When will the PS5 be restocked in the UK - and why are stocks so low?

Consumers wanting to get their hands on a new PS5 have been put on red alert as UK retailers are predicted to restock shelves of the in-demand console.

Gamers continue to scour the internet for retailers with the latest edition of the Sony PlayStation series months after the console's UK release.

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Argos, GAME, Amazon and Currys are all expected to make new stocks available in early March, according to online tipsters.

Stock has flown off the shelves recently within minutes of becoming available - but hope remains for thousands of gamers still without a PS5.

Here's why.

Why are PS5 stocks so low?

It appears there have been technical issues behind the rollout of the PS5.

In an interview with Ars Technica, Sony's chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki said: "It is difficult for us to increase production of the PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors and other components.

"We have not been able to fully meet the high level of demand from customers. We continue to do everything in our power to ship as many units as possible to customers who are waiting for a PS5."

Why is demand so high for a PS5?

UK retailers have remained tightlipped over when and where fresh stock of the PS5 will be made available, as demand has outstripped supply.

GAME and Smyth's recently saw a surge in customer traffic to their websites after word spread stocks had been replenished.

Such is demand, retailers are selling out again within minutes leaving many gamers in the wilderness without the latest PlayStation console.

Where is restocking PS5?

Anonymous Twitter account @PS5StockAlertUK has been the source of several restock tips in recent months and been a go-to for hundreds of gamers.

The account expects there to be more stock of the PS5 console available in the week of 1 March, making it known to their followers.

Tipster @PS5StockAlertUK posted on Twitter: "What we (Stock Checker) know so far: GAME either 2nd or 3rd March (8-10am); Argos either 2nd or 3rd March (after 1am); Amazon not guaranteed but expected 2nd March (8-10am); Curry’s not guaranteed but expected 2nd March (6-8am).”

Gamers will want to keep tabs of all the major retailers over the coming days – links below – as reports suggest a big restocking of the PS5.

How much does a PS5 cost?

Sony has released two PS5 consoles with the main one, which features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive, priced at £449.99 and a digital-only edition, which is also slimmer, from £349.99.

Some PS5s are popping up on ebay for princely sums in excess of what you would expect a new console to cost in high street shops.

The price for a new PS5 on ebay has moved into four and five figure sums, with one being advertised for an eye watering £10,000.

Which UK retailers have advertised PS5 stock?

Since its UK launch on 19 November 2020, stock of the PS5 has popped up on many different retail websites including:

It is worth checking these links regularly to see if stock is available again.