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Updated 14 December 2021
PS5 stock continues to frustrate gamers a year after the latest Sony PlayStation was officially launched.
The popular gaming console was in high demand last Christmas, just weeks after it was released to the UK market.
Despite a swell of interest and prospective buyers, availability was limited among retailers online and in store.
Here’s a look at why the PS5 has been so hard to get hold of, which social media channels to follow and current stock levels.
Why has the PS5 been so hard to purchase?
National World’s gaming expert Alex Nelson assesses the current PS5 stock issues.
He said: “A technology war is being waged between people making bots to snatch highly desirable items like the PS5 and specialists trying to prevent them.
“These bots, known as scalper bots, continuously monitor websites for products that are limited in stock.
“The moment they become available, the bot has the user’s payment details ready to go, to secure the items within milliseconds, making it near impossible for a human to compete.
“Many are then sold on with the intention of turning a profit via sites such as eBay, costing considerably more than their original price. The practice is not illegal, but while the issue is not new, it is gaining more awareness.
“As long as there is increased demand for the consoles, there is likely to be bots snatching them up.”
Where will have PS5 stock next?
Social media platforms have been awash with rumours of PS5 stock becoming available and when ahead of release.
Twitter account @PS5StockAlertUK has more than 200,000 followers and has been regularly providing updates.
On the morning of 14 December 2021, GAME, EE and Currys had stock available.
- Join queue for Currys HERE
- Join queue for GAME HERE - and chance to preorder for 20 December release
- EE requires logging in as a customer, HERE
- PS5 is currently unavailable from Argos
- BT also requires login from BT customers
A post published at 5.01pm on 13 December read: “PlayStation 5 Restock Confirmed For EE. EE Members Only. Tuesday, 14/12. 10am GMT. PS5 Bundles: http://stock-checker.com/r/?u=tidd.ly/3dv4qeq… Only available via ‘Add To Plan’ section. #PS5#ad”
- We will keep this page updated so please check back for the latest stock availability for PS5 consoles.
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There are currently PS5 available, in a bundle with the Red Controller, Headset, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales & Ratchet & Clank Bundle, via Currys - as of 14.12.2021