The PS5 is an elusive yet much-desired console this season.
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Sony’s long-awaited PlayStation 5 went on sale earlier this month and sold out fast. Trying to nab a console or digital edition during periodic restocks has been causing gamers and parents stress as they try to ensure they’ll have the next-gen console in hand for the holiday season.

While nothing is promised, here’s a bit of help on how to buy a PS5.

There are two versions of the PS5. There is a $400 digital-only model and a $500 console version. The only difference between the two is that the console edition includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive to allow for PS5 Blu-ray disc games and PS4 Blu-ray disc games, and video from 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays and standard Blu-rays and DVDs.

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How to buy a PS5

When the PlayStation 5 launched on Nov. 12, sales were online only. Now, they’re online and some retailers are offering sales in person.

GameStop has been offering PS5 bundles that were restocked pretty regularly. They’re pricey, at $855 and $805 for a PS5 console bundle with accessories and $645 for a PS5 digital bundle. The offered them again on Black Friday, and they’re currently showing up as sold out, but hopefully they’ll restock again for Cyber Monday.

Walmart has been releasing PS5 stock at pre-announced times since launch day, and each time new stock is released, it sells out within minutes.

Best Buy is releasing units periodically. There were more units at Best Buy appearing on launch day and the refresh button was everyone’s friend seeking a unit. They’ve dropped more units this past week, and sometimes they show up as “Open Stock,” so keep trying.

Target had stock appear regionally on launch day, so it is always worth a refresh to see if units are in a particular area. Amazon didn’t have a big drop of stock at any point on launch day or over the first weekend, but there have been individual sellers on Amazon offering PS5 units at double and triple the retail price.

Costco also offered a console bundle for members, but it sold out by lunchtime on launch day. However, it still appears on the site, but with a gray “sold out” banner even on Black Friday. Sometimes this means an item will be restocked. If Costco intends to remove an item completely, it usually can’t be seen on the site.

PlayStation has notified customers on Twitter, “We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever. Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year – please stay in touch with your local retailers.” So make of that what you will.

Here are the links to use to find that elusive PS5 for your own gaming or holiday gifting needs:

Best Buy: PS5 Console and the PS5 Digital Edition

Amazon: PS5 Console and the PS5 Digital Edition

GameStop: PS5 Console and the PS5 Digital Edition

Target: PS5 Console and the PS5 Digital Edition

Walmart: PS5 Console and the PS5 Digital Edition

Accessories for the PS5

There’s also a host of new accessories for the PS5. Sony has developed a new DualSense Wireless Controller in black and white to match the color scheme of the PS5. There’s also a PULSE 3D Wireless Headset, a DualSense Charging Station, an HD Camera and a Media Remote. They’re already on sale and available at retailers nationwide.

Specs and details about the PS5

Sony released more details about the PS5 in a blog. The PS5 also launched in Canada and the price is $629.99 CDN for the console and $499 CDN for the digital edition.

On Nov. 19, the PS5 console and digital edition launched in the UK, at £449.99 for the console and £359.99 for the digital version. The European launch is the same day, and the price is €499.99 for the PS5 console and €399.99 for the digital edition.

As for dimensions, the PS5 console is approximately 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth), excluding the base, and weighs approximately 4.5kg. The PS5 Digital Edition console is approximately 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth), and weighs approximately 3.9kg.

The PS5 has an expansion port that will allow players to add M.2 SSD storage for installing and playing PS5 games. This feature will be available in future, but not at launch. It will be part of a system software update. The PS5 will allow for connection of a compatible USB drive for storing and playing PS4 games that will remain stored on the external device.

This article is being updated periodically with the latest information.

This is the PS5 Digital Edition.
Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment