PS5 restocks: What you need to know about buying a console at Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, Amazon, Target and more – CNET

The news regarding PS5 availability has been bleak for months. It has been virtually impossible to buy a PS5 since its release on Nov. 12, at least without acquiring it as part of a bundle or paying far above the retail price. Case in point: Right now the only consoles you can buy are marked up to crazy-high levels at reseller sites like eBay and StockX, often multiple 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.  

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. 

Best Buy back in stock

— PLAYSTATION 5 RESTOCK and Rumors (@PS5_Restockk)

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. 

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

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