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Where to buy PS5 — PS5 restock tracker for Best Buy, Walmart, Target and more

Where to buy PS5 — restock updates
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So we know where to buy a PS5, but actually getting to purchase one of Sony's new game consoles is extremely difficult. That's down to both the standard $499 PS5 and $399 PS5 Digital Edition have been sold out across the U.S. 

But PS5 restocks have been taking place already this year, though not in huge numbers. However, Sony has a restock planned for today, so that's a positive indication that more PS5 consoles are coming. You'll need to be quick to ensure you snag a console though as they're still sure to seel out very quickly.

We put together a cheat sheet of the major U.S. stores that have Sony's new game console listed, and we're tracking PS5 restocks when they pop up. Make sure to keep this page bookmarked and refreshed to have the best chance at finding where to buy a PS5.

Where to buy PS5: Check PS5 restock right now

As of 12:40 p.m. ET on January 15, there are no PS5 consoles available for purchase. The Sony Rewards Store had PS5 restock earlier today, but has since sold out.  

The good news is that a regular PS5 stock tipster has claimed that millions more consoles will arrive each month until April. So we could see a surge in stock pretty soon. 

Even if you do happen to snag a PS5, you may have to be patient. We've seen some reports from shoppers saying that their PS5 units are taking weeks to be delivered. 

We'll update this page when we learn of available stock. But in the meantime, you can use the links below to check where to buy the PS5.

Where to buy PS5: Latest stock updates, who to follow

There does seem to be some PS5 stock relief on the way, with Digitimes reporting that Sony is planning to ship between 16.8 million and 18 million PS5 units in 2021. This is due to an increase in the units' supply stream. Sony initially shipped 3.4 million PlayStation 5 units in its first month of availability. 

The Sony Twitter account is worth following so you can get notifications about the next batches of available PS5 units. We also recommend following Twitter accounts such as @PS5StockAlerts, @GYXdeals, @PS5Drop and @Wario64, which are often first to have the latest updates on availability. Availability can also be regional, as Walmart and EBGames in Canada recently had stock.

If you're struggling to find any PS5 stock anywhere, don't give up hope. Sony recently tweeted that it's working to get more PS5 consoles ready for the end of the year. 

"Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year - please stay in touch with your local retailers," said Sony. 

If you do manage to get a PS5, it's possible that it could be stolen before it even reaches your door. Many Amazon PS5 customers have claimed that their shipments have gone missing, and Amazon U.K. has pledged to replace those units. And the situation seems to be getting worse with thieves even stealing the Sony consoles from lorries as they're being delivered to retailers.

Make sure to keep this page bookmarked and to check the retailer listings regularly.

PS5 at Walmart

PS5: $499 at Walmart
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Walmart has started selling the PS5, complete with protection plans that start at $58 for 3 years of service. Currently it's unavailable. You can also sign up for alerts when it's back in stock.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 at Walmart
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Walmart also offers the PS5 Digital Edition with Walmart protection plans that start at $38 for 3 years. Unfortunately it's also currently unavailable.View Deal

PS5 at Amazon

PS5: $499 at Amazon
Out of stock Amazon has started selling the base PS5, but stock has sold out at the time of writing.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 at Amazon
Out of stock Amazon also sells the PS5 Digital Edition, but it has also sold out of this PS5 version. View Deal

PS5 at Best Buy

PS5: $499 at Best Buy
Best Buy has started selling the PS5, complete with optional 2-year accident protection and several cardmember financing options. When we last checked however, there weren't any consoles available.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 at Best Buy
Best Buy also has the PS5 Digital Edition, but it's also proving hard to find in stock.View Deal

PS5 at GameStop

PS5: $499 at GameStop
GameStop is offering the PS5, complete with product replacement options and payment plan options that start at $124.99. However, the product is currently listed as out of stock.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 at GameStop
GameStop also has the PS5 Digital Edition, but we didn't see any available stock when we last checked.View Deal

PS5 at Target

PS5: $499 at Target
Target is selling the PS5, but like other retailers, stock has been going fast. The retailer also offers a 2 year protection plan starting at $63. Reportedly, Target will make some PS5s available on Dec. 27.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 at Target
Target has started offering the PS5 Digital Edition but it's been quickly going out of stock. Protection plans start at $47 for the discless console.
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PS5 at B&H

PS5: $499 at B&H
The standard PS5 is being sold at B&H Photo with a free expedited shipping option. There's no stock right now, but you can sign up for notifications.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 at B&H
The PS5 Digital Edition is also currently unavailable, but B&H is offering free expedited shipping and will notify you when it has more stock via email if you wish.
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How to buy PS5: Essential tips 

Get prepared: Make sure you have all the right payment card details and two-factor authentication available and to hand when you find a PS5 ready to buy. Units can go so fast that if you’re fiddling around trying to find your credit card you could miss your chance to secure a PS5 order.

Select a retailer: As you can see from our list above, there are plenty of retailers to choose from, which can actually make the whole process of buying a PS5 a bit complicated. We suggest you select a couple of major retailers like Walmart and Amazon, and keep an eye on their PS5 landing pages.

Sign up to stock alerts: Plenty of retailers offer to alert you to when they have PS5 stock in. We suggest you sign up to those services for the retailers that are offering them.

