UPDATE: The PS5 could restock at Smyth’s Toys in the coming days. Read on for more information.
Spring has sprung, yet it’s still undeniably difficult to buy a PS5. What’s new? It has now been well over a year since its launch, yet we’re all still struggling to find a console thanks to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
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. So far this month, we’ve seen restocks from Amazon, EE, Hamleys, ShopTo, PlayStation Direct, Very, Littlewoods, AO, John Lewis & Partners (finally), Smyths Toys, Game – thrice, Currys 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:
‘Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ and more release today
Today’s a big day for PS5 game releases, with four – we repeat – four launching today. If you’ve just picked up a PS5 from one of the drops yesterday morning, now is an excellent time to pick up one of the games below.
Alex Lee25 March 2022 09:41
Could Smyths Toys restock the PS5 soon?
At the start of the month, Smyths Toys had an online click and collect restock of the disc edition PS5 console, but it could be about to have another one if that little “TBC” message on its website is anything to go by (which it isn’t always).
The disc edition PS5 console (£449.99, Smythstoys.com) listing page used to say “TBC 2022”, but now says “March 2022”, hinting that a disc restock could take place very soon. We have seen it drop every day of the week, so it’s a tricky one to predict.
Alex Lee25 March 2022 09:13
Who could restock the PS5 in the coming days?
Good morning PS5 hunters and happy Friday! It’s been an unexpectedly busy week this week for PS5 restocks, with us finally seeing a drop at Asda, and extra ones from Game and Amazon taking place, but who could drop next?
In the coming days, we’re hoping to see another restock from Smyths Toys to help close us out, and maybe even another drop from AO. Want all the latest intel? Follow along with our liveblog this morning and we’ll reveal all.
Alex Lee25 March 2022 08:50
Live blog signing off
And just like that, another day of PS5 hunting comes to a close. We saw a couple of lightning-quick restocks at Asda this morning, along with a more substantial offering from Game, complete with bundles and even the PS5 disc edition on its own. Hopefully we’ll see some more PS5 drops in the coming few days.
Our money is on Smyths Toys, whose website says the PS5 disc edition will be restored before the end of this month, so by next Thursday at the very latest.
Alistair Charlton24 March 2022 17:32
Dying Light 2 review
It’s been a busy start to 2022 for game releases, with Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring and Gran Turismo 7, and so it’s the perfect time to get your hands on a PS5.
Dying Light 2 (£54.99, Currys.co.uk) was another big release that came out earlier this year, combining parkour with the survival-horror genre.
In our review, we said: “Dying Light 2 is at its best when it has the freedom to explore its environments.
“Running through, around and over the city’s inhabitants is the kind of gameplay that would bring players back to visit after the first roll of the credits but when that freedom of movement is taken away is when those cracks start to show. While only occasionally mired by technical issues and stopgaps, Dying Light 2 makes confident attempts to breathe life into a tired genre.”
Alistair Charlton24 March 2022 16:30
Ghostwire: Tokyo preview
A big console exclusive we’re excited about for the PS5 is Ghostwire: Tokyo, from Tango Gameworks and Bethesda.
In Ghostwire: Tokyo, a paranormal event causes the citizens of the Japanese city to disappear in a mysterious fog and otherworldly spirits to invade. Players will explore the abandoned streets of Japan’s capital as they fight these paranormal threats using a blend of psychic abilities and conjured weaponry.
The game has been given an official release date of 25 March 2022, which is tomorrow. Read everything we saw in our sneak peek of Ghostwire: Tokyo.
Alistair Charlton24 March 2022 16:00
Horizon Forbidden West review for the PS5
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 the game. Our reviewer said: “In Horizon Forbidden West, Guerilla Games has developed its post-apocalyptic marriage of technology and nature to craft a beautifully realized 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 Dawnbut when that gameplay revolves around hunting mechanical dinosaurs, why would you want it to?”
Alistair Charlton24 March 2022 15:30
Lego Star Wars PS5 release date
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was first announced all the way back in 2019 to coincide with the release of the upcoming Rise of Skywalker film, but as we’ve come to expect from video games these days, due to frequent delays it was pushed back to “spring 2022”.
But thankfully, on 20 January this year, a new trailer was released, confirming that Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will arrive on 5 April 2022.
Want to know more? Have a read of our explainer below.
Alistair Charlton24 March 2022 15:00
Read our review of the Nintendo Switch OLED
If handheld gaming is more your thing then check out our review of the 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 Charlton24 March 2022 14:30
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.