PS5 restock update: Check inventory at GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and Target

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Looking for where to buy the PS5, Sony’s next-generation console that launched nearly a month ago, yet is virtually impossible to find anywhere, in stores or online? You’re not alone. Right now the only PS5s you can buy are marked up to obscene prices on reseller sites like eBay and StockX, often several times their retail value of $400 or $500 (depending upon which model you want). 

Twitter is abuzz with restock news, rumors and speculation. Earlier this week, our friends in Canada got the heads up on some inventory at Walmart, but that doesn’t do Americas any good since there hasn’t been a similar inventory drop in the US. 

In the lower 48, one recent tweet, gaming news source Showtime has suggested that some Target stores were gearing up for an inventory drop with up to 10,000 PS5s accumulating for an online-only sale later this week.

That’s plausible; we’ve seen restocks happen at Walmart and elsewhere in recent weeks. Walmart and Antonline in particular have used Twitter in the past to keep customers informed about inventory drops, so we’ll be watching this potential Target sale closely. 

Much of the Twitter action is ultimately unhelpful, however, whether it’s a tweet about inventory that sells out more or less instantly, or a gentle tease that points to possible inventory maybe, soon, possibly, sorry — sold out. 

So what’s a gamer to do? For sure, follow the news on Twitter. It’s a good source for instant updates and you might get lucky. But we’re also keeping you up to date on what retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, GameStop and Target are planning right here. 

Just a reminder: The PS5 is available in two versions: a $500 model with Blu-ray, and an otherwise identical $400 digital-only version without a disc slot. At this point, people are happy to get their hands on either one, but if you don’t have a library of optical discs — for Blu-ray movies, used games or old PS4 games — we recommend you go with the $400 version.

Read more at GameSpot: Latest PS5 news and complete coverage

PS5 restock possibilities

You can check out Amazon’s page for the $400 Digital Edition via the button below, or, if you’d rather, get in line for the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.

Best Buy is offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 as well as the $400 Digital Edition (which you can find by clicking the button below). The retailer is also offering a slew of accessories on its PS5 landing page.

You can check inventory on the $400 Digital Edition at Walmart by clicking the button below, or you can try to snag the pricier PS5 with Blu-ray for $500.

Target will be offering the PS5 with Blu-ray for $500 in addition to the PS5 Digital Edition, which you can find by clicking the button below. 

OK, you’ve exhausted all of the online and brick-and-mortar retailers, and you’ve decided you’re willing to pay upwards of a $300 markup to get this puppy by Christmas. As your friend, we have to tell you: Don’t do it. But if you don’t want to listen to us, you might want to check out StockX, an eBay alternative that made its name in the secondary market for sneakers and designer clothing. Last time we checked, prices for the PS5 were hovering around $970. 

First published earlier in the year. Updated with the latest news about the PS5. 

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