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PS5 restock updates - Your guide to buying a PlayStation 5

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We're seeing some excellent PS5 restock options open this morning, across both the US and UK. While the latter is seeing a drastic reduction in the amount of bundles on the shelves, the packages that are available are looking particularly strong right now. Plus, in the US, it's time for another round of PS5 stock emails at Amazon. There's certainly plenty to get excited about today. 

Those in the US should head straight to Amazon (opens in new tab), then, and - if not already - sign up for email invites. The retail giant's next wave of invitations are being sent today, so keep a close eye on your inbox for a chance to buy a standalone PS5. 

Meanwhile, over in the UK, we've just seen BT (opens in new tab) open its own PS5 stock to all. These bundles are the cheapest on the shelves right now, but have been restricted to BT customers for over a week now. We wouldn't miss this opportunity, with packages starting at just £529.99. If you're just after a console by itself, though, you can also head to Sony (opens in new tab) for a disk edition device today.

You'll find all the latest PS5 restock action just below, as well as the retailers you should be checking every day and our own top tips for finding new stock further down the page. 

Where to buy PS5 today

You'll find the current PS5 stock situation as of 07:23am ET / 12:38pm BST on Friday, September 23 below.

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Amazon | register for email invites (next wave September 23) (opens in new tab)
The next round of PS5 restocks at Amazon will take place on September 23, but you'll need to be signed up for email invitations to take part. This is the fifth drop we've seen this month, so it's certainly worth throwing your hat in the ring. 

You can also sign up for a Horizon Forbidden West bundle at $549 with Amazon (opens in new tab).

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UK - BT | cheapest bundle £529.99 (opens in new tab)
Good news! BT has switched off the need to be a customer to browse its selection of PS5 bundles today, which means everyone can get involved in some of the cheapest packages we're seeing on the shelves right now. We'd certainly recommend heading here if you're after more than the console by itself as there are some excellent options on the shelves. 

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UK - Sony | standalone consoles in stock (opens in new tab)
We're seeing consoles in stock by themselves right now at Sony Direct, though you're still paying that increased £479.99 RRP. Still, this is the cheapest way of picking up a PS5 right now (and the cheapest we've seen in a long time).

PS5 restocks - US

Even in bundle format, we're still chasing PS5 restocks across the US. Things are by no means as bad as they once were, though, and we're even seeing some bundles holding their positions on the shelves at retailers like Walmart and Sony.

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Amazon (opens in new tab) - Register for email invites
We've been seeing Amazon's PS5 restock game stepping up over the last few weeks. With drops running regularly through September and a few surprise restocks in between, there's every reason to sign up for an email invite right now. 

PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab) | Horizon Forbidden West bundle (opens in new tab)

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Walmart (opens in new tab) - Last restock September 9
Walmart had a Horizon Forbidden West bundle on the shelves for a record amount of time over the last two weeks, with stock showing up day after day without wavering. However, it seems this honeymoon has come to an end, with the console unavailable today. 

PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital (opens in new tab) | Horizon Forbidden West bundle (opens in new tab)

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GameStop (opens in new tab) - last restock August 20
Things are picking up at GameStop with PS5 stock seemingly coming in at least once a week on a regular basis recently. Wednesdays or Thursdays seem to be your best bet. Bundles are often available, so if you spot any you like, dive in as they sell out (slightly) slower than solo consoles. It's also worth noting that we're seeing more in-store buying options at GameStop now as well.

PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital (bundle) (opens in new tab) | Horizon Forbidden West Bundle (opens in new tab)

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Target (opens in new tab) - last restock April 15
Target has moved to an in-store first approach, which means you'll be able to scout out local stock without competing against the entire country. The last time we saw an online PS5 restock here was back in April, so we'd recommend checking your regional availability. 

PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital (opens in new tab) 

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Best Buy (opens in new tab) - last restock July 22
This store hasn't been as prolific of late, but given the huge reach we'd never count it out. We've given up trying to predict Best Buy PS5 days as the Thursday/Friday pattern it once favored has been all over the place lately with weekend and Monday drops popping up at random. Great, more randomness. The good news is you no longer need to be a Total Tech Member to take advantage of restocks - July's drop was open to everyone.

PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital (opens in new tab) | Horizon Forbidden West bundle (opens in new tab)

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Sony (opens in new tab) - Register for email invites
We were previously seeing Sony's Horizon Forbidden West bundles live for those with a PSN ID, but the brand is currently all out of stock. We'd still recommend signing up for email invitations to know when more are released, though.

PS5 restocks - UK

PS5 stock is starting to fall off a cliff in the UK, but we're still seeing stock available right now. Bundles have caught up with the recent price increase on the console itself, though, which means packages tend to start at around £529.99 these days. 

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BT - cheapest bundle £529.99 (opens in new tab)
BT's latest PS5 restock is open to everyone, which means you won't need to be a customer to take part. That's an excellent turnaround compared to the rest of the week, because we're seeing the cheapest bundles around situated here today. 

PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital (opens in new tab)

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Scan - cheapest bundle £739.99 (opens in new tab)
Scan is one of the few retailers offering PS5 stock today, but you'll need to invest in an SSD at the same time to take advantage of it. This bundle packs a console, a Samsung 980 Pro 1TB SSD (perfect for upgrading your storage), a copy of Horizon Forbidden West, and an extra DualSense controller for £739.99.

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ShopTo (opens in new tab) - last seen September 22
ShopTo is out of PS5 stock today, after offering the second cheapest bundle yesterday. We'd recommend sticking around and checking in over the weekend, though, because there are often some excellent packages on offer here. 

PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital (opens in new tab)

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Studio (opens in new tab) - last seen September 22
Studio was offering a £609 Gran Turismo 7 bundle yesterday, but that offer is now off the table after the retailer ran out of stock last night.

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Argos (opens in new tab) - last seen September 20
Argos doesn't have any PS5 consoles in the warehouse this week, dropping the last of its stock at the start of the week. However, this is a post-code system so it's always worth checking in to see if there are any at your local store. 

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Game (opens in new tab) - last seen September 20
Game has just run out of all PS5 stock this week, having previously offered a wealth of differently sized bundles. We'd recommend keeping a close eye out here, though, because we regularly see more stock dropping onto these shelves. 

PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital (opens in new tab) | Horizon Forbidden West bundle (opens in new tab)

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Currys (opens in new tab) - last seen September 16
Currys has also run out of consoles after the weekend, after offering a massive selection of bundles in the last few weeks. Things slimmed down to just one high-priced package over the last few days but now even that is gone. 

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AO (opens in new tab) - last seen September 16
AO previously had a £609 bundle on the shelves, but things are looking a little slow right now. There's no stock available here, but the last time we saw availability was only just before the weekend which means we'd keep a close eye out for more.

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Amazon (opens in new tab) - last restock September 14
We were seeing Amazon offering a Horizon Forbidden West bundle without requiring an email invite at the start of the month. However, that stock has now run dry - as expected. We'd recommend checking in regularly here, though, as you can still sign up for notifications on standalone consoles. 

PS5 (opens in new tab) | PS5 Digital (opens in new tab) | Horizon Forbidden West Bundle (opens in new tab)

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Very (opens in new tab) - Last restock September 1
We saw Very's last round of consoles drop at the start of the month, with a Horizon Forbidden West bundle available for £499. However, availability seems to be all out at the moment. We'd recommend checking in regularly here, though, as Very has offered some of the better priced bundles on the shelves, especially since the price hike. 

