PS5 restocks remain the only way to get hold of Sony's latest console. A global chip shortage has prevented Sony from being able to meet demand for the PlayStation 5. This means that although the console was first launched last November, it's currently very hard to get hold of.
The PlayStation 5 is actually Sony's fastest-selling console to date, undoubtedly been fueled by Covid-19 lockdowns around the world. It's shifted a staggering 10 million units by 18 July, and yet millions of people who want one have still been unable to buy. The situation looks set to continue for a while, so we're left having to keep an eye on PS5 restocks, which don't tend to last long (as an example, Target's July 30 restock in the US sold out in 13 minutes).
We've seen PS5 restocks across a range of major retailers, including Amazon, Argos, GameStop, Best Buy and Walmart. A good strategy is to keep checking the retailers that we list below. One thing you shouldn't do is trust people on social media who claim to have a PS5 to sell, especially if the price seems anywhere close to affordable. With people so desperate to buy a PS5, scammers have been taking advantage on the likes of Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok. We recommend only buying from trusted retailers to avoid ending up out of pocket.
Once you do get your hands on a PS5 console, consider what screen you're going to pair it with – our guide to the best monitors for PS5 can help there. Alternatively, if you want an easier route to gaming, see our roundup of the cheapest Xbox deals.
Buy PS5: Quick links
- Amazon: Has had stock - check for updates
- Best Buy: Has stock as of early October - check for updates
- Walmart: Recent stock released - check for updates
- GameStop: Has had stock due to offering bundles - check for updates
- Sony Direct: Previously in stock - check for updates
- Target: Recent stock available - check for updates
- Newegg: Had stock in early October and offer ressales - check for updates
- B&H Photo: Previously in stock - check for updates
- Adorama: Has had stock in the past – check for updates
Latest PS5 restock: US
No luck with any of those? You could always try Newegg or go straight to the source with Sony. Sony's official PlayStation Direct saw its last restock on September 28. Stock usually appears mid-week at 2pm PT. Lately Sony has sent emails out to a few lucky people for exclusive access to PS5 restocks. you'll need a PSN account to be in for a chance of receiving one.
Latest PS5 restock: UK
Buy PS5 accessories
The PS5 has taken gaming to the next level. But the console isn't the only thing to be excited about. These are the essential accessories to accompany a PS5 if you've managed to get hold of one.
- US PS5 DualSense controller ($69.99): Best Buy | B&H Photo | Walmart
- UK PS5 DualSense controller (£59.99): Amazon | Argos | Currys | Game
- US PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset ($99.99): Best Buy | B&H Photo
- UK PS5 Pulse 3D Wireless Headset (£89.99): Amazon | Argos | Currys | Game
- US DualSense Charging Station ($29.99): B&H Photo | Walmart
- UK DualSense Charging Station (£19.99): Amazon | Currys | Game
Can you only buy the PS5 online?
If you were planning on waiting in line at your local game store for a PS5, there's something you need to know. Sales have been largely online only, with launch day only seeing online stock. While some retailers, such as Gamestop, have had in-store events, your best option is to wait and see what online retailer has stock. On this page, we've listed some of the most trusted online retailers that are offering the console, so make sure you bookmark this page and check back regularly.
PS5 at a glance
- Official release date: 12 November (USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South Korea); 19 November 2020 (UK and rest of the world).
- PS5 console options: PS5 console with disc player; PS5 Digital Edition.
- PS5 price points: PS5 console: $499 / £449.99; PS5 Digital Edition: $399 / £349.99
- PS5 games: Hogwarts Legacy, God of War: Ragnarok, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, Battlefield 6, Borderlands 3, Cyberpunk 2077.
- Last PlayStation release: PS4, 15 November 2013
PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition?
It's been more than seven years since the last PlayStation console, the PS4, and the world has been eagerly awaiting a more advanced model. And that's exactly what Sony has delivered. The PS5 offers a huge leap in gaming, and there are a lot of amazing games for the platform.
But should you buy the standard or digital edition? There are pros and cons for the latter. On the plus side, you save a cool $100/£100 and you don't need to get the physical games (instead you download them digitally). On the other hand, some people love the physical games, and they do retain a certain value, meaning you can sell them on later. At the end of the day, it's a matter of personal preference. In all other respects, you're getting the same amazing console with both editions.