PS5 restock: What you need to know about buying a console at Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, Amazon, Target and more

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In the last three months, relatively few gamers have managed to snag a PlayStation 5. Sony’s next-generation gaming console launched on Nov. 12 of last year, and demand for it overwhelmed inventory. In the months since, we have seen numerous restocks at major retailers, but getting a unit has been an uphill battle; ordinary users have had to compete with bots and resellers. Right now the only consoles you can buy are marked up to obscene levels on sites like eBay and StockX, often multiple times their retail value of $400 or $500. On eBay, for example, we’ve seen it priced well over $1,000. The console has been otherwise virtually impossible to find, with at least one person waiting in line for 36 hours to snag one at a California GameStop. 

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These days, Twitter is a popular source to check for restock news, even though we’re seeing fewer high-profile inventory drops. Instead, retailers seem to be shifting to a policy of smaller, more frequent drops that sell out rapidly and without much online fanfare.

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 you go with the $400 version.

In any event, it’ll be a while before a PS5 is easy to find. But I’ll be keeping an eye out for restocks nonetheless and will update this article when it looks like you might be able to score a PS5.

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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 will be offering 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 north of $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 $800. 

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