Following the Xbox Series X release, the Playstation 5 is finally available to the public, marking the official start to Sony’s next generation of gaming. Pre-orders were a bit of a debacle for this console, so it’s possible you weren’t able to reserve one before launch. That’s a shame- the PS5 is much faster than the PS4 and the adaptive triggers on the Dualsense controller are a unique experience you can’t get elsewhere. The launch library’s thin enough that there is a strong argument to be made for waiting until next year to buy a PS5, but we actually saw listings with stock on launch day and Walmart surprised us with a 12:00 ET initial release and promises of upcoming scheduled restocks. So if you’re planning to early adopt or you just absolutely have to play Spider-Man: Miles Morales at 60 fps, there’s still hope that you can buy one without waiting too long.
There’s two versions of the Playstation 5 out now, but they’re identical aside from the lack of a disc drive. Here’s where you might be able to find each.
The Playstation 5 is Sony’s aptly named successor to the PS4, and has a custom 8-core Zen 2 cpu and custom 10.3 teraflop RDNA 2 GPU. On paper, that leaves it a little less powerful than the Xbox Series X, but optimization and specific games will probably make performance more of a case-by-case issue. This version comes with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive as well, which might be important to you if you like to own your games and movies physically.
We expect supply for the PS5 to be largely sold out for a while, but we did briefly see new stock up early on launch day at Best Buy, so it’s not a bad idea to check major retailers on occasion. It did announce that it's restocking the console on December 15th at 8 am Central/9 am Eastern, but we have yet to see how this will pan out.
Walmart is also an anomaly, as it waited to put the PS5 on sale until launch day at 12:00 ET. The site crashed shortly after the console went live, and again when the site restocked at 3:00 PM, but this might be a strategy we see the store employing in the future.
All other major official US retailers seem to be sold out for now and aren’t offering restock notifications. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t more underground options available. If you must buy aftermarket, the current PS5 markup on eBay seems to be between $100 - 200 depending on your listing. There’s also stockX, which has one PS5 listing up for about $865.
Playstation 5 All-Digital Edition
The Playstation 5 release also marks the first time Sony is releasing a discless version of one of its consoles. This isn’t like the Xbox Series S- the PS5 Digital Edition is the same machine as the regular PS5, just without a disc drive. Still, that concession will save you $100 if you can manage to find one new.
It also gives you another avenue to find a Playstation 5 that’s in stock. Unlike the PS5 with the disc drive, we didn’t seen this one selling anywhere at launch. But like the regular PS5, Walmart didn't start selling the console until Noon ET.
Best Buy is currently planning to restock the All-Digital PS5 on December 15th at 8 am Central/9 am Eastern time, though you'll only be able to actually get the console through curbside pickup.
Alternately, aftermarket sellers are also an option here. The current markup for the PS5 All-Digital Edition seems to be about $100 on eBay, which is probably your best bet when it comes to resellers. That’s because the only stockX listing for the All-Digital PS5 right now is $845, which is only slightly cheaper than the site’s listing for the version with a disc drive.
Gamestop advertised via its Twitter account on January 20th that a limited number of PS5 console bundles would be available on its store the following day. A similar offer hit Walmart on the 21st as well.
Best Buy promised to restock the Playstation 5 on December 15th starting at 8 am Central/9 am Eastern time, and will only allow customers to get their purchase through curbside pickup.
Walmart and GameStop both briefly restocked the PS5 on November 19th, though as expected, the sites sold out quickly. The Playstation Direct store also has a queue to buy units, though it's not promising that you'll be able to buy a console even if you're in the queue.
Units also went up at both Wal-Mart and Best Buy on Black Friday, and were available for in-store purchase at Gamestop.