Over the last week or so, we’ve seen the PS5 restocked at Best Buy, GameStop, Antonline, and other stores. Each time, the next-gen system has sold out in a matter of minutes, and bots snagging the PS5 for resellers hasn’t helped matters. Still, we’re continuing to see these somewhat regular restocks, and now that the holiday rush is over, the PS5 stock situation may slowly start to improve. Sony has not revealed its PS5 restock plans for 2021 yet. It’s unclear when you’ll be able to buy them in-store without a pickup order.
That said, Sony did have the PS5 available to buy yesterday (January 15), though select few could take advantage of the offer. The PS5 restock happened via Sony Rewards, and only members with enough points saved up had a chance at securing the PS5 console bundle, which is now sold out. We’ve seen bundles go up in some unexpected places, such as Dell, but even those disappear quickly.
We’ll be updating this guide as PS5 units go on sale–just be aware that if you want one, you’ll have to be quick and potentially open to purchasing a bundle with games and accessories that you may or may not want. If you want to buy a PS5 relatively soon, those are the sort of concessions you need to make. With any luck, you’ll find a bundle that contains mostly relevant items. You’ll want to get your hands on one to play the best PS5 games coming in 2021.
Where to buy the PS5
PS5 availability at PlayStation Direct
PlayStation Direct regularly opens up a queue for shoppers to buy the PS5 (and anything else on the first-party site), but it’s often over an hour wait and unclear if the PS5 is even available. Still, it’s worth checking PS Direct often, as it’s the only store still releasing the PS5 on a somewhat regular basis. However, the queues appear to also be somewhat random.
Note that finding a queue on PS Direct doesn’t necessarily mean the PS5 is in stock; it simply indicates high traffic to the store. It never hurts to jump in and wait if you find the queue and you’ll be at your computer for a while, but know there’s no guarantee it’ll be in stock by the time you get through.
PS5 availability at GameStop
We don’t know when you’ll be able to buy a PS5 from GameStop again. The most recent restock happened in early January, and GameStop had both the PS5 and PS5 Digital edition available in pricey bundles.
PS5 availability at Walmart
We don’t know when you’ll be able to buy a PS5 from Walmart again. The direct listings for the PS5 and PS5 Digital are now showing error pages, but you can still see the general PS5 hub page at Walmart below.
Walmart last had the PS5, along with other next-gen systems, on its website in late December. For these restocks, it provided more systems every 10 minutes for about half an hour, providing customers with numerous chances to get one. This seemed to make it slightly easier to get one of the systems. However, you will still need to prepare to be there the second a restock happens to have the best chance.
PS5 availability at Best Buy
Best Buy’s last PS5 restock was on January 7, and while the online stock is sold out, there may be limited stock available in stores. We suggest checking with your local Best Buy. There’s no word on when the next online restock at Best Buy will be.
Best Buy didn’t have any stock on store shelves throughout the entire holiday season, but the retailer has stated that consoles will be available in stores in 2021. More systems are coming to Best Buy. When that will actually happen remains to be seen, but the store typically uses a queue system once they come online. This can help to deter bots, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll be able to get one.
PS5 availability at Amazon
We don’t know when you’ll be able to buy a PS5 from Amazon again.
Even Amazon doesn’t know when the PS5 will next be in stock, as indicated on the console’s product page. In the past, Amazon has occasionally set up new listing pages to make it tougher for bots to track. It has been one of the most inconsistent retailers for the system since it launched. It remains to be seen if that will change in 2021.
PS5 availability at Target
We don’t know when you’ll be able to buy a PS5 from Target again.
Target has not been restocking much since the PS5 launched, and it’s unclear how soon it will begin taking orders again.