Though Sony hasn’t spoken about the PS5 stock situation in 2021 yet, Microsoft recently admitted that Xbox Series X stock will be constrained through at least June, so we expect the same is true of the PS5. While PS5 stock may not be readily available until this summer at the earliest, that doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck if you’re hoping to buy a PS5. Walmart restocked the PS5 on February 4, giving customers multiple different opportunities to snag a console. We also saw the largest PS5 restock since Black Friday in January–Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, Target, and even Amazon had the PS5 available to buy, though only for a short time. While you likely won’t see a PS5 on the shelf of your local Best Buy or Walmart, retailers have been offering sporadic online restocks, and though these continue to sell out with minutes (or even sooner), they offer a solid chance at buying the PS5 or PS5 Digital if you’re ready at the right time.
In the meantime, we’re continuing to update 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
GameStop restocked the PS5 on January 27; however, the PS5 and PS5 Digital edition were only available in pricey bundles. This has been a relatively common occurrence at GameStop.
PS5 availability at Walmart
Walmart had the PS5, along with other next-gen systems, on its website on February 4. Like other Walmart restocks, more systems became available every 10 minutes, providing customers with numerous chances to get one.
PS5 availability at Best Buy
Best Buy’s last PS5 restock was on January 22–this marked the second day in a row that Best Buy restocked the PS5 on its website, but it’s been quiet ever since. 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. We suggest checking with your local Best Buy store in case of availability.
PS5 availability at Target
Target’s most recent restock was on February 2. Both the PS5 and PS5 Digital were available, but only for in-store pickup. We still suggest calling your local stores for availability. This is only the second PS5 restock we’ve seen at Target since launch.
PS5 availability at Amazon
Amazon has been the least reliable retailer when it comes to PS5 restocks–we’ve barely seen the next-gen console in stock there since launch. The most recent Amazon PS5 restock happened on January 21. We only saw the $500 disc drive version in stock, and it was gone in a flash.