PS5 UK stock - live: Could Game restock Sony’s console before February?

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Will this finally be the week you secure a console?  (iStock/Independent)
Will this finally be the week you secure a console? (iStock/Independent)

Update: The PS5 has now sold out at Argos stores, after limited regional availability landed online. Read below for more updates.

2022 looks to be one of the most promising years for PS5 gamers, with upcoming titles such as Elden Ring, Sifu, Horizon: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 and maybe even the PS5 VR2 headset coming in the next few months.

But customers are still struggling to get their hands on a PS5 console due to the ongoing microchip shortages around the world, which has had a big impact on supply chains for over a year now.

Sony’s Playstation 5 was released in November 2020 and in early 2022 demand is still high for the console. January has been one of the slowest months for restocks, but we’ve seen a handful of restocks from PlayStation Direct, Game, BT and AO which would indicate restocks are starting to pick up again.

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.

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Key Points

  • When will Game have more PS5 stock?

  • How to buy a colourful faceplate for your PS5

  • Is Smyths Toys due to have a restock soon?

  • Is the PS5 available at Argos today?

Live blog signing off

17:00 , Alistair Charlton

Looks like we could be in for another quiet week, folks. After what seemed like just a handful of consoles at some Argos locations disappeared this morning, it was a very quiet day for PS5 hunting. But we’re an optimistic bunch and remain hopeful that more consoles will land before the end of January.

We’ll see you all again tomorrow for another day of PS5 hunting.

How big is the PS5?

16:04 , Alistair Charlton

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.

How to get a PS5 voucher code from BT

15:30 , Alistair Charlton

BT is giving its customers a helping hand when it comes to securing a PS5. Instead of throwing open the virtual doors and dealing with a stampede like other retailers, BT sends out unique voucher codes to its customers.

If you are a BT TV customer, for example, or subscribe to BT Sport, you can apply to receive a PS5 voucher code. These are emailed out sporadically and can be used to access a PS5 next time the BT store has a restock. You still have to pay the regular price, of course, but this system is a neat way of rewarding BT customers and giving them a better chance of securing a console.

What’s the difference between the two models of PS5?

15:02 , Alistair Charlton

 (Sony)
(Sony)

Sony sells two versions of the PS5. These are known as the disc edition and the digital edition. They have the same performance, design and technical specifications, but the digital edition does not have a disc drive. This means games can only be played by downloading them, and obviously there’s no way to play DVDs or Blu-ray movies.

The digital edition is also cheaper, at £359.99 compared to £449.99 for the disc edition.

Read our review of the new Nintendo Switch OLED

14:29 , Alistair Charlton

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 colours 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.”

Nintendo Switch OLED review: The best version of the console yet

How to buy an Xbox series X

14:03 , Alistair Charlton

We’re expecting more retailers to restock the Xbox in the UK soon (iStock/The Independent)
We’re expecting more retailers to restock the Xbox in the UK soon (iStock/The Independent)

The Xbox series X is just as hard to buy as the PS5. In fact, in recent weeks restocks of the Microsoft console have been even rarer. Thankfully, the IndyBest team is on hand, with a live blog bringing you all of the latest news on Xbox restocks right across the UK.

If you’re in the market for an Xbox series X, head over to our live blog for your best chance of securing a console. As ever, the cheaper, smaller and less powerful Xbox series S is in stock at Game, Very, Argos and most other retailers, ready to buy right now.

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13:29 , Alistair Charlton

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Can you play PS4 games on PS5?

13:01 , Alistair Charlton

You sure can! The overwhelming majority of the PS4 games you 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 favourite PS4 games, and most of them have dropped in price since the PS5 came out.

Can you buy a PS5 on the high street?

12:29 , Alistair Charlton

Yes and no. Some shops have occasional PS5 stock available for walk-in customers to buy, but there have been very few consoles available so far this year. Your best options are Game and Smyths. The former has a Twitter account for each of its shops, used to tweet about when PS5 (and Xbox series X) stock becomes available. For your best chance of spotting a console at your local store, use this Twitter list to view every tweet from all of Game’s shops across the UK.

As for Smyths Toys, the retailer has a tool on its website for checking stock at all of its stores, We occasionally see the odd console crop up here, but for now there’s no PS5 stock anywhere in the UK.

When did Very last have a PS5 restock?

12:01 , Alistair Charlton

Very is one of the few retailers to have had a PS5 restock in 2022, with consoles landing on 18 January. This was the first drop since 15 December, so was a long time coming, and there’s no word for now on when more PS5s might arrive at the online retailer.

PS5 vs Xbox series X

11:27 , Alistair Charlton

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, read his review of the PS5 and Xbox series X.

PS5 vs Xbox series X: Which console is better?

‘Horizon Forbidden West' is going to take up a lot of your PS5 storage

11:03 , Alistair Charlton

It is no exaggeration to say next-generation games for the PS5 and Xbox series X consoles are massive. They often take up a huge amount of storage space, which can be a problem for the PS5 digital edition (and Xbox series S), due to it not having a disc drive, so entire games have to be downloaded and installed on the console itself.

