2022 looks to be a promising year 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 how difficult is it to get a PS5?
Well, we’re sad to say that customers are still, well over a year after it went on sale, struggling to get their hands on a PS5 console due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage sparked by the pandemic.
Sony’s Playstation 5 was released in November 2020 and even though we’re now in February 2022, demand for the console is still high. January was one of the slowest months for restocks on record, with only 13 drops taking place throughout the month. As we head further into February, will things start to pick up again? Ever optimistic, we’re hoping to see more regular drops from retailers.
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:
What’s the difference between the two models of PS5?
Sony sells two versions of the PS5. These are known as the disc edition and the digital edition. They have the same performance, design and technical specifications, but the digital edition does not have a disc drive. This means games can only be played by downloading them, and obviously there’s no way to play DVDs or Blu-ray movies.
The digital edition is also cheaper, at £359.99 compared to £449.99 for the disc edition.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 11:00
How to buy an Xbox series X
The Xbox series X is just as hard to buy as the PS5. In fact, in recent weeks restocks of the Microsoft console have been even rarer. Thankfully, the IndyBest team is on hand, with a live blog bringing you all of the latest news on Xbox restocks right across the UK.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 10:40
How big is the PS5?
Not as strange a question as you might think, because the PS5 is massive. It’s often an easy joke to say how big the next generation of game consoles are, ever since the chunky original Xbox arrived, followed by the even bigger PS4.
But, while the Xbox series X is also rather large, it’s the PS5 that is least likely to fit under your television. The digital edition is slightly slimmer, due to not having a disc drive, but both consoles are equally tall when stood on end.
They are 390mm tall and 260mm deep, while the disc edition is 104mm thick and the digital edition is 92mm. Both consoles are intended to be stood upright, but also come with a plastic stand to help them rest on their side – likely the only way most buyers will fit the console under their TV.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 10:13
Can you buy a PS5 on the high street?
Yes and no. Some shops have occasional PS5 stock available for walk-in customers to buy, but there have been very few consoles available so far this year. Your best options are Game and Smyths. The former has a Twitter account for each of its shops, used to tweet about when PS5 (and Xbox series X) stock becomes available. For your best chance of spotting a console at your local store, use this Twitter list to view every tweet from all of Game’s shops across the UK.
As for Smyths Toys, the retailer has a tool on its website for checking stock at all of its stores, We occasionally see the odd console crop up here, but for now there’s no PS5 stock anywhere in the UK.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 09:40
Can you buy a PS5 from Game?
Not at the moment, no. Game last had a PS5 restock on 19January, but before that we hadn’t seen any consoles since the Christmas period, when stock was available between 23 and 31 December. Game sold loads of consoles through November, with no fewer than six restocks, so perhaps we’re having to endure a quieter period as the retailer stockpiles ahead of its next drop. There’s no indication yet on whether another PS5 drop will land at Game in February or not.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 09:20
When will Smyths get more PS5 stock?
Smyths used to be reliable when it came to predicting future restocks. But the retailer’s website has been somewhat vague since the start of 2022. The site currently states that the PS5 is: “Out of stock. Expected in stock: TBC 2022”. Hopefully this will change to say stock is coming in February soon.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 08:55
Have there been any restocks in February?
Not yet, no. We’re only three days into the month though, so we urge readers to be patient. We saw quite a few console restocks in January, so we’re hopeful of plenty more through this month. January saw PS5 restocks at Amazon, Very, Argos, AO , Game, EE, BT Shop and Currys . Most of these landed towards the end of the month, with several arriving on 21 January. This makes us confident that more will arrive later in February.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 08:46
Sink your teeth into this Gran Turismo 7 half-hour deep dive
Good news, racing fans! Last night, Sony held one of its State of Play events and this time it dedicated an entire 32 minutes to Gran Turismo 7. It looks like the latest instalment of the iconic racing game might actually arrive on time – a rarity, given the last few GT titles – on 4 March. Before then, we urge you to enjoy this extended preview looking at every major feature of the new game.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 08:33
Good morning, PS5 hunters! It’s Friday eve and we’re hoping for a bit of good news ahead of the weekend. It’s been a quiet week – and month – for PS5 restocks so far, but we reckon we’re not far away from fresh stock arriving at Game and Smyths Toys this week. Stay tuned to this live blog for the latest PS5 restocking news as soon as we have it.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 08:15
PS5 stock trackers, signing off
Cor, it’s been another dead week for restocks so far, hasn’t it? We were totally sure that things would start picking up in February, but we’re two days in now and still no consoles.
Don’t fret though, Thursday can often be a pretty good day for drops, so we’re going to hold on to our hats before jumping to a state of initial disappointment. As usual, we’ll be back here tomorrow morning for some more stock tracking action. Join us then!
Alex Lee2 February 2022 17:00
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