Sony released the highly coveted PlayStation 5 more than a year ago, but the gaming console remains incredibly hard to find. Hopeful gamers are refreshing PS5 restock trackers online, trying to score the next-gen console.
Now that the holiday season has passed, it should be easier to find a PlayStation 5 -- at least in theory. A few restocks have happened so far in 2022, including PS5 restocks at Best Buy, GameStop and Sony PlayStation Direct. While there's no set schedule for many of these retailers to get more consoles, chances are surprise PS5 restocks will continue throughout the new year until Sony can finally meet the demand for the console.
Why is the PS5 console so hard to get? In short, you can thank the pandemic-induced global chip shortage -- and an increased demand for the PS5 and other electronics., of course -- there's a squeeze on chip-equipped items from to refrigerators.
The Sony PlayStation 5 is in such high demand, in fact, that retailers are using the console to sell memberships to their new premium shopping subscription services. At last look, a PS5 restock at Best Buy was limited to those with Best Buy Totaltech Memberships -- a service that costs $200 per year. (Other benefits include free two-day shipping and two-year product protection for all purchases.)
Walmart has a history of announcing when their next PS5 drop will happen in advance of the event, giving shoppers a little bit of time to plan. Walmart typically gives priority to paid Walmart+ members during these PS5 drops, which actually works out well if you're willing to spend $13 a month on a membership. (Free trial subscriptions do not get early access to PS5 restocks at Walmart.) We've heard first-hand reports of paid Walmart+ subscribers being able to get consoles at Walmart as late as one minute after the drop.
Even GameStop has a premium membership that lets you skip to the front of the PS5 line: PowerUp Rewards Pro. That membership costs $15 a year, though it does offer a $10 reward on signup, plus a $5 credit to spend every month. PowerUp Rewards Pro members also get 2% back in rewards.
It's possible that you'll still be able to get a PS5 console at Best Buy, Walmart or GameStop, even if you're not willing to drop your hard-earned cash on a premium membership. Your luck depends on checking frequently for the latest PlayStation 5 restock news -- and on tapping those "check stock now" buttons to get lucky.
If social media is your thing, Tech Radar Editor-in-Chief Matt Swider has turned his Twitter profile into a PS5 restock tracker of sorts. He even flew to Boston last October to live blog the GameStop in-store restock in person.
Retailers Walmart, Best Buy, Gamestop, and Target restock the console, but those PS5 restocks often sell out in seconds. Keep reading to find out when the elusive Sony PlayStation 5 console will hit shelves again — and how you can be among the first to know.
PS5 at Walmart
Walmart's most recent PS5 drop, which happened Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. EST, sold out quick. But the retailer does occasionally announce availability ahead of time, and we've heard reports that it's easy to get a PS5 during one of the Walmart+ member-only PS5 restock events at Walmart, so long as you're at the Walmart website ready to buy the minute new stock appears.
Otherwise, you can try tapping the "check stock now" buttons below to try and catch a surprise restock.
Walmart is only selling the PS5 online.
PS5 at StockX (in stock now)
StockX is a place where you can buy and sell hard-to-find items like limited-edition streetwear, sneakers -- and consoles, such as the PlayStation 5. (StockX verifies the authenticity of every item.)
If you're OK with buying a PS5 from a third-party reseller, StockX is the way to go -- it's where markups on the PS5 are lowest. And over the last few months, resale prices on StockX have been coming down.
PS5 at Best Buy
When Best Buy releases a cache of PS5 consoles, as the company did on Jan. 5, they sell out almost immediately. You can use the button below to check the current stock of PS5s -- you never know when there will be a surprise restock. The store has the Blu-ray console listed for $500 and the PS5 Digital Edition priced at $400. A number of PS5 bundles are available at Best Buy as well (when in stock).
PS5 at Amazon
Amazon last restocked the PS5 console on Dec. 30 for Amazon Prime members, and it sold out quickly. The best way to catch a PS5 restock on Amazon is to get lucky with the "check stock now" button below.
PS5 at GameStop
GameStop has been releasing a limited number of consoles in in-store events, though those consoles are typically part of larger bundles. (One recent bundle included Ghost of Tsushima Directors Cut and Far Cry 6.)
The last Gamestop in-store event was on Friday, Jan. 14 per The Shortcut's Matt Swider.
PS5 at Target
Target PS5 restocks have been few and far between, though there was a restock on Jan. 6. You can use the button below to check Target's current stock.
On PlayStation.com, you can register for an opportunity to purchase a PS5 directly from the maker. When a run of consoles becomes available, PlayStation emails the next batch of shoppers in the queue with private links to purchase. The site does not currently offer a timeline for when those links will become available.
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