The PS5 is still difficult to find in stock at retailers, and despite Sony’s plans to ramp up PS5 production this summer, the company also recently warned that stock shortages will likely continue into 2022. So what does that mean for folks still looking to secure the new console for themselves? Buying a PS5 isn’t impossible–we’re seeing restocks on a regular basis at stores like GameStop, Antonline, and Best Buy, though each time the PS5 continues to sell out quickly. The biggest challenge for hopeful PS5 buyers is simply being ready at the right time, as restocks usually aren’t announced with much notice.
At this point, you’re probably familiar with the Twitter culture that has sprung up around PS5 restocks–as frustrating as it can be to click through only to find the console already sold out, this still remains one of the best ways to successfully buy a PS5, especially if you have notifications turned on. Checking the store listings every day is a good idea as well, as you’ll sometimes see the PS5 pop up without notice at Walmart or Best Buy. PlayStation Direct has been one of the most reliable places to buy a PS5, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen a restock there, so we’re due for one soon.
At this time, there’s no word on when the next PS5 restock will occur, but you can count on it popping up somewhere soon–that pattern has become fairly reliable. As soon as we hear news, we’ll include it here. In the meantime, you can check availability at major retailers here, and read on for the latest news and our best tips for snagging a PS5.
How to buy a PS5: Our best tips
Being able to buy a PS5 is largely a matter of luck and timing, but there are ways to boost your chances of actually securing Sony’s new console.
- Follow restock accounts on Twitter and turn on notifications: Accounts like Wario64, Spiel Times, PS5 Restock Alert, and PS5 Stock Alerts will tweet when PlayStation Direct and other stores have PS5 stock, and turning on notifications will ensure you don’t miss any news (however, note that accounts like Wario64 tweet about deals and non-PS5 news as well). Of course, we tweet PS5 restock information on our own account, GameSpot Deals, as well.
PS5 availability at GameStop
GameStop had PS5 bundles in stock on April 28, exactly two weeks after its previous last restock.
PS5 availability at Walmart
Walmart last had the PS5 in stock on May 6. Stock sold out almost instantly.
PS5 availability at Best Buy
Best Buy’s last online PS5 restock was on May 13. 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 April 28. Though Target didn’t have any PS5 availability for months after the console’s launch, we’ve seen several restocks from the retailer recently–usually for in-store pickup only.
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 April 24.
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