When the PS5 will be restocked: Inventory updates for Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, Amazon, Target and more – CNET

It’s still early in the new year, and gamers everywhere are hoping that 2021 will give them a better shot at getting a PS5 than they had last year. As we all saw, 2020 wasn’t kind to gamers; since the console’s release on Nov. 12, it has been sold out everywhere as a matter of course. Despite a number of inventory drops at major retailers, few people have actually managed to claim a console since ordinary users have had to compete with bots and resellers. Right now the only consoles you can buy are marked up to obscene levels at reseller sites like eBay and StockX,  often two or more times their retail value of $400 or $500 (depending upon which model you want).   

One bit of good news: Earlier this month at CES Sony confirmed that a number of games, such as Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Little Devil Inside and Solar Ash, are on track for their 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 source 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. Just this week, in fact, CNET Sony Direct dropped some inventory which, of course, sold out quickly. 

Either way, it’ll be awhile 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. 

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

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