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Where to buy a PS5: How to get Sony's new gaming console

Finding a PS5 is tricky business, as new consoles are immediately snapped up by keen customers.

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It's been five months since Sony released the PlayStation 5 -- recently named the fastest-selling console in US history. The company can't keep up with the sky-high demand, and the problem is being exacerbated by the global chip shortage and the pandemic. As of April 15, no major retailers have either the $400 digital-only PS5 with no optical drive or the $500 PS5 with Blu-ray in stock. 

Restocks are happening, though. Yesterday, GameStop had a limited number of PS5 and Xbox bundles available. Sony's PlayStation Direct has been holding brief restock events, and one is taking place today. However, there is a catch -- they're only open to people who have received email invites, so you might want to consider signing up to get PS Direct marketing emails in case it helps you get a future invite. If you're not already on Twitter keeping an eye out for restocks, you should be -- they're happening more and more often.

If you're willing to shell out far more than the sticker price, you can get a PlayStation 5 or PS5 bundle at a reseller like eBay or StockX, but our advice is to wait for PS5 availability at other retailer options, like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart. Be sure to check back here often for the latest updates on when retailers might have new console restocks.

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You can monitor PlayStation 5 stock updates on your own; as mentioned above, Twitter is a good source for restock rumors. But we occasionally get word directly from retailers and tipsters about upcoming PS5 console inventory restocks, and we update this post immediately. Again, be aware: It likely could be months before anything approximating normal inventory levels appears in stores, so getting your own PS5 gaming console is likely to be a challenge until summer at the earliest. Below you'll find a list of all the major retailers (and a few high-profile resellers) where you can monitor the video game console's stock and availability. 

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PS5 restock options at major retailers

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.

GameStop offers both the $400 Digital Edition (click the button below) and the pricier PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 (when there is inventory). You should also be able to buy a full range of PS5 accessories from GameStop, like the Pulse 3D wireless headset for $100.

When in stock, 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.

You can check on availability of 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.

When in stock, Best Buy offers 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.

We don't recommend spending more than retail to get a PS5, but if you must have a console right now, eBay is your shortcut to getting a console. That said, expect to pay hundreds over list; the average PS5 price on eBay is about $800. 

If you've exhausted all of the usual retail options and you're willing to pay hundreds over list price, 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 $650. We don't think it's worth it, but let your conscience (and your wallet) be your guide). 

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This article is regularly updated with the latest PS5 stock news.


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