Spring has arrived. The birds are singing, the snow is sleeting (eh?) and it’s still difficult to buy a PS5. What’s new? It has now been well over a year since its launch, yet we’re all still struggling to find a console thanks to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
That said, things certainly looked up in March after having faced a dire start to 2022 with the worst two months for drops on record in January and February. In March, we saw multiple restocks from Amazon, Game, ShopTo, PlayStation Direct, Very and many more. Let’s hope April takes the restocks to the next level.
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. 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:
Can you play PS4 games on PS5?
If you’re sitting there right now, staring at your stack of PS4 games, wondering whether they will play on your new PS5. Don’t worry, they certainly will!
If you’ve got the disc edition console, all that blood, sweat and tears finishing those campaigns won’t have gone to waste because you will be able to insert your PS4 discs and play them on the PS5 just fine. Only PS4 games bought on the PlayStation Store will work on the digital edition console, however. Why? Well, because you’ll be trying to slot a disc into a non-existent hole and that’s not a great idea.
Most of the PS4 games have had generous price cuts since the PS5 came out, so it’s worth reading our round-up of the best PS4 games to shop now.
Alex Lee1 April 2022 16:05
Free PS Plus games for April
This is a bit of news that we can all get onboard with, even if you haven’t got a PS5 yet and are still rocking your classic PS4 console.
PS5 gamers can look forward to Hood: Outlaws and Legends (£15.99, Playstation.com) a 4 vs 4 medieval heist-em-up where teams must work against each other to steal from the rich.
Over on the PS4, players can enjoy Slay the Spire (£19.99, Playstation.com), a critically acclaimed roguelike deck-building card game where players must ascend an ever-changing tower, as well as Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (£24.99, Playstation.com), a remake of the cult classic PS2 game of Nickelodeon’s most famous sponge.
Alex Lee1 April 2022 15:15
Want an Xbox series X?
Thinking about throwing in the towel and getting an Xbox series X instead? A restock will be here soon, but we wouldn’t blame you if you were thinking about jumping over to the dark side.
The Xbox series X is incredibly easy to find right now, with stock readily available at a number of retailers today. Want to find out how to get one? Have a read of our Xbox series X guide below.
Alex Lee1 April 2022 14:25
New PS5 games coming soon
Looking for some new PS5 games to play in April? You’ll hopefully have secured your console by the end of the month, so there’s no harm in having a sneaky peek at what’s being released in the coming days.
PS5 games released in April 2022
- Doki Doki Literature Club Plus, 1 April (£34.99, Game.co.uk)
- Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, 5 April (£49.99, Argos.co.uk)
- Lake, 8 April (£24.99, Amazon.co.uk)
- Skul the Hero Slayer, 8 April (£24.99, Game.co.uk)
- Epic Chef, 12 April (£24.99, Game.co.uk)
- MotoGP 22, 21 April (£54.99, Argos.co.uk)
- Chernobylite, 22 April (£26.85, Shopto.net)
- King Leo, 28 April (£19.99, Game.co.uk)
- Recompile, 28 April (£19.99, Game.co.uk)
For other upcoming PS5 games in May and beyond, have a read of our article below:
Alex Lee1 April 2022 13:35
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Alex Lee1 April 2022 12:45
PS5 pro release date
What? You still haven’t got a PS5 and we’re already talking about the PS5 pro? What is this? April Fools?
Yup, while we’re all still here struggling to secure a next-gen console, some people are looking ahead to a potential PS5 pro, with rumours suggesting that one could be released in 2023 or 2024. Imagine if it’s released and we’re still experiencing stock shortages of the PS5 itself. That would be a disaster.
Alex Lee1 April 2022 11:55
Best PS5 games
Want to do a bit of window shopping in preparation for the day you finally get your hands on a PS5? We’ve got a round-up of all the best PS5 games out right now.
One of our favourite games is Elden Ring, “Just when you think you’ve uncovered everything Elden Ring has to offer, it throws something new, jaw-dropping and challenging all in equal measure,” our writer said in their review. “It’s no wonder the game has become such a behemoth and has sold over 12m copies in less than a month.”
For the full list, check out our PS5 games round-up below:
Alex Lee1 April 2022 11:25
How many restocks were there in March?
We haven’t had a single restock this entire week, but we’ve still got an afternoon left and a weekend, which could see ShopTo deliver the first restock in April. But how did March fare overall?
It was certainly better than January and February, but not by much. It seemed like most retailers went fast and hard at the start of the month, giving us a false sense of security. Most retailers only restocked the console once during the month, with just three retailers – Game, Amazon and EE – dropping more times than that. Here’s our run-down:
PS5 restock leaderboard for March
Beat 17 in April, retailers, so we can all get ourselves a PS5.
Alex Lee1 April 2022 11:00
Could ShopTo drop the PS5 this weekend?
ShopTo is a retailer we haven’t seen PS5 stock from in a while. The retailer pretty much won February with its two restocks on 13 February and 20 February, but it only had one drop in March on the 6th.
We could see another restock from the retailer this weekend on 3 April. Sunday is when it usually drops stock. Expect consoles to arrive sometime in the afternoon.
Alex Lee1 April 2022 10:37
Game could restock the PS5 next week
Game has updated the page with a new release date of Thursday 14 April, meaning we could see consoles drop sometime between 5-7 April.
When Game says “release date” it actually means “dispatch date”, or the latest date that orders will be dispatched from Game’s warehouse. It usually restocks the console a week and a half before this date.
Alex Lee1 April 2022 10:12