PS5 restock: What you need to know about inventory drops at Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, Amazon, Target and more – CNET

As predicted on Twitter, the PlayStation 5 appeared at both Walmart and GameStop today — but as you might imagine, all the inventory sold out within minutes, causing much anger and frustration that spilled over onto social media. And so, once again, the console is sold out pretty much everywhere — at least at the list price. Right now the only consoles you can buy are marked up to obscene levels at reseller sites like eBay and StockX, often at multiple times their retail value of $400 or $500 (depending upon which model you want). The reason? Ordinary people have had to compete with bots and resellers.

One bit of good news: Recently at CES, Sony confirmed that a number of games, such as Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Little Devil Inside and Solar Ash, are all on track for the scheduled release dates in the first half of the year. So if you already have a PS5 in hand, good times lie ahead. But for the rest of us, inventory remains virtually nonexistent. 

Twitter continues to be a resource to check for restock news, even though we’re seeing fewer large inventory drops; instead, retailers seem to be shifting to a policy of smaller, more frequent drops that sell out rapidly and without much online fanfare. Today’s official tweet from GameStop was a rare recent exception to that new normal. 

A limited number of PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, AND Nintendo Switch console bundles are NOW AVAILABLE here: https://t.co/p6f3KynxZF

If you miss out on this round, don’t worry — we’ll keep you posted as more become available. pic.twitter.com/oK0ZJLpIy8

— GameStop (@GameStop)

Either way, it’ll be a while before a PS5 is easy to find. But I’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: There’s a $500 model with Blu-ray and an otherwise identical $400 digital-only version with no 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 — CNET recommends 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


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First published last year. Regularly updated with the latest PS5 stock news.

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