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Sony Direct PS5 restock sold out — where to find inventory next

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Update: Sony is now sold out of consoles. Make sure to follow our PS5 restock hub for news on the next drop. 

As of 6:00 p.m. ET, Sony has PS5 consoles available for the general public. You can get the PS5 for $499 via this link (opens in new tab) or the PS5 Digital for $399 via this link (opens in new tab). This is the first time in months Sony has held an open restock for anyone. (No invite required). 

Today's Sony Direct PS5 restock is still underway. The official PlayStation retailer is holding an invite-only restock that will last through 7 p.m. ET, or until stock of the next-gen console runs out. 

If the retailer has remaining stock after this period, an open restock for the general public may follow. However, this hasn't happened for several months and not at all in 2022, so the odds of gamers without an invitation securing a console in this Sony Direct restock are unfortunately slim. 

If you do have an invite you'll be able to get the . News of this restock came via console stock tracker Wario64 (opens in new tab)

If you don't have an invite, you can still register your interest (opens in new tab) for the chance to participate in future Sony Direct restocks. It's likely too late to get access to today's drop, but if you register now you'll be considered for inclusion in the future. Also, make sure to check our PS5 restock hub for the latest updates across every major retailer. 

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PS5: $499 at Sony Direct (opens in new tab)
The flagship PS5 console includes a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, the design is slightly fuller than the all-digital model. It sells for $499 and includes a PS5 DualSense controller.

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PS5 Digital: $399 @ Sony Direct (opens in new tab)
The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, it's slightly thinner than its counterpart. It also sells for $399 ($100 less) and includes a PS5 DualSense controller. 

How to get invites from Sony Direct

Occasionally, Sony Direct has restocks for invited guests only. (The invites are sent out via e-mail.) Sony opened up registration to these events to the general public. Now anyone can sign up for invite-only Sony Direct PS5 restocks

Alternatively, you'll want to have an active Sony Direct account and make sure you have notifications set to "yes." Creating a Sony Direct account is easy. You can sign up via this link here (opens in new tab). Once you've set up an account, you'll want to add your address and billing info. Having this info on file will make things easier should you manage to get a PS5 console in your cart. 

To turn on notifications from Sony Direct, you'll want to sign into your account, click on "My Profile," and then click the "edit" button from your profile page. You'll then be redirected to a new account settings page. From within that page, choose "notifications" from the left column and then make sure you opt-in to receive news and special offers from Sony. 

Keep in mind this trick doesn't guarantee you'll get an invite in time for the next PS5 drop, but it should increase your chances for the next exclusive Sony Direct PS5 restock event. 

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How to get a PS5 if you didn't receive an invite

Usually after an invite-only PS5 restock, Sony tends to open its virtual queue to the general public. However, that's not always guaranteed. (There have been instances where the retailer has completely sold out.) If there are extra consoles, a restock for the general public will likely occur after the invite-only event wraps up, usually an hour or two after the start of the original drop. Of course, you can bookmark our page and we'll keep you updated on the latest PS5 restock news from Sony Direct and all major U.S. retailers. 

What to do once you're in the queue

Once you're on the virtual queue, you'll be given an estimated wait time. All wait times vary, and there's a good chance you'll have "more than an hour" wait. If that's the case, don't despair. Your status can rapidly change and you may have a shorter wait time than estimated. For instance, after waiting 20 minutes on a previous PS5 restock event, our time was cut from "more than an hour" to just 15 minutes. 

Additionally, you may be required to solve a captcha (a simple challenge/question to ensure you're not a bot). It usually requires that you select a radio box. As a result, you'll want to make sure your browser tab remains prominent, because if it's not you might miss your captcha challenge and you could forfeit your place in line. 

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Rory Mellon
Rory Mellon

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.