PS5 restock update: Track on Twitter, Best Buy, GameStop and more
A note on PS5 restocks
PS5 restock is incredibly difficult to pin down. Despite our best efforts to bring you timely updates, Tom's Guide can't guarantee you'll be able to purchase a console. Nevertheless, we are committed to bringing you up-to-the-minute information on all restocks as soon as they happen.
Holiday PS5 restocks are currently up for grabs. Sony Direct has opened registration for its November invite-only PS5 restocks. While it doesn't guarantee you'll be invited to their invite-only drops, it's a great way to get your e-mail on their radar and increase your chances of getting a PS5 over the holidays. Meanwhile, an in-store GameStop PS5 restock has been confirmed for October 22 across various cities.
We're also watching Twitter for news of any PS5 restock this week. As such, do bookmark this page and keep it regularly refreshed. Also make sure to check out our Black Friday PS5 deals predictions on what you can expect in the lead up to the holiday season.
Where to buy PS5: Check PS5 restock now
As of October 18 at 9:30 p.m. ET, there is no PS5 restock available. The next restock will come from GameStop. The retailer will have an in-store console drop on Friday, October 22.
PS5: check stock @ Amazon
Sony's flagship gaming machine, the PS5 is one of the most in-demand tech products currently available. For good reason: this powerful console boasts 4K visuals, an innovative DualSense controller, and a 4K Blu-ray drive. It's out of stock today.View Deal
PS5 Digital: check stock @ Amazon
The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, it's slightly thinner than its counterpart. It also sells for $399 ($100 less) and includes a PS5 DualSense controller. It's currently out of stock. It's out of stock today.View Deal
PS5 restock tracker — stores to check
PS5 restock — latest news and rumors
Currently, there aren't any restocks confirmed, or even rumored, for this week but we do expect to see the likes of Walmart and Amazon taking fresh orders soon. Neither retailer has restocked in the whole of October yet, so both are certainly due at this point. As always, we're keeping our ears to the ground for any rumors or hints of a drop in the coming days.
If you want to increase your odds of getting hold of a PS5 before the holidays, then make sure to sign up for Sony's invite-only PS5 restock registration. You won't be guaranteed a console, but it's a great way to get your email into the mix and potentially be selected to participate in future Sony Direct drops.
In positive restock-related news, it's been reported that the average resale price of the PS5 has dropped by 30%. Plus, the CEO of AMD, the company that manufactures parts for the PS5, has predicted that the end of the PS5 restock nightmare could be in sight. Although, this holiday season will still be full of stock shortages.
Amazon PS5 restock date
No one knows when Amazon will release its PS5 consoles for sale — or if it even has any. However, it's surprise PS5 restock on Prime Day is a sign anything can happen. In fact, Amazon PS5 restocks are the most unpredictable and they tend to occur overnight. Another thing to keep in mind — Amazon restocks tend to sell out in seconds. So you'll want to try this Amazon trick to increase your chances of getting a console.
Best Buy PS5 restock date
Best Buy used to offer PS5 restocks on Friday afternoons, but the retailer has been known to restock on Thursdays and even on Mondays. In other words, it no longer follows a set pattern. A few things to keep in mind: Best Buy's drops always occur on afternoons (between 12pm ET and 3pm ET) and they always offer the consoles at list price: $499 for the PS5 and $399 for the PS5 Digital.
Target PS5 restock date
Target PS5 restock dates have been hard to nail down. That's because the retailer tends to drop inventory in certain regions. For instance, someone in Chicago could see PS5 inventory at their local store, whereas a New Yorker might not see any inventory whatsoever. In addition, Target tends to do early morning restocks that occur around 8 a.m. ET. That said, their last restock sold out in minutes.
One of the best ways to find out when PS5 restock hits online retailers is by following the Sony Twitter account. We also recommend following Twitter accounts such as @PS5StockAlerts, @GYXdeals, @mattswider, @PS5Drop and @Wario64, which are often first to have the latest updates on availability.
Keep in mind that PS5 restock availability can also be regional and limited to select stores. Either way, make sure to keep this page bookmarked and to check the retailer listings regularly.
