Where to buy a PS5: Here's what you need to know to get a PlayStation 5

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The PS5 has become the fastest-selling console in US history, so if you haven’t been able to find one yet, you’re not the only one. Sony has struggled to produce enough consoles to meet the huge demand — and Microsoft is encountering the same issue with its Xbox Series X|S. Major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart can’t keep them in stock — and their limited supply has left many customers empty handed and frustrated. 

As of April 7, the PS5’s $500 model with Blu-ray and the cheaper $400 digital-only edition with no optical drive are out of stock at every major retailer, though you will see occasional PS5 inventory drops at various stores that sell out quickly. If you’re willing to pay far above the sticker price, you can get a PlayStation 5 or PS5 bundle at a reseller like eBay or StockX. But our advice is to wait.

In a few more months, we expect PS5 supply to increase, and then you might regret having spent $1,000 or more instead of waiting it out. For the latest updates on when retailers might have inventory drops and offer the gaming console for sale online, be sure to check back here frequently. 

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You can monitor where the PS5 is available on your own; Twitter, for example, is a good source of restock rumors. But we occasionally get word directly from retailers and tipsters about upcoming PlayStation 5 console inventory restocks, and we update this post immediately. Again, be aware: It likely will be months before anything approximating normal inventory levels appears in stores, so getting your own PS5 is likely to be a challenge until summer, at the earliest. Below you’ll find a list of all the major retailers (and a few high-profile resellers) where you can monitor stock and availability. 

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PS5 restock options at major retailers

You can check out Amazon’s page for the $400 Digital Edition via the button below, or, if you’d rather, get in line for the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.

When in stock, Target offers the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500, in addition to the PS5 Digital Edition, which you can find by clicking the button below.

You can check on availability of the $400 Digital Edition at Walmart by clicking the button below, or you can try to snag the pricier PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.

When in stock, Best Buy offers the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 along with the $400 Digital Edition (which you can find by clicking the button below). The retailer is also offering a slew of accessories on its PS5 landing page.

We don’t recommend spending more than retail to get a PS5, but if you must have a console right now, eBay is your shortcut to getting a console. That said, expect to pay hundreds over list; the average PS5 price on eBay is about $800. 

If you’ve exhausted all of the usual retail options and you’re willing to pay hundreds over list price, you might want to check out StockX, an eBay alternative that made its name in the secondary market for sneakers and designer clothing. Last time we checked, prices for the PS5 were hovering just below $650. We don’t think it’s worth it, but let your conscience (and your wallet) be your guide). 

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