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For Costco members, the retailer had plenty of restocks when the PS5 launched in November. Those have slowed down a bit since then, becoming more sparse. The retailer did have the console and bundles on sale on December 8 and December 10, both going live in the later afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m. Eastern. For now, that's your best bet when it comes to staking out restocks there.

So when will PS5 be widely available? The next-gen Sony console may not become readily available for the next few months, when production of stock increases enough to meet demand. Until then, gamers will have to try to be quick when retailers their limited quantities of the PS5.

Bloomberg also reported that chip supply from key vendors will be limited through the first half of this year, a sentiment echoed by Microsoft last week. Speaking to the New York Times, head of investor relations Mike Spencer said to expect Xbox Series S and Series X supply shortages through at least June.

Additional responses further down the thread provided more clarity. While consoles will be available in-store, customers won’t simply be able to waltz in and pick one up. Instead, they’ll have to buy the console online, then choose in-store pickup.

At this point, all we can do is hope that obtaining a highly praised PlayStation 5 console will be easier to do in the forthcoming months.

The controversy around the PS5 is not just focused on scalpers or a shortage of the consoles. There has also been criticism of companies like CustomizeMyPlates for offering custom systems with alternative plates that dramatically change the color of the PS5 from its standard design. The group even faced legal threats from Sony over claims of copyright infringement.

The PlayStation 5 has received stellar reviews for speedy hardware enabling fast game loading times, with a new controller with enhanced haptics and an attractive modern design. With launch titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the remake of Demon’s Souls, and Sackboy: A Big Adventure, the console has been a hit with gamers — or at least with those who have been able to get their hands on one. The console has been difficult to purchase due to high demand due to the pandemic and interrupted supply chains this year.

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Sam's Club hasn't seen any new restocks since December 12, but more consoles are expected to arrive at the retailer in early 2021. Like GameStop, Sam's Club tends to offer bundles that feature games and extra controllers, so it's a good way to get everything at once if you can.