After a brief period of high activity earlier in the month, PS5 restocks are slowing down this week, particularly in the United States. Amazon launched its first console drop in a long time, but it’s now gone, and we’re still waiting for the long-rumored Walmart PS5 restock to appear. It’s been on the schedule for a few weeks now, so we’re hoping it’ll arrive soon.
Right now, UK readers have more options. In fact, the PS5 has been available in the UK for over a month now, following a significant shortage in the middle of June. As of mid-August, the UK had surpassed the US in terms of PS5 restocking, but things are beginning to improve. For example, we’ve seen the console stay in stock for up to a day after a restock in the US, which is a good sign that we’re past the days when buying the console was nearly impossible for months on end.
We’ve been tracking PS5 restocks since the console’s release in November 2020, giving us a good idea of where to buy a PS5 at any time. Because timing is still critical, we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date PS5 restock information as well as a regularly updated list of retailers
WHERE TO BUY PS5 IN THE US
In the United States, we see consoles about once a month at major retailers, but they still sell out in minutes at Amazon and Walmart, both of which recently restocked.
Still, here are the US stores that regularly stock PS5 and Digital Edition consoles. We update this list as soon as we learn of an upcoming restock, including the announced (or rumored) time and date, so you can be ready to purchase a console. with information on when they might have the console available right here.
WHERE TO BUY PS5 IN THE UK
The PS5 is now in stock most weeks in the UK. It is available for a few hours to a few days, depending on the retailer, the number of consoles in stock, and the quality of the bundles on offer. Check out the quick links below for the most up-to-date information on retailers in the UK that have PS5 restocks.
PS5 RESTOCK FAQS
While PS5 restocks are now more frequent and purchasing the PS5 has become much easier, it can still be a stressful and frustrating experience. We’ve answered many of the most common questions about PS5 restocks below to help you be as prepared as possible. We’ve also included our best tips based on over a year of hunting PS5 consoles to give you the best chance of getting one.
How to buy PS5: top tips
How often is the PS5 available to buy?
It varies depending on region and other unknown factors, but we typically see PS5 restocks at retailers once or twice a month. However, this is only an average. It can happen as frequently as every two weeks in some stores or as infrequently as every two months in others.
Essentially, even more than a year after the console’s release, it is still far from regular. However, some retailers have settled into a fairly predictable rhythm, allowing us to give you a good idea of when to buy. Others have begun announcing when their next PS5 restock will occur, making it less of a guessing game.
Should I buy a PS5 today?
The PS5 is still difficult to come by on short notice, so if you want one for the near future or as a gift for someone, we recommend purchasing it as soon as possible – especially if you live in the United States.
While PS5 restocks are certainly more frequent this year, the console still doesn’t last long, and it’s best to get one while you can rather than missing out.
We want to emphasize this for those in the United States, where PS5 restocks continue to sell out in a matter of minutes at most retailers. Although restricting sales to specific retailer membership programs has helped to reduce scalpers, purchasing a console still requires speed, timing, and a bit of luck.
However, if you’re not in a hurry and would rather wait for any PS5 bundle deals, you can do so for the time being. It may not be long before the discounts you seek become available in stores, but who knows what the situation will be like during the upcoming Memorial Day sales or closer to Black Friday?
How much does a PS5 cost?
The PS5 costs $499 (£449 / AU$749.95), which is the same as the Xbox Series X from Microsoft. The less expensive PS5 Digital Edition costs $399.99 (£359.99 / AU$599.95). Both versions of the console are almost certain to remain at this price for some time. The console is still in high demand, and Sony sees no reason to discount it for the time being.
Should I buy the PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition?
So, how do you know whether to buy the PS5 or the PS5 Digital Edition of Sony’s latest console? Outside of price, there is one significant difference between the two.
Because the PS5 Digital Edition lacks a disc drive, physical copies of games cannot be played on the console, and you must purchase all of your games digitally. All purchases must be made via the official PSN Store. You will, however, be able to play old PS4 games if you purchased a digital copy. With that in mind, if you’ve fully embraced the digital revolution and want to save money on the initial cost of the console, the PS5 Digital Edition could be for you.
Most people, however, should stick with the standard PS5, which has the added flexibility of a disc drive. Another major issue with the PS5 Digital Edition is that Sony produces far fewer of them than the standard PS5. When retailers restock the consoles, you have a much lower chance of getting a Digital Edition – assuming they even have this version on sale in the first place.
I managed to buy a PS5 – what now?
Congratulations! Hopefully, it hasn’t been too much of a hassle, and you’ll only have a short wait for your new console. If you want to kill time while you wait, we have a lot of great features and deal hubs for you to check out.
First and foremost, grab one of these cheap PlayStation Plus deals so you have a membership ready to pair with your PS5. It’s worthwhile to sign up because having an active subscription also grants access to the PS Plus Collection. This is a list of 18 of the best PS4 games that are now playable on the PS5, including God of War, Bloodborne, and The Last of Us Remastered.
Now that the games are taken care of, how about some of the best PS5 accessories? We also have today’s cheap PS5 controller deals if you need another DualSense, the most recent PS5 SSD deals if you need more storage space for your games and all of the Pulse 3D headset deals.
If nothing stands out, or if you want to see everything on a single page, our massive PS5 deals hub should be your first stop. Keep it bookmarked as well because we regularly update it with the most recent deals on games, accessories, PS Plus memberships, and other items.
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