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PS5 restock updates - Your guide to buying a PlayStation 5

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PS5 restocks are still tricky to locate in the US, though we are seeing far more availability in the UK these days. That means your chances of being able to buy a PS5 console largely depend on where you're based, though there are inside lanes in this race. 

If you're browsing in the US (or looking for a standalone console in the UK), we'd recommend starting off with Amazon (opens in new tab). You'll be able to register your interest for the next round of PS5 stock by supplying your email. Then, when the time comes, the retailer will send you an exclusive link to purchase your console. Of course, that's a perfect world. Amazon doesn't guarantee you'll be invited to the next wave by registering, but it's a good backburner while you hunt down random drops. The last time we saw Amazon sending these magic emails was August 8 in the US and August 9 in the UK. 

Other retailers have been fairly quiet recently, but that all changes once you head across the pond. If you're searching for consoles in the UK you're in luck. We're seeing many retailers offering PS5 bundles right now, though we'd head to Very (opens in new tab) and Currys (opens in new tab) first - they're offering some of the cheapest accessories and games to keep you as close to the console's individual MSRP as possible. 

You'll find our action plan for finding a PS5 restock right now just below, and all the latest updates from retailers further down the page. 

Where to buy PS5 today

You'll find the current PS5 stock situation as of 12pm ET on August 17 just below.

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Amazon - register for email invites (US & UK) (opens in new tab)
Your first step in picking up a PS5 will be heading to Amazon. There, you'll be able to register your interest in a console by adding your email address. The retailer will then notify you as soon as more stock is available (note: Amazon is reserving its PS5 consoles for those who have signed up for notifications). If you do receive an email - stock isn't guaranteed for everyone - you'll be provided with an exclusive link to purchase. It's no silver bullet, but it's well worth running in the background. 

You can also sign up for a Horizon Forbidden West bundle at $549 with Amazon (opens in new tab).

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Sony - register for email invites (US) (opens in new tab)
Next up you'll want to head to Sony direct. You'll be able to sign up for another email invite here, just as you would with Amazon. Sony is usually one of the first sites to offer up new PS5 stock at the start of a wave.

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Target - check with your local store (US) (opens in new tab)
Target made a change to its PS5 restock policy recently, allowing individual stores to sell their consoles as soon as they enter the warehouse. That means you've got a much smaller competition pool to contend with. We'd recommend checking Target's local listings regularly in the mornings.

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Very - bundles available now (UK) (opens in new tab)
If you're browsing in the UK, we'd recommend making a beeline for Very. We've seen plenty of bundles flashing up on the shelves recently, which means scalpers are keeping their hands off. PS5 stock has been holding out well here so the chase isn't quite as time sensitive.

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Currys - bundles available now (UK) (opens in new tab)
Currys also has PS5 bundles in stock now, with a wider variety on offer compared to Very. However, these packages often include higher value items so certainly won't be for everyone. You'll be paying anything between £599 and £729 for this stock.

PS5 restocks - US

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Amazon (opens in new tab) - last PS5 restock August 8
Amazon has been sending out email invites to some lucky folks who had registered, so be sure to check your email! And if you haven't registered, you can put your name down for the chance to nab Amazon's next PS5 restock. Of course, Amazon doesn't guarantee all registrations will be offered stock, but it's well worth a try.

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Walmart (opens in new tab) - last PS5 restock June 2
Walmart made a brief return to its previous Thursday PS5 restock schedule in June, but hasn't been spotted again since. This retailer regularly advertises before its stock hits the shelves, though, so we'd keep this one on the backburner. It's also worth noting that you'll need a paid Walmart+ membership to take full advantage of any restocks (costing $12.95 per month (opens in new tab)). 

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GameStop (opens in new tab) - last PS5 restock July 23
Things are picking up at GameStop with PS5 stock seemingly coming in at least once a week on a regular basis recently. Wednesdays or Thursdays seem to be your best bet. Bundles are often available, so if you spot any you like, dive in as they sell out (slightly) slower than solo consoles. It's also worth noting that we're seeing more in-store buying options at GameStop now as well.

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Target (opens in new tab) - last PS5 restock April 15
Target has moved to an in-store first approach, which means you'll be able to scout out local stock without competing against the entire country. The last time we saw an online PS5 restock here was back in April, so we'd recommend checking your regional availability. 

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Best Buy (opens in new tab) - last PS5 restock July 12
This store hasn't been as prolific of late, but given the huge reach we'd never count it out. We've given up trying to predict Best Buy PS5 days as the Thursday/Friday pattern it once favored has been all over the place lately with weekend and Monday drops popping up at random. Great, more randomness. The good news is you no longer need to be a Total Tech Member to take advantage of restocks - July's drop was open to everyone.

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PS5 restocks - UK

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Amazon (opens in new tab) - last PS5 restock August 9
Amazon UK has recently joined the US in offering email invites for its customers. That's about the only way you'll be able to buy a PS5 outside of a bundle in the UK right now, so if you're looking to spend as little as possible it's well worth getting your name registered. You'll receive an email when the time comes to place your order, but note that Amazon doesn't guarantee stock for everyone who signs up. 

