PS5 restock update: Track today on Twitter, Walmart, Target and more
PS5 restock is picking up steam again. Sony Direct, GameStop and Walmart all had limited PS5 restock this past week. Meanwhile, Best Buy and Target remain the next likely candidates for PS5 restock in the coming days.
So we’re here to help you secure PS5 stock when inventory returns, by tracking rumored PS5 restocks on Twitter and keeping an eye out for surprise PS5 drops from dozens of retailers. We’ve also pulled together a list of the top U.S. retailers, including Target, GameStop, and Amazon that sell the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for the latest updates on all things PS5.
Where to buy PS5: Check PS5 restock now
As of May 23 at 8:30 am ET, there is no PS5 restock available. Sony Direct, GameStop, and Walmart had PS5 restock this past week, but quickly sold out. Best Buy and Target are the next likely candidates for PS5 restock — likely to occur next week.
It might be a pain to seek, but with games like The Last of Us 2 getting a big performance boost from the PS5, the effort is worth it. So to help with your PS5 search, below you’ll find our PS5 restock tracker along with links on where to buy the PS5 right now. Here’s how one Tom’s Guide staffer on how I got my PS5 – without playing the restock game.
PS5: $499 @ Amazon
The flagship PS5 console includes a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, the design is slightly fuller than the all-digital model. It sells for $499 and includes a PS5 DualSense controller.
PS5 Digital: $399 @ Amazon
The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, it’s slightly thinner than its counterpart. It also sells for $399 ($100 less) and includes a PS5 DualSense controller.
PS5 restock tracker — retailer links
PS5 restock — latest news and rumors
Last week was a mixed bag for PS5 restocks. Sony Direct was already confirmed to be holding a restock on Thursday, but then Walmart joined in on the action with a restock of its own.
Unfortunately, this latest Walmart restock was a complete disaster with very few customers actually managing to check out with a console, and a third-party seller listing the PS5 console for an outrageous $1,077 during the restock window. Gamers took to social media to vent their frustration at the retailer.
With GameStop also restocking this week, Target and Best Buy are now the most likely candidates to a restock next week. In fact, the next Target drop has been tipped for next week.
In frustrating restock-related news, Sony has confirmed that supply of the PS5 isn’t expected to get any better this year. This would mean restock shortages continuing into 2022. Fear not, however, we’ll be here every single week tracking restocks until the console is available without issue.
PS5 restock and Prime Day
Prime Day will be here sooner than you think, but don’t get your hopes up too high. Chances are there won’t be any Prime Day deals on the PS5. The console is in such high demand, that Amazon doesn’t have to discount it on Prime Day. That said, it could offer a surprise PS5 drop in the days leading up to Prime Day, so we definitely recommend keeping an eye on Amazon the next few weeks.
Amazon PS5 restock date
No one knows when Amazon will release its PS5 consoles for sale — or if it even has any. However, it’s been quite some time since their last PS5 restock. One thing to keep in mind — Amazon restocks tend to sell out in seconds. So you’ll want to try this Amazon trick to increase your chances of getting a console.
Best Buy PS5 restock date
Best Buy used to offer PS5 restocks on Friday afternoons, but the retailer has been fresh out of inventory for over a month. That said, the retailer is long overdue a PS5 restock and rumors indicate next Friday could be the big day. A few things to keep in mind: Best Buy’s drops always occur on Friday afternoons (between 12pm ET and 3pm ET) and they always offer the consoles at list price: $499 for the PS5 and $399 for the PS5 Digital.
Target PS5 restock date
Target PS5 restock dates have been hard to nail down. That’s because the retailer tends to drop inventory in certain regions. For instance, someone in Chicago could see PS5 inventory at their local store, whereas a New Yorker might not see any inventory whatsoever. In addition, Target tends to do early morning restocks that occur around 8 a.m. ET. That said, their last restock sold out in minutes.
PS5 restock — Track on Twitter
One of the best ways to find out when PS5 restock hits online retailers is by following the Sony Twitter account. We also recommend following Twitter accounts such as @PS5StockAlerts, @GYXdeals, @mattswider, @PS5Drop and @Wario64, which are often first to have the latest updates on availability.
Keep in mind that PS5 restock availability can also be regional and limited to select stores. Either way, make sure to keep this page bookmarked and to check the retailer listings regularly.
