UPDATE: The PS5 is now in stock at EE and the BT Shop for BT Broadband customers after selling out at Asda (again). Read on for more information.
It’s almost been a year and a half since the PS5 was first launched, yet we’re all still here, struggling to find a console thanks to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
April has been one of the best months for restocks since the start of 2022. We’ve seen PS5 consoles available at PlayStation Direct, ShopTo, Currys, Argos, AO, Game, Smyths Toys, Very and many more independent retailers to boot. Let’s hope the momentum continues as we speed towards the end of the month and towards May.
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, plus the latest game reviews. 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:
Where can you buy the PS5 right now?
Missed the Asda drop this morning? Freight not, the PS5 is currently in stock at two separate retailers right now, though you’ll need to fulfill some criteria. Notably, have a pay monthly contract with EE or be a BT Broadband customer – get a code through your MyBT portal.
If you aren’t either of these things, there’s a very high chance that Amazon could restock the PS5 tomorrow morning, so you’ll want to be in your seats and on the blog by 8:45am.
Alex LeeApril 26, 2022 11:25 a.m.
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Alex Lee26 April 2022 16:20
Sign up to buy a PS5 straight from PS Direct
Gamers in the UK can register their interest for a chance to buy a PS5 straight from PS Direct. If picked, you’ll get early access to buy the console before anyone else.
All you need is the email address associated with your PSN account and off you go. Invitations are usually sent out at 9.30am in the morning. Any remaining consoles are made available to everyone else at around 11am.
Alex Lee26 April 2022 15:30
PS5 digital edition vs disc edition
Looking at the PS5 digital edition bundle at the BT Shop and wondering whether you should get that one instead of the disc? Confused about the differences?
Really, the only difference is that the digital edition console has no disc drive. This is (we assume) why it’s cheaper. If you don’t own physical PS4 games and you don’t have a collection of movies on Blu-ray, it could be a good idea to plump for the digital edition.
Games are downloaded from the PlayStation Store and ownership is tied to your PlayStation Network account. Unfortunately, because there’s no disc drive, you won’t be able to play any physical games you might own.
The disc edition of the PlayStation 5 on its own costs £449, while the digital edition, without the disc drive, is cheaper and costs £359.
Alex Lee26 April 2022 14:40
PS5 VRR is rolling out this week
Finally, Sony is rolling out variable refresh rates to PS5 gamers this week. If you don’t know what VRR is, it essentially syncs the refresh rate of the display to the graphical output from the console, keeping screen tear and framerate lags to a minimum and making your gaming experience ultimately smoother.
Certain games will be releasing updates in order to take advantage of the VRR upgrade. Here’s the full list:
- Astro’s Playroom
- Call of Duty: Vanguard
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- death loop
- Destiny 2
- Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition
- DIRT 5
- Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Resident Evil Village
- Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
- Tribes of Midgard
Most of these games appear on our round-up of the best PS5 games, which you can read below.
Alex LeeApril 26, 2022 1:50 p.m.
On the hunt for the newest Nintendo Switch OLED?
If you’ve had enough of being forced to pay extra for a bundle but still want the overwhelming dopamine-pumping experience of owning a new console, then why not take a look at the Nintendo Switch OLED?
Amazon has currently slashed the price of the console by a modest £5. That’s not a lot, but considering the console has only been out for six months, it’s well worth the purchase.
Alex LeeApril 26, 2022 1:00 p.m.
‘Gran Turismo 7’ update news
Gran Turismo 7 has been one of the most expansive racing games to arrive on the PS4 and PS5 console. There are over 420 raceable cars and now it looks like the game is about to get even bigger.
Now, Kazunori Yamauchi has teased that even more content will be arriving in the game, with three new cars making their way over to the popular racing simulator. Interested in the news? Read our explanation below:
Alex Lee26 April 2022 12:10
When could Amazon restock the PS5 this week?
There’s a good chance that Amazon restocks the PS5 tomorrow morning. Why? Because the retailer hasn’t restocked the console since March 23, and it usually has a four-week gap between drops.
We’re hoping to see a drop tomorrow morning of the disc and digital edition consoles at 9.30am. You need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber to secure a console from the retailer. If you don’t have Prime, you can get a 30-day free trial and then cancel after you’ve bought your console.
Alex LeeApril 26, 2022 10:45 a.m.
Could the PS5 restock at Very today?
Tuesdays are always certified Very days, but we’re uncertain if that means the retailer is going to drop the console this morning.
While it frequently drops stock on a Tuesday, it doesn’t do it every single week. Consider the fact it dropped twice last week, and it’s hard to imagine more consoles will drop at the retailer this morning. Still, there’s always a possibility.
Alex LeeApril 26, 2022 10:15 a.m.
The PS5 has sold out at Asda (again)
Aaaaand all stock at Asda has gone (again). Asda never gets huge quantities of consoles, so you have to be lucky to secure one.
Tea Horizon Forbidden West and Gran Turismo 7 bundle understandably stuck around longer than the standalone console, but 20 minutes is still pretty short for a drop.
The PS5 is still in stock at BT and EE, however.
Alex Lee26 April 2022 09:51