PS5 restock — Check for stock at these retailers
PS5 at Walmart
PS5: $499 @ Walmart
The flagship PS5 console includes a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, the design is slightly fuller than the all-digital model. It sells for $499 and includes a PS5 DualSense controller. Walmart's restocks tend to last for at least an hour. They're out of stock right now.View Deal
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Walmart
The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, it's slightly thinner than its counterpart. It also sells for $399 ($100 less) and includes a PS5 DualSense controller. They're out of stock right now.View Deal
PS5 at Amazon
PS5: $499 @ Amazon
Amazon sells the base PS5, but it has no stock at the time of this writing. Amazon PS5 restocks sell out in seconds. View Deal
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Amazon
Amazon also sells the PS5 Digital Edition, but it has also sold out of this PS5 version. View Deal
PS5 at Best Buy
PS5: $499 @ Best Buy
Best Buy tends to offer restocks in the afternoon. They restock on Thursdays and Fridays, although they've also offered restock on a Monday. They're sold out now, but tend to offer restocks that last an hour. View Deal
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Best Buy
The PS5 Digital Edition is sold out at Best Buy. However, when they do have stock, they sell it at list price. View Deal
PS5 at GameStop
PS5: $499 @ GameStop
GameStop PS5 restock tends to come in bundles. The bundles offer everything from an extra controller to a $20 GameStop gift card. View Deal
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ GameStop
GameStop PS5 Digital restocks also come in bundles. Oftentimes, they include everything from an extra controller to a $20 GameStop gift card. They're out of stock now. View Deal
PS5 at Target
PS5: $499 @ Target
Target PS5 restock happens in the early mornings (ET time). They're out of stock at this moment.View Deal
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Target
Target has no stock of the PS5 Digital Edition. However, when stock returns they offer it at list price. View Deal
PS5 at B&H
PS5: $499 @ B&H
It's been awhile since we've seen B&H Photo PS5 restock. However, it's a retailer we recommend checking should they offer a surprise restock. View Deal
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ B&H
The PS5 Digital Edition is also currently unavailable, but B&H could offer a surprise restock so it's worth keeping an eye on them. View Deal
PS5 at Sony Direct
PS5: $499 @ Sony Direct
The Sony Direct Store hold invite only restocks as well as general public restocks. For the latter, you'll need to form an online queue for your chance to get the console for $499. They're out of stock at this moment. View Deal
PS5 Digital: $399 @ Sony Direct
The Sony Direct Store also offers the PS5 Digital, but it's out of stock at this moment. View Deal
How to buy PS5: Essential tips
Multiple sources have reported an Amazon trick that improves your chances of scoring a PS5. We tested this trick four times and each time we succeeded in getting a next-gen console into our cart. (We tested it with an Xbox Series X, but there's no reason why it shouldn't work with a PS5). Other PS5 retailer tips to follow include:
Get prepared: Make sure you have all the right payment card details and two-factor authentication available and to hand when you find a PS5 ready to buy. Units can go so fast that if you’re fiddling around trying to find your credit card you could miss your chance to secure a PS5 order.
Select a retailer: As you can see from our list above, there are plenty of retailers to choose from, which can actually make the whole process of buying a PS5 a bit complicated. We suggest you select a couple of major retailers like Walmart and Amazon, and keep an eye on their PS5 landing pages.
Sign up for stock alerts: Plenty of retailers offer to alert you to when they have PS5 restock. We suggest you sign up to those services for the retailers that are offering them.
Find the right product page: It might sound obvious, but make sure you’re on the actual buying page for the PS5 or the PS5 Digital Edition. If you’re on a landing page, you might end up missing the moment new stock arrives.
Sign in to retailers: Make sure you sign in to any retailers you might already have an account with. This will make things a lot faster when buying a PS5 if you spot one on sale. And speed is of the essence today.
Keep refreshing and don't give up: It can be a little demoralizing trying to find PS5 restock when everywhere looks sold out. But regularly refresh product pages to see what pops up; you might get lucky. And also keep checking back here for any PS5 stock updates.
It's also a good idea to check a few of the subscription-based wholesaler retailers like Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale Club, and Costco. You do need a paid membership to shop at these retailers, but that means reduced competition to snag a unit there. You may need to pay extra for a bundle, but it's worth checking out these locations either way. Currently, there are no online listings for these retailers to check, but it may be worth heading to each brick-and-mortar store to try your luck at this point.
It's been a fairly difficult process during this console generation to lock in any sort of next-gen purchase. But as we near the holidays, it's highly likely there will be additional PS5s available for purchase at some point as Sony catches up with those looking to buy PS5s.