PS5 restock — Track the retailers
PS5 at Walmart
PS5: $499 @ Walmart
Check stock The flagship PS5 console includes a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, the design is slightly fuller than the all-digital model. It sells for $499 and includes a PS5 DualSense controller.View Deal
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Walmart
Check stock The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, it’s slightly thinner than its counterpart. It also sells for $399 ($100 less) and includes a PS5 DualSense controller.View Deal
PS5 at Amazon
PS5 at Best Buy
PS5: $499 @ Best Buy
Best Buy has started selling the PS5, complete with optional 2-year accident protection and several cardmember financing options. When we last checked however, there weren’t any consoles available.View Deal
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Best Buy
Best Buy also has the PS5 Digital Edition, but it’s also proving hard to find in stock.View Deal
PS5 at GameStop
PS5: $499 @ GameStop
GameStop is offering the PS5, complete with product replacement options and payment plan options that start at $124.99. However, the product is currently listed as out of stock.View Deal
PS5 at Target
PS5 at B&H
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ B&H
The PS5 Digital Edition is also currently unavailable, but B&H is offering free expedited shipping and will notify you when it has more stock via email if you wish.
PS5 at Sony Direct
PS5 Digital: $399 @ Sony Direct
The Sony Direct Store is expected to have PS5 restock soon. You’ll need to form an online queue for your chance to get the console for $399.View Deal
How to buy PS5: Essential tips
Multiple sources have reported an Amazon trick that improves your chances of scoring a PS5. We tested this trick four times and each time we succeeded in getting a next-gen console into our cart. (We tested it with an Xbox Series X, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work with a PS5). Other PS5 retailer tips to follow include:
Get prepared: Make sure you have all the right payment card details and two-factor authentication available and to hand when you find a PS5 ready to buy. Units can go so fast that if you’re fiddling around trying to find your credit card you could miss your chance to secure a PS5 order.
Select a retailer: As you can see from our list above, there are plenty of retailers to choose from, which can actually make the whole process of buying a PS5 a bit complicated. We suggest you select a couple of major retailers like Walmart and Amazon, and keep an eye on their PS5 landing pages.
Sign up for stock alerts: Plenty of retailers offer to alert you to when they have PS5 restock. We suggest you sign up to those services for the retailers that are offering them.
Find the right product page: It might sound obvious, but make sure you’re on the actual buying page for the PS5 or the PS5 Digital Edition. If you’re on a landing page, you might end up missing the moment new stock arrives.
Sign in to retailers: Make sure you sign in to any retailers you might already have an account with. This will make things a lot faster when buying a PS5 if you spot one on sale. And speed is of the essence today.
Keep refreshing and don’t give up: It can be a little demoralizing trying to find PS5 restock when everywhere looks sold out. But regularly refresh product pages to see what pops up; you might get lucky. And also keep checking back here for any PS5 stock updates.
You can also make it a habit of checking Slickdeals, the online collection of deals that run the gamut from household appliances to gaming consoles like the PS5. The website has a few specific forum threads for everything PS5 that users continue to update. If you follow the thread, head to the last page and keep refreshing to keep up with all the latest news.
It’s also a good idea to check a few of the subscription-based wholesaler retailers like Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Costco. You do need a paid membership to shop at these retailers, but that means reduced competition to snag a unit there. You may need to pay extra for a bundle, but it’s worth checking out these locations either way. Currently, there are no online listings for these retailers to check, but it may be worth heading to each brick-and-mortar store to try your luck at this point.
It’s been a fairly difficult process during this console generation to lock in any sort of next-gen purchase. But as we near the holidays, it’s highly likely there will be additional PS5s available for purchase at some point as Sony catches up with those looking to buy PS5s.
PS5 restocks: Accounts to follow
PS5 restock — price and discounts
The PS5 with disc costs $499, whereas the PS5 Digital Edition costs $399. Unfortunately, it’s gonna be a long time before we see any discounts on the consoles. However, we have noted some sales on PS5 accessories. Make sure to follow our PS5 deals coverage for deals on everything related to the PS5.
Where to buy PS5: Avoid the PS5 scalpers
Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for the shortage of PS5 consoles is due to scalpers. These opportunistic people have been using bots to scan retailers for PS5 stock when it becomes available and buy as many of the consoles as they can in one go.
Once they have the highly-desirable console, they will then sell them for extortionate prices, often for thousands of dollars. Business Insider reported one reseller managed to get hold of 200 PS5 consoles and managed to sell them for more than $40,000.
While this isn’t illegal, it’s not exactly the most morally sound thing to do. But at least it’s not as bad as some people who’ve been pretending to sell PS5 consoles on eBay by simply posting photos of the console and scamming people to bid for them when there was no PS5 on offer.
It might seem absurd to buy a PS5 for over $1,000, especially as its launch game lineup isn’t particularly profound. But with the coronavirus pandemic seeing more people staying at home, some PlayStation fans are clearly desperate to get their hands on a new console to keep them entertained.
We advise you avoid buying from such resellers, fake or otherwise. At $499 the PS5 is still quite an expensive console and it currently doesn’t have a huge library of games. So if you can wait until later this year, you’re likely to have a lot more PS5 games to choose from and Sony should have more consoles available.
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