For those looking to buy a PS5, the stock situation hasn’t improved much since launch. As the busy E3 season kicks off bringing exciting game announcements for PS5, many people are still looking to get their hands on the console at all, and PS5 restocks remain as sporadic and frustrating as ever. 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. There’s a chance we’ll see a PS5 restock on Prime Day when that event kicks off on June 21 and 22, but nothing is confirmed just yet. Still, buying a PS5 isn’t impossible, but rather a game of persistence and knowing where to look. PS5 restocks at GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and other stores happen most weeks, but you have to be ready at all times.
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 May 26, exactly one week after its previous restock. The retailer has been dropping them fairly regularly lately.
PS5 availability at Walmart
Walmart last had the PS5 in stock on May 20. 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. But with Prime Day 2021 coming up on June 21 and 22, there’s a chance we’ll see a PS5 restock during Prime Day, either at Amazon or other retailers looking to compete.
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