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Very (opens in new tab) - DualSense bundle in stock
Very has been a high flier for PS5 restocks recently, offering the PS5 console with a range of additional goodies ready for shipping. We often see Horizon Forbidden West and Ratchet & Clank involved here, with DualSense Wireless controllers also included as well. 

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Currys (opens in new tab) - bundles in stock
Currys has stopped using its ballot system for PS5 restocks now, which means you're free to browse all the bundles on offer. These are often higher priced packages, including multiple games, an SSD, or a headset at full price of all items. 

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Game (opens in new tab) - bundles in stock
Game is the ruler of bundles, throwing in t-shirts, caps, DualSense carry cases, and - of course - the off game and controller. Again, these will run you further up the price scale, but we see them holding stock particularly well. 

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Argos (opens in new tab) - last restock August 9
We tend to see Argos release new 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. However, it's also worth noting that this PS5 stock is partitioned by region, which means you'll be looking at your local stores. 

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PS5 restocks - Canada

  • Canada PS5 ($629.99): Amazon (opens in new tab) | Walmart (opens in new tab) | Best Buy (opens in new tab)
  • Canada PS5 Digital Edition ($499.99): Amazon (opens in new tab) | Best Buy (opens in new tab) | Walmart (opens in new tab)

Our PS5 restock top tips

We've been tracking PS5 restocks since the console launched, scouring the web day after day for even a hint of a DualSense on the shelves. That means we've seen hundreds of drops come and go and resisted the urge to dive into each and every one ourselves. We've certainly picked up some tips and tricks to finding these elusive drops along the way. 

1. Register for email invites
This is the first thing you need to do as soon as you consider buying a PS5. Amazon and Sony both offer the chance to sign up for an email invite to their future stock drops and you should be taking them up on it. While you're not guaranteed a win in these situations, you will have a far greater chance of waking up to some good news. 

2. Sign in and save your details
If you come across a PS5 restock out in the wild, the last thing you'll want to be doing is faffing at checkout. This is where we see the vast majority of punters missing out, their consoles sniped from right under their noses. This is a race, so you'll need to be as speedy through the process as possible. The best way to do so is sign in with all the retailers above and save your payment and shipping details to reduce clicks when it's crunch time.

3. Consider memberships
While this isn't such a big deal as it was earlier in the year (Best Buy has stopped reserving stock for its Total Tech members and Amazon doesn't require a Prime account any longer), Walmart still aims its restocks at its Plus members only. It's worth investing in a month's membership if you hear about a Walmart restock due. You'll have plenty of advance warning with this particular retailer.

4. Follow social media
Social media has been a saving grace in the great console race - it's simply the fastest way to find out about stock drops happening right now. And you'll need that speed. We're still seeing PS5s selling out in minutes at certain US retailers (the UK seems to be holding out a little longer), which means every second counts once a store pushes that big red button.

5. Keep refreshing
Refreshing a site's page when you know a restock is going down all around you means you'll have the best chance to landing on a good wave. These sites go bananas when consoles land, which means they can often buckle under the pressure and show an out of stock message. Keep trying and you'll likely catch a winning loop.

6. Don't give up
If you've hammered that refresh button to death and you're still getting nowhere, don't give up. We sometimes see sites turning off the faucet when the demand grows too high, only to switch those consoles back on again once interest has waned. Stick around for another wave of stock and you could get lucky.

7. Don't buy from marketplace sellers
If you're new to the PS5 restock race you may be tempted to sink some extra cash into a scalper's listing. Don't. There are plenty of PS5 restocks happening every month and there's no need to pay more than the MSRP.

Should you buy PS5 restock bundles?

Picking up a PS5 by itself is far more difficult than finding it bundled up with some games and accessories. Retailers prefer to package extra kit into their listings, and they do tend to stick around on the shelves a lot longer. We'd always recommend checking the value of the additional PS5 accessories you're buying against the total of the bundle, however, to make sure you're not being ripped off - you should only ever pay MSRP for anything you find. 

Is it still hard to buy PS5?

The state of PS5 stock today depends on your region. In the US, individual consoles are particularly difficult to locate and even bundles represent a rare opportunity. However, over in the UK we're seeing far more bundles holding their position on the shelves (standalone consoles are still rare). 

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.

Sam Loveridge
Sam Loveridge

Sam Loveridge is the Global Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar, and joined the team in August 2017. Sam came to GamesRadar after working at TrustedReviews, Digital Spy, and Fandom, following the completion of an MA in Journalism. In her time, she's also had appearances on The Guardian, BBC, and more. Her experience has seen her cover console and PC games, along with gaming hardware, for over seven years, and for GamesRadar, she is in charge of reviews, best lists, and the overall running of the site and its staff. Her gaming passions lie with weird simulation games, big open-world RPGs, and beautifully crafted indies. Basically, she loves all games that aren't sports or fighting titles! 

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