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Amazon just made buying a PS5 or XBox Series X way easier

You can request invitation for the PS5 now, the XBox Series X soon.

Here's how to score a chance at the elusive PS5

Here's how to score a chance at the elusive PS5

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For those of us looking around for much-in-demand-but-low-in-supply PS5s or the new Xbox Series X, Amazon’s just introduced a new way to go about it — and it promises to make life way easier than setting iCal alerts or refreshing retailer supply pages. The e-retailer has put a button in place on its PS5 page that helps form an online queue of sorts: By pressing “Request invitation” where the “Buy Now” or “Add to Cart” buttons usually art, you’ll sign yourself up for an email invitation when the next batch of consoles go out. And according to Tech Crunch, the same invitation request will be available for the highly anticipated  Xbox Series X “within the next few days.” 

PlayStation
amazon.com
$499.99

There are a few catches here, of course: The emailed invitation is only valid for 72 hours, so you need to act fast if you want the virtual golden ticket. Also, Amazon has a caveat that it won’t be able to grant all requests, so signing yourself up for invitations is no guarantee that you’ll get an invite or be able to purchase a console. Still, it seems like it’s going a long way toward addressing some of the frustration that comes with having to continually keep eyes and ears out for where you can snag the latest round of machines. 

Right now the invite is open only for the regular PS5, not the discless digital edition, so you’re going to need to be prepared to shell out $499 instead of $399. But these editions promise incredible gameplay and, combined with the company’s announcement to phase out PS4 consoles and games over the coming years, it’s a great unit to buy as a future-proofing device. 

Xbox
amazon.com
$499.99

Also, if you don’t have Prime, for once it’s not a problem here: While Walmart’s PS5 drop earlier this week was exclusive to their Walmart+ subscribers, this “request invitation” button is available for anyone to click. If this console is on your list, we highly suggest heading over there and signing up so you have the best chance of scoring one the next time a restock happens.