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

a photo of a PS5 representing a PS5 restock
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Update: Sony is sold out of PS5 consoles. Make sure to follow our PS5 restock hub for the latest stock updates. Also, check out out our Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals coverage for the season's best sales. 

PS5 restock is returning to Sony Direct. The console maker is currently offering PS5 consoles to those who received an invite via e-mail. If you didn't receive an invite, Sony's signup page (opens in new tab) is still live and taking registrations. It's worth registering as there could be more drops in the coming weeks as we enter the Black Friday deals season. 

News of this latest Sony Direct restock surfaced yesterday, when Sony began sending out invitations via email. These emails were then posted on Twitter (opens in new tab). If you have registered for an invite we advise checking your email account, as you may have been selected. 

Today's invite-only PS5 restock is scheduled to last until 7 p.m. ET or while supplies last. Considering the overwhelming demand for the PS5, we definitely don't expect this restock to continue until the evening. 

A restock for the general public could follow after the initial invite-only drop. Should there be a public drop, it'll likely happen around 5 p.m. ET or so, but we have seen multiple Sony Direct restocks that have been entirely closed. If a public drop does happen, you'll be able to 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).

Now that Black Friday PS5 deals have arrived, slashing the price of loads of the best PS5 games and accessories, we're expecting to see additional PS5 restocks at a host of major retailers. Make sure to bookmark our PS5 restock hub and we'll alert you with the latest updates as we get them.

Sony Direct PS5 restock (sold out)

PS5: $499 at Sony Direct (opens in new tab)
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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.

PS5 Digital: $399 @ Sony Direct (opens in new tab)
Invite Only:
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 notifications from Sony Direct

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

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 need 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 future exclusive Sony Direct PS5 restock events. 

Sony Direct PS5 restock

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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, as 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 in the virtual queue, you'll be given an estimated wait time. All wait times vary, and there's a good chance you'll have a message telling you it will be "more than an hour." If that's the case, don't despair. Your status can rapidly change and you may end up with 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. This is a simple challenge/question to ensure you're not a bot and 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. 

Sony Direct PS5 restock

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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.