If you’re a PlayStation fan trying to buy a PS5, you know that in the time since launch day, the PS5 retail situation has been endlessly hectic and frustrating, with the system consistently selling out in a matter of moments, sites crashing, and scalpers cashing in on the situation by hoarding the system and selling them for over $1,000 each. The PS5 launch day restocks were particularly disappointing–many stores restocked and sold out instantly at midnight, and Walmart offered multiple online restocks throughout the day, each of which had slow loading times, site crashes, and errors in checkout. In short, if you’ve been trying to buy a PS5 and haven’t done so yet, you’re not alone, and we feel your pain. Black Friday 2020 offers another opportunity to buy the PS5 this week, though we don’t expect it to go any more smoothly than previous PS5 restocks. For Black Friday 2020, retailers like Walmart and GameStop have confirmed PS5 availability, but you’ll want to be prepared ahead of time if you want a shot at getting the console in time for the holidays. Sony has confirmed more stock will be available before the end of the year, as well. Here’s everything we know about PS5 Black Friday restocks and availability.
Where to buy the PS5 during Black Friday 2020
Black Friday Walmart PS5 restock
Walmart will soon have the PS5 up for purchase ahead of Black Friday. The PS5 and Xbox Series X will go up for purchase online-only at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET tonight, November 25. This is a few hours after the official Black Friday sale starts online for Walmart, so you can purchase other games or accessories you want ahead of time, such as controllers, charging cradles, headsets, and the camera. As with the launch day restocks, you’ll have to be fast and extremely lucky to secure a PS5 that day. Previous restocks have gone dry almost instantly, and have seemed to be faster for the disc-based systems. To help checkout go smoothly, be sure to update your Walmart account information and payment details beforehand.
Black Friday GameStop PS5 restock
GameStop will have in-store-only PS5 stock on Black Friday. All stores will have a minimum of two PS5 units available when they open at 7 AM local time this Friday, November 27. Don’t expect them to have much more than that, though, and there are almost sure to be other people there just as early trying to get their own. We suggest calling your local store ahead of time to ask about Black Friday PS5 availability. GameStop hasn’t confirmed whether the PS5 Digital will be available in stores–again, we suggest checking with your local store and being there bright and early on Friday. (Be sure to wear a face mask if you head there in person!) You can also try your luck with occasional restocks on the GameStop website, though these have taken the form of expensive bundles thus far.
Other possible PS5 restocks and options
Best Buy has confirmed it will not have any PS5 units in stores throughout the entire holiday season, so you won’t see the PS5 in any Best Buy brick-and-mortar stores until 2021. Though the PS5 appears in Best Buy’s Black Friday ad, the retailer would not confirm Black Friday availability to GameSpot and said that stock will be available on BestBuy.com when they get more units. We have also seen stock go up without much warning prior to Black Friday, including in the middle of the night. Keep an eye out and you might be able to score one ahead of time.
PlayStation Direct has been running queues on its site nearly every day since launch, but finding a queue on PS Direct doesn’t necessarily mean the PS5 is in stock; it simply indicates high traffic to the store. It never hurts to jump in and wait if you find the queue and you’ll be at your computer for a while, but know there’s no guarantee it’ll be in stock by the time you get through.
Of course, you can always find the PS5 and its accessories on reseller sites like StockX and Ebay, but you’ll likely pay hundreds above MSRP for the console. For context, resell prices at StockX are currently between $800 and $900, though you can place bids to buy the console for less. The site has plenty of stock, so if you’re desperate, it’s worth checking out to see if you can negotiate a decent price.
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We’ll continue to update this story as we track PS5 availability, but for now you can check the major retailer listings below. Plus, see our PS5 review for more details and our thoughts on the new console.
Where to buy the PS5
Where to buy the PS5 Digital Edition
Where to buy PS5 accessories now
The Pulse 3D wireless headset was the first PS5 accessory to sell out at major retailers, and the media remote and DualSense charging station are proving popular as well. Check out where you can snag all the official PS5 accessories currently in stock below, and don’t wait too long if you’re considering buying–we expect it’ll all sell out eventually.
Where to buy PS5’s biggest games
Quite a few PS5 games are available now, including launch titles like Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon’s Souls. Check out some of the biggest PS5 games available to purchase below. Keep in mind that many PS4 games come with free next-gen upgrades and are currently discounted, making them the better deal.