Game On! PS5 Restock.

It’s approaching 3am and I’m checking the time on my watch, nervous to oversleep because this morning I’m challenged with securing the new Playstation 5 console. No pressure, of course mum can do it. This shit is actually harder than scoring a ticket to the most exclusive concert ever. Constantly checking internet feeds, following false trails of new PS5 drops, the greater spotted PS5 could literally be the subject of a David Attenborough documentary.

Finally, following a few false starts this week, it looks like the PlayStation 5 is finally about to go back on sale in the UK. Phew, because having failed to get one at Christmas, the pressure is on, to the point we momentarily considered giving a ridiculous fee to those sellers on ebay, but even the child piped up it wasn’t worth it and he’d wait.

The leading retailer on this quest, GAME is apparently going to open up PS5 orders on the morning of February 11. Of course, GAME is yet to announce a time, but previous drops have taken place in stages, typically on the hour. So a lot of clock watching and coffee sipping in my near future.

I’m not new to this life of gaming. We’re a Playstation household, I had one, my daughter had one or two, my son will now be on his third. I think you fall into team Xbox or team Playstation, we’re firmly a PS family, loyal to the bone. But never has the hype, the demand, the drama been this intense!

What’s so good about it?

Lightning speed
Harness the power of a custom CPU, GPU, and SSD with Integrated I/O that rewrite the rules of what a PlayStation console can do.
Stunning games
Marvel at incredible graphics and experience new PS5™ features.
Breathtaking immersion
Discover a deeper gaming experience with support for haptic feedback, adaptive triggers and 3D Audio technology.
Heighten Your Senses™
The DualSense™ wireless controller for PS5 offers immersive haptic feedback1 , dynamic adaptive triggers1 and a built-in microphone, all integrated into an iconic design.

There are suggested online rumours the consoles will be available between 9am GMT and 1pm GMT, which ties in to previous stock drops. But truly, I’m really wondering if all this drama is part of the game of buying a games console in the year 2021, because it’s crazy! The attempted scams and shams online are even crazier!

Several rumoured restocks have failed to pan out this week, so I’m lacking sleep and a little nervous this is another dead-end but many credible reports including in national newspapers seem to suggest this is the day!

GAME has once again started listing PS5 bundles, which is a sign they’re about to go on sale. The GAME website also confirms that payments will be taken from February 11th.

There are reports which suggest that the PS5 will go on sale at Currys on February 11th, as well as Amazon and Very. Other rumours suggest BT and EE will have stock, although our sources claim otherwise and their websites simply give you no clue and enjoy the continual refreshing of their pages and increased web traffic no doubt.

As far as the PS5 console drop at GAME, possibly from 9am, as with all things in demand, expect to que. They will drop in waves to enable people chances to get them & only accept 1 per household to prevent bots so stay in the queue just in case they bring you forward randomly, it happens. So if you’re serious, don’t give up, if you need to move from the screen, get someone to cover, this is serious shopping time.

GAME isn’t the only retailer expected to restock PS5 console stock, there’s a good chance other retailers will restock the device too so multiple tabs at the ready!

Think about retailers such as Argos, Currys, ShopTo, AO, John Lewis, Very, Smyths and Amazon.

Why the shortage? Well, there’s the official version:

In addition to bots and scalpers, another reason why the console is so hard to come by is a lack of components. Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki recently said that the manufacturing of PS5 consoles has taken a hit in the last few months. This is due to a lack of semiconductors and other components.

“It is difficult for us to increase production of the PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors and other components,” Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki explained recently.

Personally, I think it’s the greatest marketing game ever, even our son states basic economic principle, “reduce the supply, increase the demand” and clearly it’s working. For our part, having decided to wait this frenzy out we found the ps4 happened to come to the end of it’s life so here we are, with a home schooled child desperate to connect with his friends online the only semblance of normal childhood.

Thanks Boris!

Right, that’s enough distraction, a quick nap and back to refreshing my browser.

If you’re in on this quest…

Good luck!