Spring has arrived, but it’s still undeniably hard to buy a PS5. What’s new? It’s now been over a year since its launch, but we’re all struggling to find a console thanks to the global semiconductor shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
That said, things certainly improved in March after facing a disastrous start to 2022 with the two worst months of declines recorded in January and February. So far this month, we’ve seen restocks of Amazon, EE, Hamleys, ShopTo, PlayStation Direct, Very, Littlewoods, AO, John Lewis and partners (ultimately), Smyths Toys, Game – thrice, curries and Argos.
Our live blog is here to bring 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 with your new machine. If you want to know which online retailers will be restocking first, keep scrolling to get updates as they come.
Check PS5 UK retailer stock below:
Morning, PS5 trackers
Good morning everyone! We’re back with the PS5 liveblog in full swing!
Pickering JasperMarch 30, 2022 08:45
A recap of today’s PS5 restock events
We’re crawling through the end of March now and, horn, hasn’t this week been terrible so far? We haven’t had a single PS5 restock and we have two days left of the month.
But we don’t give up. No sir. We’ll be back tomorrow for more PS5 stock tracking action, and we’re praying we finally have some PS5 stock information to report. Have a great evening and then we’ll chat with you.
Alex LeeMarch 29, 2022 5:30 p.m.
Register your interest in PS Direct
Players in the UK can register their interest to buy a PS5 directly from PS Direct. This gives people the chance to receive an exclusive invitation to purchase the next-gen console directly from Sony.
All you need is the email address associated with your PSN account and away you go. Invitations are usually sent out at 9 a.m. All remaining consoles are made available to everyone else around 11am.
Unfortunately, PS Direct drops have slowed and there was only one restock in January, one in February and one earlier this month. You know that if Sony’s own store has supply issues, things are still very bad. Things may start to look up in April, however, as we head into the second quarter.
PS Direct is still the best place to buy a standalone PS5 console without any extras, so it’s worth registering your interest on the site. We received an exclusive invite ourselves earlier this month, simply by entering our PSN credentials into the form.
Alex LeeMarch 29, 2022 4:55 p.m.
‘Crusader Kings’ PS5 Release Time
The long-awaited console edition of Crusader Kings III is almost here with updated versions available on Playstation 5 and Xbox Game Pass.
Crusader Kings III has been released on PC since September 2020 but the game is now set to release on March 29, 2022 (today) on Playstation and Xbox.
According to a list of pages on the Playstation Store, Crusader Kings (£44.99, Playstation.com) will go live at 5:00 p.m. UK time. Players can download the game to their respective consoles in advance, but it won’t be playable until it reaches that launch time. You can read more about the game below:
Alex LeeMarch 29, 2022 4:05 p.m.
PS Plus and PS Now merge to create all-new three-tier PlayStation service launching in June
It’s official! Ps Plus and PS Now are merging, bringing the cloud gaming subscription service directly into PS Plus. The all-new and improved Playstation Plus will launch in June 2022 with three payment options for new and existing subscribers: ‘essential’, ‘extra’ and ‘premium’.
The essential tier will cost the same as the current Playstation Plus subscription and will effectively offer the same service, with access to cloud saves, multiplayer and two free games per month. But if it’s the more expensive tiers you’re interested in, read our explainer below:
Alex LeeMarch 29, 2022 3:30 p.m.
PS5 vs. Xbox Series X
Not sure which console to choose? The Independents Technology Editor Andrew Griffin weighed in with his comparative review of the two consoles when they were first released, and it’s worth a read if you’re struggling to decide.
“Both consoles offer a host of improvements over their predecessors: new designs, vastly improved performance and new games,” he said. For his verdict, read his review of the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Alex LeeMarch 29, 2022 3:15 p.m.
Where to buy Xbox Series X
The road hasn’t been easy for Sony fans over the past few months as they watch retailers big and small load up on Xbox Series X consoles, so we won’t blame you if you skip the dark side.
If you’re desperate for a next-gen console, we recommend heading to our Xbox Series X restock guide, where we’ve covered who has the console in stock right now and where you can buy it at the best. price. .
Alex LeeMarch 29, 2022 2:25 p.m.
‘Dying Light 2’ PS5 Review
The past few months have been particularly busy for game releases with the launch of Forbidden Horizon West and Ring Elden. Now has never been a better time to launch your career as a professional PS5 stock hunter.
Dying Light 2 (£54.99, Currys.co.uk) was another great release released earlier this year that combines 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 surroundings.
“Running through, around, and over townspeople is the kind of gameplay that would take players back after the first credits, but when that freedom of movement is taken away, those cracks start to appear. Although occasionally bogged down by technical problems and workarounds, Dying Light 2 makes confident attempts to bring a tired genre to life.
Alex LeeMarch 29, 2022 1:35 p.m.
Best PS5 Games
OK, you may not have managed to buy the PS5 yet, but there’s no harm in browsing through the games on offer right now. We’ve got a roundup of the best PS5 games to go through.
In the bestseller Spider-Man: Miles Morales Game (£44.99, Currys.co.uk), Peter Parker is replaced by his awkward teenager protege, Miles Morales. A new generation spin-off, Spider-Man: Miles Morales refines the formula of the original,” our reviewer said. “This is a streamlined adventure with a more focused story, much less cluttered work, and an endearing, clumsy protagonist who’s still in control of his powers.”
Meanwhile, Demon’s Souls (£57.99, Currys.co.uk) on PS5 is a showcase of what the new console is capable of. “The oppressive gothic architecture, gaping arches and festering dungeons of this cult classic look spectacular on new hardware, while still staying true to the original game’s aesthetic and vibe,” our tester said.
Alex LeeMarch 29, 2022 12:45 p.m.
Should I buy the disc or the digital edition console?
There are two versions of the PS5 to choose from: one with a disc drive (called simply PS5) and one without (called the PS5 Digital Edition).
If you don’t own physical PS4 games and don’t have a Blu-ray movie collection, it might be a good idea to go with the digital edition, as it’s slightly cheaper.
Games are downloaded from the PlayStation Store and ownership is tied to your PlayStation Network account. You won’t be able to play used games though, which, if we’re being cynical, is an entirely intended side effect of the move to digital-only consoles.
The normal PlayStation 5 Disc Edition costs £449, while the Digital Edition, without the disc drive, is cheaper at £359.
Alex LeeMarch 29, 2022 11:55 am