How to buy the PS5: What you need to know about restocks at Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, Amazon, Target and more – CNET

It’s ludicrously difficult to buy a PS5 console right now unless you’re willing to spend twice the retail price. Since the PlayStation 5’s release back on Nov. 12, it has been consistently sold out at every major retailer. Right now the only consoles you can buy are marked up to obscene levels at reseller sites like sites like eBay and StockX, often two or even three times their retail value (the PS5 typically sells for about $1,000 on eBay, for example). Much of this problem can be attributed to the fact that ordinary users have had to compete with bots and resellers.   

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Twitter might be a good resource to check on restock news, but it has been quiet for a few days. The last major drop was back on Jan. 7, when Twitter user @PS5_Restockk alerted gamers that inventory was in stock at Best Buy, only to be flooded with replies that made it clear how frustrating it was to actually get one of the consoles. Then, predictably, it sold out minutes later. 

As we’ve been saying, it’ll be a while before inventory is easy to find. But we’ll be keeping an eye out for restocks nonetheless and will update this article when it looks like you might be able to score a PS5. 

The PS5 is available in two versions: a $500 model with Blu-ray, and an otherwise identical $400 digital-only version without a disc slot. At this point, people are happy to get their hands on either one, but if you don’t have a library of optical discs — for Blu-ray movies, used games or old PS4 games — we recommend you go with the $400 version.

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Remember to check back here for news and updates on new PS5 availability. You can also browse all the major retailers to see what their restock status is: The list below has links to the PS5 product pages at each store. 

PS5 restock possibilities

Best Buy is offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 as well as 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.

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.

You can check inventory on 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.

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

OK, you’ve exhausted all of the online and brick-and-mortar retailers, and you’ve decided you’re willing to pay upward of a $300 markup to get this puppy soon. As your friends, we have to tell you: Don’t do it. But if you don’t want to listen to us, 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 around $700.

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