Update: The PS5 is in stock at the BT Shop for BT Broadband customers. Read on for more information.
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 the console itself due to an ongoing and everlasting shortage in semiconductors.
Sony’s Playstation 5 was released in November 2020 and even over a year after its release, demand is still high. While January has been one of the slowest months for restocks, we’ve still seen a handful of restocks from PlayStation Direct, Game, BT and AO.
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:
Sign up to buy a PS5 straight from PS Direct
Finally, Sony has opened up its registration system to buy a PS5 on the PlayStation Direct store to more than just US residents. Gamers in the UK can now register their interest to buy a PS5 from PS Direct and receive an exclusive invitation.
All you need is the email address associated with your PSN account and off you go. Invitations are usually sent out at 8am in the morning. Any remaining consoles are made available to everyone else at around 10am.
Alex Lee20 January 2022 08:57
One PS5 bundle remains in stock at BT
If you’re a BT Broadband customer and want to buy this bundle, then you’ll need to get yourselves an access code first. To get a code, you have to navigate over to your MyBT portal, log in and then head to the “Your Offers” section. Scroll down and click on the PS5.
Alex Lee20 January 2022 08:42
Good morning, PS5 hunters
Welcome back to another day of console stock tracking action. On the hunt for a PS5? This is the only liveblog you’ll ever need to bag yourself a PS5 this week.
Yesterday morning, we saw three different retailers drop the PS5. If you were lucky, you could get the console from Amazon, Game and the BT Shop. While the restock at Game only lasted a few minutes, the Game drop lasted a much more healthy three and, of course, the BT Shop has been in stock for more than a week already.
Still searching? We’ll be here providing you with all the restock updates and predictions you’ll need to cop yourself a next-gen console. Let’s go huntin’.
Alex Lee20 January 2022 08:28
Live blog signing off
That’s the end of another day’s PS5 hunting. On paper you could say it was a good one, with restocks at both Amazon and Game. But the reality is less impressive, given Amazon’s stock sold out in a matter of moments, and Game’s latest bundle pre-orders dried up after just a few hours.
Meanwhile, the PS5 remains available to BT broadband customers through the BT store.
As ever we’ll be back again tomorrow for more PS5 hunting – we’ll see you then.
Alistair Charlton19 January 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 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.”
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 16:06
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Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 14:59
PS5 storage expansion
Finally! After almost a year, Sony is 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.”
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 14:30
Game is out of stock once more
Game’s PS5 restock has now dried up again, with the bundles offered for pre-order this morning no longer available. Some branches of Game occasionally have PS5 consoles on their shelves, but stock levels have flat-lined for most of January. Hopefully this situation will improve again soon.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 14:24
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 favourites start at under £400.
Alistair Charlton19 January 2022 14:01
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 Charlton19 January 2022 13:02
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