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The PlayStation 5 is available for Best Buy Totaltech subscribers beginning July 12th at 12PM ET (Update: sold out)

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A Prime Day console restock for those that pay

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Availability of PS5 consoles ebbs and flows.
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Update July 12th, 6:20PM ET: Best Buy has sold out of consoles for this exclusive restock.

Update July 12th, 1:03PM ET: The standard PS5 console is sold out but Best Buy seems to still have some bundles with Horizon Forbidden West for $549.99 still available in some locations for now.

It may be Amazon Prime Day time, but a big sales event like that is just an invitation for other retailers to jump in and also take advantage. We’ve already seen Target and Best Buy running “anti-Prime Day” promotions, and Best Buy is adding some fuel to this fire by scheduling a restock of PlayStation 5 consoles for its paying subscribers.

Beginning at 12PM ET / 9AM PT on Tuesday, July 12th, Best Buy Totaltech members will be able to digitally queue for a standard $499.99 PS5 with a disc drive. Totaltech costs a whopping $199.99 per year, though it does include other perks from the big box retailer, like added tech support and free delivery and installation for appliances from Best Buy.

If all the prior Best Buy restocks have taught us anything, it’s advisable to log into your Totaltech account at least a few minutes before the scheduled restock. Once you refresh your page at 12PM ET / 9AM PT and click “Add to Cart,” you’ll be put into Best Buy’s queue. Don’t refresh the page further or navigate away from it. Once you get through the queue, you should have a chance to checkout with the console — though keep in mind that sometimes Best Buy restock availability is dependent on your proximity to a Best Buy store. Best of luck, and stay persistent.

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