Still desperate to update your web browser in hopes of getting your hands on a PlayStation 5? You’re not alone. The coveted next-gen console from Sony is still extremely difficult to find months after launch, and it usually sells out before you can even hit “Add to Cart” when there is a big replenishment happening.
While trying to land a PS5 can feel like playing the lottery, there are a few tricks you can use to give yourself the best chance at securing the Sony console for yourself. Here are the big stores to look out for PS5 refills, as well as expert advice to navigate through the often messy PS5 shopping experience and eventually bring one home.
Most major retailers sell the $ 499 PS5 and $ 399 PS5 Digital Editions, though they tend to be back in stock at fairly random times and only in a handful of stores at a time. We’ve put together a handy list of the biggest retailers we’ve seen PS5 replenishments that you can find below.
Latest update: To date (Aug 25), major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and GameStop have had short PS5 refills and it’s worth checking out regularly. Walmart will also be replenishing the PS5 today at 9 p.m. ET. We’ll occasionally mark which retailers have the PS5 in stock at the time of writing, but units are selling out quickly and availability is subject to change.
“Best Buy has been the most reliable at the PS5 restock in the last few weeks. They offered the console three to three on Fridays, while Walmart made bigger drops every two to three weeks, ”says Matt Swider, a senior editor at TechRadar who closely tracks PS5 availability and provides quick updates to his 140,000+ followers on Twitter. Swider also notes that GameStop has had good PS5 availability lately, largely because the retailer sells the console through expensive bundles that don’t sell out anytime soon.
While history can tell us which retailers have been most consistent in offering the PS5, figuring out when they are actually getting consoles in stock has proven to be a lot harder.
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“You can increase [happen] at pretty much any time – and that makes tracking these PS5 drops a sleepless 24/7 operation for me, ”says Swider. “Target is doing early replenishments before its East Coast stores open, while Amazon has done surprising replenishments as early as 3 a.m. EST.”
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While the PS5 usually sells out within minutes after it’s back in stock, there are a few things you can do to have the best chance of getting that majestic confirmation email. Here are some tips for those still on the hunt – note that this advice also applies to those looking for the equally elusive Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Set up merchant accounts and stay logged in
If you enter your credit card information at checkout, the last PS5 in stock is likely to run out. We therefore recommend setting up an account with every major retailer in order to save valuable seconds during the payment process. Once you have a user account on sites like Amazon, Best Buy, and Target that has your payment and contact information already set up, you will have to make far fewer clicks once the replenishment is done.
Avoid sketchy websites and resellers
If you are looking for a PS5, make sure you turn to a reputable dealer like the one above. According to Swider, sites like TechInn and CheapGameCenter appear to be selling the PS5 but are “either fraudulent operations or failing to fulfill orders.” You should also avoid buying the console from resale websites like eBay and StockX, where scalpers try to sell the PS5 for $ 700-1400.
Follow PS5 restock trackers and set up Twitter notifications
In our months of PS5 tracking, we’ve found Twitter to be the most reliable and immediate source of PS5 top-up information. That’s because people like Swider and a popular gaming account Wario64 Track PS5 replenishments daily and post links to stores that are currently selling the console once it’s back in stock. We recommend signing up for Twitter notifications when you follow these accounts (just click the little bell icon on their profile) so that you can be notified when the second consoles are available.
Use the Amazon wish list
A unique trick circulating on the internet is to add the PS5 to your Amazon wish list and then move it straight to your shopping cart as soon as there are refills. Several users have reported that they have been successful with this method when the main retail page is not working, and the folks at Tom’s Guide have been able to successfully replicate this hack multiple times using the Xbox Series X. To add the PS5 to your wish list, simply click the “Add to List” icon in the top right corner of the Amazon list.
Do not get discouraged
Online retail sites can get extremely messy with the PS5 back in stock. So don’t lose hope if the console doesn’t seem to be available right away. Keep refreshing this page whenever a larger increase occurs – you might just get lucky after a few tries.
Some retailers, including GameStop, Newegg, and Antonline, tend to sell the PS5 as part of an expensive bundle once they have the console in stock. PS5 bundle prices can be staggering at first glance – like this $ 779 Newegg bundle with three games and an additional controller – but they’re also selling out a lot slower than the console itself.
With that in mind, it’s worth considering a bundle if it contains things you would buy for your PS5 anyway. Just make sure that the prices of these additional games and controllers are roughly what you would pay to buy each one. The last thing you should do is pay a grossly inflated price just to get your PS5 home.
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Once the all-too-rare PS5 upgrade takes place, there is an important decision you need to make: will you buy the PS5 for $ 499 with a disc drive, or the cheaper Digital Edition for $ 399? The consoles are identical except for one major difference, as the standard PS5 can play physical games and 4K Blu-rays, while the Digital Edition is limited to digital games and streaming media only.
The Digital Edition seems like the obvious choice for those looking to save some money. However, a PS5 with a disc drive opens up physical games for you, which are generally sold more frequently (and can be bought second-hand) and could save you more money overall in the long run. You can also trade in any physical PS5 titles you’ve bought from places like GameStop and Decluttr.
“PS5 disc is easier to buy and the one I recommend,” says Swider.
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If you’re still looking for a PS5, don’t give up hope. The console has been back in stock quite frequently lately, and while you need to be vigilant to secure your console, it’s only a matter of time before that checkout button actually works in your favor.
In the meantime, there are still plenty of great PS4 games to play, including titles like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which will automatically upgrade to their PS5 versions as soon as you receive your new console. And if you want to buy yourself or a loved one a cheaper and more readily available console, there is always the excellent Nintendo Switch. It’s also worth taking a look at Google Stadia, which lets you buy and play top titles like Cyberpunk 2077 and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on your existing computer or phone via the cloud.
But for those determined to bring home a PS5 at some point in the near future, all you need is patience – and some clever use of online shopping tricks.
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