Update March 31st, 4:45PM ET: Despite language on Amazon indicating a forthcoming restock event, the retailer has yet to open up its listing for the PlayStation 5. The Xbox Series X, on the other hand, is still available for Amazon Prime subscribers at this time.
Yesterday’s restock of PlayStation 5 Digital Edition consoles at Amazon left a lot to be desired, but today presents a new opportunity. Amazon is preparing for another drop of the $499.99 PlayStation 5 (the standard model with a disc drive) today, and it already has Xbox Series X consoles available for $499. If recent events tell us anything, the PS5 is going to sell out quickly once it goes live, and the Xbox may stick around for much longer, as it’s been regularly available at Walmart. Though once again, you need to subscribe to Amazon’s popular Prime service to even have a chance at a console.
You have to act quickly, especially if you’re going for a PS5. Amazon’s site does not have the same level of bot protection and timed waiting queues, something a number of other retailers have started to employ. Because of this, you’ll want to log into your Amazon Prime account and ensure your billing and shipping info is up to date. You may also have a better chance of getting it in your cart without an error message if you add the console to a wishlist, which you can do ahead of time, and refresh the list once PS5s are available to add to your cart from there.
If you don’t have any luck this time around, be sure to follow @VergeDeals on Twitter for future console availability. We’re always keeping an eye out for restocks, as well surfacing tech deals for you here on the site and straight to your inbox via our twice-a-week newsletter.
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