Sony’s highly coveted PlayStation 5 came out more than a year ago, but the gaming console is still one of the more difficult items to score this holiday season. The pandemic-induced global chip shortage and an increased demand for the PS5 and other electronics mean that shoppers hoping to find this limited-supply gaming system will need to stay up to date on restocks if they want any chance at nabbing the next-gen console ahead of the holidays.
Of course, you can always resort to joining a premium shopping subscription service to skip the long line of gamers and gifters waiting to get their hands on a PS5. Many retailers are using the console’s high demand to sell memberships to their new premium shopping subscription services. One of Best Buy’s most recent restocks was limited to customers with Best Buy Totaltech Memberships -- a service that costs $200 per year and includes benefits including free, two-day shipping and two-year product protection for all purchases.
Walmart ran a similar deal during their latest PS5 drop, limiting access to Walmart+ members, who also receive early access to Black Friday deals, free two-day shipping, prescription drug discounts and more for $98 per year. (You could also sign up for Walmart+ for $13 a month and then cancel once you get your PS5.)
Even GameStop has a premium membership option that allows you to skip the line for the PS5: PowerUp Rewards Pro. For $15 a year, with a $10 reward upon signing up, members receive a $5 credit to spend every month and get 2% back in rewards on every purchase. It’s worth noting that GameStop releases much of its PS5 stock as bundles, so you may be forced to pick up a couple hundred dollars’ worth of additional accessories and games alongside your console purchase.
Where to Check PS5 Restock
But if you’re trying to score a PS5 at the $500 MSRP, don’t lose hope. With semi-regular weekly restocks, there’s definitely still time to score a PS5 at Best Buy, Walmart, Target or GameStop for the holiday season, without paying for a premium membership somewhere. It starts with dedication, commitment and tapping those "check stock now" links as often as possible.
Best Buy, Gamestop, and Target restock the console regularly, but those restocks consistently and quickly sell out. Keep reading to find out when and where this elusive console will hit shelves again and check current stock.
PS5 at StockX (in stock now)
StockX is a place where you can buy and sell hard-to-find items like limited-edition streetwear, sneakers and consoles such as the PlayStation 5. (StockX verifies the authenticity of every item.) At the time of publication, the Blu-ray Edition PlayStationd5 could be bought for $788, which represents a nearly $290 markup over the $500 list price – and prices have been trending higher for the last month.
Sony via Best Buy
When Best Buy releases a cache of PS5 consoles, they sell out almost immediately. You can use the button below to check the current stock of PS5s -- you never know when there will be a surprise restock, and at this point in the holiday season, restocks are happening more frequently. The store has the Blu-ray console listed for $500 and the PS5 Digital Edition priced at $400.
PS5 at Walmart
Walmart has been refreshing its PS5 stock frequently during its Walmart Deals for Days early Black Friday sale, so it’s worth checking stock there daily. Being a Walmart+ member will help, but we’ve seen plenty of restocks that don’t require you to pay extra to get the console.
PS5 at Amazon
PlayStation 5 consoles, bundles and accessories come and go real quickly, particularly on Amazon. The best way to catch a PS5 restock on Amazon is to get lucky with the "check stock now" link below.
PS5 at GameStop
GameStop has been releasing a limited number of consoles in in-store events, though those consoles are typically part of larger bundles that'll cost as much as $740 to score. (One recent bundle included Ghost of Tsushima Directors Cut and Far Cry 6.)
PS5 Stock at Target
A handful of PS5 consoles were released at Target on Oct. 27 in small batches but quickly sold out. As of right now, Target still shows PS5 as out of stock.
➡️ Check PS stock at Target Now
On PlayStation.com, you can register for an opportunity to purchase a PS5 directly from the maker. When a run of consoles becomes available, PlayStation emails the next batch of shoppers in the queue with private links to purchase. The site does not currently offer a timeline for when those links will become available.
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