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The cost of a PlayStation 5 is going up. Sony has raised the retail price in certain markets due to “challenging economic decisions,” the company announced on Thursday (Aug. 25).
The price increase affects Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, Canada and the U.K.
“While this price increase is a necessity given the current global economic environment and its impact on SIE’s business, our top priority continues to be improving the PS5 supply situation so that as many players as possible can experience everything that PS5 offers and what’s still to come,” the company said in a blog post.
Have you been trying to get your hands on a PS5? The search alone can be stressful, despite the growing number of retailers that sell Sony’s hard-to-get game console. Thankfully, there are a few different retailers such as Amazon and Walmart that have PS5 consoles available right now, while others — including Best Buy and GameStop — will likely be restocking at some point.
To make the search easier, we put together a list of a few places where you can purchase a PS5 online to play Madden 23 and other must-have video games. The consoles can run you anywhere from the current $500 list price up to $1,200. Keep reading for more details, links and pricing information.
PS5 consoles restocks tend to sell out extremely fast at Amazon (and everywhere else, to be honest). For gamers who have been waiting to snag a console for $500, Amazon is offering customers an option to sign up for a chance to buy a PS5 at the regular retail price. The next wave of invites will be sent to qualifying customers on Thursday (while supplies last).
PS5 Console (Available by Invitation Only at Amazon)
Unfortunately, the invite-only option doesn’t guarantee that you will secure the console, as not all requests will be granted. However, exclusive offers allow Amazon to ensure that as many “genuine customers as possible” can buy an item that is in high-demand. If you are selected to purchase, you will receive an email when the PS5 is available. For those who don’t want to go that route, there are other PS5 consoles available on Amazon, but they’re usually marked up to over $900.
Walmart launched a members-only PS5 restock back in February, and it sold out within hours, which means the price went right back up. On the plus side, you can currently find a PS5 console at Walmart for less than $750.
PS5 Console (Walmart)
When restocks sell out, PS5 consoles can cost hundreds more than you would usually pay. Because there are no regular-priced PS5s at Best Buy and other retailers, we searched for some of the cheaper options. Stock X, for example, has consoles for around $625 and up, which is a bit less than on some of the other websites. Ebay is another resource for PS5 consoles for $500 and up.
PS5 Console (StockX)
If you’re comfortable with high price points, Daily Steals has a PS5 with an extra controller for $960.99 (down from $1,029.99). For those willing to spend a little extra, check out this PS5 bundle at QVC.com ($1,049.99), which includes three games, accessories and more.
Bundles are another way to ensure that you get a console — and maybe even save a little on the back end. Walmart has several bundles, such as this PS5 Disc Version Console with gaming headset bundle ($899), this Sony Playstation 5 Disc Version Console with Pro Gamer Starter Pack Bundle ($749), or this PlayStation 5 Games Bundle: Disc Version Console with Wireless Controller with The Last of Us Remastered, God of War and Ghost Of Tsushima games ($784.99).