PS5 restock — price and discounts
The PS5 with disc costs $499, whereas the PS5 Digital Edition costs $399. Unfortunately, it's gonna be a long time before we see any discounts on the consoles. However, we have noted some sales on PS5 accessories. Make sure to follow our PS5 deals coverage for deals on everything related to the PS5.
Where to buy PS5: Avoid the PS5 scalpers
Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for the shortage of PS5 consoles is due to scalpers. These opportunistic people have been using bots to scan retailers for PS5 stock when it becomes available and buy as many of the consoles as they can in one go.
Once they have the highly-desirable console, they will then sell them for extortionate prices, often for thousands of dollars. Business Insider reported one reseller managed to get hold of 200 PS5 consoles and managed to sell them for more than $40,000.
While this isn’t illegal, it’s not exactly the most morally sound thing to do. But at least it’s not as bad as some people who’ve been pretending to sell PS5 consoles on eBay by simply posting photos of the console and scamming people to bid for them when there was no PS5 on offer.
It might seem absurd to buy a PS5 for over $1,000, especially as its launch game lineup isn’t particularly profound. But with the coronavirus pandemic seeing more people staying at home, some PlayStation fans are clearly desperate to get their hands on a new console to keep them entertained.
We advise you avoid buying from such resellers, fake or otherwise. At $499 the PS5 is still quite an expensive console and it currently doesn't have a huge library of games. So if you can wait until later this year, you’re likely to have a lot more PS5 games to choose from and Sony should have more consoles available.
PS5 restock updates - Your guide to buying a PlayStation 5
The latest in PS5 restock updates is that they are happening a little more consistently in recent months. However, that's not to say that it's at all easy to get your hands on a PS5. The latest drop in the US came from Best Buy but unfortunately came with a membership catch, while GAME in the UK has had the latest stock.
Availability for the PS5 has ranged from inconsistent to downright mythical since launch, thanks to being plagued - like many other tech devices - by a global semiconductor shortage. But, our team of hawk-eyed hardware experts has been tracking PS5 stock since launch day and knows the patterns and trends that driving PS5 stock at retail. So, bookmark this page for all the latest.
You'll find all the major retailers that have offered the most PS5 restocks in recent months just below.
We would heavily recommend sticking to these tried and tested stores, rather than heading over to resale sites. Scalpers are charging extortionate prices for the consoles they've managed to snap away from consumers over the last few months, and with more PS5 restocks on the way it's just not worth paying double the price today.
On our end, the only time we'll show you something over the basic asking price of the PS5 is if has some bundled extras, but as our lonely PS5 bundles page would attest, we'd just concentrate on trying to find the console on its own for now. Fingers crossed we won't be having to wait for November's Black Friday PS5 deals to find stock.
If you're able to bag one, be sure to head on over to our best PS5 accessories and best PS5 headsets guides to complete your setup.
Where to buy a PS5: check these stores for stock
Let's have a closer look at some retailers below. We'll let you know what they've been up to lately and how likely they are to get PS5 restock updates any time soon.
Where to buy PS5 - USA
Where to buy PS5 - UK
Where to buy PS5 - Canada
Another item you might want to pick up once you've been able to buy a PS5 is one of the options on our best PS5 external hard drives page to increase your storage capacity. Or if you've got the need for speed, the best PS5 SSD might be worth a look.
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Sony’s latest console officially launched on November 12, but both models of the PlayStation 5 have consistently been selling out, leaving countless would-be customers in the cold. Scalpers armed with bots are scooping up new stock in seconds, as retailers struggle to weed them out and give genuine buyers a chance. If you’ve been trying and failing to get your hands on one, you’re not alone, but don’t lose heart.
We've pooled our advice here on which model you should buy, whether you need to upgrade now, where to buy one, and added some tips to help you get your very own PlayStation 5.
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Which Model Should You Pick?
There are two models of the PlayStation 5. The standard PS5 costs $500, while the Digital Edition is $400. The former has a disc-drive for physical game discs and can also play 4K Blu-rays. The Digital Edition omits the disc drive, so you will have to download all your games. That’s the only difference.
While that $100 savings may sound tempting, there are some compelling reasons to buy the disc-drive PS5. Once games have been out for a while, the disc version is usually cheaper. Plus, you can play your old PS4 discs on the new console, and you can resell PS5 game discs when you’re done, which you can’t do with digital versions. That’s all before you consider the ability to play Ultra HD Blu-rays.
