With the release of FromSoftware’s latest action RPG Ring of Elden, now has never been a better time to get your hands on one of Sony’s coveted PS5 consoles. But that’s easier said than done.
Despite Gran Turismo 7 launching later this week and more next-gen PS5 titles in March, it’s still incredibly difficult to get your hands on a new console. More than a year after its launch, customers are still struggling due to the global shortage of semiconductors caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Sony’s Playstation 5 was released in November 2020 and even though we’re now heading into March 2022, demand for the console is still incredibly high.
While the last two weeks of February were both fairly successful in terms of stock drops, they still managed to be the worst month for restocks since we started tracking consoles in May, with just 12 decreases during the month. We’re now hoping March will be the month we start to see retailers really deliver the goods.
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:
Could John Lewis PS5 Stock Drop This Week?
All right, let’s get this stock tracking action started. John Lewis and partners hasn’t restocked the PS5 since Wednesday, December 29, 2021, so we’d like to think that would be the next restock, but that’s no guarantee.
Despite being one of the few retailers yet to drop at all in 2022, it’s not uncommon to see the retailer go two months between restocks. There is usually a six to eight week gap between regular John Lewis drops.
If it drops this week, when can we expect shipping? The retailer usually restocks the console on a Tuesday, but it dropped on a Wednesday and Friday before. It usually restocks around 7am, so it’s unlikely to restock today.
Alex LeeMarch 1, 2022 9:04 a.m.
PS5 inventory tracking, enable
Hello PS5 hunters and welcome to The IndependentLive PS5 inventory tracking. Our mission? To guarantee you all a PlayStation 5. While February was a disastrous month for restocks, we are turning over a new page this morning as it is the first day of the month, and we hope this means more retailers will receive elusive console expeditions.
Alex LeeMarch 1, 2022 8:48 a.m.
A recap of February’s PS5 restocks
It’s been a quiet, ghostly day here on the PS5 blog, with no console in sight, but that’s been the general feeling for most of the month.
There have only been 12 restocks this month, which is worse than January 13, making it the worst month for restocks on record since we started tracking consoles in May.
ShopTo and the BT Shop come out on top this month. The former dropped consoles twice in February, and the BT Store drop last week lasted two full days. Smyths Toys may also have had two restocks in February, but we were unable to confirm that the first drop took place, so we are sticking with just one. Here is the full list for your perusal:
February PS5 Restock
Let’s just hope things start to pick up again in March, but the start of 2022 so far has been pretty dire. We will be back tomorrow morning to show you all the restocking of the week. Catch you all then.
Alex LeeFebruary 28, 2022 5:30 p.m.
Sign up to buy a PS5 directly from PS Direct
I missed the PlayStation Direct fall last week? UK residents can now register their interest in purchasing a PS5 from the PlayStation Direct store. If you are selected, you will receive an exclusive invitation to purchase a console from the retailer.
All you need is the email address associated with your PSN account and away you go. Invitations are usually sent out at 8am. All remaining consoles are made available to everyone else around 10 a.m.
Alex LeeFebruary 28, 2022 4:55 p.m.
Examination of the vapor bridge
The Steam Deck reviews have arrived and we were downright impressed when we got our hands on the large (admittedly hard to hold) portable device.
“The most innovative thing to happen to PC gaming in as long as we can remember, the steam deck is amazing material,” our writer said in his review. “Limited battery life is a major stumbling block for anyone planning to take it on a long-haul flight anytime soon, but for most use cases the requirement to plug in the computer from pocket every few hours is more of a nuisance than a deal breaker.”
“Aggressively priced, completely open to modding, and with the full weight of the Steam library behind it, Valve’s pioneering handheld feels like the start of a new generation of PC gaming,” they add.
Alex LeeFebruary 28, 2022 4:05 p.m.
PS5 disc vs digital
“What is the difference between the two consoles? we hear you ask. Well, the differences between the two devices are very subtle. The answer comes down to – you’ll be glad to know – very little.
As the name suggests, the Disc Edition includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player, the same as the PS4, not digital. This means that even though the PS5 Digital Edition costs less (£359), you won’t be able to play physical PS5 or PS4 games on it because there’s no disc slot. For all the details, read our explainer below:
Alex LeeFebruary 28, 2022 3:15 p.m.
March 2022 PS Plus Free Games
The free PS Plus games for March have just been announced and this month is looking like a doozy. PS5 players can expect Ghostrunner (£24.99, Playstation.com) a bladed first-person parkour/sci-fi adventure with intense combat and one-hit kill mechanics.
On the PS4, players can enjoy ARK: Survival Evolved (£24.99, Playstation.com), a massively multiplayer online game where players must live on a remote island, craft items, and fight or tame dinosaurs. Players can also enjoy Sonic Racing Team (£34.99, Playstation.com), a go-kart racing spin-off starring Sonic the Hedgehog and his friends.
Alex LeeFebruary 28, 2022 2:25 p.m.
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Alex LeeFebruary 28, 2022 1:35 p.m.
Why is the PS5 Digital Edition harder to find than the Disc Edition?
Earlier this month, Smyths Toys restocked the PS5 console as a digital edition, but it was about the only retailer to do so in February. If you’ve been following our stock updates for a while, you’ve probably noticed that the PS5 Disc Edition Console is much easier to buy than the Digital Edition.
It’s been that way since the console was released in 2020. When Eurogamer talked to sources at various retailers prior to the console’s launch, it was said that retailers were allocated approximately 25% Digital Edition consoles and 75% Disc Edition consoles.
We don’t know if the situation has changed since then, but we still see fewer digital publishing consoles going down than disc publishing consoles. Retailers themselves might also prefer to order in the disc edition console rather than digital – they cost more (£449.99) for one, and they can bundle it with physical games to charge a premium.
Even though Sony has built a lighter PS5 console, it still seems like the digital edition is harder to find than the disc.
Alex LeeFebruary 28, 2022 12:45 p.m.
Looking for the Xbox Series X?
Okay, the PS5 might be really hard to buy right now, but if you’re at your wit’s end, you might want to go over to the dark side and buy yourself one of Microsoft’s next-gen consoles.
That’s right, the Xbox Series X is currently in stock at a number of different retailers, including Game, Asda, Smyths Toys, and Currys. Want to know how to secure one? Head over to our Xbox Series X live stock tracker for all the details.
Alex LeeFebruary 28, 2022 11:55 am
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