18 months since Sony launched the PlayStation 5 and the market is still struggling to keep up with demand for the next-gen console. Whether that be scalpers at every turn, automated bots trying to swipe everything within seconds, manufacturing issues caused by the pandemic, or just the millions of other shoppers trying to get their hands on the games device – it's a minefield out there.
Fear not! We've scoured the web far and wide to save you the hassle. While the surge in sales for the PS5 is expected to continue well into 2022, we've compiled a list of the top retailers to find the elusive console from as well as some handy tips to be aware of to help get you to the checkout – and more importantly, receive that sweet, sweet confirmation message.
T3's PS5 stock tracker is regularly updated but there are also a few extra steps worth considering. We'd recommend bookmarking a number of stock trackers across social media (especially Twitter), checking in at any local retailers in case some have stock unexpectedly without warning, and making an account across said retailer's online accounts to save time on checkout. It can help to keep the console in your wishlist basket too. Now onto the important bit: where to find a PS5.
Please note any stock availability is based on the time of writing. Consoles are still selling out in a matter of minutes (30 min to an hour on average currently), so may not be available when you click through.
Where to buy PS5 in the UK
GAME (opens in new tab)
GAME has PS5 stock (opens in new tab) live now (May 24th) – the third time in less than two weeks. It's mostly bundles featuring Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and an additional DualSense controller. Not the cheapest option out there but it does secure you a console.
Argos (opens in new tab)
Argos previously went live PS5 stock (opens in new tab) on May 18th with limited stock available at different stores across the country. Both disc and digital were available with Horizon Forbidden West and Lego Star Wars bundled. Success if often better found in-person than online.
BT Store (opens in new tab)
BT went live with PS5 stock (opens in new tab) on April 25th and lasted for approximately four days. It was mostly console bundles with either Horizon, GT7, an additional DualSense controller or a Sony 3D pulse headset.
Users were required to sign in to their account to claim a customer code (opens in new tab) before being taken through to an online queue to purchase.
EE Store (opens in new tab)
EE previously went live with PS5 stock (opens in new tab) on April 26th. Several bundles were available for purchase with either additional DualSense controllers, Gran Turismo 7, a PS Plus subscription or a HD camera. It lasted approximately 48 hours.
You have to be an account holder (opens in new tab) to access the purchase page and add it to your pay-as-you-go contract. Well worth considering if you are a customer already.
PlayStation Direct (opens in new tab)
Sony PS5 stock went live last on PlayStation Direct (opens in new tab) on April 20th. It was made up of standalone disc and digital consoles and sold out in around an hour.
An exclusive queue (opens in new tab) for those selected went live earlier in the day before then opening up to the public shortly afterwards.
Where to buy PS5 accessories
Don't forget to check out our guide to the best TVs for PS5 too! With support for 4K 120Hz, VRR and ALLM – all the big next-features, basically. And with top picture quality too, of course.