We bring this up because it looks like the upcoming Horizon Forbidden West will weigh in at between 86GB and 120GB. This is according to estimates by GamesRadar, and is based on the European version being a reported 96.3GB, before any updates and day one patches are taken into account. The PS5 has 825GB of storage, so the game could well take up about 15 per cent of that.

Can you buy a PS5 from AO?

10:36 , Alistair Charlton

AO is another one of the few retailers to have had PS5 stock available in 2022. In fact, AO had a bundle restock on 5 January, followed the next day by a short restock of consoles on their own. As expected, these quickly sold out and we haven’t seen any more stock at AO since. The retailer’s website currently says no consoles are available, with no indication of when more will arrive.

Argos is now sold out

10:17 , Alistair Charlton

We said earlier about Argos having limited regional availability, but the retailer is now telling customers on Twitter that the PS5 disc and digital editions have both sold out again.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart' PS5 review

10:10 , Alistair Charlton

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is one of our favourite games of 2021 and won a spot in our round-up of the best PS5 games.

“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 & Clank: Rift Apart is a flagship blockbuster for the PS5 era – review

PS5 storage expansion

09:50 , Alistair Charlton

After over a year, Sony is finally letting gamers expand their PlayStation 5’s internal storage with the installation of an M.2 SSD. If you’re looking to expand your PS5’s storage, then we recommend the Seagate firecuda 530, which comes with a heatsink. It costs £175 (Currys.co.uk).

“A cooling structure, like a heatsink, is something all PS5-compatible SSDs require in order to work correctly, and it’s nice that you don’t have to do a hatchet jot of installing your own with this Seagate model,” our writer said in their review. “The firecuda 530 lets you conveniently download, copy and launch PS5 and PS4 games straight from the internal storage, as well as media apps like Plex. Transfer speeds are blazing fast as well, with Seagate saying that it delivers speeds of up to 7,000MB/s.”

Want an external PS5 SSD? Take a look at our best PS5 accessories for our top pick.

Currys hasn’t had any PS5 stock in 2022

09:30 , Alistair Charlton

It isn’t the only retailer to have had no PS5 stock so far in 2022. But Currys regulars may well be more disappointed than most, given just how many PS5 restocks we saw through December. After just one restock in November, Currys had no fewer than eight PS5 console restocks last month, with the last landing on 28 December. There’s no word yet on when Currys will have more stock.

Is Smyths Toys due to have a restock soon?

09:15 , Alistair Charlton

Smyths Toys used to be fairly open about when the next PS5 restock would arrive. But since the start of 2022 the Smyths website has been somewhat vague. Instead of saying consoles would land later in the current month, it just says “Expected in stock: TBC 2022”. As we said, vague.

Can you buy a PS5 directly from Sony?

09:00 , Alistair Charlton

Sony’s own PlayStation Direct website opened its virtual doors to UK customers in late-2021 and has several console restocks since. But currently none are available. We saw four restocks during the first half of December, then a month of no consoles before the most recent restock happened on 17 January. There’s no indication of when the next round of consoles will land, but hopefully Sony will treat us to plenty of stock, like it did in November and December, when that shipment finally arrives.

When will Game have more PS5 stock?

08:48 , Alistair Charlton

Both versions of PS5 console are currently out of stock at Game. But if the retailer’s recent restocking schedule it anything to go by, we shouldn’t have too much longer to wait. Game had numerous PS5 restocks through late-December, with many consoles landing between 23 and 31 December.

This was followed by a restock on 18 January, including a wide range of console bundles. Hopefully another bunch of bundles will arrive before we head into February.

Is the PS5 available at Argos today?

08:40 , Alistair Charlton

This isn’t as easy to answer as it should be. Owning to the unique way Argos chooses to operate online, products claimed to be in stock aren’t always available in every region of the UK. This makes sense when checking in-store stock locally, but the same system is used for stock available for home delivery. Currently, while the Argos website says both the disc and digital editions of PS5 are available, we’re struggling to find availability in any postcodes we know. Sorry Mum, no PS5 for you today.

Have you managed to bag a PS5 from Argos today? Let us know on social media and we’ll spread the good word.

How to buy a colourful faceplate for your PS5

08:35 , Alistair Charlton

Fancy giving your PS5 a bit of a makeover? Well now you can, thanks to a set of colourful new faceplates offered by Sony. The first couple of colour options, midnight black and cosmic red, landed ahead of schedule late last week. They are both priced at £44.99 and are available exclusively from Sony’s own PlayStation Direct store. until arriving at other retailers from 17 February.

Three more console covers, with colours called nova pink, starlight blue and galactic purple, will be available later in 2022. Dual sense controllers are also available in these five colours, as well as black and white.

Sony’s launched the official PS5 custom faceplates a day early

Good morning

08:16 , Alistair Charlton

Good morning, happy Monday and welcome back to another week of PS5 hunting! It’s been a quiet start to 2022, but this week begins with a glimmer of hope, thanks to some regional PS5 stock at Argos.

As ever, stay tuned to this live blog for all of the latest PS5 stock news as soon as we see it.

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