Should You Upgrade?
The lack of PlayStation 5 must-have exclusive games may give you pause. Most of the top titles that will land over the next few months are likely to have PS4 versions available. Don't feel like you'll miss out on games if you're perfectly happy with your existing PS4.
On the other hand, the PS5 improves on the PS4 in many significant ways, and you can get a deeper flavor of what it has to offer in our PS5 review. If you don’t already own a PlayStation 4, then the PlayStation Plus Collection for the PS5, which gives you access to a library of the top PS4 games like Fallout 4 and God of War as a part of your PS Plus membership, is a necessity.
Where to Buy the PlayStation 5
You can buy the PlayStation 5 directly from Sony or a range of major retailers. We don’t know exactly when new stock appears but rest assured there are more consoles on the way. Here are some of the main places to keep an eye on:
Tips to Boost Your Chances
Stock can drop without warning at any time, but you shouldn't sit on websites refreshing the page endlessly in hopes of snagging a PS5. Here are some tips to boost your chances of securing one. And trust us, even if you follow our advice, it's still a painful, aggravating process. You could have zero luck finding one. The best we can say is to be patient and keep trying.
Sign Up: Sign up for accounts with Sony and every retailer you’re tracking. Input and save your credit card information so that you can check out faster if a PS5 does pop up. If you have a PS5 in your cart but fail to check out in time, then save it in your cart for the next time it comes into stock so you can check out faster.
Sony Direct Queue: Sony has a system where you can join a queue for a chance to buy a PS5. The good thing is there are measures in place to block scalper bots. You need a PSN account, and it’s a good idea to enter address and payment information ahead of time. Once you join the virtual queue you should get wait time estimates. Keep the browser window open, and do not be tempted to leave or you will lose your place. Unfortunately, there’s a chance you’ll wait only to be told it’s out of stock.
Twitter Stock Alerts: There are various accounts on Twitter that tweet when PS5 stock lands. Big retailers will also sometimes tweet from official accounts about restocks. You’ll need a Twitter account and the app on your phone. Once you have followed an account, tap on the bell icon to get alerts when they tweet. Just be aware you’ll get some spam and ads for other things from some accounts. Here are a few that may be worth following: @Wario64, @PS5RestockAlert, @PS5StockAlerts, @iloveps_5.
Consider Bundles: Some retailers mix new PlayStation 5 stock into bundles, selling the console with extra accessories or games. These bundles can be expensive, but if they include items you’re already planning to buy they might make sense for you. Bundles don’t tend to sell out as quickly or attract so many scalpers, so you have a better chance of snagging one before they’re all gone.
Stock Trackers: Various websites and services track PS5 console stock across a wide variety of retailers. Try Stock Informer, NowInStock, or the OctoShop Chrome Extension. You can sign up and get alerts on various channels with these stock trackers, but you’ll need to react quickly when an alert pops up, because a lot of people use them.
Be Persistent: If you know that a fresh batch of PS5 consoles has come onto the market, don’t be discouraged by out-of-stock notices. Many retailers will release fresh stock in waves throughout the day, so it can be worth checking back periodically.
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Where to buy PS5: all the retailers to check for the Sony console
If you're still wondering where to buy a PS5 you're not alone. Those looking to make the most of the next generation are still hunting for those all-important PS5 consoles, but knowing where to focus your search can make all the difference. We're here to bring you all the latest info on this page with regular updates throughout the week.
Latest: We've got our eyes on a whole host of retailers this week as we're expecting a number of PS5 restocks over the coming days. For those in the UK, you'll want to watch the likes of Amazon, Very, Argos and Studio, who are all expected to have consoles on either October 19 or 20. It's slightly less exciting for the US, as updates have slowed to a crawl. This is mostly due to supply chain issues, but we're expecting another drop within the next two weeks.
We've seen more regular drops at certain retailers, like Best Buy and Walmart in the US, and Very and Game in the UK, but you'll find all the retailers that have offered the chance to buy PS5 recently just below.
We're hoping there will be more consoles as Black Friday 2021 approaches but it's going to be one of the year's hottest items so competition will be tough. If you're lucky enough to secure a console, do keep an eye on our guide to all the best PS5 Black Friday deals so you can snag a bargain on some games or accessories in November.
