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PS5 restock updates: where to buy a PlayStation 5 today

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We're in a bit of a dry spell when it comes to PS5 restocks right now. After a few weeks of excellent availability at a number of retailers in the US and UK, we were hopeful that the stock issues were past us. Unfortunately, a lull like this was always likely. However, Amazon US is sending out more invites to buy a PS5 on September 23, while there is availability at a few retailers in the UK - just note that the £30 price hike is now in effect.

Even though there's limited stock right now, we're definitely at a point where the hunt for PS5 restocks is a lot easier. In fact, the PS5 has been in stock in the UK for four months now following a the last sellout in June. The US is still behind but there's obvious progress. For example, we've seen the console stay in stock for multiple days at a time at US retailers. It's a good sign that we're past the dark times when it was practically impossible to buy the console for months on end.

We've followed PS5 restocks since the console launched back in November 2020, giving us a solid idea of where to buy a PS5 at any time. While the situation still isn't completely resolved, we'll continue to provide you with the most up-to-date PS5 restock info and a regularly updated list of retailers with details on when they might have the console available.

PS5 restocks live now

  • US: Sign up for the next Amazon restock on September 23
  • US: PS5 Horizon bundle sells out at PlayStation Direct
  • UK: PS5 in stock at multiple retailers right now
  • UK: Invites available for the next Amazon UK PS5 restock
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Amazon (US): request an invite to the next PS5 restock (opens in new tab) | request invite for Horizon bundle (opens in new tab)
Amazon will send out its next wave of invites to buy a PS5 on September 9. Watch your inbox if you've already signed up. Once it is in stock, you'll have up to 72 hours to make use of your exclusive invite, but you aren't guaranteed a console so you'll have to move fast. You do not have to be an Amazon Prime member to request an invite.

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Target: new stock at select stores in the morning - check daily (opens in new tab)
Target has changed the way it sells the PS5 now. Instead of a scheduled major restock every few weeks it will now put the PS5 on sale at select stores each morning. That makes it very difficult to predict availability, so your best option is to check each morning in case the console is available to buy.

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Amazon (UK): sign up for the next PS5 restock at Amazon (opens in new tab)
After selling out earlier this week, you can now register your details with Amazon to be notified when the next PS5 restock will take place. Note that the £30 price hike has been applied. The PS5 Horizon Forbidden West bundle is not included in this invite scheme.

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PlayStation Direct (UK): PS5 console available now (opens in new tab)
Sony's official PlayStation Direct store has got the PS5 console in stock for £479.99. The Horizon Forbidden West bundle and PS5 Digital Edition are not available at this time. This latest restock is open to all, but you get free delivery if you are a PlayStation Plus member.

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Scan: PS5 bundles in stock with extra accessories for £719.99 (opens in new tab)
Scan is here with yet more fully packed but pricey PS5 bundles. This time around you get a PS5, a copy of Horizon Forbidden West, an extra DualSense controller and a 1TB WD Black SN850 SSD to give you more storage for all your games. The Digital Edition of this bundle has sold out.

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ShopTo: PS5 bundles with Horizon Forbidden West available from £559.85 (opens in new tab)
ShopTo has the latest PS5 Horizon Forbidden West bundle in stock today. You can also customise it by adding some other extras alongside it, including a second DualSense Controller, a copy of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga or a pre-order of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. ShopTo is threatening cancelled orders and £20 admin fees if you order more than one, so only stick to a console for yourself or risk facing their wrath.

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BT Shop: PS5 bundles available for existing customers (opens in new tab)
If you're an existing BT customer you should log in to your account and check under the 'Your Offers' section for an access code that will allow you to buy a PS5 from the BT Shop. PS5 bundles are available with Horizon Forbidden West, or that same PS5 game and an extra DualSense controller.

Where to buy PS5 in the US

For the US, we see consoles about once a month at major retailers but it still sells out in a matter of minutes at the likes of Amazon and Walmart - both of which just held a restock.

Still, here are the US stores that carry PS5 and Digital Edition consoles regularly. We update this list as soon as we get news of an upcoming restock with the announced (or rumoured) time and date so you can be best prepared to bag a console.

