All products and services featured by IndieWire are independently selected by IndieWire editors. However, IndieWire may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.
My earliest memory of a PlayStation was sitting in my bedroom after school with a grilled cheese sandwich in one hand, and a controller in the other. Back then, my go-to video game was “Rugrats: Search for Reptar.” But the gaming world has certainly changed since 1998. These days, graphics are so realistic that it might feel like you’ve stepped into the video game. With that in mind, it’s no wonder gamers everywhere are hoping to get their hands on a Sony PlayStation 5.
Keeping an eye out for PS5 restocks could have you waiting for months on end, though. As you may know, the PS5 is one of the most revolutionary gaming devices in recent years. It’s also extremely popular among gamers, namely for its shelf life (about 5 years), and it can be updated without having to purchase a new system, which is great in comparison to electronic devices that start to glitch before a new model comes out. The PS5’s features include an 8K output and 4K graphics at a 120Hz refresh rate, giving crystal clear imagery and a realistic gaming experience.
Another key factor that puts the PS5 console in such high demand? Aside from the exceptional gaming experience, the console has been delayed due to an ongoing chip shortage. But if you don’t want to wait any longer, Target, Amazon and other retailers have PS5 consoles in stock.
Although the major Sony restock has yet to happen, on Wednesday the company announced that it sold 10 million PS5 consoles worldwide. According to their Twitter account, you can get six months of free AppleTV+ with the purchase of a PS5, which could be hinting at a forthcoming restock, because why else would they be teasing such an incredible promo?
Whenever a PS5 drop happens, the consoles move pretty fast, and you can bet that they’ll be resold at astronomical prices. The dedicated gamers who want to make sure the PS5 restock doesn’t pass them by may have to take the day off from work — just be sure to have your laptop fully charged because you’ll need to be ready to buy at a moment’s notice. For those willing to pay a bit more than the list price, you can get a PS5 on StockX for $695, or eBay for around $800.
Walmart also has PS5 consoles, but despite offering the same functions and capabilities as the others, these particular consoles have a price tag of $900. With online retailers selling out quickly and the demand going up, if you’re hoping to secure a device without worrying about the dreaded “Out of Stock” message, then you might be willing to stretch your budget a bit. Speaking of which, Sears is selling a PS5 console bundle that comes with a charging dock and silicone controller sleeve for $979.99. The price might be steep but as one user mentioned, “If you want to save time [and] don’t want to fight with bots every day, this is a good place.”
Once you’ve managed to successfully order your new gaming system, no setup is complete without a few essentials to enhance your overall experience. For more gear check out our list of the most comfortable gaming chairs for all budgets, the best gamer headsets, and the most anticipated PS5 video games due out this year.