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(Pocket-lint) - The Sony PlayStation 5 has been on sale for well over a year now, but getting your hands on one is still an incredible challenge.

Stock drops are becoming more regular than in the first few months after the console's release, with retailers in both the US and the UK receiving sporadic shipments, but you'll still need to be on the ball if you want to pick one up.

In this guide, we'll do our best to point you in the right direction - whether you want to buy a PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition.

You'll find quick links to the retailers most likely to restock the console, as well as widgets showing live price and availability information.

We've also provided a bit of the context that surrounds the current PS5 stock situation, for those wondering how long the shortages may last.

Where to buy a PS5

Stock drops at individual retailers are the most common method of picking up a PS5, but it never hurts to do some routine checks and have all these retailers in your mind when searching for the console. We have seen random stock drops of the odd console, after all.

Check these US stores

GameStop |  Walmart |  Best Buy  |  Target  |  Amazon.com  |  B&H Photo |  Direct from Sony

Check these UK stores

Amazon UK Currys |  John Lewis Tesco Game Very eBuyer Argos AO.com | ShopTo

PS5 price and latest deals

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The standard PS5 with its disc drive costs $499 / £449, while the PS5 Digital Edition is $399 / £359. 

The standard PlayStation 5 price is on a par with the Xbox Series X, though, interestingly, the PS5 works out a little more expensive in certain countries.

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The PS5 Digital Edition clocks in at $100 / £110 more than the Xbox Series S, but has a better spec list as it is essentially identical to the standard PS5, just without a 4K Blu-ray drive.

Various bundles are available, including the DualSense controller, while there's also a charging dock, headphones, HD camera and a media remote as available accessories.

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Why is the PS5 still out of stock?

Thanks to COVID-19 complications, semiconductor shortages and overwhelming demand, the PlayStation 5 has remained extremely sought after since its release in November 2019.

So, are stock shortages becoming more infrequent - and will the PlayStation 5 be more readily available moving forward? 

The latest word on stock shortages actually came straight from Sony, who noted in a call to investors in August 2021 that it should be able to produce 12 million PlayStation 5 units before the end of the current fiscal year - 31 March 2022. 

This relates back to the semiconductor shortage that has plagued the industry since the pandemic began.

How quickly it can start delivering this new wave of consoles remains to be seen, of course, but the hope is that the worst of the shortages is now over. 

In reality, seeing the PS5 (or Xbox Series X) in the wild will remain extremely unlikely for months to come. Xbox head Phil Spencer noted as much recently, stating that shortages of the Xbox Series X and Series would continue into the early part of 2022.

That means you'll still have to be extremely vigilant for stock updates from the retailers outlined above. They may be more frequent nowadays, but stock is by no means flowing normally.

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Writing by Conor Allison.