UK PlayStation 5 restocks – Game pre-orders have all gone [Updated]

Final update: Game’s pre-orders have now seemingly ended. Fingers crossed everyone that wanted one manage to snag a shiny new PS5!

Update 13:15PM: Game have seemingly filtered another set of consoles onto their site. Visiting Game’s PS5 bundles page and clicking to pre-order with once again place you in a queue.

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Update 11:25AM: Unfortunately, we were otherwise occupied when Game did go live at around 10AM, as opposed to our predicted 12PM. Game is now out of stock, but we may see further PlayStation 5 stock appear at other retailers:

The original article follows.


UK retailer Game seems to be gearing up for the release of fresh PlayStation 5 stock later today, having listed a bunch of new console bundles on their online store in the last 24 hours. There’s no word on when exactly the stock will go live – in part to try and stall scalpers’ efforts to scoop up as many consoles as they can – but following on from a restock of Xbox Series X|S consoles yesterday, we would expect to see the PlayStation 5 listings going live around midday today, Thursday 11th February. If you’re looking for a console, you’ll need to prepare and be ready to react as quickly as you can!

Game PlayStation 5 restock bundles

Game’s online storefront shows fifteen PlayStation 5 console bundles, all labelled as pre-orders with expected release dates on 26th February 2021. The listings are not currently active and will take you to the generic PlayStation 5 hub page on the site, but you can view the listings here:

The bundles see the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition consoles combined with games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, extra DualSense controllers, PlayStation Store credit and more. Click the following link to browse what will become available, and we recommend creating a few bookmarks for later, but be sure that you’re picking bundles with the version of the PlayStation 5 that you want to purchase.

Game are expected to offer 15 PlayStation 5 bundles later today

While you will need to be quick, yesterday’s Xbox Series X stock gives cause for optimism. Game installed a queueing system and Captcha to avert scalpers making off with their stock, and the stock seemed to last for around an hour before selling out.

This would be the latest in a steady trickle of new consoles arriving on the market, following a restock that occured around the middle of January. Ever since the first pre-orders and high demand, scalpers have been quick to respond to the PS5 shortage, taking to online marketplaces such as eBay, Gumtree, Depop, and Facebook to peddle their PlayStation at a premium price. However, while they seem to be making off with thousands of consoles and grabbing the headlines – and the scrutiny of the UK government – the vast majority are actually making their ways into legitimate customers’ hands. The simple fact is that the PlayStation 5 is incredible high demand and Sony are struggling to keep up.

Sony shipped 4.5 million PlayStation 5 consoles by the end of 2020, roughly in line with the opening sales of the PlayStation 4, which was in similarly high demand. Their ability to keep up is being hampered by issues surrounding the fabrication of new chipsets for the consoles. Produced at TSMC 7nm fabs, under contract from chipset development partner AMD, the supply chain has been under severe strain through 2020 to match demand. There’s a juggling act to satisfy the demand of PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, as well as AMD’s new Ryzen 5000 series CPUs and Radeon 6000 series GPUs. Microsoft have stated that they expect the Xbox Series X to remain in short supply until at least July and we can likely expect a similar situation to apply to the PlayStation 5.

Even so, the PlayStation 5 is off to a flier and Sony have expectations that their PlayStation business will have its best ever year in terms of revenue and profit in the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Source: via Digital Foundry Deals

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5 Comments

  1. “we would expect to see the PlayStation 5 listings going live around midday today”

    Looks like they went live about an hour ago. At which point the inevitable happened. It all fell over and people were put in a queue and everything sold out. And they allegedly logged everyone out of their website an hour before that, and put everyone in a queue to log in before you could get put in a queue to not buy a PS5.

    Not sure how quickly the bundles sold out. Probably almost as quickly. Who keeps encouraging Game to bundle a bunch of extra crap in by buying them?

    On the plus side, it looks like things are improving and the price they’re all getting resold at is dropping a bit. And fairly convincing rumours are that there are more being shipped this month than previously. Sony still fucked up by not delaying the launch a few months so they could actually make more.

  2. Yeah, they must have been all sold out by at least 10am. After waiting in the queue from around half 9 I managed to get one of the obscure bundles in my basket, enter delivery details and payment details and then when I pressed pay now I was told it was already out of stock (10:14am). Tried then to add some of the more expensive bundles and had the same result. Eventually my session timed out.

    Gutted. Missed out at every opportunity now.

    It’s the worst hardware release that I can remember for some time.

    • Well that’s lucky, just went back onto the Game website and logged into my account. Realised the PS5 bundle I mentioned in the comment above was still in my basket from earlier. Thought why not I’ll press go to checkout and…. I’ve got a PS5 order confirmation! Pure luck.

      I think logging into my account earlier in the day was the reason why, doubt it would have stored it if I logged on as a guest.

      • Still a shoddy release regardless.

  3. I’m glad I missed out on this. Otherwise, in a rush to order, I may have ended up with a digital edition PS5 thinking it was a stonking deal to get 1 year PS+ and £50 credit with the non digital for only £10 more than RRP!

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