Sony has finally launched an online PlayStation store in the UK, allowing Britons to purchase PlayStation hardware and physical games directly from the brand for the first time.
However, it looks like the PS5 – both standard and digital editions – are currently out of stock, dampening the mood for the digital storefront launch.
Fortunately, it looks like PlayStation will be implementing a “1 console per order” policy in an effort to combat scalpers and bots. Third-party retailers have already been criticized for the way they have handled scalpers, with many people buying PS5 consoles in bulk in order to resell them at inflated prices.
PlayStation’s “1 console per order” policy is not guaranteed to fix this, with many other retailers attempting similar tactics, but it’s arguably good news that gamers will now be able to purchase direct from Sony in the future. .
Those who have already purchased a PS5 will be delighted to see that the new online PlayStation Store will also offer a number of accessories. The DualSense is priced at £ 59.99 (£ 64.99 for the Cosmic Red edition), the Pulse 3D wireless headphones for £ 89.99, the media remote for £ 24.99 and the DualSense charging station. at £ 24.99.
Sony will also sell proprietary physical games through the online store, such as Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart (£ 69.99), Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut (£ 69.99), Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (49, £ 99) and Souls of the Demon (£ 69.99).
But with PS5 games seeing such high prices, it’s probably best to check out third-party retailers instead, who are more likely to see discounts and sales.
And if you’re not yet ready to upgrade to the next generation, Sony is also selling the PS4 (500GB) for just £ 259.
The launch of the PlayStation online store is part of a larger expansion across Europe. The digital storefront is already live in Germany and is expected to launch in several other countries including France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg in the near future.