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Best Buy PS5 restock — here's when to expect the next drop

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It's been a quiet week for PS5 restock. Even the Best Buy PS5 restock we expected to see on Friday didn't come to fruition. 

But not all hope is lost. So if you're still looking for a PS5 console, here's how you can increase your chances of scoring a system during the next PS5 restock at Best Buy.

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PS5: $499 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
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Sony's flagship gaming machine, the PS5 is one of the most in-demand tech products currently available. For good reason, this powerful console boasts 4K visuals, an innovative DualSense controller, and a 4K Blu-ray drive. 

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PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
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The PS5 Digital Edition is the same great console just minus the 4K Blu-ray disc drive. This is a great pick for gamers that are all in on digital games. Best Buy didn't restock the PS5 Digital Edition console last week, so a restock is due. As the regular PS5 is in stock, this could come into stock at any minute. 

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When is the next PS5 drop

Best Buy killed its 6-week PS5 restock streak. For the past few weeks, the retailer has offered a PS5 restock every Friday afternoon. This past Friday was the first time it missed its PS5 drop. Whether it was a PS5 shortage or not isn't know, but one thing is for sure — Best Buy is bound to return next week with another console drop. We'll keep on top of any updates, but expect the next drop to possibly occur next Friday. 

How to buy a PS5 at Best Buy 

Given the fierce competition, there are no guarantees of getting a PS5 from the limited stock, but there are certain things you can do to improve your chances. Firstly, if you don’t already have a Best Buy account, set one up right now as this will shave off valuable minutes of the check out process. It’s also worth ensuring that your payment details and address information are saved for the same reason.

More devices means more chances, so it’s worth being logged in and ready on both your phone and laptop around restock time. Some people have had success by adding to their basket on a phone and then completing via laptop, so that could be worth a go if either browser seems to be struggling under the strain. 

It’s also important to note that if you’re keen to get a PS5 before the stock issues ease, you can’t afford to be too fussy. Last week, there were no PS5 Digital Edition units, for example, and you might have to pay extra for a disk version whether you want one or not. It’s also possible that you may have to buy a less popular bundle in order to secure a PS5, so think carefully about what games and accessories you’d be interested in buying ahead of time.

For security reasons, Best Buy will require you to enter a supplied code during the check-out process, and this can come via text or email. Always pick text: it’s faster, and won’t get caught up in spam filters.

Finally, don’t be dissuaded too easily. Due to the tendency for sites to struggle under the strain of eager PS5 buyers, retailers have typically released their stock in waves. So hang around a bit longer and keep refreshing, even if you’re seeing the disappointing “sold out” message.

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.