl. New stock is hard to find, and when it does appear the PS5 sells out fast.

With that said, things are slowly improving. In May, we saw restocks from all major UK retailers for the first time since the console’s release. The comeback faltered in June, but in-store restocks at Game did make a small resurgence. July has been a mixed bag so far, but restocks have been picking up pace again, with four drops last week from the likes of VerySmyths ToysArgos and Game. Today, it looks like we could see a drop at AmazonAO and more.

If you’re looking to get your mitts on a PS5, there’s still hope. We’re on hand to give you the latest insight on Playstation 5 restocks from all major retailers, both online and in-store, as well as providing details on rumoured releases, the latest PS5 games and accessories to snap up and much more. Happy hunting.

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Alex Lee27 July 2021 15:55

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The best gaming laptop of 2021

The PS5 is basically impossible to secure. But do you know which gamers are laughing in glee at us console gamers? PC gamers, of course. If you want to join in on the PC gaming fun, why not take a look at our round-up of the best laptops?

The Dell XPS 15 is our pick for the best gaming laptop, with our reviewer saying that it’s a showcase of everything the manufacturer can reasonably pack into a single machine without the entire thing melting into a hot puddle of silicon and plastic. “The Dell XPS 15 is one of the best Windows laptops you can buy, and pairs a minimalist, no-fuss design with top-level functionality and performance,” they added.

Have a read of our best laptops guide below to find out what other machines we’re giving two big thumbs up to.

Alex Lee27 July 2021 15:00

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PS5 disc edition vs PS5 digital edition

Most of the time, PS5 stockists have both the PS5 disc edition and the PS5 digital edition in stock. One pattern we’ve been noticing recently is that the digital edition console is selling out before the disc edition console. But what’s the difference between the two?

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Really, the only difference is that there’s no disc drive in the digital edition of the console. This is why it’s cheaper. That said, it’s often more difficult to secure than the disc edition.

Games are downloaded from the PlayStation Store and ownership is tied to your PlayStation Network account. Unfortunately, because there’s no disc drive, you won’t be able to play any physical games you might own. The disc edition of the PlayStation 5 costs £449, while the digital edition, without the disc drive, is cheaper and costs £359.

Alex Lee27 July 2021 14:05

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When is the next Smyths Toys PS5 restock?

Smyths (not to be confused with WHSmith, you silly sausage) last had a restock on 20 July at 8:30am. We’re not predicting another restock this week, but the retailer could get another shipment in early August. Smyths isn’t the easiest retailer to secure stock from, however, with consoles coming in and out like a faulty lightbulb – erratic and frustrating.

Like Argos and Game, Smyths Toys has begun accepting in-store pre-orders. In the last week of June, people were able to walk into their local Smyths Toys store and ask for a PS5. There’s no harm in popping in to see if your local store has any more available.

Alex Lee27 July 2021 13:10

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PS5 release date

In the UK, the PS5 was released on 19 November 2020. That’s a whole eight months ago, or 250 days ago, or 6,000 hours ago, or 360,000 minutes ago. To put it another way, it was released a really, really long time ago. Despite that, the console is still unbelievably hard to buy.

As the day yawns on, we’re losing hope that AmazonAOJohn Lewis or Asda are going to drop stock, let alone ShopTo or Ace Studio, but stick with us, drops can happen suddenly and without much notice. More updates to follow!  

Alex Lee27 July 2021 12:15

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The ‘Astro’s Playroom developer is working on a new game

Job adverts always give us a good indication as to whether or not a developer is working on a new game. According to a LinkedIn ad, the Astro’s Playroom developer Team Asobi is hiring a new game designer, and their work will centre on level design. “Your role will be to make a variety of levels for a 3D action game, each providing great tempo and creative situations,” the ad reads. “Your work also includes generating gameplay ideas and supervising their implementation.”

Apply and you could be making the next Astro’s Playroom. The game is our top pick in our round-up of the best PS5 games. Best part? It’s free (although you will need to get yourself a PS5 first).

Alex Lee27 July 2021 11:30

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What is Amazon Smile?

If you’re a frequent visitor to our PS5 stock tracking guide, well, you’re first of all very unlucky, seeing as you still haven’t managed to secure a console, but second of all, you probably hear us banging on a lot about Amazon Smile. For those uninitiated, Amazon Smile is basically the same as the regular Amazon website, except when you buy something on Smile, 0.5 per cent of your purchase is donated to a charity of your choice.

We recommend checking out via Amazon Smile because it receives less traffic than the regular website, meaning you have a better chance of bagging a PS5 console.

Alex Lee27 July 2021 10:45

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Want the new PS5 controller?

While we wait for one of AmazonAOJohn LewisAsdaShopTo or Ace Studio to drop stock – come on guys, there’s six of you, someone make the first move – let us gush about the PS5 controller for a bit.

We’d argue that the dualsense controller is the coolest innovations to come out of the PS5’s launch. It’s so good that even Xbox’s boss Phil Spencer praised it in an interview with The Verge. The haptic feedback system, which allows you to feel your heart in your hands when you’re low on health, is just one of the neat things the controller can do. New colourways were released on 18 June, and unlike the PS5 itself, the controllers are readily available.

Alex Lee27 July 2021 10:15

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Xbox series X stock updates

The PS5 isn’t the only console which is ridiculously hard to secure. Spare a thought for the Xbox hunters who are in the middle of a long Xbox stock drought.

Lucky for you, we’re standing at attention over on our Xbox series X stock liveblog, providing you with the latest restock news and updates as and when they happen. Head on over to our page for more, and maybe you’ll not only secure a PS5 today, but an Xbox series X, too.

Alex Lee27 July 2021 09:47

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Game PS5 bundles – what bundles are there?

Game isn’t expected to have a PS5 restock this week, but it offers up the largest number of bundles out of all the retailers.

The cheapest disc edition bundle came with a “Player1” T-shirt (£464.98, Game.co.uk). The most expensive disc bundle came with a dual sense controller and a pulse 3D gaming headset (£599.97, Game.co.uk).

At the start of June, Game listed new Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart bundles onto its website. A PS5 disc edition with a copy of Rift Apart cost £519.98 (Game.co.uk).

Alex Lee27 July 2021 09:26

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