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How Much is a PlayStation 5: Holiday 2021 Shopping Guide

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With the latest rounds of PlayStation Plus titles and PlayStation Store holiday sales seemingly set to bring newer players plenty of content to enjoy at the turn of the new year, a next-gen PlayStation 5 console certainly seems like a worthwhile gift for any gamer.

Here is a holiday 2021 shopping guide for those wondering how much a PlayStation 5 costs at the moment in North America.

How Much is a PlayStation 5: Holiday 2021 Shopping Guide

Of course, the first thing to note is which console is right for your wants and needs — the more "budget-friendly" PS5 Digital Edition ($399.99 USD MSRP) or the full-fledged flagship PS5 ($499.99 USD MSRP).

The main difference of course is the price and the slimmer profile of the digital edition, being that it costs cheaper and is a bit smaller due to its lack of a 4K UHD Blu-ray disc drive, and thus the ability to play the physical editions of games.

In a perfect world, considering these design comparisons would be all that buyers would need to think about before heading to any of the major retailers and checking out. However, that just isn't the case.

Since virtually all of the next-gen consoles have been selling out moments after restocking, there has been no need for Sony or Microsoft to bring out special deals for their respective offerings.

The PS5, in particular, is notorious for being hard to buy and tends to be subject to outrageous markups from third-party dealers due to its coveted status. Those who haven't had a shot at getting one may need to do a bit of extra work if they want one this month.

The most credible and reliable way to check on the status of its stock is to go through the retailers themselves. Whether this is pulling up the individual listings for the PS5 or checking any verified public channels for the preferred retailer — Target, Costco, Amazon, and so on — for announcements, the companies will have the final say of whether or not an item is in stock.