The PS5 went on sale worldwide in November but, unsurprisingly, stock evaporated in seconds - Sony itself has claimed that it was the biggest PlayStation launch ever.
Stock's been tight ever since, though it's getting easier and easier to find. There was a big wave of new consoles in both the UK and US through January and February, and stock is getting easier and easier to find as time goes on.
We're listing all the retailers offering the new console, along with pricing and availability – we'll be doing our best to keep up to date as new stock comes in so stay tuned, and for more on the console, take a look at our PS5 review.
How much does the PlayStation 5 cost?
The PS5 is available in two models. The standard PS5 costs £449/US$499, while the cheaper Digital Edition without a Blu-ray drive costs £359/$399.
If you're not sure which to buy, check out our PS5 vs PS5 Digital Edition comparison for a more detailed breakdown of the differences.
Where to buy the PS5
PS5 pre-orders sold out almost instantly, and the same happens every time the console goes back in stock. As of right now, the console doesn't appear to be in stock anywhere, and PlayStation boss Jim Ryan told Russian site TASS that “Everything is sold. Absolutely everything is sold.”
While availability is slowing improving, shortages are likely to continue for most of this year, as the PS5 is just one part of a larger industry-wide chip shortage that Sony itself has said will continue to bottle-neck production through the rest of 2021.
Still, stock keeps popping up briefly at various retailers, so it's worth continuing to check often.
Meanwhile, the retailers listed below sold consoles in the past, but are now out of stock. We'd suggest keeping an eye on these, in case they do re-stock.
- Simply Games
- Smyths Toys
- Best Buy (US)
- Newegg (US)
- Target (US)
- PlayStation Direct (US)
There are also independent sellers on eBay auctioning the PS5, though we'd advise going through standard retailers if at all possible to avoid potential complications - and exorbitant prices.
Another marketplace auctioning site StockX is also selling the PS5, but again we'd advise going through standard sellers for the same reasons we advise against buying from no-name sellers on eBay.
In the UK, BT and EE both make the console available to their customers, though stock is just as limited as elsewhere. BT customers can order the PS5 via their MyBT account, while EE customers can order the PS5 and split the cost on their monthly mobile plan. The payment will be divided into 11 interest-free installments via EE's Add to Plan service. Since not everyone can take advantage of these offers, BT and EE customers should check stock regularly for new availability.
Currys PC World is also running a lottery system for new PS5 stock release, which will give lucky customers a chance to buy the console from select stores. Eager customers will have to sign up for a Currys PS5 Priority Pass with their name, email address and mailing address. Those selected will be emailed a unique PS5 buying code which will be valid for 72 hours only. You'll have to be 16 years or older to register for the Pass.
If you get really desperate, you can always just sit on Twitch. A Twitch channel has been set up that simply displays the results of a script that is constantly checking Xbox and PS5 stock at a range of retailers - mostly in the US, but Amazon UK and Game are in the mix too.
It's also worth noting that it's been reported that there is less stock for the PS5 Digital Edition than the regular PS5, with the ratio apparently as high at 80:20 at some stores. That means you should be prepared to pay more for the standard console if you can afford it, as you might have a better chance of securing one.
If you're lucky enough to grab a console, here's the latest on the PS5 launch game lineup so you know what you'll actually be able to play from day one - and here's our guide to turning the PS5 off. No, really - it's harder than you'd think.
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