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PS5 restock news: Get inventory updates for Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, Amazon and Target

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If you’re still hoping to get a PlayStation 5 in time for the holidays, time is rapidly running out and no retailer seems poised to offer much relief. The console has been extremely tough to get since it launched a month ago. The PS5 has been largely sold out everywhere, though a number of retailers have briefly had inventory a few times over the last few weeks, including Sony’s own website last week and Best Buy today. In every case, the PS5 has sold out quickly, though right now it’s unclear if there’s still inventory available at Best Buy. 


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The PS5 debuted in the US on Nov. 12, and went out of stock more or less instantly. Since that fateful day, the only consoles most people have been able to buy have been marked up to obscene levels on sites like eBay and StockX, often multiple times their retail value of $400 or $500 for the different models. 

Today Best Buy began offering PS5s to at least some customers around 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET). But the site has left many customers confused. Despite yellow “Add to cart” buttons appearing on the product page, Best Buy gave many users pop-ups advising that in some cases it couldn’t add the item to the cart and that more inventory would be released “every few minutes.” Later in the day, the yellow button is persisting, but now displays a message that “Due to high demand, we’re having everyone go through one more step before it can be added,” with no indication what that extra step might be. Clicking “Add to Cart” an second (or third) time had no effect when we tried it.

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So where do we stand? Best Buy might still be dribbling out limited inventory, but all signs point to a low chance of snagging a console. 

In addition to Best Buy’s sale, Walmart and Antonline have used Twitter in recent weeks to keep customers informed about inventory drops, so we’re keeping our eyes on their accounts as well. In fact, Antonline tweeted about a fresh inventory drop last Wednesday, but the site immediately went down in a flood of traffic. After the tweet, we were unable to even make a connection. 

Just a reminder: 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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PS5 restock possibilities

Best Buy is offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 as well as 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.

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.

You can check inventory on 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.

Target will be offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 in addition to the PS5 Digital Edition, which you can find by clicking the button below.

OK, you’ve exhausted all of the online and brick-and-mortar retailers, and you’ve decided you’re willing to pay upward of a $300 markup to get this puppy by Christmas. As your friend, we have to tell you: Don’t do it. But if you don’t want to listen to us, 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 around $970.

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First published earlier this year. Regularly updated with the latest PS5 news. 


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