December 9, 2021

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PS5 stock drop at Argos, GAME, Amazon and John Lewis ‘this week’ but Suez Canal delays new consoles

AMAZON UK, Very, John Lewis, Asda, ShopTo and eBuyer are all rumoured to have PS5 drops lined up over the next week.

And GAME looks likely to follow suit from April 6-8, say tipsters on social media.

In fact, April looks set to be a big month for PS5 restocks.

Insiders claim console availability will be “good” after a “dry spell” at the end of March.

Rumours continue that Amazon is about to make a large drop of PS5 consoles any day now.

There are also hopes that stores like Very and John Lewis will also get their hands on the in-demand consoles in the first week of April.

MSTVTweets said: “Seems like a dry spell is ahead of us, but April will be good.”

And there are whispers from stock tracking sites claiming consoles will land at GAME in the coming week – although, as always, nothing is guaranteed.

Follow our PS5 live blog below for the very latest news, updates and stock drop rumours…

  • FEARS PS5 SHORTAGE COULD GET WORSE

    The PS5 shortage could get worse as chip-makers struggle to meet demand.

    Sony’s PlayStation 5 has been largely out of stock since November – and might not be widely available until July.

    Much of this is being blamed on a global “crisis” in the computer chip world.

    Demand for chips is through the roof, and suppliers can’t keep pace.

    Prices of chips are rising as a result, and major manufacturers like Apple and Samsung are being prioritised.

  • APRIL SET TO BE ‘GOOD’ FOR RESTOCKS

    April looks set to be a big month for PS5 restocks.

    Insiders claim console availability will be “good” after a “dry spell” at the end of March.

  • PS5 ACCESSORIES IN STOCK AT AMAZON

    @PS5UKNews reports on Twitter that “nearly all PS5 accessories” are currently in stock at Amazon.

  • DONATE YOUR OLD CONSOLE TO HELP OTHERS

    If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on a PS5, you may have an old console you don’t need.

    Why not donate it to Get Well Gamers, a charity which takes devices and games to hospitals, hospices and other healthcare settings where youngsters are being cared for.

    Its website reads: “Video games are an effective and proven pain management tool, providing much-needed entertainment for young people during long hospital stays or in circumstances in which recreational activities can be beneficial.”

    To find out more, click here

    Above - which consoles Get Well Gamers are no longer taking
    Above – which consoles Get Well Gamers are no longer taking
  • MORE ON EE TUESDAY PS5 DROP

    @PS5UKStock has given gamers more helpful info re tomorrow’s possible EE PS5 drop.

    It starts from 8am on Tuesday, but the drop is aimed at “existing customers only with 24-month Pay Monthly phone plan, SIM only plans are not eligible.”

  • NEXT-GEN VR CONTROLLER ‘UNIQUE DESIGN’

    “The first thing you’ll notice with our next-gen VR controller is the unique design, which takes on an ‘orb’ shape that allows you to hold the controller naturally, while playing with a high degree of freedom,” writes Sony’s Hideaki Nishino in a March 2021 PS5 blog post.

    It adds: “There are no constraints with how you’re moving your hands, providing developers with the ability to create unique gameplay experiences.

    “We also designed the new controller with great ergonomics in mind, so it’s well-balanced and comfortable to hold in each of your hands.

    “We applied learnings from testing users with a range of hand sizes, as well as the decades of insights from controllers across all PlayStation platforms.

    “The result is an iconic design that will change how VR games are played.”

  • PS5 UK RESTOCK – EE ‘LIMITED DROP TUESDAY’

    As mentioned earlier, @PS5UKStock is adamant that EE has teed up a “limited drop tomorrow morning at 8am”.

    But some people are complaining that they haven’t received any messages from EE.

    One tweeted back: “Why are people not getting messages from them? Both times now I have had no notification from them. What a joke.”

  • NEXT-GEN VR ON PS5 – NEW CONTROLLER

    Following Sony’s recent reveal of its next-generation virtual reality system for PS5, more details have emerged, courtesy of Sony’s Hideaki Nishino in a blog post.

    Nishino wrote in March 2021: “I’m excited to unveil more details about the new controller that will play a critical role in providing gamers with the VR experience we’re working to deliver.

    “Our new VR controller speaks to our mission of achieving a much deeper sense of presence and stronger feeling of immersion in VR experiences.

    “It will build upon the innovation we introduced with the DualSense wireless controller, which changed how games ‘feel’ on PS5 by unlocking a new way to tap into the sense of touch. Now we’re bringing that innovation to VR gaming.”

