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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 now sold out of consoles. Check our PS5 restock hub for the retailers to check for inventory next. Also, in good news, a second Sony Direct PS5 restock has been confirmed for today (January 25), all the information you need can be found right here

Today's Sony Direct PS5 restock is still underway. This invite-only drop will run while supplies last. You'll need a unique email link to participate in this restock, but there's a small possibility those without an invite will have a chance to purchase a console at around 5 p.m. ET. 

However, this isn't guaranteed and there hasn't been a public restock during the last handful of Sony Direct drops. If an open 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). (As of 5:15 p.m. ET, there's no sign of a public restock happening). 

Sony Direct PS5 restock (sold out)

PS5: $499 at Sony Direct (opens in new tab)
The flagship PS5 console includes a 4K UHD 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)
The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UHD 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. 

News of this upcoming Sony Direct restock original came from a Reddit thread (opens in new tab), with several users confirming that they received an invitation over the weekend. If you've previously registered for an invite, we strongly suggest you search your email inbox, as you may have been selected. Don't forget to look in your junk mail folder as well. 

If you find yourself without an invitation, make sure you bookmark our PS5 restock hub. We've seen a flood of drops already this year, and there will be plenty more in the coming weeks. Our comprehensive guide will ensure you never miss a drop and offers all the tips you need to checkout successfully. 

How to get notifications from Sony Direct

Occasionally, Sony Direct has restocks for invited guests only. (The invites are sent out via email.) 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.