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PS5 stock updates: where to buy a PlayStation 5

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Finding PS5 stock since launch certainly hasn't been easy, but we're here to help. so if you want to buy a PS5, then this guide can provide the latest updates and let you know which stores you should be checking as often as you can along with letting you know what sort of form they have for getting the PlayStation 5 in stock.

We've gone into greater detail further down the page, but if you want to see where you're most likely to be able to buy a PS5 in the US, we've got the links below, with Best Buy being our top pick today as the store traditionally drops between 12-3pm ET on Friday.

Over the last couple of months, we've grown accustomed to a few PS5 stock drops a week, especially on Thursdays and Fridays, although last week was a little quieter than usual. With everything from semiconductor shortages and short-sighted ship captains in the Suez canal being blamed, we'll take what we can get right now as far as chances to buy a PS5 go.

We'd always advise going with stores sticking to the regular prices rather than giving in to the scalpers on online auction sites. Yes, the PS5 is lovely, but it's not worth paying over a grand for one. The only reason we'll show you something over the basic asking price of the PS5 is if has some bundled extras, but as our lonely PS5 bundles page would attest, we'd just concentrate on trying to find the console on its own for now.

We're keeping this guide updated with the latest information direct from retailers when news of fresh stock makes its way to us - sometimes we hear about it in advance so we can get you prepped. When it's quiet, though, we'd advise checking the list of retailer links below yourself. These should take you to the PS5 stock page at that store and you can see what the situation is right there and then. We have seen random unannounced PS5 stock drops at random times of day and night, so you never know what'll happen.

If you're able to bag one, be sure to head on over to our best PS5 accessories and best PS5 headsets guides to complete your setup.

Where to buy a PS5: check these stores for stock

Let's have a closer look at some retailers below. We'll let you know what they've been up to lately and how likely they are to get PS5 stock back any time soon.

Were to buy PS5 - USA

Amazon
Amazon might be the biggest store in the business but it has been way behind the competition of late, with no sightings of PS5 stock at all for weeks. We've heard rumors of it getting 46,000 units in, but if that's true, Amazon is just sitting on them for now. Amazon is very much overdue to drop some soon, so keep checking those links! Remember though a PS5 should be $499 and the Digital Edition is $399, so don't get caught out by third-party listings that often appear.
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Best Buy
For a while, Fridays were a reliable day for fresh PS5 stock, but it's been a few weeks now since any dropped. Buying a PS5 at Best Buy has been an online-only affair for a while though, so there's not much point asking in store for a while yet.
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Walmart
Thursdays are the best options for finding PS5 stock at Walmart. Things have been quiet for the last couple of weeks admittedly, but before that stock was coming online once a week. Sometimes you'll see a time on the listing page when PS5 stock is set to go live on the day. If you just miss out, stick around as it usually updates with another time shortly after for a second or third resupply the same day.

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Target
Buying a PS5 at Target has been a bit random in 2021. Unlike other stores above, PS5 stock seems to vary by zipcode but Thursday seems to be the day it happens with some consistency. That being said, it's often super early at around 6-10am ET (very much unfair for west coast people). Keep checking in your area as you might get lucky and not have as much competition as other stores that sell nationally. You might have to pick it up from the store though with some Target listings.
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Were to buy PS5 - UK

Amazon
Various Amazon websites in mainland Europe have had stock this week, so we're thinking a PS5 stock drop could be UK-bound at any moment. Keep trying your luck as Amazon hasn't had anything for a while, so the next shipment could be a big one.
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Very
Very has been quiet for PS5 stock this month so far. When it does get it, there's often an online rolling queue which perhaps gets around the scalper bots problem, giving more genuine buyers a shot at finding the PS5 in stock. Note: Very often deletes the PS5 product listing page when out of stock, so you might have to search manually for the PS5 on the site.
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Currys
The Currys website has been one of the best in the UK as far as bricks and mortar stores adapting to online go and it's been a regular on our PS5 stock alerts over the last few months. It often gives people a heads-up on when the next chance to buy a PS5 online will be, although we're not massive fans of having to join a digital queue on the busier days (get yourself signed in and everything in advance folks next time stock is coming), we'll keep you updated here next time that's announced too. Currys has also just launched an online PS5 ballot system for a chance to buy one in person, so that's a hat more than worth throwing your name into if you're tired of the search.
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Argos
Calling all you night owls, Argos might be your best store to buy a PS5 from while stock is this bad nationwide. That's because the store tends to put stock online in the middle of the night, often around 3 or 4am. There's very little, if any, warning ahead of time too. We often check out the PS5 stock rumor mill first thing on Twitter in the morning and have seen plenty of threads from frustrated day walkers, although nothing so far this week.
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Another item you might want to pick up once you've been able to buy a PS5 is one of the options on our best PS5 external hard drives page to increase your storage capacity. Or if you've got the need for speed, the best PS5 SSD might be worth a look.

Brendan is GamesRadar's Managing Editor of the Hardware & eCommerce team. Formerly the Deals Editor at our sister site, TechRadar, he's obsessed with finding the best tech, games, gadgets, and hardware at the lowest price. He spends way too much of his free time trying to decide what new things to watch on Netflix, then just rewatches It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia instead.