The PS5 is less than a month away from blowing out the candle to celebrate its first birthday, but it is still a challenge to find one with restocks selling out in minutes.
If a PS5 is on your holiday shopping list then Sony itself may be the answer as deal finder @Wario64 recently spotted a page where you can register for the chance to buy a PS5 from Sony. If selected, you will just get an email with instructions on how to complete the purchase (via CNET).
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To be eligible, you need a PlayStation Network account and Sony indicated that selections will be made "based on previous interests and PlayStation activities." While that is a bit vague, it does suggest that a dormant PlayStation Network account may not have a lot of luck.
Emails will be sent out starting in November to notify those that have been selected with instructions on how to purchase the console along with a day and time that you will be able to do so.
While the lottery nature of this is one catch, the other is that you still aren't guaranteed a PS5 if you are selected. When your invitation window opens you have the opportunity to buy any of the following items:
- 1 PS5 console or 1 PS5 Digital Edition
- 2 DualSense wireless controllers (Bundles , Cosmic Red or Midnight Black)
- 3 DualSense wireless controllers (White)
- 1 PS5 Media Remote
- 1 PULSE 3D wireless headset
Quantities of all the products are limited for each purchasing window, but you at least only need to be the fastest among a much smaller group and each user is only able to purchase one PS5 per PlayStation Network account.
It's unfortunate that a year is still the state of the PS5 supply, but if you are determined to get a PS5 for the holidays this might be one of your best chances.