PS5 stock live: Argos, ShopTo and BT are still selling the console at its old price

On the hunt for the elusive console? Here’s where you can buy it today

(The Independent )

Since its November 2020 launch, the PlayStation 5 has been notoriously difficult to get hold of as pandemic-related supply chain issues slowed production to a crawl. But while the stock situation has improved massively over the last four months, with retailers making PS5 bundles readily available, PlayStation has announced the PS5 will be going up in price due to inflation, and the price hike has already come into effect at some retailers.

Luckily, we’ve still managed to spot a few bundles available at the same price before the increase was announced. Today, PS5 pre-price hike bundles are available at ShopTo, Argos, John Lewis & Partners, Currys, EE, Scan and Box. PS5 digital edition bundles are in stock at BT Shop for BT Broadband customers. Bundles have gone up to their new price at Game, and while the standalone disc edition console is in stock at Very, it too costs the new, inflated price.

Because retailers prefer selling pricier bundles, standalone consoles are sparse and sell out quickly. While the standard edition PS5 is easier to snag, the cheaper digital edition is a bit more difficult to get your hands on.

Still hunting down a PlayStation 5? Bookmark this liveblog and watch out for our real-time restock alerts. We’ll help you find a PS5 – whether as part of a bundle, on its own or at its old price – and share the latest intel on the best games and accessories to buy, plus the latest game reviews.

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A recap of today’s PS5 restock events

All righty, it’s been pretty quiet in terms of new restocks, with John Lewis & Partners the only new retailer to restock the console earlier this morning.

Right now, you can buy the PS5 at its old price from ShopTo, Argos, John Lewis & Partners, Currys, EE, Scan and Box. PS5 digital edition bundles are in stock at BT Shop for BT Broadband customers. Bundles have gone up to their new price at Game, and while the standalone disc edition console is in stock at Very, it too costs the new, inflated price.

We’ll be back tomorrow to bring you even more live stock updates. Fingers crossed none of the retailers in stock right now hike up their prices. Catch you then!

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This Box PS5 bundle is ideal for racing fans

Box’s PS5 bundle hasn’t gone up in price either, and if you’re a big racing fan, this one might be the bundle for you. The retailer is currently selling the PS5 disc edition console with a copy of F1 2022 and a Thrustmaster T150 racing wheel with a two-pedal set for £699.

The Thrustmaster landed a spot in our round-up of the best PS5 accessories, being named our best PS5 racing wheel.

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The PS5 is in stock at Scan, but it’s still not worth it

Scan‘s PS5 disc edition bundle still isn’t worth the price of admission, even with the price hike. While the bundle hasn’t gone up in price since Sony increased it by £30, it still costs £50 more than it should pre-prike hike.

For transparency’s sake, you get a PS5 disc edition console with Horizon Forbidden West, an extra controller, a 1TB 980 pro SSD and a Sabrent heatsink.

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Why is the PS5 going up in price?

We’re in a cost-of-living crisis, and everything is going up in price, including the PS5 console. Last week, PlayStation’s CEO Jim Ryan announced the price of the console will be going up in the UK, Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico and Canada, with the US slipping away scot-free.

The price change took effect immediately, and saw the price of the PS5 disc edition console increased by £30, from £449.99 to £479.99. The PS5 digital edition, without the disc drive was also bumped up by £30, taking the console to £389.99.

In a blog post, Ryan blamed the price increase on the “challenging global economic environment”. More below.

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There’s a new, lighter PS5 console out now

Clearly, size isn’t everything. Sony has reportedly just released a lighter version of the PS5 (again, we know), but it’s still going to cost the same inflated price as it does now. Last year, Sony released a lighter console and reconfigured the machine.

Australia is again the first country to get the lighter console. According to Push Start, the digital edition console is 200g lighter, while the disc edition console is 300g lighter. Sony usually makes its consoles lighter by swapping out the components. Last year, it changed the heatsink.

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Currys bundles are still being sold at their old price – for now

Bundles at Currys have just become more worth it. While it seems like the retailer has amended the prices of its PS5 disc edition console and PS5 digital edition consoles (both out of stock when bought separately), the bundles haven’t gone up in price – yet!

The cheapest disc edition bundle costs £599, and it comes with Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. After the increase, this bundle should go up to £629.

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EE has a bundle with an extra controller in stock at its old price

In a way, the price hike has helped some retailers. While EE has previously inflated its prices, right now, the mobile network hasn’t increased the bundle’s price by £30. The bundle with Horizon Forbidden West and an extra controller still costs £582.

Game is selling this exact bundle for £594.97 – yep, that means it used to cost £564.97.

If you’re an EE pay-monthly customer, it might be worth getting this bundle before the price goes up. EE and Game are the only retailers selling this bundle right now.

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BT is selling the PS5 digital edition console at its old price

If there’s ever been a better time to be a BT Broadband customer, it’s definitely now. The only retailer selling the digital edition console (as part of a bundle, mind) is the BT Shop. The good news is that it’s currently selling the console at its old price, so it’s suddenly become more worth it.

You can either get a PS5 digital edition console, Horizon Forbidden West and an extra controller for £459.99 or a PS5 digital edition console with Horizon Forbidden West for £409.99. Again, you need to be a BT Broadband customer to get an access code, or you just won’t be able to add it to your basket.

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John Lewis has just dropped a new PS5 bundle

A new PS5 bundle has just dropped at John Lewis & Partners. The retailer is currently selling a PS5 disc edition console with a copy of Horizon Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and an extra controller for £629.99.

We’ve done the maths, and this bundle costs neither its old price or the new price. It’s somewhere in between. All of these items together should technically cost £615.98 at its old price. At the new price, it should cost £649.98. It’s still closer to its old price though, so still worth a buy if you’re interested in the two games and the extra controller.

Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

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Very is selling the standalone PS5 console, at its inflated price

Very is the only retailer currently selling the PS5 console on its own, without any games or accessories, but it costs £479.99, rather than the £449.99 that it would have costed a few weeks ago. It’s now more worthwhile to pay an extra £20 and buy a bundle with Horizon Forbidden West from any of the retailers below.

Still, if you want to buy the standalone disc edition console, even though it’s gone up to £479.99, we won’t judge.

This news is republished from another source. You can check the original article here

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