New PS5 update focuses on system performance
Update: BT has just sent out PS5 codes. Argos, Currys, John Lewis and Asda could all drop stock next. Read on for more information.
The PS5 launched in November 2020, but supply problems and a global shortage of semiconductors have slowed production of Sony’s next-generation console to a crawl. New stock is hard to find, and when it does appear the PS5 sells out fast.
July was a mixed bag for PS5 restocks, but we did get a few healthy drops throughout the month at Very, Smyths Toys, Argos, Amazon and Game. Could August fare any better? Hopefully. We’ve got our fingers crossed that all the major retailers will have at least two drops this month.
If you’re looking to buy a PS5, there’s still hope. Our liveblog is on hand to give you the latest insight on Playstation 5 restocks from all major retailers, both online and in-store, as well as providing details on rumoured releases, the latest PS5 games and accessories to snap up.
Check stock from UK PS5 retailers below:
Best PS5 games
Although the games releasing on PS Plus this month might be a little naff, there are some great games that have already been released on the console. We’ve reviewed a bunch and compiled a list of our favourites in our round-up of the best PS5 games for your perusal.
In Spider-Man: Miles Morales (£44.99, Currys.co.uk), Peter Parker is replaced with his awkward teenage protege, Miles Morales. “A next-generation spin-off, Spider-Man: Miles Morales refines the original’s formula,” our reviewer said. “This is a streamlined adventure with a more focused story, far less busy work and an endearingly clumsy protagonist still getting to grips with 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, yawning arches and festering dungeons of this cult classic look spectacular on the new hardware, while remaining faultlessly faithful to the aesthetic and vibe of the original game,” our reviewer added.
Looking for the best games to play on PS5? Here are all of the new console’s greatest titles, from Astro’s Playroom to Resident Evil Village
Need a BT PS5 code?
If you didn’t hear, the PlayStation 5 is now available at the BT Shop. The issue is, you can only buy a console if you registered your interest in advance, otherwise you won’t have been sent a code. Luckily, a bunch of the stock trackers on Twitter are currently hosting quick -turnaround giveaways. If you don’t have a code, it’s worth taking part in one or two or all of them. As far as we can tell, stock is still available.
Could Smyths Toys PS5 consoles drop this week?
After BT finally dropped its consoles, what’s next in PS5 land? Smyths Toys is one retailer which has an outside chance of dropping stock this week.
Smyths Toys last had a restock on 20 July at 8:30am. Smyths isn’t the easiest retailer to secure online stock from, however, with consoles only being available via click and collect. Its website doesn’t always show the PS5 as being in stock for everyone either, even if someone from the same city as you has managed to buy the console.
Want an Xbox series X instead?
If you thought we had it bad over here in PS5 land, spare a thought for your Xbox brothers and sisters, who are struggling just as hard to secure series X console stock.
Luckily for you, we’re standing at attention over on our Xbox series X stock liveblog, providing you with the latest restock news and updates as and when they happen. Head on over to our page for more, and maybe you’ll grab both an Xbox and a PS5 this week.
Where can you buy an Xbox series X today? Follow live for the latest Xbox series X restock UK updates from John Lewis, Game, Currys and more
BT PS5 stock available now
It’s been more than two months since the BT Shop last had a PS5 restock, but now it’s finally here. The PS5 is now available at BT. There’s a catch though, you’ll need to have signed up for PS5 alerts from the retailer ahead of time, or you won’t have received a code to buy the console. Check your inboxes now.
We expect stock to go quickly, so redeem the code as soon as you can. Unlike Currys, everyone who has registered their interest will be sent a code. The page will say that the console is sold out if you haven’t navigated to the site from the BT link in your email. Good luck!
The ‘Splitgate’ PS5 and PS4 launch has been delayed to August
Portal-inspired shooter Splitgate was supposed to launch on the PS5 last week, but thanks to gamers overwhelming the open beta servers, the game is now going to be released sometime in August instead.
“Our team has been blown away by the incredible reception the Splitgate community has shown us. With the steep and sudden increase in players trying to access servers, we’re having to sort out a myriad of technical issues that come with this level of insane growth,” said 1047 Games CEO and co-founder Ian Proulx. “We’ve worked hard to provide a high-quality game and experience, and our biggest challenge is simply to have enough capacity to serve the entire community.”
PS5 digital edition vs PS5 disc edition
Most of the time, PS5 stockists have both the PS5 disc edition and the PS5 digital edition in stock. One pattern we’ve been noticing recently is that the digital edition console is selling out before the disc edition console. But what’s the difference between the two?
Really, the only difference is that there’s no disc drive in the digital edition of the console. This is why it’s cheaper. That said, it’s often more difficult to secure than the disc edition.
Games are downloaded from the PlayStation Store and ownership is tied to your PlayStation Network account. Unfortunately, because there’s no disc drive, you won’t be able to play any physical games you might own. The disc edition of the PlayStation 5 costs £449, while the digital edition, without the disc drive, is cheaper and costs £359.
‘Fifa 22’ release date
While we wait for the PS5 to drop, did you know that Fifa 22 on PS5 is releasing very soon? Last month, it was revealed that Fifa 22 would be released on 1 October, later this year. Fifa 22 integrates something called HyperMotion technology into the game, which basically combines match capture and machine learning to provide an ultra-realistic Fifa experience.
If you pre-order the ultimate edition of the game before 11 August, you will receive an untradeable FUT Heroes player, so it’s worth pre-ordering if you want a head-start on making a solid team.
PS5 compatible SSD
Last week, Sony finally announced that expandable storage support would begin rolling ut to beta users and will be available for all PS5 owners later this year. Not all external SSDs will work, however. It’s also not the easiest procedure to undertake. You’ll need to surgically remove the side panels with a screwdriver.
So far, two companies have announced that their hard drives are compatible with the PS5, and Mark Cerny, the lead systems architect at PS5 has revealed which hard drive he’s opting for. It’s the Western Digital SN850 with heatsink (£218.99, Westerndigital.com)
When are Game PS5 bundles being released?
Sadly, not until next week. Game updated its PS5 bundles page with a new release date of 20 August. Game always restocks the consoles a week and a half before the stated release date, meaning we should get a drop sometime between 10 August and 14 August.
Game drops usually last at least two hours thanks to the sheer number of bundles it has up for grabs. At the start of June, Game listed new Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart bundles onto its website. A PS5 disc edition with a copy of Rift Apart cost £519.98 (Game.co.uk).
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