Where to buy a PS5: All you need to know to get Sony’s new gaming console – CNET

For the gamers who are still waiting to get their hands on Sony’s new PlayStation 5, recently named the fastest-selling console in US history, it’s been a long road. Low PS5 inventory at major retailer stores such as Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart has created a Hunger Games-type environment for shoppers trying to score over the past few months. And when an inventory drop actually happens, stock typically sells out in under one minute.

As of March 29, no regular retail stores have PlayStation 5 consoles in stock. Despite occasional inventory drops at various retailers, the PS5 console remains sold out in both of its configurations: the $500 model with Blu-ray and the less expensive. $400 digital-only edition with no optical drive. If you’re willing to pay well over the ticket price, you can get a PS5 or PS5 bundle at a reseller like eBay or StockX. We advise waiting, though. In a few more months, we expect things to turn around and inventory levels to rise, and then you might regret having spent $1,000 or more to get a PS5 a few months earlier. For the latest updates on when retailers might have inventory and offer it 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 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, 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.

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.

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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