2022 looks to be one of the most promising years for PS5 gamers, with upcoming titles such as Elden Ring, Sifu, Horizon: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and maybe even the PS5 VR2 headset coming in the next few months.
But customers are still struggling to get their hands on a PS5 console due to the ongoing microchip shortages around the world, which has had a big impact on supply chains for over a year now.
Sony’s Playstation 5 was released in November 2020 and even though we’re now in 2022, demand for the console is still high. January has been one of the slowest months for restocks on record, but we have seen a handful of restocks from PlayStation Direct, Game, BT , Amazon, Very and AO, indicating that things are starting to pick up again.
Our liveblog is here to get you one of Sony’s elusive next-gen consoles, as well as provide you with the details on the best games and accessories to grab alongside your new console. If you want to find out which online retailers will be the first to restock, then keep scrolling to receive updates as they happen.
Check stock from UK PS5 retailers below:
‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ PS5
If you simply can’t wait for Horizon Forbidden West to come out later this year on the PS5, then you’ll be pleased to know that Horizon Zero Dawn has a PS5 upgrade that you’ll absolutely love.
While nothing has really changed content-wise, you’re still getting a glorious 60fps experience for free, and it’s a great way to kill time before Horizon Forbidden West releases in February.
Alex Lee26 January 2022 11:40
As we’re sure you are all well aware by now, Sony makes two versions of the PlayStation 5. The PS5 digital edition is priced at £349.99, while the regular PS5, which includes a disc drive, costs £449.99. The latter is the same as the Xbox series X, while the less powerful Xbox series S (which also lacks a disc drive) undercuts the digital PS5, at £249. Do note though that the series S is considerably less stacked in processing power compared to the digital edition PS5.
But many retailers, including Game, Very, Argos, ShopTo and Ace Studio, like to sell their PS5 stock in bundles. This often means spending more but getting extras like a second controller, a selection of games and other accessories. Bundles tend to be easier to get hold of, but you’ll end up spending more money than when buying the console on its own. It does help stop scalpers though.
Alex Lee26 January 2022 11:10
When will Game have more PS5 stock?
Both versions of the PS5 console are currently out of stock at Game. But if the retailer’s recent restocking schedule is anything to go by, we shouldn’t have too much longer to wait.
The last restock at Game took place on 18 and 19 January. There were a large number of console bundles available. The retailer updates its PS5 bundles page with new release dates every few weeks, so we’ll keep our eyes on that page and let you know if we get a new release date.
Alex Lee26 January 2022 10:45
How to buy a colourful faceplate for your PS5
Fancy giving your PS5 a bit of a makeover? Well now you can, thanks to a set of colourful new faceplates offered by Sony. The first couple of colour options, midnight black and cosmic red, landed ahead of schedule late last week. They are both priced at £44.99 and are available exclusively from Sony’s own PlayStation Direct store. until arriving at other retailers from 17 February.
Three more console covers, with colours called nova pink, starlight blue and galactic purple, will be available later in 2022. Dual sense controllers are also available in these five colours, as well as black and white.
Alex Lee26 January 2022 10:20
Sign up to buy a PS5 from PS Direct
Can’t be bothered to wait in a queue for a PS5? Let Sony bring a console to you. The company has opened up registrations on the PlayStation Direct store to more than just US residents. Gamers in the UK can now register their interest to buy a PS5 from PS Direct, receiving an exclusive invitation via email.
All you need is the email address associated with your PSN account and off you go. Invitations are usually sent out at 8am in the morning. Any remaining consoles are made available to everyone else at around 10am. We might see another batch of invitations sent out this week.
Alex Lee26 January 2022 09:50
Smyths Toys PS5 stock predictions
Smyths Toys is another retailer which hasn’t had a restock at all in January. According to the retailer’s website, it isn’t expected to have more stock available until February, but take this with a pinch of salt.
That message is usually a placeholder, and it doesn’t take into account in-store restocks which aren’t reflected on the website. So could it restock this month?
We’re often relying on the @PS5StockAlertUK Twitter account to leak Smyths Toys restock dates as its usually correct when it comes to this specific retailer. If it does drop, then it will likely be in-store, with doors opening up for pre-orders at around 8am. It’s dropped every single day of the week, so the next drop is anyone’s guess.
Alex Lee26 January 2022 09:31
Currys PS5 stock predictions
We used to loathe Currys drops. They were reserved exclusively for people who had signed up for the retailer’s VIP pass draw system, which started in March and ended in June. Despite no one being able to sign up past July, the retailer was still sending codes out to people all the way up until December.
But last month, the retailer stopped sending codes out altogether (probably because there was no one left on the email list to send codes to) and began dropping stock for the general public like everyone else.
It had a mammoth seven general sale restocks last month and one final code restock on 2 December. Weirdly, since its last restock on 28 December, no restocks at Currys have taken place. Let’s hope that changes today. It seemed to favour Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Alex Lee26 January 2022 09:10
Could John Lewis PS5 stock drop before February?
All righty, let’s take a look at John Lewis & Partners first. It’s not a retailer that’s generally flush with PS5 consoles, with drops occurring roughly once everyone to two months. The most recent restock took place on Wednesday 29 December. And before that, it restocked on Wednesday 3 November.
Stock also flies off the shelves at John Lewis, with PS5 consoles selling out in literal minutes. That said, John Lewis & Partners does always drop at 7am like clockwork, so if you’re an early riser, then it’s one to check when you’re just out of bed. Could it drop before February? The chances are pretty slim, but we’ll never say never.
Alex Lee26 January 2022 08:50
Let’s get you a PS5
Goooood morning PS5 hunters and welcome back to The Independent’s PS5 stock tracking liveblog. Our mission? To get you one of Sony’s next-gen consoles.
Although it feels like we’re wading through the Saharan Desert right now with this extended PS5 drought, we’re hoping more consoles could drop today, with four major retailers left to restock this month. Ready to get going? Let’s go get a PS5.
Alex Lee26 January 2022 08:35
G’night from your PS5 stock trackers
It’s been another ghostly quiet day here on the blog with – let’s just tot up the numbers – oh, yeah, zero drops. January hasn’t been a pretty great month for restocks, has it?
But don’t lose hope! There are still six more days of PS5 stock tracking action to get through this month, so we’ve still got time for a retailer to pull some consoles out of the bag.
We’re signing off for the evening but we’ll be back here tomorrow for some more good ol’ PS5 hunting. Catch you all then!
Alex Lee25 January 2022 16:59
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