Follow live for the latest PS5 console stock updates from major retailers, including AO, Very, EE and more
UPDATE: Playstation 5 could be restocked at Currys this week. Read on for more information.
Spring is here. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and it’s still ridiculously hard to buy a PS5. What’s new? Well over a year since its launch, we’re all still struggling thanks to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Sony’s Playstation 5 was released in November 2020 and it’s still a challenge a year and a half on.
That said, things are certainly looking up this March after having faced a dire start to 2022 with the worst two months for drops on record in January and February. In the first few weeks alone, we’ve seen restocks from Amazon, EE, Hamleys, ShopTo, PlayStation Direct, Very, Littlewoods, AO, John Lewis & Partners (finally), Smyths Toys, Game and Argos.
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 machine. 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:
PS5 vs Xbox series X
Stuck on which console to choose? The Independent’s technology editor, Andrew Griffin, weighed in with his comparative review of both consoles when they were first released, and it’s well worth a read if you’re struggling to decide.
“Both consoles offer a host of improvements on their predecessors: new designs, vastly improved performance, and new games”, he said. To find out his verdict, read his review of the PS5 and Xbox series X.
As the PS5 launches today, we put it head to head with the Xbox Series X to find the best console
Can you expand PS5 storage?
PS5 gamers can expand their PlayStation 5’s internal storage with the installation of an M.2 SSD. If you’re looking to expand your PS5’s storage, then we recommend the Seagate firecuda 530, which comes with a heatsink. It costs £175 (Currys.co.uk).
“A cooling structure, like a heatsink, is something all PS5-compatible SSDs require in order to work correctly, and it’s nice that you don’t have to do a hatchet jot of installing your own with this Seagate model,” our writer said in their review. “The firecuda 530 lets you conveniently download, copy and launch PS5 and PS4 games straight from the internal storage, as well as media apps like Plex. Transfer speeds are blazing fast as well, with Seagate saying that it delivers speeds of up to 7,000MB/s.”
Want an external PS5 SSD? Take a look at our best PS5 accessories for our top pick.
From controllers to memberships, these are the best PS5 accessories to enhance your game playing, from Amazon, Sony, Nacon and more
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‘Horizon Forbidden West’ PS5 review
Horizon Forbidden West is the follow up to 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn and will follow hunter Aloy on her journey across the west coast of an apocalyptic United States.
We absolutely loved our time with Horizon Forbidden West. Our reviewer said: “In Horizon Forbidden West, Guerilla Games has developed its post-apocalyptic marriage of technology and nature to craft a beautifully realised vision of a world desperate for rebirth.
“The story will take new players to unexpected and breathtaking places, and fans of Horizon Zero Dawn will have plenty of their questions answered.
“While Horizon Forbidden West takes great leaps in its visual and story presentation, it stays the path with its gameplay, making small but notable additions that improve the experience.
“Not much has changed since Zero Dawn, but when that gameplay revolves around hunting mechanical dinosaurs, why would you want it to?”
Read our full review of Horizon Forbidden West to find out more.
Guerilla Games’s latest entry in the Horizon series is graphically stunning. Read our review of its gameplay, story and more
‘GTA 5’ PS5 version is out today
GTA V is one of the most successful media properties of all time since it first launched in 2013 and now fans can experience the most up-to-date version of the game on the PS5 and Xbox series X/S.
The re-release has a whole suite of new features, such as controller optimisation for each console, fidelity and performance modes as well as ray tracing for all that reflective goodness.
If you already own one of the many other previous versions of GTA V then you will still have to pay for the upgraded version but from now until 14 June, players can receive a special discount to experience Los Santos on next generation hardware. Find out more about the new version of GTA V in our explainer.
Rockstar Games’ flagship title is finally seeing an updated version for next-gen consoles. Here’s how to pre-order, transfer saves and access GTA Online
What’s the difference between the two PS5 models?
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.
Could Asda restock the PS5 soon?
It’s been a while since we heard of any PS5 news from Asda. They last restocked the PS5 in December just before Christmas and now it’s been nearly three months since then. Could this mean we will see a console drop sometime soon?
The retailer usually has a habit of drop at around 8am in the middle of the week, so keep an eye on restocks on their website between Tuesday and Thursday.
Make sure to have all your payment details saved ahead of time and that you’ve added the console to your wish list by clicking the small heart icon. This is good advice for any retailer but this is particularly true with Asda as sometimes people struggle to checkout from the landing page, but do manage to from the wish list section of their site.
iPhone SE review
On the market for an affordable new phone? Apple’s latest budget offering is an astonishingly fast new handset that packs plenty of punch under a modest bonnet. At just £419 (Apple.com) it’s one of the best new handsets at this price range.
Our reviewer said: “Though it doesn’t have the latest design or multiple cameras, it is astonishingly fast and capable. It boasts a processor more powerful than many flagship phones.
This contributes to the great battery life, the management of 5G connectivity, and to performance that is a country mile ahead of anything else at this price.”
Read our full review of the brand new iPhone SE.
Apple’s new iPhone SE for 2022 has dropped, and we got an early look. From performance to cameras and battery life, is the new iPhone worth the upgrade?
New ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ event 17 March
A new livestream event has been announced for the upcoming open world Harry Potter title Hogwarts Legacy and it’s only a few days away. Developed by Avalanche Software and Warner Bros Games, the State of Play is set to air later this week and promises to show never before seen gameplay.
Playstation will be showing new details from the highly anticipated Harry Potter game. Here’s how to watch it, what time it starts and what we can expect
Good morning, PS5 trackers
And we’re back! Yesterday was a bit of a slow one on all things PS5-related but after a strong start in March we’re expecting to see a few more console drops soon.
We’re going to be keeping a close eye on Currys this week, based on previous stock patterns but we won’t be discounting any of the other top retailers either. Last week, we saw a whopping eight drops so it could be that Sony’s shortage woes could be coming to an end soon.
In either case, we’ll be on hand to let you know as soon as stock becomes available wherever they drop next. Stay tuned.