Amazon launches invite-based PS5 replenishment orders

Amazon just introduced a new tool to fight bots and scalpers and give you a better chance of finally buying that PS5 or Xbox Series X you’ve been desperately clicking on. The retailer is now inviting buyers to request to buy the much sought-after PS5, and the Xbox Series X will join the program in the coming days.

To participate, head over to Amazon’s PS5 page and click the “Request Invite” button. When the store’s next sale takes place, you’ll receive an email invitation that’s valid for 72 hours. Amazon notes that it “cannot fulfill all requests,” so signing up doesn’t guarantee you’ll get an invite. It doesn’t hurt to take a moment to join in, though, especially since you don’t even have to be an Amazon Prime member to request an invite.

At the time of writing, the “Request Invitation” system is only available on the standard $499 PlayStation 5, not the lower-cost $399 PlayStation 5 Digital Edition without a disc drive. According to TechCrunch, you’ll be able to request an invite to purchase the $499 Xbox Series X “in the next few days.”

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X remain hard to find nearly two years after they were first released in Fall 2020, but lately new stocks have become more frequent. Walmart had a major PS5 addition earlier this week, exclusive to those who signed up for the company’s premium Walmart+ subscription. That’s been a trend lately, as Amazon Prime and GameStop PowerUp Rewards Pro members also had early access to console drops.

If you’re tired of constantly refreshing your browser and still want a solid next-gen console, there’s always the Xbox Series S, which is almost always in stock and currently discounted to $279 on Amazon. It doesn’t have the 4K capabilities, disk drive, or larger storage of its more expensive counterparts, but it still delivers great overall gaming performance and the same instant load times and handy Quick Resume functionality you’ll find on the Series X.

But for those who still want to take home a PS5 or Xbox Series X, sign up for an invite on Amazon ASAP. And for more tips on giving yourself the best chance of buying these elusive consoles, be sure to check out our PS5 and Xbox Series X replenishment guides.

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