Seemingly coming out of left-field with no warning, the GameStop restock offered both the standard $499 PS5 and the $399 PS5 Digital Edition, as well as various console bundles. But sadly the PS5 restock was short-lived, and at the time of writing, there are no more consoles available.
- Where to buy PS5: All the latest stock updates
- PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition: Which should you buy?
- Plus: PS5 restock update — here’s when big inventory drop is coming
It would appear that PS5 consoles on their own were the first to sell out followed by more expensive bundles, which stuck around a little longer, likely due to the bundles slapping on an extra $100 onto the cost of the PS5.
We've argued before that console bundles aren’t always the best way to buy a new games machine, And our very own Henry T. Casey ran into such frustration as he got caught up in GameStop’s PS5 restock flurry.
the big annoying part of this whole thing is the $20 gamestop gift card that I do not want nor need.a second controller? sure.miles morales ultimate edition? why not but a $20 fee? GDIFebruary 24, 2021
Unfortunately, Casey appeared to be unsuccessful in getting hold of a PS5, which just shows how the demand for Sony’s new gaming machine is overwhelming. Sony is apparently being “relentless” in its drive to increase PS5 production but that’s not likely to kill stock shortages any time soon.
How to get the PS5 from GameStop when it returns
If you missed or were unsuccessful with GameStop’s late-night PS5 restock, then don’t give up hope. The retailer is very likely to have more PS5 stock in before too long, so you can set yourself up for when that happens.
And it’s best to ensure you have a GameStop account set up with your payment details and other information logged so that when you spot a PS5 in stock you can jump on it and purchase it as quickly as possible. Given such restocks garner a vast amount of attention, the difference between securing a PS5 order and missing it can be a matter of seconds.
Of course, if you’re finding the whole effort of securing a PS5 deeply frustrating, then we suggest you hold fire until the stock situation is more stable. The PS5 isn’t exactly flush with exclusive games so you don’t really need one yet, especially as most of the current best PS5 games will run on the PS4.
Give it a few months and you’ll be more likely to see some of our most anticipated PS5 games available for sale.
- More: Where to buy Nintendo Switch online — these stores have stock
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Roland Moore-Colyer a Managing Editor at Tom’s Guide with a focus on news, features and opinion articles. He often writes about gaming, phones, laptops and other bits of hardware; he’s also got an interest in cars. When not at his desk Roland can be found wandering around London, often with a look of curiosity on his face.