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Were past the middle of the week, but we havent seen too many PS5 restocks besides a pair of opportunities at Walmart. Last week, GameStop and PS Direct had restocks, with the former offering bundles for PowerUp Rewards Pro members. Keep in mind that restocks frequently pop up randomly and sell out very quickly. You should also check out our guide below for tips on staying on top of PS5 restocks and every link to PS5 listings at major retailers.

At this point, youre probably familiar with the Twitter culture that has sprung up around PS5 restocks--as frustrating as it can be to click through only to find the console already sold out, this still remains one of the best ways to successfully buy a PS5, especially if you have notifications turned on. Checking the store listings every day is a good idea as well, as youll sometimes see the PS5 pop up without notice at Walmart or Best Buy. In the meantime, you can check availability at major retailers here, and read on for the latest PS5 updates for specific stores, our best tips for securing a PS5, and more.

Where to buy a PS5: Check availability

Were continuing to update this guide as PS5 units go on sale--you can check out the direct retail listings and last restock info at major retailers below. Youll want to keep in mind whether youre willing to buy a pricey bundle or pay above MSRP for the PS5 itself, as third-party sellers like StockX are options as well. However, we do recommend waiting to buy the PS5 at MSRP (and not hundreds above list price).

The PS5 and PS5 Digital sell for $500 and $400, respectively.

PS5 restocks at PlayStation Direct

PlayStation Direct regularly opens up a queue for shoppers to buy the PS5 (and anything else on the first-party site), but its often over an hour wait and unclear if the PS5 is even available. Still, its worth checking PS Direct often, as its the only store still releasing the PS5 on a somewhat regular basis. However, the queues appear to also be somewhat random.

Note that finding a queue on PS Direct doesnt necessarily mean the PS5 is in stock; it simply indicates high traffic to the store. It never hurts to jump in and wait if you find the queue and youll be at your computer for a while, but know theres no guarantee itll be in stock by the time you get through.

PS5 restocks at GameStop

GameStop had PS5 bundles in stock on August 17. GameStops restocks nearly always feature bundles nowadays instead of standalone consoles, usually throwing in a game, extra controller, and/or PlayStation Plus with the PS5 itself.

PS5 restocks at Walmart

Walmart last had the PS5 in stock on August 5, and it sold out almost instantly. Oftentimes, Walmart PS5 restocks are announced with a few hours notice and usually happen at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET, with more stock releasing every 10 minutes over a little less than an hour.

PS5 restocks at Best Buy

Best Buys last online PS5 restock was on August 12, and both the PS5 and PS5 Digital were available. Best Buys restocks usually happen in the latter half of the week (often on Thursday or Friday), but this isnt always the case.

PS5 restocks at Target

Targets most recent restock was on August 9. Though Target didnt have any PS5 availability for months after the consoles launch, weve seen several restocks from the retailer recently--usually for in-store pickup only.

PS5 restocks at Amazon

Amazon has been the least reliable retailer when it comes to PS5 restocks--weve barely seen the next-gen console in stock there since launch. Amazon PS5 restocks tend to sell out even quicker than other major retailers, which makes securing the console quite a challenge. However, Amazon did have a surprise PS5 restock on July 21.

When will PS5 stock stabilize?

Unfortunately, PS5 shortages will likely continue through 2022. According to Bloomberg, Sony recently informed analysts that PS5 demand is outpacing supply. I dont think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldnt be able to catch up with demand, CFO Hiroki Totoki reportedly said during a meeting with analysts.

However, Sony does plan to ramp up PS5 production over the summer and into the second half of 2021, so you may have a better shot at buying one before this holiday season. In an interview with Wired, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said theyre working hard to improve the PS5 stock situation. We see production ramping up over the summer and certainly into the second half of the year, and we would hope to see some sort of return to normality in terms of the balance between supply and demand during that period, Ryan said.

