PS5 Black Friday: PlayStation Direct restock at 5 p.m. ET today, Walmart next week

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Between supply chain issues, shipping delays, chip shortages and bot purchases taking many devices off the market, getting your hands on the elusive PS5 has been something of a challenge. But there is hope on the horizon for gamers and holiday shoppers looking to snag the Sony PlayStation console, if Black Friday announcements are anything to go by.  

At 10:20 a.m. ET this morning, Best Buy dropped a PlayStation 5 restock without any announcement. Per usual, the consoles remained available for all of seven minutes before they were sold out. For those who missed their chance to snag one this morning, however, don’t panic yet. Later today there will be another restock, this from Sony directly. Last night, PlayStation Direct subscribers received an email outlining the details for the restock, which will take place at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) today. Those who received the email will get first dibs, but the sale will open to the public afterward at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT). To have a chance, you’ll need to register for the PlayStation Direct queue, which you can do here. Note that you will need to create a Sony account if you don’t have one yet.

After today, your next best chance will be through Walmart’s Black Friday deals, which kick off on Monday, Nov. 22. In the retailer’s Black Friday sneak peek ad, it pledges to have both the disc and digital version of the console available for sale online only. Walmart Plus subscribers will have access to the sale four hours earlier than the general public, so if you’re dedicated to getting one, we recommend you sign up based on how quickly these consoles sell out. No other retailers have pledged to have the PS5 in stock, but in the meantime be sure and keep an eye on our PS5 restock updates for all the latest news on availability, as well as access to a handy guide on how to up your chances of securing a console. 

While we may see additional PS5 availability between now and Black Friday, don’t expect any deals or price cuts on PS5 consoles. Because game consoles remain hard to get, there’s no reason for retailers to cut prices. The “deal” on a PS5 is getting one at its usual retail price of $399 (digital version) or $499 (Blu-ray version), without paying mark-ups or store membership fees. On the other hand, accessories and games are being discounted, which we’ll highlight here. 

With that caveat in place, here are the best Sony PlayStation Black Friday deals we’ve found. Keep an eye on this page, as we will continue to update as more retailers unveil PS5 savings.

Walmart Black Friday PS5 Deals starting Nov. 22

Walmart has finally confirmed PS5 deals for Black Friday, which include deep discounts on games and restock of the highly popular console. According to the circular, Walmart’s Black Friday sale begins Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. ET, with 4 hours early access to members of Walmart Plus ($13 a month or $98 a year, with a 15-day free trial right now). It also specifies that the PS5 and Xbox Series X will be “online only” starting Nov. 22, and that “supplies are limited.” That means that if you are not a Walmart Plus member, you are likely to miss out on the stock. 

Games, however, will likely be easier to obtain. Here are some of the PS5 gaming deals coming to Walmart next week:

$35 PS5 game deals

Save up to $25 versus the usual Walmart price.

$25 PS5 game deals

Save up to $35 versus the usual Walmart price.

  • Mass Effect Trilogy
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Deathloop 
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • FIFA 22
  • Madden NFL 22

$20 PS5 game deals

Save up to $30 versus the usual Walmart price.

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Sonic Colors
  • Monkey Ball

Best Meijer Black Friday PS5 Deals starting Nov. 21

Meijer’s Black Friday ad also features PS5 deals, including game discounts and savings on PlayStation Plus subscriptions. The deals begin Nov. 21 and run through Nov. 29 while supplies last. 

PlayStation Plus deals

  • PlayStation Plus subscription (12-month): $40 (save $20)

$30 PS5 game deals

We will be adding more great deals as retailers reveal Black Friday offerings. Be sure to check back for the latest updates. 

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