Update: The PS5 could drop at Game and Smyth’s Toys next 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 over a year since its launch, customers are still 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? There hasn’t been a single drop at all this week, but 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:
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Gooooood morning PS5 hunters and happy Friday – though it might turn out to be a sad Friday if retailers don’t start dropping Sony’s console lickety-split.
We haven’t had a restock all week long, and the only indication that we’re going to get one soon is from Game. Fret not though, as usual, we’ll be here all day bringing you the live stock updates in real-time. If we wish hard enough, consoles might appear *closes eyes tightly*. Stick with us for all the latest stock updates. Let’s go console hunting.
Alex Lee4 February 2022 08:15
Live blog signing off
Time to log off and bid goodbye to yet another day without PS5 restocks. It looks like retailers are still stockpiling after making so many consoles available at the end of 2021, so we could be waiting a little while longer until any more arrive.
With games like Elden Ring, Sifu, Horizon: Forbidden West and Grand Touring 7 all due out soon, we hope consoles will be available in time for these major releases. In the meantime, we bid you farewell for today, and as ever we’ll be back tomorrow morning with all of the latest PS5 restocking news.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 17:00
Read our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED
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.”
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 16:00
Needing some accessories now that you’ve got a PS5 on the way? Check out Sony’s Playstation 5 pulse 3D wireless headset (£84.99, amazon.co.uk), which landed a spot in our review of the best PS5 accessories.
Our tester said: “There’s no shortage of gaming headset options out there but the PlayStation 5 pulse 3D wireless headset is a little bit special. Made with certain PlayStation 5 games in mind, its 3D audio means you can feel fully immersed in the experience, feeling like things are truly happening all around you. “It’s a distinctive way of doing things that stands out more so than conventional headsets, even if not all games fully take advantage of it just yet. It can help you gain an advantage in certain titles too, which is always useful.
“It uses a wireless adapter to connect to your console rather than Bluetooth which is a minor irritant, and you’ll need to remember to recharge it, but it sounds fantastic and it’s comfy to wear even after a number of hours of playing.”
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 15:30
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Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 15:00
Can you get a VPN on the PS5?
While Sony doesn’t allow any VPN apps like NordVPN or ExpressVPN to be downloaded from the PlayStation Store (VPNs aren’t supported on the platform at all), there’s still a way to use a VPN on the PS5 if you want to stream geo-restricted content.
We’d recommend getting a VPN which has the Smart DNS feature. It’s a service provided by a number of VPN firms, including NordVPN, allowing you to spoof your location on devices that don’t have VPN support. You can read our round-up of the best VPNs for more information.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 14:30
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.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 14:00
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 13:00
Can you play PS4 games on PS5?
You sure can! Almost all PS4 games you currently own are playable on the PS5. You’ll be able to download any games you bought through the PlayStation store on your PS4 and play them on the next-gen console.
If you’ve got the disc edition of the PS5, you’ll also be able to insert your PS4 discs into it and play them that way, too. Obviously, because there’s no physical disc slot on the digital edition of the console, you won’t be able to play any PS4 discs you own. We’ve compiled together a list of our favorite ps4 gamesand most of them have dropped in price since the PS5 came out.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 12:00
When is the ‘Gran Turismo 7’ release date?
All being well Grand Touring fans are very familiar with delays – GT7 is due to be released on 4 March. It will be available for both PS4 and PS5, and marks the 25th anniversary of the first Grand Touring game, which arrived back in 1997 on the original Playstation. There will be over 400 cars available on launch day, as well as over 90 tracks to race on, with favorites such as Deep Forest Raceway and High Speed Ring making a return.
For everything you need to know on pre-ordering Grand Touring 7click on the link below.
Alistair Charlton3 February 2022 11:40
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