For anyone who’s tried — and failed — to get their hands on Sony’s, it’ll probably come as little surprise to learn that it was recently named the . Low inventory at Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop, Walmart and even Sony has frustrated gamers to no end. Even when you hear about a forthcoming inventory drop, there’s little guarantee of success.
We all know the drill by now: Spend some time frantically clicking, wait in a queue and then, instead of a PS5, you get the dreaded “sold out” message. But don’t give up hope just yet: Restocks are finally happening on a fairly frequent basis and there are ways to improve your chances of scoring a console.
Our first tip: Don’t wait until you find out about a PlayStation inventory drop. Check the stores’ inventory links yourself daily or even multiple times per day. (We’ve got them all lined up below.) If you do happen upon some PS5 availability, use as many web browsers and devices as you can. On a desktop, for example, you could open the retailer’s page in Chrome, Firefox and Edge. Then you could do likewise on your phone and tablet. It’s like with lottery tickets: The more you have, the better your chances of winning.
If you’re starting to crack and considering buying a PS5 right now, you can do so, but at the cost of an obscene markup on sites likeand . On eBay, for example, we’ve seen PS5s priced well over $1,000. At this point, we still think it’s worth it to wait it out and get the console at sticker price.
The PS5 is available in two versions: There’s a games or — CNET recommends that you .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
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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
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.
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.
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 above $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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This story is regularly updated with the latest PS5 stock news.
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