In the coming week, Target is rumored to be planning a big PS5 restock and Walmart may start selling PS5 consoles in stores. This follows last week’s PS5 restocks at Best Buy, GameStop and PlayStation Direct.
If you still haven’t been able to get a PS5, know that a global chip shortage and scalpers using bots are both exacerbating the problem.
“We’re working as hard as we can to ameliorate that situation,” Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan told Wired on Tuesday. “We see production ramping up over the summer and certainly into the second half the year, and we would wish to see some sort of return to normality in terms of the balance between supply and demand during that period.”
We want to help you secure a PS5. Keep checking back for the latest restock updates and tips.
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The store with the most frequent PS5 restocks is still PlayStation Direct, where drops often occur in the afternoon and require people to queue up for an opportunity to buy a console. If a person get one at the time, it still helps to join the queue, as some patient and lucky customers may receive a priority access email directly from Sony. The company hasn’t provided all the details about these PS Direct emails, but you must sign up for Sony marketing emails and have a PS Plus subscription — and you should be logged in to your PSN account. If luck is on your side, then there’s a chance Sony will send you an invite to buy a PS5.
While major retailers like Walmart, GameStop, Amazon, Target and Best Buy don’t usually give much notice before a restock, your best possibility of scoring a PS5 would be to log on right when inventory drops. Even then, there is nothing guaranteed, but there are ways to transform your chances.
First tip: Don’t wait until you see an alert for a PS5 inventory drop. Check the links at major retailers for stock updates daily or even too many times a day. (We’ve got all of them 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 greater. It’s like with lottery tickets: The more you have, the greater your chances of winning.
Second tip: Create accounts at the different retailers and make sure you’re already logged in if you are going to try to get a PS5. Make sure all your shipping, bill and payment info is updated on whatever device you can buy from, be it a laptop, desktop or phone. This makes looking at a lot faster, which is crucial as retailers’ sites get quickly bogged down, leading to people losing their chance of securing a PS5.
If you’re starting to crack and considering buying a PS5 at the moment (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 hefty 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 and get the new console at sticker price.
The PS5 comes 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 probably pleased to get their hands on either one, but if you don’t need 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 of the major retailers to see their restock status. The list below has links towards the PS5 product pages each and every store.
PS5 restock possibilities
You can take a look at Amazon’s page for the $400 Digital Edition via the button below, or, if you’d rather, get involved 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, that you can find by clicking the button below.
Best Buy is offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 along with 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.
GameStop has pages for both the $400 Digital Edition (click the button below) as well as the pricier PS5 with Blu-ray for $500. You may also buy a full range of PS5 accessories from GameStop like the Pulse 3D wireless headset for $100.
Newegg’s PS5 page has multiple bundles including additional controllers and games along with the console. You can easily see the different options by simply clicking the button below.
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 at the moment. That said, let me reiterate our advice: No PS5 is worth spending hundreds over list price, and that’s precisely what you’ll have to do if you buy from an eBay reseller. The average PS5 price on eBay is about $800.
OK, you’ve exhausted all of the online and brick-and-mortar retailers, and you’ve decided you’re willing to pay upward of the $300 markup to get this puppy soon. As your pals, we have to tell you: Don’t do it. But if you don’t wish to listen to us, you might want to take a look at StockX, an eBay alternative that made its name within the secondary market for sneakers and designer clothing. Last time we checked, prices for the PS5 were hovering just above $700.