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Sony opens registration for invite-only PS5 restocks — how to sign up

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Update January 13: The Sony website says it's still accepting registrations to purchase the PS5. However, the link to register leads to a 404 error. We'll update this page when the link is working again, although it's been down for most of this week. 

Scoring a Sony PS5 restock could get a little easier this month. Sony Direct is still allowing gamers to register for its invite-only PS5 restock events. Signing up doesn't guarantee you'll get a PS5 — nor does it guarantee you'll get an invite — but it does increase your chances of getting that coveted invite-only email from Sony. 

However, we recommend you hurry and register as we don't know when (or if) Sony will close registrations. (As of January 13, the sign-up page is still accepting new registrations). In addition, it appears Sony restocks for the general public are drying up. In the past few months Sony has only held invite-only restocks and none for the general public. So it's more important than ever to get on their e-mail list. 

Competition to get a PS5 console is fierce this month, so any advantage goes a long way. Gamers with a PlayStation Online ID can register for Sony's invite-only PS5 drops via this Sony link. According to the Sony website, those who register will begin receiving invitations direct from Sony. If selectedyou'll receive an email with the date, time, and instructions for purchasing a PS5 console. 

PS5: register @ Sony Direct

PS5: register @ Sony Direct
Sony Direct is letting gamers register for its invite-only PS5 restocks. Registering doesn't guarantee you'll receive an invite nor does it guarantee you'll be able to purchase a PS5 console should you be invited. 

If you don't receive anything, that means you weren't selected. The Sony website states that "selection is based on previous interests and PlayStation activities." (If not selected, Walmart has been offering restocks for its Walmart Plus members. Although nothing is confirmed at the moment, it's likely they'll have more restocks in the coming weeks. Here's how to sign up for Walmart Plus). 

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

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Even if you don't receive an invite from Sony, not all hope is lost. Usually after an invite-only PS5 restock occurs, Sony tends to open its virtual queue to the general public. However, it's not always guaranteed they'll do that. (There haven't been that many open restocks in the past few weeks). 

If there are extra consoles, a restock for the general public typically occurs 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 PS5 restock page and we'll keep you updated on the latest PS5 restock news from Sony Direct and all major U.S. retailers. 

PS5 restock tracker — retailers to check

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.