Update January 5th, 11:45AM ET: Both versions of Sony’s console are on sale at Best Buy, although availability will vary by location.
Update January 5th, 12:15PM ET: Best Buy has sold out of PlayStation 5 consoles for now. We are continuing to monitor further console restocks from Best Buy and other retailers.
If you’re currently shopping for a PlayStation 5 console, you have another chance right now at Best Buy. The electronics retailer just opened up a fresh batch of PlayStation 5 consoles for $499.99, and as of 11:40AM ET, also started selling the even-harder-to-get $399.99 PS5 Digital Edition.
Be sure to log in and queue up on Best Buy’s site, with your billing and shipping info saved. Click the “Add to Cart” button on the right to jump into the waiting line, and stay calm. You don’t need to refresh the automated system, though, you may be prompted to verify your account when it’s your turn. Best Buy’s recently-updated queue system may not work well if you try to open multiple tabs, but keep your phone handy — if you have trouble verifying your account you may be able to do it in the mobile app and check out once the PlayStation 5 is in your cart.
After that, you should be able to see if there are any PS5 consoles available for pickup at stores in your area. If you strike out, stay vigilant, the store tends to restock in waves so there may be more consoles in a moment.
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God of War Ragnarök
While Ragnarök’s third-person action gameplay feels similar to its predecessor, its story is far more ambitious. As Kratos wishes to bury his past, he’s trying to convince his young son, Atreus, not to follow a tempting path at discovering his godhood and defying prophecy.
The PS5 Digital Edition costs $400. Compared to the standard PS5, this console is $100 less and does not include a Blu-ray disc drive.
We’re wishing you all of the luck in getting a PS5 today. As usual, signing into your account ahead of the restock, and making sure that all of the pertinent shipping and payment info, can only help your chances of success. But generally, once you’re in the queue for a console, just hang tight and maybe cross those fingers that you actually get a console today.
Some must-have PS5 accessories and games
Whether you end up getting a PlayStation 5 today or not, it might not be a bad idea to stock up on some essentials that you may want to have on Day One with your console.
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Insomniac Games’ latest adventure in the Ratchet & Clank series is the most fun entry yet. It’s also the first to launch on PS5, and it’s a showcase for amazing graphics and fast loading speeds.
Deathloop (Standard Edition, PS5)
The 2021 release from Arkane Studios — the team behind Prey and Dishonored — is a masterpiece in many ways, an open-ended mystery that’s thrilling, action-packed, and just the right amount of weird.
Sony’s own wireless gaming headset is made to showcase the PS5’s 3D audio effect and also works on the PS4.
PlayStation Plus (12-month subscription)
A membership to PlayStation Plus allows PlayStation 4 and PS5 owners to play games online, download free titles every month, and take advantage of discounts on the PS Store. PS5 owners also get access to the PlayStation Plus Collection, a best-of selection of PS4 titles.