  • VIRTUALLY REAL FOR SONY…CONTINUED

    The original PSVR – which also plugs into the PS5 – lets players immerse themselves in virtual reality games processed through their console.

    Starting at £260, players can bolster their set-up by paying for extra gear in the form of special VR controllers, which ship for £70 for a pair.

    In a recent blog post, Nishino revealed that Sony is developing a new version of the PlayStation Move controller for the PSVR 2.

    The joypad will incorporate “some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller” packaged with the PS5, he said.

    Nishino said that the new headset would connect to the PS5 via a single cable to simplify set-up and make the gear easier to use.

  • VIRTUALLY REAL FOR SONY

    Sony has vowed to plough ahead with virtual reality on the PS5.

    The firm first launched PSVR back in 2016, adding VR functionality to the PS4.

    Then, in February 2021, Sony confirmed that a new version of PSVR would be arriving soon.

    “Our next-generation VR system will be coming to PlayStation 5, enabling the ultimate entertainment experience,” Sony’s Hideaki Nishino wrote in a blog post.

    “Players will feel an even greater sense of presence and become even more immersed in their game worlds once they put on the new headset,” he added.

  • EE TO HAVE ‘LIMITED DROP’ TUESDAY – RUMOUR

    An “EE image leak has now been confirmed,” says PS5 tipster @PS5UKStock on Twitter.

    The account adds of the rumour: “EE (not BT) will have a limited drop tomorrow morning at 8am for eligible existing Pay Monthly customers.”

  • PLAYSTATION’S FREE GAMES FOR APRIL

    PlayStation has revealed the free games it will be releasing for April.

    This month PlayStation announced the next batch of free games; focused on indie and VR titles, available now.

    These include Abzû, Enter the Gungeon, Rez Infinite, Subnautica, and The Witness.

    There is also Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Moss, Thumper, and Paper Beast; all of which support PS VR.

    It was also announced that Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition will be available for free on April 19.

  • VERY, JOHN LEWIS, SHOPTO, EBUYER & AMAZON UK PS5 STOCK DROP ‘NEXT WEEK’ – TIPSTER

    Amazon UK, Very, John Lewis, Asda, ShopTo and eBuyer are believed to have PS5 drops lined up for this week, reckons a hopeful @PS5StockAlertUK on Twitter.

    They added: “eBuyer is the only retailer I am a little sceptical about on that list, but I’ve listed them up there because they restocked for the Xbox Series X on Friday which they haven’t done since December 2020, so PlayStation 5 could be next.”

  • ASTRIA ASCENDING TO LAUNCH ON PS5 AND XBOX

    Astria Ascending will launch on the PS5, Xbox and Nintendo Switch later this year.

    “In Astria Ascending, we wanted to explore how people cope in extraordinary times,” said Artisan Studios game director Julien Bourgeois. “Each hero has their own perspective, but it’s the relationships they form with one another that truly brings the story to life.”

    Dear Villagers head of publishing Guillamet Jamet added, “Seeing this world come together has been a delight. And it’s an honor to have so many legends on the team helping out—like a childhood dream come true. Astria Ascending is more than an homage to the classics. It’s the perfect next step in our publishing line of ambitious JRPGs,” VG Chartz reported.

  • XBOX UPGRADE

    XBOX gamers are testing a new feature that boosts the graphics of their favourite games.

    An update recently rolled out to a handful of users on Xbox Series X and Series S offers more “refined” visuals on some titles, according to reports.

    The upgrade looks to be driven by the addition of Dolby Vision HDR gaming to Microsoft’s latest consoles, Forbes reports.

    According to Dolby’s website, Dolby vision provides “the most realistic and lifelike visuals” a game has to offer.

  • JOE BIDEN SUPERCHARGES CHIP MANUFACTURING IN US

    Sony Corp CFO Hiroki Totoki says it is difficult for the company to increase production of the PS5 amid the shortage of semiconductors.

    A global semiconductor chip shortage has caused a major delay in manufacturing activity.

    This has seen automakers cut down on production and electronic device makers struggle to keep pace with a pandemic-led surge in demand for phones, TVs and gaming consoles.

    The scarcity has prompted US President Joe Biden to sign an executive order to address the issue, after he pledged to seek $37billion in funding for legislation to supercharge chip manufacturing in America.

  • CONSOLE DROP ON TUESDAY FOR EE?

