Update: The PS5 could drop at Game and Smyth’s Toys this week. Read on for more information.
2022 looks to be a promising year for PS5 gamers, with such upcoming titles ace Elden Ring, Sifu, Horizon: Forbidden West, Grand Touring 7 and maybe even the PS5 VR2 headset coming in the next few months. But how difficult is it to get to PS5?
Well, we’re sad to say that customers are still struggling to get their hands on a PS5 console due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, 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 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:
Good morning PS5 hunters
Good morning PS5 hunters and happy Wednesday. On the hunt for a PS5 this morning? This is the only liveblog you’ll ever need if you want to bag yourself Sony’s console this week.
While January was more than a lackluster month, with only 13 drops taking place, we’re hoping that retailers are going to start getting shipments again as usual this February. We’ll be here all day, providing you with the restock updates and predictions you need to cop yourself a next-gen console. Let’s go console huntin’.
Alex Lee2 February 2022 08:30
ps5 tracker signing off
That’s all from us today. January was a particularly slow month for PS5 stock drops so we’re still optimistic that February will be more fruitful for anyone still looking to get their hands on a new PS5.
We’ll be back again first thing tomorrow to let you know about any more imminent drops. In the meantime, read our full guide on how to get ready for pre-orders from each retailer as soon as they become available.
Jasper Pickering1 February 2022 17:03
When is PSVR 2 released?
Sony has a next-generation virtual reality headset on the way, designed to work exclusively with the PS5 and called the PlayStation VR2, confirming the product name on 4 January, at the annual CES technology show in Las Vegas.
Sony hasn’t said when it is planning to put the PS VR2 on sale. However, with news of the headset first breaking in early 2021, and further news released a year later, we feel an autumn 2022 release is most likely. Find out more about Playstation’s upcoming headset.
Jasper Pickering1 February 2022 16:20
Nintendo Switch OLED review
If handheld gaming is more your thing then check out our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED. The console features an OLED display for the first time, which is larger than before and produces punchier colors and deeper blacks. There’s also a redesigned kickstand and double the internal storage of its predecessor.
Our reviewer said of the £309.99 console: “The larger display is fantastic and playing games in handheld mode is an absolute joy. The kickstand feels so solid and makes us never want to look at that little toggle on the back of the original Switch ever again…this is absolutely the best version of the console yet.” Read our full review of the new Nintendo console to find out more.
Jasper Pickering1 February 2022 15:22
The best 4K TV for your new PS5
While we wait for the next PS5 restock, it’s time to think about upgrading your television. The PS5 outputs video at 4K resolution and can even handle games running at 120 frames per second. That’s something not all TVs can manage, so if you want to see your new console running at its best, a new TV could be worthwhile.
We’ve rounded up nine of the best 4K TVs available right now, from manufacturers including Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic, among others. And the great news is you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a great 4K television – prices of our favorites start at under £400.
Jasper Pickering1 February 2022 14:11
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Jasper Pickering1 February 2022 13:02
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 on him, read his review of the PS5 and Xbox series X.
Jasper Pickering1 February 2022 12:01
February PS Plus games
If you play online games on your Playstation console, then chances are high that you are already paying a monthly/annual fee to access the service. So why not get your money’s worth and download some freebies?
The Playstation Plus subscription is a great way to try out a game that you might have previously missed, as well as get access to exclusive discounts on the Playstation store.
As of today, PS5 users can download Planet Coaster: Console Edition (£39.99,Playstation.com) as well as EA Sports UFC 4 (£69.99, Playstation.com) and Tiny Tina’s Assault on the Dragon Keep: A Wonderlands One-shot Adventure (£7.99, Playstation.com) on the PS4.
Jasper Pickering1 February 2022 11:45
PS5 price UK
As we’re sure you are all 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.
But many retailers, including Game, Look and, Argus, 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 your own.
Jasper Pickering1 February 2022 11:22
Save 47% on ‘Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart’ at Amazon
Amazon currently has a deal which can save you 47% on Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, one of our favorite games of 2021 and one of our best ps5 games that you can buy right now.
Rift Apart has charm to burn, in its character design, lively combat mechanics, and explorable levels that feel large without seeming maze-like, busy without being cluttered,” our writer said in their review. “This is one of the best looks yet at what the new console generation has to offer. It’s big, it’s bright, and it’s almost impossible not to love”.
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart: Was £69.99, now £36.85, Amazon.co.uk
Jasper Pickering1 February 2022 11:02
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