PlayStation 5 customers may not get another chance to purchase a console until May, it has been suggested.
Due to a major PS5 stock delay, Argos and GAME will only have a small number of consoles available to purchase in store this week.
Potentially the final shipment until May, the stock will be available in select GAME and Argos stores on April 14.
Customers are encouraged to contact their local stores to find out whether the console is in stock.
“Major PS5 stock delay as issues with sea freight. Argos & GAME received small shipment, sold in store today and yday. GAME isn’t expecting more till May, I’ll keep you updated,” reads a PS5 Stock Informer tweet.
“Several Argos & GAME have stock for in store only. Some received their stock today, rest will have it arrive tomorrow & Weds. Best to call and check, shipments been smaller than retailers expected!”
After weeks of steady PlayStation 5 stock drops, April has been a slow month for restocks in the UK.
It’s a shame, because the prices were starting to fall online at retailers like CEX and eBay.
After dropping to as low as £650 at CEX, prices for PS5 consoles have risen to £720 online and in store.
Prices on eBay are a little harder to pin down. Some consoles are available for around £500, although a few are even cheaper than that.
For customers who already own a PS5 console, Sony has just announced plans to release a major new firmware update.
According to the patch notes, the headline new feature is the ability to store PS5 games on an external USB storage device.
As Sony points out, transferring PS5 games between the console and USB storage is quicker than deleting and re-downloading software.
It’s worth pointing out that games can’t be played directly from the USB storage device
“Because PS5 games are designed to take advantage of the console’s ultra high-speed SSD, PS5 titles can’t be played from USB extended storage,” Sony explains.
“PS5 titles also cannot be directly downloaded to USB extended storage. However, games that you transfer or copy back to internal storage will automatically update when applicable. In addition, you can select which game modes you want to install (such as campaign or multiplayer) for select titles that support the option.”
Sadly, however, the new firmware update doesn’t add the external SSD support, although this feature is still planned for a future update.
Another big new feature is the ability to use the Share Play function between generations. It means PS4 users can try out the PS5 without actually owning a console.