The PS4 release date is finally here and while many gamers braved midnight release events to get the console, the day is just getting started. The midnight release was the best time to get a PS4 without a pre-order, but there are still consoles available according to several store trackers.
If you want to buy a PS4 on release day, you won’t have a lot of luck online, though some stores may let you reserve one for pickup online. Most of the PS4 release date stock for walk in customers appears to be scattered across Walmart, Best Buy and GameStop.
Here’s a fast look at how you can find a PS4 in stock on release day, and through the holiday shopping season without resorting to paying high prices on eBay and Craigslist.
Find a PS4 in Stock Locally
If you want to find a PS4 in stock at a local store without calling or driving all over town there are a few tools you can use to simplify your search.
Google Product search will check the stock of your local Walmart to find a PS4 at the a store near you. According to the search of Walmart locations in Ohio, five nearby stores offer the PS4 in stock.
This is not a 100% guarantee that the PS4 is in the store and available, as inventory systems may have trouble differentiating between pre-orders and stock to sell, but it should narrow down the hunt, and possibly limit you to a single phone call.
To search for a PS4 in stock at Best Buy, Frys or GameStop you can use the BuyVia App. This free app will check the stock of these stores once per day. Unfortunately that means it may not be up to date, but that is all the retailers will allow for updates.
This shows a PS4 in stock at our local Best Buy, even though the Best Buy website does not allow users to check stock easily. If you search for “8240103” on Best Buy you will be able to enter your zip code in the left sidebar to check local stock. Keep in mind this search is in beta.
Find a PS4 in Stock Online
If you want to buy your PS4 online, you may be in for a longer wait, but BuyVia’s PS4 tracker checks the online stock of many popular online retailers monitoring for sales of the PS4 console as well as bundles.
This tracker is a handy way to look for a PS4 online from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Sony, Target and others. It certainly beats visiting every store 12 times a day to look for a PS4.