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Amazon: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)
(last restock: August 8)

PS5 stock pops up intermittently at Amazon about every one or two months, but each time it flies off the digital shelves in a matter of minutes. To combat this, it has completely changed how it handles PS5 restocks in the US. Right now, you can request an invitation to buy the PS5 console or Horizon Forbidden West bundle when it's next available. Once it is in stock, you'll have up to 72 hours to make use of your exclusive invite, but you aren't guaranteed a console. You no longer have to be an Amazon Prime member to request an invite, though.

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Walmart: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)
(Last restock: August 23)

Walmart regularly has a PS5 restock every 4-6 weeks. Events normally take place between Tuesday-Thursday and they are usually announced ahead of time on the retailer's website and in email updates. There is one caveat, though. The PS5 is only available for paid Walmart+ (opens in new tab) members, which costs $12.95 per month or $98 for a year.

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Best Buy: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)
(Last restock: July 12)

Best Buy previously only allowed Totaltech Members (opens in new tab) access to its PS5 restock events. That all changed, though, when its latest batch of consoles went on sale. Everyone is now able to buy the console, including the latest Horizon Forbidden West bundles.

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Target: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)
(Last restock: April 15)

Target used to hold a PS5 restock every few weeks but it's since changed to a new model. Now, the PS5 will be available to buy from a few stores locally each morning, rather than a massive retailer-wide event. That makes it very difficult for us to give you accurate information about console availability, so your best option is to check in each morning and see if any consoles are in stock near you.

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GameStop: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)
(Last restock: July 29)

GameStop cycles between offering the PS5 online or through exclusive in-store restock events. It almost always only has large (and expensive) bundles, featuring some of the latest PS5 games and most-wanted accessories. Expect to pay anywhere from $600 upwards if you choose to buy from here. And you need a PowerUp Rewards Pro (opens in new tab) membership, too.

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PlayStation Direct: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)
(Last restock: August 23)

Sony's official PlayStation Direct store is usually the first place to sell consoles during each restock cycle. In order to buy one, though, you need to register your details (opens in new tab) and receive an exclusive email invite to each restock event. These usually take place about once a month. A public sale often goes live if any consoles are still available after the invite phase.

Where to buy PS5 in the UK

For the UK, the PS5 is in stock most weeks now. It stays available anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days depending on the retailer, the number of consoles in stock or the quality of bundles on offer. Check the quick links below to find out the latest on retailers that hold PS5 restocks in the UK.

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Amazon: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab) | Forbidden West Bundle (opens in new tab)

Although not on a fixed schedule, Amazon tends to restock the PS5 about once every 4-6 weeks in the UK. As with the US, you can now request an invite for the next PS5 restock and Amazon will email you when it is available to buy again. Currently, this option is only on the standard PS5 console and is open to all - you don't need to be an Amazon Prime member.

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Very: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab) | Horizon Bundle (opens in new tab)

Online department store Very holds a PS5 restock about once a month and usually has availability for most of the day. Somewhere between 2-5 bundles are available to buy each time featuring some of the latest PS5 games and top-rated accessories. Recent options have included a combination of Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Forbidden West and an extra DualSense controller. If you try the links above and they do not work it's because Very takes its PS5 pages offline when the console is out of stock.

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Game: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

Game is a fairly regular source of PS5 restocks in the UK with one taking place about every two weeks. Stock remains available for a number of days, too. That's because it sticks to bundles, but there's usually a wide variety of options. There are straightforward ones featuring just a single PS5 game such as Horizon Forbidden West or Gran Turismo 7 - and these sell out fast. The more outlandish options are easier to get but do cost a lot more and sometimes contain unwanted tat such as caps and t-shirts.

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Currys: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Editon (opens in new tab)

For a long time, Currys used an invite system to hand out its PS5 consoles. Now, it adds a few bundles to its online store during each PS5 restock about every two months. These tend to be very expensive options that are packed with extra games and accessories such as PS5 SSDs, steering wheels and wireless headsets.

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PlayStation Direct: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

Sony's official PlayStation Direct store recently opened in the UK and has started running PS5 restock events. You need to register your details (opens in new tab) and be lucky enough to get sent an exclusive email invite to buy one, though. These usually happen at least once a month. If any consoles are left after this early access period a public sale follows on a first-come-first-served basis until the PS5 is sold out.

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Argos: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

Tracking PS5 restocks at Argos can be a challenge as the retailer distributes consoles to different regions at different times, which means some areas of the UK and Ireland have availability when others might not. Our best advice is simply to check during each restock when it takes place about once a month just in case the PS5 is available to buy in your area this time around.

