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Where to buy PS5: stock updates compared for PlayStation 5 retailers

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Want to buy a PS5? If you've held off for a few months in the hope that PS5 stock would finally be a regular thing, we're sad to say we're not there yet. But there is still a chance you find Sony's elusive console with a bit of luck and checking the retailers we've highlighted below.

Truth be told, things have been a touch better of late with PS5 stock drops seemingly happening a few times a week at a range of stores. Yes, they're usually gone within minutes, but as far as the hunt to buy a PS5 goes, this is essentially as good as it's been all year.

We'd always advise going with stores sticking to the regular prices too rather than giving in to the scalpers on online auction sites. Yes, the PS5 is lovely, but it's not worth paying $1,000 / £1,000 for. 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 boogie 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 might be the biggest store in the business but it has been very unpredictable as far as chances to buy a PS5 go. Advanced warning hasn't been a thing at all compared to other stores on this list but a trickle of stock has flashed up at random, so keep checking those links! Remember though a PS5 should be $499 and the Digital Edition is $3999, so don't get caught out by third-party listings that often appear on the PS5 page.
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Best Buy
Buying a PS5 at Best Buy remains an online-only affair, so there's no need to keep pestering staff down at your local store. We're sure they're quite done with telling folk they're sold out. Recent weeks have seen Best Buy post PS5 listings online on a Friday, so we'd keep a tap refreshed on your phone or PC for checking as much as possible then if possible.
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Walmart had stock earlier this week and it was actually advertised ahead of time as the listing page (on the day) said the PS5 stock would be coming online at 3pm ET. Walmart, sometimes double dips stock and puts a secondary batch online a few hours later, so if you miss out the first time, hang around and see if the listing updates with another timeslot to look out for.
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Buying a PS5 at Target has been a bit random in 2021. Unlike other stores above, PS5 stock seems to vary by zipcode. So do 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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PlayStation Plus is an essential extra for your new Ps5 as you need it to play online. It also bags you a bunch of free games each month, plus access to a selection of classic PS4 games playable on PS5. You're saving a massive 48% off a full year of PS Plus with this deal. And remember, it can be stacked on top of your existing membership. Save £5 in the UK and get it for £44.99.
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Were to buy PS5 - UK

As the biggest online retailer, we'd keep an eye on Amazon as much as you can despite it being very, very quiet on the PS5 stock situation of late. If you're after the official accessories though, then it's one of the few places with stock on most of them still. The latest rumors seem to be pointing towards a December 14th restock though, so be ready at midnight and keep an eye out throughout the day too.
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This online retailer has been surprisingly well-stocked for chances to buy a PS5 in recent months and we think some more might be just around the corner. Recently, an online scalper group made a boast on Twitter about how it had managed to bag thousands of consoles from Very via bots. Very swiftly canceled all those orders, so hopefully that stock will be back online for the rest of us to buy soon. Note: Very 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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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.
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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.
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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.