If you're getting desperate to buy PS5, it can be tempting to head over to a reseller site. However, even though stock can be snapped up quickly it's not impossible to get your hands on the next-gen console. We'd recommend staying well clear of these price hiked sites and instead sticking with retailers you know and trust.
Where to buy PS5 in the US
Where to buy PS5: quick links
The US stores below carry the PS5 and Digital Edition consoles regularly. They are also the key retailers that we track as part of our PS5 restock tracker run by PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider in the US. Keep checking below for all the latest updates.
Where to buy PS5: which US retailers have stock?
Amazon has had PS5 stock spring up intermittently since pre-orders opened, but each time it flies off the shelves in a heartbeat. It's worth keeping an eye on Amazon though, as we expect it'll get more stock in the near future - plus you can grab fast, free delivery if you're a Prime member as well.
Best Buy has been one of the more regular stores when it comes to restocking the PS5. This makes it one of the best places to buy a PS5. Keep an eye out, then, because more units could arrive any time.
Newegg had a brief amount of PS5 stock on launch day but it quickly sold out. We're expecting more stock could become available in the next waves so stay tuned for more updates.
We've seen the chance to buy PS5 popping up a fair bit at Gamestop over the past few months, so it's worth keeping an eye on the retailer as new stock could land at any time. GameStop also offers bundles with all the accessories and games included (for their regular prices) to dissuade scalpers, and it's these bundles we usually see sticking in stock a little longer.
Walmart has seen a fair few PS5 restocks over the last month, however, things seem to have settled down now. Where previously we would have seen a new date for stock, the PS5 is now listed as out of stock.
Where to buy PS5 in the UK
Check the quick links below to find out where to buy PS5 in the UK today. With PS5 stock regularly hitting the country at least every couple of weeks, your chances of getting a console have increased considerably as of late.
Where to buy PS5: quick links
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PS5 restock news and prices: where to get a PlayStation 5 console in October 2021
By Beren Neale
PS5 restocks are the only way to get a PlayStation 5 console or controller, but they don't last long. Here's the latest.
PS5 restocks remain the only way to get hold of Sony's latest console. A global chip shortage has prevented Sony from being able to meet demand for the PlayStation 5. This means that although the console was first launched last November, it's currently very hard to get hold of.
The PlayStation 5 is actually Sony's fastest-selling console to date, undoubtedly been fueled by Covid-19 lockdowns around the world. It's shifted a staggering 10 million units by 18 July, and yet millions of people who want one have still been unable to buy. The situation looks set to continue for a while, so we're left having to keep an eye on PS5 restocks, which don't tend to last long (as an example, Target's July 30 restock in the US sold out in 13 minutes).
We've seen PS5 restocks across a range of major retailers, including Amazon, Argos, GameStop, Best Buy and Walmart. A good strategy is to keep checking the retailers that we list below. One thing you shouldn't do is trust people on social media who claim to have a PS5 to sell, especially if the price seems anywhere close to affordable. With people so desperate to buy a PS5, scammers have been taking advantage on the likes of Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok. We recommend only buying from trusted retailers to avoid ending up out of pocket.
Once you do get your hands on a PS5 console, consider what screen you're going to pair it with – our guide to the best monitors for PS5 can help there. Alternatively, if you want an easier route to gaming, see our roundup of the cheapest Xbox deals.
Buy PS5: Quick links
Latest PS5 restock: US
No luck with any of those? You could always try Newegg or go straight to the source with Sony. Sony's official PlayStation Direct saw its last restock on September 28. Stock usually appears mid-week at 2pm PT. Lately Sony has sent emails out to a few lucky people for exclusive access to PS5 restocks. you'll need a PSN account to be in for a chance of receiving one.
Latest PS5 restock: UK
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The PS5 has taken gaming to the next level. But the console isn't the only thing to be excited about. These are the essential accessories to accompany a PS5 if you've managed to get hold of one.
Can you only buy the PS5 online?
If you were planning on waiting in line at your local game store for a PS5, there's something you need to know. Sales have been largely online only, with launch day only seeing online stock. While some retailers, such as Gamestop, have had in-store events, your best option is to wait and see what online retailer has stock. On this page, we've listed some of the most trusted online retailers that are offering the console, so make sure you bookmark this page and check back regularly.
PS5 at a glance
- Official release date: 12 November (USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South Korea); 19 November 2020 (UK and rest of the world).
- PS5 console options: PS5 console with disc player; PS5 Digital Edition.
