PS5 release date countdown: UK stock, where to buy, launch games and PlayStation 5 review
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PS5 pre-order customers are counting down to the release of the next-gen PlayStation in the UK.
Out now in the US, the PlayStation 5 has a November 19 in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world.
There are two versions of the new console, including a model with a disc drive, and another slightly more expensive unit without.
Lucky pre-order customers can expect 4K visuals, speedy loading times and backwards compatibility with the PS4.
Then there’s the new DualSense controller, which is arguably the best thing about the device. Wonderfully highlighted by launch title Astro’s Playroom, the controller features advanced haptic feedback and adaptive triggers for greater immersion.
Express Online awarded the console the full 5-stars, praising the controller, dashboard and launch line-up of games.
“From the launch line-up to the loading times, DualSense to the dashboard, the PS5 is a fresh and exciting new console that truly feels like a next-gen device,” reads the Express Online review. You can read the full review by clicking the link below.
Of course, what everybody wants to know is if the PS5 console will be back in stock on launch day. And the good news is that yes it will.
GAME has confirmed plans to re-stock the PlayStation 5 when it goes on sale in the UK.
In an email sent to customers, the UK retailer said that the units will be available to order online on November 19.
“PS5 console ordering update: The PS5 console will be made available to order online only on launch day, Thursday 19th November,” reads a GAME email.
“Units will not be available for in-store purchase, please continue to check back online for further updates.”
The PS5 will also be available at Amazon, where reports suggest it will go on sale at 12pm GMT.
Currys has confirmed plans to stock the PS5 online from 9am GMT UK time on November 19.
“Please remember, the PS5 console will be available to order ONLINE ONLY from 9am tomorrow,” reads a Currys post. “No units will be available for in-store purchase on Thursday 19th November, please continue to check back online for further updates.”
Express Online will update this post when any additional units potentially go on sale. Good luck.
Of course, there are also one or two slightly unorthodox ways to grab a PS5 on launch day.
BT and EE customers can grab a PlayStation 5 console through their MyBT and EE’s Add to Plan accounts.
“BT broadband customers can order their PS5, through their MyBT account. Meanwhile, existing EE pay monthly mobile customers will also be able to order a console and add the cost to their price plan, split over 11 interest-free instalments with EE’s Add to Plan service,” BT explains.
Needless to say, these deals won’t be around for very long, so you’ll need to be quick if you want to grab a PS5 at launch.
If you secure a PS5 on launch day, or have already successfully pre-ordered the console, then there are around 30 games available at launch – not to mention all those backwards compatible PS4 games.
You can see the PS5 launch games below.
The PlayStation 5 launch games in full…
• Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
• Astro’s Playroom
• Borderlands 3
• Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
• Dead by Daylight
• Demon’s Souls
• Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
• DIRT 5
• Goonya Fighter
• King Oddball
• Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
• Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered
• Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
• NBA 2K21
• No Man’s Sky: The Next Generation
• Observer: System Redux
• Overcooked: All You Can Eat
• The Pathless
• Planet Coaster: Console Edition
• Poker Club
• Sackboy: A Big Adventure
• Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
• Watch Dogs Legion
• WRC 9
Sony is celebrating the UK launch of the PS5 by transforming various London Underground stations, including Oxford Circus (above).
“As part of the TfL partnership the iconic Tube roundels (both above and below ground) have been reimagined to feature the four iconic PlayStation shapes,” reads a Sony post.
“As well as transforming the roundels, the station’s tunnels, platforms, and entrance/exits have also been transformed.”
Meanwhile, other tube stations have been taken over
“In addition, four other Underground stations across London have been taken over by some of the next generation’s most loved games, featuring scenery and characters from fan favourite franchises.”
Mile End station pays homage to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales by becoming Miles End, Lancaster Gate becomes Ratchet and Clankaster Gate, Seven Sisters has been renamed Gran Turismo 7 Sisters, while West Ham station has become Horizon Forbidden West Ham.
Even Greggs is getting in on the act, offering a limited selection of PlayStation UK Launch Boxes for delivery.
“Greggs are celebrating the release of the PS5 with a bespoke, limited-edition Launch Box – available exclusively through Just Eat – from 19th November – 2nd December. The Launch Box will allow fans to enjoy the best of Greggs whilst celebrating the launch of PS5.”
Available for £5 from Just Eat, the boxes contain a regular Sausage Roll, a vegan Sausage Roll, a Sugar Strand Doughnut, a vegan Glazed Ring Doughnut and two drinks.
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