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Sony’s PlayStation 5 remains hard to find months after its launch — here are the latest details on where to buy the next-gen console

  Summary List Placement Table of Contents: Masthead StickySony's PlayStation 5 launched worldwide more than three months ago, but it's still one of the hardest items to buy in stores, whether you're looking for the $500 standard edition or the $400 all-digital edition. Retailers have primarily been selling PS5 consoles online due...

 

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 launched worldwide more than three months ago, but it’s still one of the hardest items to buy in stores, whether you’re looking for the $500 standard edition or the $400 all-digital edition. Retailers have primarily been selling PS5 consoles online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the high demand makes them a prime target for resellers, many of whom use automated tools and scripted bots to purchase the consoles as soon as they’re available.

So far, the retailers we’ve seen restock most consistently include Best Buy, GameStop, and Sony’s own PlayStation Direct hardware store. GameStop sends emails to subscribers ahead of PS5 restocks but typically only makes the PlayStation 5 available in bundles with games like “Spider-Man: Miles Morales” and “NBA 2K21.”

We’ll keep this post updated as we get more information about upcoming PS5 restocks, but ultimately you’ll need to keep checking multiple stores and get a bit lucky with timing and availability to secure the console.

We got to try out the PlayStation 5 ahead of release, along with some top PS5 games, like “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.” The PlayStation 5’s new features include a customized solid state drive, support for 120 frames per second gameplay, and real-time ray tracing graphics.

Sony’s console is now competing with two new Xbox models for the affection of gamers. Microsoft’s $300 Xbox Series S and $500 Xbox Series X also launched in November 2020, but stock for both consoles remains hard to find.

PlayStation 5 price and retailers

The PlayStation 5 comes in two different models — one that has a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray drive and a “digital edition” with no disc drive at all. The standard model is priced at $500, and the digital edition is priced at $400. While the digital edition is $100 cheaper, you might need to use your PlayStation 4 discs to claim the PlayStation 5 versions of those games later on.

Several stores, including Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Newegg have regularly restocked PlayStation 5 consoles since launch, but they typically sell out as soon as they’re available online. Some GameStop stores have had consoles for sale in-store, but availability depends on when they’re shipped.

You can check the links below to see if the PS5 is currently available at each retailer; we’ll update this post if a specific store announces a restock.

PlayStation 5 (Standard Edition) 

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PlayStation 5 specifications

The PlayStation 5 boasts much more powerful hardware than the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. Upgrades include a solid state hard drive and a graphics card capable of ray-tracing technology.

“Fortnite” creator Epic Games used the PlayStation 5 for an impressive technical demonstration of its upcoming Unreal Engine 5 software, giving gamers an early look at the new console’s potential.

For detailed impressions, check out our full PlayStation 5 review here.

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PlayStation 5 accessories

The new PlayStation 5 family of peripherals haven’t been nearly as hard to find as the console itself, though they’re not of much use without the main course. That said, they do complement the features of the PlayStation 5, so we’ve taken to the time to explain what they all do.

Sony’s $70 DualSense controller is a worthy successor to the PS4’s popular DualShock, implementing a built-in microphone, haptic feedback for adjustable trigger tension, and advanced rumble features while also improving the battery life and adopting a USB-C charging cable.

Wireless Controller for PS5 (small)

The $100 Pulse 3D headset is a direct successor to the gold and platinum wireless headsets Sony released for the PlayStation 4. The headset has an adjustable band, built-in microphone, and hardware buttons for mute, voice monitoring, and volume. While the Pulse 3D headset is worth the investment, PS5’s 3D audio features will also work with any third-party headset that’s been licensed for use on PS4.

Pulse 3D Wireless Headset (small)

The $30 PlayStation media remote might look appealing, but for $30 you can find a better or cheaper universal remote to control the console. Several smart TV brands also let you control the PS5 with your standard TV remote too, so it’s worth giving that a try before making this investment.

The $30 DualSense charging stand can charge two controllers and makes for a nice stand alongside the PS5, but it doesn’t actually charge your controllers any faster than using a regular cable.

The $60 HD camera can be used for streaming in full 1080p and even has a background removal tool, but it cannot be used as a microphone like the PlayStation 4 camera. Luckily, you can just use the DualSense’s built-in mic to communicate while playing.

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