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PS5 restocks - Canada

  • Canada PS5 ($629.99): Amazon (opens in new tab) | Walmart (opens in new tab) | Best Buy (opens in new tab)
  • Canada PS5 Digital Edition ($499.99): Amazon (opens in new tab) | Best Buy (opens in new tab) | Walmart (opens in new tab)

Our PS5 restock top tips

We've been tracking PS5 restocks since the console launched, scouring the web day after day for even a hint of a DualSense on the shelves. That means we've seen hundreds of drops come and go and resisted the urge to dive into each and every one ourselves. We've certainly picked up some tips and tricks to finding these elusive drops along the way. 

1. Register for email invites
This is the first thing you need to do as soon as you consider buying a PS5. Amazon and Sony both offer the chance to sign up for an email invite to their future stock drops and you should be taking them up on it. While you're not guaranteed a win in these situations, you will have a far greater chance of waking up to some good news. 

2. Sign in and save your details
If you come across a PS5 restock out in the wild, the last thing you'll want to be doing is faffing at checkout. This is where we see the vast majority of punters missing out, their consoles sniped from right under their noses. This is a race, so you'll need to be as speedy through the process as possible. The best way to do so is sign in with all the retailers above and save your payment and shipping details to reduce clicks when it's crunch time.

3. Consider memberships
While this isn't such a big deal as it was earlier in the year (Best Buy has stopped reserving stock for its Total Tech members and Amazon doesn't require a Prime account any longer), Walmart still aims its restocks at its Plus members only. It's worth investing in a month's membership if you hear about a Walmart restock due. You'll have plenty of advance warning with this particular retailer.

4. Follow social media
Social media has been a saving grace in the great console race - it's simply the fastest way to find out about stock drops happening right now. And you'll need that speed. We're still seeing PS5s selling out in minutes at certain US retailers (the UK seems to be holding out a little longer), which means every second counts once a store pushes that big red button.

5. Keep refreshing
Refreshing a site's page when you know a restock is going down all around you means you'll have the best chance to landing on a good wave. These sites go bananas when consoles land, which means they can often buckle under the pressure and show an out of stock message. Keep trying and you'll likely catch a winning loop.

6. Don't give up
If you've hammered that refresh button to death and you're still getting nowhere, don't give up. We sometimes see sites turning off the faucet when the demand grows too high, only to switch those consoles back on again once interest has waned. Stick around for another wave of stock and you could get lucky.

7. Don't buy from marketplace sellers
If you're new to the PS5 restock race you may be tempted to sink some extra cash into a scalper's listing. Don't. There are plenty of PS5 restocks happening every month and there's no need to pay more than the MSRP.

Should you buy PS5 restock bundles?

Picking up a PS5 by itself is far more difficult than finding it bundled up with some games and accessories. Retailers prefer to package extra kit into their listings, and they do tend to stick around on the shelves a lot longer. We'd always recommend checking the value of the additional PS5 accessories you're buying against the total of the bundle, however, to make sure you're not being ripped off - you should only ever pay MSRP for anything you find. 

Is it still hard to buy PS5?

The state of PS5 stock today depends on your region. In the US, individual consoles are particularly difficult to locate and even bundles represent a rare opportunity. However, over in the UK we're seeing far more bundles holding their position on the shelves (standalone consoles are still rare). 

Another item you might want to pick up once you've been able to buy a PS5 is one of the options on our best PS5 external hard drives page to increase your storage capacity. Or if you've got the need for speed, the best PS5 SSD might be worth a look.

Global Editor-in-Chief, GamesRadar+

Sam Loveridge is the Global Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar, and joined the team in August 2017. Sam came to GamesRadar after working at TrustedReviews, Digital Spy, and Fandom, following the completion of an MA in Journalism. In her time, she's also had appearances on The Guardian, BBC, and more. Her experience has seen her cover console and PC games, along with gaming hardware, for over seven years, and for GamesRadar, she is in charge of reviews, best lists, and the overall running of the site and its staff. Her gaming passions lie with weird simulation games, big open-world RPGs, and beautifully crafted indies. Basically, she loves all games that aren't sports or fighting titles! 

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