PS5 stock issues have stemmed in part from a global chip shortage. The widespread semiconductor shortage has affected console production and graphics cards as well as numerous other industries, including the auto industry. In a Sony earnings call on August 4, CFO Hiroki Totoki confirmed that the company has enough chips to hit its target of 14.8 million PS5s sold this fiscal year, with 10 million already sold since the consoles launch, but this doesnt mean that everyone who wants a PS5 will easily be able to buy one this holiday.

How to buy a PS5: Tips and tricks

Being able to buy a PS5 is largely a matter of luck and timing, but there are ways to boost your chances of actually securing Sonys new console.

Follow restock accounts on Twitter and turn on notifications: Accounts like Wario64, Spiel Times, PS5 Restock Alert, and PS5 Stock Alerts will tweet when PlayStation Direct and other stores have PS5 stock, and turning on notifications will ensure you dont miss any news (however, note that accounts like Wario64 tweet about deals and non-PS5 news as well). Of course, we tweet PS5 restock information on our own account, GameSpot Deals, as well.

Follow a Twitch bot tracking console restocks in real time: Twitch user killercam1020 has a 24/7 stream that uses a bot to track restocks for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S at major retailers. The constantly moving wall of text usually shows Out of Stock at all stores, but when the bot detects the PS5 being in stock somewhere, youll be one of the first to know, if youre monitoring the stream. You can also follow Cameron Ritz, who runs the stream, on Twitter for updates.

Dont buy a PS5 from other Twitter users: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. PS5 restock scams are still a thing on Twitter; some of these accounts are even verified and may appear to be affiliated with PlayStation. No one will sell you a PS5 at only a slight markup. Avoid buying from anyone on Twitter that you dont know; stay vigilant and buy from legitimate retail sites.

Update your Sony account: Log into your Sony account and make sure its up to date with all notification options turned on, as Sony occasionally emails users inviting them to buy the PS5 at PlayStation Direct. Even if youre not selected, a public PlayStation Direct queue usually opens up afterward on these days.

Stay logged in at major retailers and ensure info is up to date: You dont want to get to checkout and have to update your address or payment information--in that time, the PS5 could sell out. Make sure your shipping and billing information is up to date at all major retailers, and stay logged in if possible.

Be ready at exact restock times when announced beforehand: Walmart and GameStop have a history of announcing PS5 restocks ahead of time, anywhere from days beforehand to one hour prior. While this is convenient for hopeful buyers, it also gives scalpers time to prepare as well, so they can be the most frustrating restocks to deal with. That said, plenty of people do still have luck with these pre-announced restocks, so youll want to be ready at your computer at the set time with payment information on hand.

Dont give up too quickly: Some major retailers like Best Buy release PS5 stock in waves every few minutes. When you get notified that a restock is happening, dont give up as soon as you see that unavailable or out of stock button; keep refreshing as theres a chance more stock will be available shortly.

Keep an eye on smaller retailers: Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy arent the only retailers selling the PS5. If youre a Costco member, weve seen the PS5 pop up there, and the Exchange store sometimes has consoles available for members of the military. Weve also seen the PS5 at Kohls, Meijer, Newegg, and more, so dont think that youre limited to the big stores.

Know whether youre willing to buy a bundle: Stores like GameStop and Antonline have been selling the PS5 bundled with an extra controller and other accessories and games for higher prices. While these bundles tend to be priced at the exact value of everything included, some of these bundles have items you may not actually want, so youll have to determine whether the price is worth it for you. For what its worth, we suggest waiting to buy the console at MSRP if possible, but if youre willing to buy a pricey bundle, you may have an easier time getting the PS5.

Where to buy PS5 accessories

Though PS5 accessories were initially hard to find in stock, theyre much easier to buy now.

While the Pulse 3D wireless headset was extremely difficult to buy for a few months, stock for Sonys first-party headset has now stabilized at most retailers. However, there are some fantastic third-party PS5 headsets worth considering too. Our personal favorite is the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro wireless headset; other great options include the versatile SteelSeries Arctis 1 and the high-end Astro A50. Any of your existing PS4 headsets should work, too.

Other official PS5 accessories, like the media remote and DualSense charging station, are now much easier to find in stock as well.

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