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Smyths Toys: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

When the PS5 is available at Smyths Toys it tends to be through Click and Collect only. Individual stores have a very limited number of consoles, so you just have to be quick enough to secure one before they sell out. Odds aren't great, then, but restocks tend to take place early in the day at the weekend here, so one to keep an eye on if weekdays are difficult.

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ShopTo: PS5 (opens in new tab)

ShopTo has the PS5 in stock infrequently and usually only offers bundles. In the last batch, all options included Horizon Forbidden West, but you could also choose to add an extra controller or Lego Star Wars along with it. Make sure you only buy one, though, as ShopTo threatens to cancel orders and slap you with a £20 admin fee if you order multiple PS5 consoles. Stick to a console for yourself or risk facing their wrath.

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BT Shop: PS5 (opens in new tab)

BT distributes the PS5 through its own BT Shop. In order in order to buy one, though, you need to be an existing BT customer. When the console is available you can log in to your BT account and there should be an option in the 'Your Offers' section to get an access code. Enter this on the PS5 store page at the BT Shop and you'll be able to buy a console or bundle when available.

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EE: PS5 (opens in new tab)

Similar to BT, the PS5 is an EE customer exclusive. Anyone currently on an EE contract - or that signs up as a new customer - can add the PS5 to their plan if it's in stock. You simply pay a part of the cost upfront and then pay off the rest of the console over the next 11 months on top of your existing monthly bill.

Where to buy PS5 in Australia

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Amazon: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

When more PS5 stock drops, it will likely do so at Amazon, which means you'll want to be one of the first in line when it does. As a massive online retailer, Amazon tends to have stock more regularly than most so we'll keep this link here in case more consoles go live soon.

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Target: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

Target uses its PS5 landing page to give the latest stock updates. Right now it states that limited stock is releasing soon and to check back for specific release timings. It's also worth noting that the retailer will only be selling PS5 stock on its website, and will not be available for in-store purchase.

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EB Games: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

EB Games was one of the first retailers to sell out, but also took a significant number of pre-orders for the console during 2021. There's been no sign of the PS5 for a while now, though, so keep checking in for updates.

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The Gamesmen: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

The Gamesmen announce all of their future PS5 restocks across their social media channels. We'll share any news here if and when we spot it, but it's definitely worth keeping tabs on their Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and email newsletter for more immediate updates.

Where to buy PS5 in Canada

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Amazon: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

Though Amazon Canada doesn't appear to restrict PS5 sales to Prime members, it seems like a long time since the console was available to buy. We'd suggest keeping an eye on that product description in case it's updated with any information about exclusive early access for Amazon Prime members as that's helped nail down restock dates in other regions.

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Walmart: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

Walmart has a PS5 restock landing page that delivers regular updates on the console's availability. More often than not it states that the PS5 is unavailable but points you towards Walmart Canada on Twitter to get the most up to date news.

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Best Buy: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

As well as online, Best Buy encourages you to check local stores for any availability of PS5 consoles. Sometimes the console store pages are updated with a notice that says 'Coming Soon' but that doesn't give a clear or specific indication of when the PS5 will be available to buy. Just continue to check in regularly to avoid missing out. 

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GameStop: PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

GameStop currently only offers either the PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition as part of a bundle and these change all the time. Our advice? Check in regularly for updates on when the next set of PS5 bundles will be available to buy and what you can find in each one.

PS5 Restock FAQs

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While PS5 restocks are now more frequent and it's become a lot easier to buy the PS5, it can still be a stressful and frustrating experience. In order to get you prepared in the best way possible, we've answered many of the most common questions about PS5 restocks below. We've also dropped in our top tips based on over a year's worth of hunting PS5 consoles in order to give you the best chance of getting one.

How to buy PS5: top tips

1. Follow the key retailers
The list above will keep you on top of all the latest PS5 restock updates as soon as they come in. Still, you should keep checking frequently as we don't always get a heads up and you never really know when more stock will land so you might get lucky.

2. Prepare your wallet
You likely already have the money for a PS5 squirrelled away if you're looking to buy right now, but you want to make sure everything is set up at each retailer, too. Have your card and shipping details prepared on a separate page ahead of time or make sure they're stored and correct with your retailers of choice for a fast checkout.

