PS5 by Black Friday? Check for restocks at Walmart, Amazon, GameStop and Target – CNET

Sony’s PlayStation 5 officially dropped in the US on Nov. 12, but thanks to presales and the huge anticipation — it sold out immediately. Along with the new Xbox and the not as new (but just as excellent) Nintendo Switch, the game consoles are a few of the must-have gifts for the holiday season, and they’re all going to be probably the hardest to get your hands on. The PS5 has two versions: a $400 digital-only version and a $500 model with Blu-ray. If you have good broadband and don’t have a need for optical discs — for Blu-ray movies, used games or old PS4 games — we recommend you go with the $400 one.

If you haven’t already successfully preordered a console, don’t expect to be able to walk into Best Buy any day and take one off the shelf. The launch was online-only, and we expect limited inventories through the rest of the year. Every online store is effectively out of stock on the PS5, but if you’d like to spin the roulette wheel, we’ve pulled together a list of retailers that might restock the PS5 throughout the rest of the year. 

Walmart has been making it a little easier by flagging exactly when it’s dropping its next batch of inventory online for both versions of the PS5, the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. Its next wave of consoles will be for sale online at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. Best Buy and GameStop are also teasing PS5 and Xbox for Black Friday week, but without the specifics that Walmart is mentioning.   

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