    In a message to customers, EE said PlayStation 5 consoles would be available to buy on Tuesday, March 30.

    Sadly, the PS5 consoles will only be on sale for existing EE customers.

    An EE Statement read: “Great news, we’re releasing a small amount of Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 on EE.

    “These consoles are only available for existing EE customers via Add to Plan.

    “As with previous console releases, it will be via a self-serve online order journey only.”

  • AMAZON, JOHN LEWIS & VERY PS5 DROPS NEXT WEEK – LATEST RUMOURS

    Amazon, John Lewis and Very could see PS5 drops next week, predicts @Ps5Instant on Twitter.

    And with disc PS5s starting from £550 on eBay, they urge Brits: “Don’t let scalpers win!”

  • PLAYSTATION 5 STOCK LIKELY HELD UP ON EVER GIVEN

    It is believed that new stocks of the Playstation 5 have been held up by the blockade on the Suez Canal.

    Business Insider pointed out in its report on the ship’s situation that consumer electronics like video game consoles are usually built in factories in Asia, and then taken to other markets via maritime routes.

    According to Gaming Bible, there is a concurrent shortage of semiconductors that are used in a variety of electronic devices like televisions, cars, laptops, phones, and digital cameras.

    The companies that make semiconductors are now doing their best to catch up with the demand as a result of the shortage, which was caused by the pandemic.

    The Suez Canal, an artificial waterway that connects the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the biggest trade routes for countless industries and facilitates approximately 12% of total trade around the world.

  • INFLUENCER SHOWS OFF BRASS PS5

    An influencer who specialises in DIY videos to inspire people’s home projects has recreated the PS5 out of brass.

    YouTuber Matthew Perks, who goes by the name DIY Perks, assembled the custom PS5 unit by transforming a Digital Edition console, recreating its shape out of brass.

    You can check out Matthew’s video here.

  • NEW CONTROLLER SNEAK PEEK

    Sony showed off a sneak peek of the new PlayStation VR 2 controllers.

    They combine finger tracking with the consoles haptic feedback and other immersive features to provide a more realistic experience.

    They are set to be an “orb” shape to provide a more comfortable fit around the famers hands without restraining the fingers.

  • AUTO CHESS FOR PS5 TO DROP MARCH 30

    Chess enthusiasts equipped with a PS5 console will be happy to hear the free-to-play chess simulator Auto Chess is launching later this month.

    According to reports from GameSpot, Auto Chess is expected to launch on March 30 for PS5.

    Gamers can expect “unreal load times” and cross-play capabilities with mobile, PC and PS4, publisher Dragonquest Co. has said.

    Dragonquest took to the PlayStation blog to detail some other aspects of Auto Chess’ PlayStation 5 release, including “next-level visuals” and “seamlessly smooth graphics.”

  • AUTO CHESS FOR PS5 TO DROP MARCH 30

    Chess enthusiasts equipped with a PS5 console will be happy to hear the free-to-play chess simulator Auto Chess is launching later this month.

    According to reports from GameSpot, Auto Chess is expected to launch on March 30 for PS5.

    Gamers can expect “unreal load times” and cross-play capabilities with mobile, PC and PS4, publisher Dragonquest Co. has said.

    Dragonquest took to the PlayStation blog to detail some other aspects of Auto Chess’ PlayStation 5 release, including “next-level visuals” and “seamlessly smooth graphics.”

  • PLAYSTATION GIVES FIRST LOOK AT NEW VR CONTROLLERS

    PlayStation has given gamers a first look at the new controllers for its next virtual reality system, saying they will offer “stronger immersion”.

    The console’s maker Sony confirmed last month that it was developing a new version of its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset to go with the latest PS5 console, which launched at the end of last year.

    Now the gaming giant has released the first images of the new controllers and their “orb” shape, with the traditional PlayStation controller buttons split between the two pieces of hardware.

    The controllers will be tracked by the headset to help reproduce a user’s hand movements in virtual reality.

    They will also feature what it calls finger touch detection which can tell the difference between a finger being placed somewhere and pressure being applied on purpose, to enable more natural hand gestures during gameplay.

  • RETURNAL GRAPHICS ROCK

    Gamers have been left in awe of the amazing graphics in the PS5 game Returnal.

    Developed by Housemarque and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, the highly anticipated release has been hyped by the emergence of a preview of the graphics.

    The third-person shooter science-fiction psychological horror video game is set to be released for the PlayStation 5 on April 30, 2021.

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