3. Sign in
You may already have an account with your favorite retailers, but be sure to sign in ahead of restocks. Needing to log in ahead can eat away valuable seconds at checkout and you'll need all the time you can get to give yourself the best chance to buy a PS5 today. Plus, you can often save your checkout details with your login (if you're comfortable doing this) and track your order a little easier. We'd recommend making accounts for each retailer offering PS5 restocks.

4. Find and save the product page
You don't want to be left navigating the virtual aisles when the chance to buy a PS5 does arrive. We've linked straight out to all the known product pages here so when stock does land you can go straight to where you need to be in order to place an order.

5. Don't give up
There are going to be many more chances to buy a PS5 in the near future, as the stock situation improves. If you come up unlucky during a PS5 restock, however, keep refreshing the retailer's page - we've seen stock return for quickfire refreshes in a matter of minutes in the past so you don't want to give up at the first hurdle. Still no luck? Stick with us for all the latest news and rumours.

How often is the PS5 available to buy?

It can vary depending on region and various other unseen factors but we generally see PS5 restocks at retailers about once or twice a month. That's just on average, though. At some stores it can be as often as every two weeks or at others as infrequent as every two months.

Essentially, it's still far from regular even over a year from the launch of the console. That said, some retailers have settled into a fairly predicating rhythm that allows us to give you a solid idea of when to be ready to buy. Others have taken to announcing when their next PS5 restock will take place so it's less of a guessing game. Either way, we cover all the latest PS5 restock news, rumours and announcements at TechRadar to give you the best chance possible of securing a console.

Should I buy a PS5 today?

The PS5 is still hard to find at a moment's notice so if you've got your eye on one for the near future or as a gift for someone soon then our suggestion is to buy it as soon as possible - especially if you're in the US.

While PS5 restocks are certainly more frequent this year, the console still doesn't stay available for very long and it's best to get one while you can rather than missing out on the opportunity. We definitely want to emphasise this for those in the US as PS5 restocks still sell out in a matter of minutes at most retailers there. Restricting sales to specific retailer membership programs has helped to curb the scalpers but it still requires speed, timing and a bit of luck to buy a console.

However, if you're in no rush and would perhaps prefer to wait for any PS5 bundle deals then you can hold off for now. It might not be some time until the discounts you're looking for are available in stores but who knows what the situation might look like in 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 price as Microsoft's Xbox Series X. The cheaper PS5 Digital Edition is priced at $399.99 (£359.99 / AU$599.95). It's almost guaranteed that both versions of the console will remain at this price for some time. Demand is still astronomically high for the console and Sony sees no reason to discount it for the time being.

Should I buy the PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition?

PS5 vs PS5 digital

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There are two versions of Sony's latest console: so how do you know whether to buy the PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition? Well, there's one major difference between the two - outside of the price.

The PS5 Digital Edition does not include a disc drive so no physical copies of games can be played on the console and you will have to buy all of your games digitally. All purchases have to be made through the official PSN Store. You will, however, still be able to play old PS4 games as long as you bought a digital copy. With that in mind, if you've fully embraced the digital revolution and are looking to save on the upfront cost of the console then the PS5 Digital Edition may be right for you. 

For most, though, we'd suggest sticking with the standard PS5 as it has the added flexibility with the included disc drive. The other major sticking point with the PS5 Digital Edition is that Sony manufactures far fewer of them compared to the normal PS5. When retailers restock the consoles, then, you often have a considerably smaller chance of getting a Digital Edition - if 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 an ordeal and you've only got a short wait until your new console arrives. If you're looking to pass the time while waiting, we've got a lot of great features and deals hubs for you to check out.

First off, head over and grab yourself one of these cheap PlayStation Plus deals so you've got a membership ready to pair with your PS5. It's worth signing up as having an active subscription also gets you access to the PS Plus Collection. This is a selection of 18 of the best PS4 games all ready for you to play on PS5, including God of War, Bloodborne and The Last of Us Remastered. Not a bad way to start if you haven't got any cheap PS5 games to play on the console on day one.

Now the games are sorted, how about some of the best PS5 accessories? We've got you covered here, too, with today's cheap PS5 controller deals if you need another DualSense, the latest PS5 SSD deals if you want more storage space for your games and all the Pulse 3D headset deals.

If nothing specific grabs you - or you'd like to take in everything on a single page - then our massive PS5 deals hub should be your go-to destination. Keep it bookmarked as well as we regularly update it with all the latest offers on games, accessories, PS Plus memberships and more.

James Pickard
Deals Editor

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.