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The PlayStation 5 is Sony’s fastest-selling video game console ever, with more than 10 million systems sold since its launch in November 2020. However, the record demand and an international chip shortage have made the PS5 one of the hardest items to buy in stores or online.
The high demand for PS5 also makes it a target for resellers, many of whom use automated tools to purchase consoles online as soon as they’re available. Sony acknowledged the supply challenges in a July 2021 statement, but it remains unclear when the console will become readily available.
Walmart.com will offer the PlayStation 5 ($500) and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition ($400) starting at 3 p.m. ET today; stock is expected to sell out quickly but you can click the links above to find the console’s landing page.
We’ve also seen weekly restocks at retailers like Best Buy, GameStop, and Sony’s own PlayStation Direct store. Nearly all PlayStation 5 sales are handled online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and overall demand, but some GameStop locations have made consoles available for in-store purchase.
Walmart usually announces PS5 restocks a few hours before consoles are available online. GameStop sends emails to subscribers ahead of PS5 restocks but typically only makes the PS5 available in bundles. Amazon and Newegg have also made PS5 consoles available, though on a less consistent basis. Newegg uses a raffle system to give shoppers a chance to buy rare items like the PS5.
We’ll keep this post updated as we get more information about PS5 restocks, but ultimately you’ll need to keep checking multiple stores and get a bit lucky with timing to secure the console.