UPDATE: The PS5 is now in stock at game and the BT Shop for BT Broadband customers, after selling out at EE. It could restock at game next. Read on for more information.
It’s almost been a year and a half since the PS5 was first released in the UK, yet we’re all still here, scratching our heads and struggling desperately to find a console. Why? It’s all thanks to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic, of course.
But the situation is getting better – slowly. 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:
What Game PS5 bundles are in stock?
According to @PS5StockAlertUK, not all the bundles listed on Game’s website are actually in stock, even though they may appear so. Trying to buy a few of the bundles on the retailer’s website lead to an “out of stock” message.
You can get a PS5 disc edition bundle with Horizon Forbidden West and an extra dualsense controller (£584.97/$762, Game.co.uk) or the same bundle with an extra T-shirt (£599.98/$722, Game.co.uk).
Alex Lee28 April 2022 09:58
The PS5 is now in stock at Game
SOUND THE ALARM! The PS5 is now in stock at Game.
The cheapest disc edition bundle comes with a copy of Horizon Forbidden West (£519.98/$678, Game.co.uk). There are also digital edition console bundles in stock.
As always, there are no standalone consoles available, even though they appear on the page.
Alex Lee28 April 2022 09:37
The PS5 is still in stock at the BT Shop
The BT Shop continues to deliver the goods! Consoles at the retailer are still in stock after first dropping on Monday morning, though they have now sold out at EE.
The cheapest package right now comes with a PS5 disc edition console and an extra controller (£508.98/$663.60, Bt.com), though you can get more expensive bundles with Gran Turismo 7 gold Horizon Forbidden West.
Remember, you need to be a BT Broadband customer to get an access code, which can be redeemed from your MyBT portal.
Alex Lee28 April 2022 09:26
PS5 stock trackers, activate
Gooooooood morning PS5 hunters and welcome back to The Independent‘s live PS5 restock tracker. We’re back for another day of good ol’ console hunting after arguably one of the most disappointing Amazon drops we’ve ever seen.
After building up hype for weeks on end, it was all over in a few minutes. Fret not though, today’s a new day, and we’re hopefully going to see even more retailers restock the console this morning. Let’s go PS5 hunting.
Alex Lee28 April 2022 09:00
PS5 stock trackers, signing off
All righty folks, we’re closing up the liveblog for this evening, but if you haven’t got yourself a console yet, you’ve still got a chance to get one.
The PS5 is still in stock at BT and EE, but as always, you’ll need to be either an EE pay monthly customer or a BT Broadband customer.
In any case, we’ll be back online tomorrow morning, and we’re hopefully going to see Amazon restock the PS5.
Alex Lee26 April 2022 17:30
Best PS5 games
Congrats to anyone who managed to buy the PS5 at Game this morning. With the console now on its way, you’re probably going to want to buy some games to go with your new machine. We’ve got a round-up of the best PS5 games for you to peruse.
In the bestselling Spider-Man: Miles Morales game (£44.99, Currys.co.uk), Peter Parker is replaced with his awkward teenage protege, Miles Morales. A next-generation spin-off, Spider-Man: Miles Morales refines the original’s formula,” our reviewer said. “This is a streamlined adventure with a more focused story, far less busy work and an endearingly clumsy protagonist still getting to grips with his powers.”
Meanwhile, Demons Souls (£57.99, Currys.co.uk) on PS5 is a showcase of what the new console is capable of. “The oppressive gothic architecture, yawning arches and festering dungeons of this cult classic look spectacular on the new hardware, while remaining faultlessly faithful to the aesthetic and vibe of the original game,” our tester said.
Alex Lee26 April 2022 16:55
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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.