Want to buy a PS5 but can’t find it in stock? You’re not alone. The PS5 is the fastest-selling console in US history, and demand is far outstripping supply. The Sony PlayStation 5 has been popping in and out of availability over the past few weeks, with much of the activity being on Sony’s own PlayStation Direct site. However, those opportunities have been limited to people who were extended exclusive email invites. The PS5 has also sporadically appeared at some retailers: GameStop, for instance, had a restock earlier this week. Unfortunately, as right now, no major retailers have Sony’s console in stock. Even so, there are ways to improve your prospects of snagging the fastest-selling console in US history.
We’re guessing you’re probably already thoroughly enmeshed in the cottage industry of Twitter feeds that track PS5 (and Xbox) availability in real time. That’s good, but it’s only a start — even advance notice isn’t enough when new inventory sells out nearly immediately. Check out our pointers below on how to buy a PS5 now. We also offer easy shortcuts to the product pages for the PS5 at major retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, Target and GameStop, as well as resellers like eBay and StockX if you want to pay a premium to get one sooner (more on that below).
First tip: Don’t wait until you hear about a PS5 inventory drop. Check the links at major retailers for stock updates daily or even multiple times a day. (We’ve got them all lined up below.) If you do happen upon some PS5 availability, go all in with as many browsers and devices as possible. On a desktop, for example, open the retailer’s page in Chrome, Firefox and Edge. Then do the same on your phone and tablet. The more devices and browsers, the better. It’s like with lottery tickets: The more you have, the better your chances of winning.
As noted above, you should also keep an eye on Sony’s PlayStation Direct. It has been holding brief restock events, but they’re only open to people who have received email invites. If you want to try and score a future invite, you could sign up for PS Direct marketing emails.
If you’re starting to crack and considering buying a PS5 right now (and we know that with the number of big PS5 games about to drop over the next few months, the pressure is on), you can do so, but at the cost of a pricier PS5 markup on sites like eBay and StockX. On eBay, for example, we’ve seen PS5 units priced well over $1,000. We think it’s worth it to wait it out a bit and get the new console at sticker price.
The PS5 is available in two versions: There’s a $500 model with a Blu-ray drive and an otherwise identical $400 digital-only version with no disc slot. At this point, people are happy to get their hands on either one, but if you don’t have a library of optical discs — for Blu-ray movies, used games or old PS4 games — CNET recommends that you go with the $400 version.
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Remember to check back here for news and updates on new PS5 availability. You can also browse all the major retailers to see their restock status. The list below has links to the PS5 product pages at each store.
PS5 restock possibilities
You can check out Amazon’s page for the $400 Digital Edition via the button below, or, if you’d rather, get in line for the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.
You can check inventory on the $400 Digital Edition at Walmart by clicking the button below, or you can try to snag the pricier PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.
Target offers the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 in addition to the PS5 Digital Edition, which you can find by clicking the button below.
Best Buy is offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 as well as the $400 Digital Edition (which you can find by clicking the button below). The retailer is also offering a slew of accessories on its PS5 landing page.
OK, you’ve exhausted all of the online and brick-and-mortar retailers, and you’ve decided you’re willing to pay upward of a $300 markup to get this puppy soon. As your friends, we have to tell you: Don’t do it. But if you don’t want to listen to us, you might want to check out StockX, an eBay alternative that made its name in the secondary market for sneakers and designer clothing. Last time we checked, prices for the PS5 were hovering just below $700.
If you’ve decided you simply can’t wait another moment for Sony to get its act together and flood the market with inventory, eBay is a shortcut to getting your own PS5 right now. That said, let me reiterate our advice: No PS5 is worth spending hundreds over list price, and that’s exactly what you’ll have to do if you buy from an eBay reseller. The average PS5 price on eBay is about $900.
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