How to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X / S

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Trying to get hold of a Playstation 5 or one of Microsoft’s next-generation consoles, the Xbox x series and the smaller, less powerful Xbox s series– remains a crazy race. The stock is exhausted as soon as it is available. When it appears at unofficial retailers, it does so with stunning markup.

The scarcity is due to a lot of factors: by the robots, which automatically retrieve the consoles en masse; by a shortage of chip production which has caused disruption in all industries; by a pandemic that has disrupted the global supply chain; by scalpers, who are just the worst whores. Experts believe that the typical purchase terms – where you can access your nearest GameStop and pick up a system from the store – will only be visible in the fall, at the earliest.

So, yeah, that’s pretty tough for anyone hoping to get on the next-gen express.

Read more: When can you get a PS5?

But here’s the thing: If you’re wondering where to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X / S, you’re asking the wrong question. This answer is simple. (Ex: Target, Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop, Sony and Microsoft Direct Purchases, whatever.) Instead, you should be asking yourself How? ‘Or’ What to get one. The trick is to learn to determine when the consoles will be available and to act immediately. Of course, these tactics don’t guarantee you’ll get one. But they’ll help a lot more than refresh Walmart’s website every six minutes.

Join stock market alert sites.

Few services are more valuable to finding a next-generation console than stock alert sites like, which do exactly what you imagine: alert you when stock is available again., for example, offers useful trackers for Xbox Series X / S and Playstation 5. But that’s not the only draw. NowInStock’s readership is often buzzing, with users regularly heading to the comments section to exchange information on product drops in specific regions and share success stories on how they managed to secure their own consoles. new generation. For once, yes, you should read the comments.

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NowInStock combines alerts for Microsoft’s two next-gen consoles.
Screenshot: NowInStock / Kotaku

Join Stock Alert Discord Servers.

If you’re on Discord, the right server is just as useful – and serves the exact same purpose – as a solid stock alert site. The waiters like NerdSpeak, Stock alert, Unobtainium, and Clearance are great places to explore.

Once you’ve joined a certain server, you’ll usually get instructions on how to sign up for specific product alerts. It mostly comes down to going into a certain channel and leaving a specific emoji under a certain post that lists all of your options. Later, if you want to turn off the alert for that product, just click on the same emoji you left earlier to remove it.

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See the emojis?
Screenshot: Discord / Kotaku

Log on to Twitter.

Twitter might be the worst website in the world, but there are some accounts that can help you get next-gen consoles, so it’s worth it. Few in this regard are more useful than Wario64, which will not only alert subscribers to the new stock, but will also offer multi-hour lead times for direct purchases, either through Sony Playstation direct or that of Microsoft Microsoft Store– will be put online.

Prepare the sites on which you plan to shop.

So you signed up for alerts and entered one or two Discord. Great, but you’re not done yet. Before you relax and wait for the pop-ups to start showing, think about which sites you will receive alerts for and do whatever it takes to make any possible payment process as quick and painless as possible.

Most often, this means creating an account with that retailer. If you expected to receive stock alerts on, for example, it would be up to you to create an account there and enter as much information as possible, especially your shipping address and billing information ( keep your credit card or other payment information, provided you are comfortable doing so). And if possible, configure your web browser to keep site login cookies so that you stay logged in between visits.

Now when an alert comes in, you’ll be able to click the link, try adding the item to your cart, and (hopefully) check out with minimal additional typing. We say ‘I hope’ because a lot of annoying bullshit can still happen when you try to check out an e-commerce site under load, up to and including surprise CAPTCHAs, unplanned disconnections and all kinds of other things. devils. All you can do is make sure you’re as prepared as possible and roll with the rest.

Periodically search for information.

The majority of our advice consists in setting up alerts so that the information is transmitted to you. It saves you endless hell of scouring retail sites day in and day out in the hope of that one in a thousand restocking.

However, you can certainly get a head start by paying attention to what your fellow hunters are saying about the stock sites and Discord servers you just joined. They will often share the very latest information about your particular career, such as when and where the next resupply is scheduled. Sometimes it is bogus, but often times you will glean legitimately valuable information. You don’t have to become a forum gremlin yourself, but it can certainly pay off to keep an eye on the talk.

Be very, very patient.

Well, it’s time to wait. Once you’re ready, success may depend on being around your computer or phone for hours to jump on alerts in seconds (not minutes). If you’re able to spend time on your computer or phone for long periods of the day, you’ll be in a much better position to strike when an alert arrives. If not, I hope you will be ready to capitalize next time around.

But a lot of these popular items are just very hard to come by these days. Even if you do all that is reasonable to tip the scales in your favor, you could still fail. Buying hard-to-obtain items can be very frustrating, and it’s up to you to decide whether the aggravations are worth the chance of eventual success.

It may help to keep in mind that countless other people chasing the same things – PS5, RTX graphics cards, next-gen Xbox – end up getting what they are looking for, as evidenced by the ecstatic messages they are looking for. often leave on stock. check the sites after the fact. The stars may also align for you. You just need a little luck and a lot of preparation.

Of course, this whole effort is quite complicated, so you can also choose to play the super long game and wait for all those stockouts to resolve, as they eventually will. This approach won’t get you PS5 very quickly, but your cortisol levels and blood pressure might be better for it.

Additional reporting by Alexandra Hall

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