- PS5 price points: PS5 console: $499 / £449.99; PS5 Digital Edition: $399 / £349.99
- PS5 games: Hogwarts Legacy, God of War: Ragnarok, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, Battlefield 6, Borderlands 3, Cyberpunk 2077.
- Last PlayStation release: PS4, 15 November 2013
PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition?
It's been more than seven years since the last PlayStation console, the PS4, and the world has been eagerly awaiting a more advanced model. And that's exactly what Sony has delivered. The PS5 offers a huge leap in gaming, and there are a lot of amazing games for the platform.
But should you buy the standard or digital edition? There are pros and cons for the latter. On the plus side, you save a cool $100/£100 and you don't need to get the physical games (instead you download them digitally). On the other hand, some people love the physical games, and they do retain a certain value, meaning you can sell them on later. At the end of the day, it's a matter of personal preference. In all other respects, you're getting the same amazing console with both editions.
Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After editing several creative and design magazines - including the graphic design mag Computer Arts - he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need.
Well, it's been more than five months and so many of the gamers seeking a PS5 are still trapped in a constant cycle of waiting for restocks, logging on at the exact right moment and getting nothing more than a "sold out" message for their troubles. You'd think that demand for a gaming system that dropped last November would have waned by now, but high demand, exacerbated by low supply caused by a global chip shortage, has continued to make it difficult for Sony to produce enough consoles for everyone who wants one.
But don't lose hope! Sony's PlayStation Direct has been holding brief restock events almost weekly, and those who continue to queue up for a PS5 might also have a chance to get an email to get into the front of the line. GameStop also continues to receive bundles. And if you're not already on Twitter keeping an eye out for inventory drops at the major retailers, you should be: They're happening more and more often.
If you're willing to shell out way 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 until the console is available at its regular sticker price at retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop, Target and Walmart. Be sure to check back here often for the latest updates on when retailers might have new console restocks.
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.
More on next-gen consoles
PS5 restock options at major retailers
Newegg doesn't sell PS5 consoles by themselves, just bundles. Still, it does have regular restocks for those who don't mind spending a little extra.
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PlayStation 5: How to Buy a PS5 Before Christmas 2021
Retailers are getting more PS5 stock all the time, but it can come and go so quickly it's not hard to get disheartened by multiple failed attempts to acquire the elusive console.
But, there is still hope if you want to get a PS5 before Christmas 2021, so we've included all of our top tips on how to secure the console right here. For now, our first suggestion is following @IGNDeals on Twitter for instant PS5 stock updates.
Register for a Chance to Buy a PS5
Sony has opened up a direct registration system that will give those in the US a chance to purchase a PS5 this holiday season. There will be a limited number of consoles available, but if you want to be within a chance, all you need to do is register for an invitation using your email and PSN ID (see here).
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Advice for Getting a PS5 Before Christmas
Be Logged Into Retailer Websites
When an online retailer gets PS5 in stock, it seems like everyone on the planet is scrambling to lock in their order. Retailer websites often become ultra-buggy thanks to all the stress on their servers.
Your best bet for getting a PS5 when orders become available is to already be logged into your account, and to have your credit card information saved there. That way you won't waste precious seconds entering your credit card number, billing address, etc. while everyone around you is successfully checking out.
Add the Console to Your Wishlist
Another great way is to have the console on your wish list for the site, such as Amazon, as this will allow the servers to more easily move the console into your basket.
Follow IGN Deals on Twitter for PS5 Stock Updates
For the most up-to-the-second information about where you can find PS5 in stock at any given time, you'll want to follow IGN Deals on Twitter. Since the stock of the new console is likely to sell out within a matter of minutes after it goes live, your best bet is to follow our deals team on Twitter, where we'll post links as soon as they go live.
Where to Buy PS5 Right Now
You can't currently just buy a PS5 when you want to, you need to be ready and waiting for when the stock goes live at the retailers we've listed below.
Some retailers will give warning, which we'll often announce on our deals Twitter page @IGNDeals. For now, here are all the retailer pages you'll need to keep primed and ready for when stock is available.
When Will the PS5 Be Coming Back in Stock?
PS5 is getting new stock all the time at US retailers. Keep an eye on @IGNDeals for new updates.
Where to find PS5 Games
Where to Find PS5 Controllers and Accessories
Robert Anderson is a deals expert for IGN. Be nice and ask him how his day is going @robertliam21