Find the right product page: It might sound obvious, but make sure you’re on the actual buying page for the PS5 or the PS5 Digital Edition. If you’re on a landing page, you might end up missing the moment new stock arrives.

Sign in to retailers: Make sure you sign in to any retailers you might already have an account with. This will make things a lot faster when buying a PS5 if you spot one on sale. And speed is of the essence today.

Keep refreshing and don't give up: It can be a little demoralizing trying to find PS5 stock when everywhere looks sold out. But regularly refresh product pages to see what pops up; you might get lucky. And also keep checking back here for any PS5 stock updates. 

You can also make it a habit of checking Slickdeals, the online collection of deals that run the gamut from household appliances to gaming consoles like the PS5. The website has a few specific forum threads for everything PS5 that users continue to update. If you follow the thread, head to the last page and keep refreshing to keep up with all the latest news.

It's also a good idea to check a few of the subscription-based wholesaler retailers like Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale Club, and Costco. You do need a paid membership to shop at these retailers, but that means reduced competition to snag a unit there. You may need to pay extra for a bundle, but it's worth checking out these locations either way. Currently, there are no online listings for these retailers to check, but it may be worth heading to each brick-and-mortar store to try your luck at this point. 

It's been a fairly difficult process during this console generation to lock in any sort of next-gen purchase. But as we near the holidays, it's highly likely there will be additional PS5s available for purchase at some point as Sony catches up with those looking to buy PS5s.

Where to buy PS5: Avoid the PS5 scalpers

Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for the shortage of PS5 consoles is down to scalpers. These opportunistic people have been using bots to scan retailers for PS5 stock when it becomes available and buy as many of the consoles as they can in one go. 

Once they have the highly-desirable console, they will then sell them on for extortionate prices, often for thousands of dollars. Business Insider reported one reseller managed to get hold of 200 PS5 consoles and managed to sell them for more than $40,000. 

While this isn’t illegal, it’s not exactly the most morally sound thing to do. But at least it’s not as bad as some people who’ve been pretending to sell PS5 consoles on eBay by simply posting photos of the console and scamming people to bid for them when there was no PS5 on offer.  

We advise you avoid buying from such resellers, fake or otherwise. At $499 the PS5 is still quite an expensive console and it currently doesn't have a huge library of games to play on it. So if you can wait until 2021 you’re likely to have a lot more PS5 games to choose from and Sony should have more consoles available. 

It might seem absurd to buy a PS5 for over $1,000, especially as its launch game lineup isn’t particularly profund. But with the coronavirus pandemic seeing more people staying at home, some PlayStation fans are clearly desperate to get their hands on a new console to keep them entertained over the holiday season. 

Speaking of the coronavirus, social media posts from the recent Black Friday sales showed how people are so keen to get a PS5, they’ll crowd into shopping centers despite the risk of getting a deadly virus when social distancing can’t be maintained. Again, we advise you don’t put your health at risk to get a PS5 even though it’s a very impressive gaming console. 

  • Diguinhosk8
    It's ridiculous. Tried every time, it's vanished as soon I clicked to put it in my cart. It's totally ridiculous. I quit.
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  • Jim Larson
    Yep. Let me know in January when Best Buy has a huge stack of 'em in the brick & mortar store. I got better ways to waste my time 'til then.
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  • psych4kat
    Thank you. Thank you. Because of your page I was able to purchase my PS5!!! Keep up the great work!!
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  • Nikki6870
    I need help to know when Best Buy will get the ps5 back in stock. Can you please help me please
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  • BadAsAl
    I don't think it is amoral to buy something and sell it for more than you paid. Who are you taking advantage of? The poor parent who wants one for their kid isn't going to get it even if it was $99? No, you are selling them to people with more money than patience. It is a luxury item after all. But this also raises another point. Sony and Microsoft know these consoles are worth more than $499 so why are they not selling them for what they are worth? If they charged $1499 they would find the same buyers who are buying them off private sellers and instead of the profits going to someone designing bots, it would go to the company making the console, who could then use that money to develop the next gen hardware.
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  • HasnainM
    Thanks to you I picked myself up a ps5. And I couldn't have done it without you.
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  • shawnwyatt
    I just wanted to say don't go crazy trying to get a PS5 you will be able to get one soon. I felt the same way as most that I really wanted one. I didn't get one on 11/12 but shortly after when they had another restock I was able to grab a console version (w/ disc) off of Walmart.com. I wasn't even trying too hard as I figured it was a lost cause. Just using my iPhone I finally got it in my cart, checked out and it actually showed up (about a week later). I have three PS4s in the house and some XBox Ones. I have twin 10 year old boys and they really wanted it but the initial excitement has since wore off. They are still using the PS4s in their rooms because the games they are playing are on both platforms. We have two nice racing seats with Fanatec wheels and I play Dirt 5. However, Dirt 5 doesn't even really support the Fanatec wheels yet. Their update supports others but not Fanatec at the time of this post but the wheel can still be used in another mode. I am waiting for GT 7 which should be worth it. But PS5 only games that utilize the hardware just aren't out yet, with a few exceptions. So definitely do not overpay for a unit and they will be coming in.
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