UPDATE: The PS5 is currently in stock at Scan. It could drop at Amazon, BT and EE soon. Read on for more information.
It’s almost been a year and a half since the PS5 was first launched, yet we’re all still here, struggling to find a console thanks to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
Things started to look up in March, after a dire start to 2022 with the worst two months for drops on record in January and February. April has seen better fortune with large drops from some of the biggest retailers in the UK. We’re now approaching the end of the month, and for the last couple of weeks the situation has slowly improved,
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, plus the latest game reviews. 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:
The PS5 accessories that will make you an even better player
While the PlayStation 5 console comes with all of the essential accessories that you in theory need, including a controller, HDMI 2.1 cable, and power leads. But, to really enhance your play, we’d recommend investing in some extras.
Which one to choose? Sony PlayStation 5 dualsense controller (£55.85, Amazon.co.uk), took the top spot in our guide to best PS5 accessories with our write noting that the “well-designed controller that feels good in your hands and provides some unique features such as its pressure sensitive triggers and haptic feedback that just don’t feel the same elsewhere”.
Want more recommendations? Read the full guide now:
Eva Waite-Taylor22 April 2022 11:20
Upcoming PS5 games to know in 2022
We’re nearly five months into 2022. And luckily there are still a number of exciting upcoming PS5 games to look forward to. Of course, our gaming writer, Jasper Pickering, has written a guide to all the ones you should look forward to, and he’s even provided links for you to pre-order.
Get excited about the new releases and read our guide to the upcoming PS5 games:
Eva Waite-Taylor22 April 2022 10:50
When could EE restock the PS5?
The mobile network hasn’t restocked the console at all this month, and it usually drops the PS5 once every four weeks, so it’s well due a restock. It last restocked the console on the same day as the BT Shop in late March, so we could be in for a double whammy next week.
The PS5 is only available to EE customers via “add to plan”. You need to be an EE customer in a 12-month or longer pay monthly contract to buy the console.
Alex Lee22 April 2022 10:20
When could BT drop the PS5 next?
The BT Shop is another retailer we’ve currently got our eye on. The retailer hasn’t restocked the console since late March, so it’s well due another drop sometime soon.
Only BT Broadband customers are able to buy a PS5 from the retailer, with customers being urged to register their interest if they want to receive an exclusive access code before the next drop.
Even if you don’t register your interest in advance, you’ll still be able to get yourselves on the day of a drop. We’re predicting one could take place any day between 25-29 April.
Alex Lee22 April 2022 09:50
Want something cheaper? Here’s when Amazon could restock next
It was heavily rumoured that the PS5 would restock at Amazon on Wednesday morning, but this never happened. Odd, considering it hasn’t dropped consoles since 23 March, and it usually restocks once every four weeks.
Since it didn’t drop on Wednesday (which is the day it usually drops consoles), we’re now predicting a restock on 27 April instead. Amazon only restocks standalone consoles, so it’s your best chance at getting the machine at its cheapest price without any of the extras.
Alex Lee22 April 2022 09:30
PS5 bundles are still in stock at Scan
The PS5 is still in stock at Scan. Right now, this is the only place you can get a console (at a reasonable price from a reputable retailer). There are two bundles listed on the site, though they’re both quite pricey.
There’s a PS5 disc edition console bundle with Gran Turismo 7,Horizon Forbidden West and a 1TB WD SN850 SSD with a Sabrent Heatsink (£759.98, Scan.co.uk).
Or you can get a PS5 digital edition console with a pulse 3D wireless headset, an extra dualsense controller, a charging station and a 1TB SSD with a heatsink (£779.99, Scan.co.uk).
Alex Lee22 April 2022 09:15
PS5 stock trackers, activate
Gooooooood moorning PS5 hunters and welcome back to The Independent’s PS5 restock liveblog. Happy Friday and happy Earth Day.
This week has been jam-packed with console drops, and we’re hoping our good fortunes will continue throughout the day and into next week. We’ll be here all day bringing you the live restock updates as they happen. Stay tuned!
Alex Lee22 April 2022 09:00
A recap of today’s PS5 restock events
Those bundles a little too steep? We’ve still got one more Friday of stock tracking action, and we’re hoping more retailers will restock the standalone PS5 console. We’ll be back tomorrow morning to take you through all the drops, but until then, we bid you adieu.
Alex Lee21 April 2022 17:30
Who should we be keeping an eye on?
Almost every single retailer stocking the PS5 has dropped the console this month – even the likes of Scan (who hasn’t restocked in seven months) and Studio (who hasn’t restocked since December), but there are still a few notable exceptions that we are eagerly anticipating. Who are they?
Alex Lee21 April 2022 17:00
Best PS5 headset
Needing some accessories now that you’ve got a PS5 on the way? Check out Sony’s Playstation 5 pulse 3D wireless headset (£89.99, 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.”
Alex Lee21 April 2022 16:10