PlayStation Portal Cyber Monday — restock updates and best alternatives

PlayStation Portal Cyber Monday
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The PlayStation Portal continues to be extremely elusive. As with the PS5 console before it, the Sony accessory is proving very tough to find in stock. That's why we're tracking restocks across all major retailers to help you secure your own Portal. 

If you've missed all the hype, the PlayStation Portal is a handheld device that allows you to remotely play your PS5 console via an 8-inch 1080p LCD display sandwiched in between two halves of a DualSense controller. 

However, it's not a Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck rival, because the Portal is not capable of native play. You must be connected to a strong Wi-Fi signal at all times. Essentially without a strong internet connection, the PlayStation Portal becomes a $199 paperweight. It's certainly not the PS Vita 2 that many have been requesting. 

Due to the device's current popularity, there definitely won't be any PlayStation Portal discounts for Cyber Monday, but we are seeing savings on some very suitable alternatives including the Backbone One and the Razer Kishi V2.

However, if you have your heart set on the PlayStation Portal, we're tracking the latest PlayStation Portal stock updates down below (and in our dedicated hub), so let's dive into all the key PlayStation Portal details for Cyber Monday 2023. 

PlayStation Portal Restock Tracker

As of Tuesday, November 28, the PlayStation Portal is sold out across all major retailers including PlayStation Direct, Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. Unfortunately, there's no exact date when these retailers expect to have more stock either.

However, PlayStation Direct advises customers to "check back early December" perhaps hinting at a restock in the coming weeks. Nevertheless, as stock could appear at any moment we advise regularly checking the listing pages below, and make sure to bookmark this page as we'll bring you fresh updates as we get them.

Don't give up hope if the links provided below send you to an "out of stock" page. We're regularly updating this article with the latest details, so be sure to check back often to see if stocks have been resupplied. And if you can't wait, we've listed a few PlayStation Portal alternatives below, which are still on sale post-Cyber Monday. 

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ PlayStation Direct

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ PlayStation Direct (check stock)
PlayStation Direct is Sony's official gaming retailer, so is one of the best places to shop for all things PlayStation. The PlayStation Portal is currently sold out but the listing advises to "check back early December" hinting at a restock in the weeks ahead. 

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Amazon

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Amazon (check stock)
Amazon is currently sold out of the PlayStation Portal. There are several third-party listings but these are demanding as much as $389 for a "Like New" condition unit. We recommend waiting for a restock rather than overpaying for a device. Amazon may restock shortly so be sure to keep an eye on its listing page for now. 

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Best Buy

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Best Buy (check stock)
Best Buy sold out of the PlayStation Portal during the pre-order phase and has yet to show any signs of having additional stock to sell during launch week. We do expect the electronics retailer will restock at some point, so keep a watch on its listing page for updates. 

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Walmart

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Walmart (check stock)
Walmart is sold out of the PlayStation Portal but we're hoping the big-box retailer will restock shortly. We expect that the retailer may opt to make stock exclusively available to Walmart Plus members as it frequently did this when PS5 restock was at its peak. 

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ GameStop (check stock)

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ GameStop (check stock)

GameStop is sold out of the PlayStation Portal right now, but the retailer may have hinted that a restock is on the way. And "add to cart" button briefly appeared on its listing page, and while the button didn't function, it could be a sign that fresh stock is on the way soon. 

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Target

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Target (check stock)
Unfortunately, Target is another major retailer that is currently sold out of the PlayStation Portal right now. However, we're keeping a close eye on its listing page and will update you when the situation changes.

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Newegg

PlayStation Portal: $199 @ Newegg (check stock)
NewEgg is also selling the PlayStation Portal. While it is currently sold out of the handheld device, it does offer a notification service. This is especially handy if you want stock updates delivered straight to you.  

Best PlayStation Portal alternatives

Backbone One PlayStation Edition (USB-C):

Backbone One PlayStation Edition (USB-C): was $99 now $69 @ Amazon
Want to match your Backbone to your PS5? This is the one to buy. It has all the same functionality and compatibility as the original Backbone One, but it comes with a PlayStation-inspired lick of paint and Sony’s classic face buttons. It's as near as you can get to the PS Portal without a PS Portal.

Backbone One (Lightning): was $99 now $69 @ Amazon

Backbone One (Lightning): was $99 now $69 @ Amazon
Using an older iPhone sporting a Lightning port? Backbone’s got you covered with a version of its controller that sports this connector. You get all the same perks of the USB-C model, but perfect for previous versions of Apple’s smartphones. If you also game on Xbox, this device can be used for Xbox Cloud Gaming

Razer Kishi V2 (Android): was $99 now $64 @ Amazon

Razer Kishi V2 (Android): was $99 now $64 @ Amazon
The second generation Razer Kishi adds more tactile buttons and a more straightforward mount mechanism to lock your Android smartphone into. The Kishi is comfortable to hold and USB-C passthrough means you can charge your phone while you play.

Nintendo Switch Lite: $199 @ Best Buy

Nintendo Switch Lite: $199 @ Best Buy
HIt's not quite an apples-to-apples comparison as the Switch is capable of a lot more than the PS Portal as a standalone device. The Lite has all the functionality of the main console but can only be used in handheld mode. It's a great choice if you just want a Switch for portable play.

PlayStation Portal restock — latest updates

The PlayStation Portal retails for $199, and there were no discounts available during the Cyber Monday sales. The device is still within its launch window, and Sony's current stock levels are struggling to meet the high demand. In fact, we're even seeing unscrupulous resellers attempt to take advantage of the situation by listing the product on resale sites with a high markup. A discount is highly unlikely. 

The bad news is that right now the PlayStation Portal remains sold out at all major retailers including PlayStation Direct, Amazon and Best Buy. However, the stock situation could change at any time so be sure to check each retailer below. And bookmark this page as we’ll update if the situation changes later this week. 

Jeff Parsons
UK Editor In Chief

Jeff is UK Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide looking after the day-to-day output of the site’s British contingent. Rising early and heading straight for the coffee machine, Jeff loves nothing more than dialling into the zeitgeist of the day’s tech news.

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