Unfortunately, while we know where to buy a PS5, 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.
PS5 restocks are coming in and out this month, as retailers are looking to replenish for a new year of PlayStation gaming. So that’s some indication that stock levels might be rising up to a level where Sony’s console isn’t absurdly difficult to get hold of as it was last year.
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 9:10 a.m. ET on January 14, there’s no PS5 stock available. Some restocks have been taking place this month, but they sell out in moments.
The good news is 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
Check stock 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
Check stock 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.
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.
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.
PS5 restocks: Accounts to follow
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.