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PS5 restock: Sony Direct has the console back in stock – here's how to buy PS5

TechRadar logo TechRadar 4/15/2021 Matt Swider
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Update: The PS5 restock at Sony Direct is happening right now, w few hours after Walmart sold out of the PlayStation 5 in just 12 minutes earlier today. Follow Matt Swider account for live updates.

The Sony Direct PS5 restock is picking up where Walmart left off today, April 15. Walmart sold out in just 12 minutes with two waves. The good news is that the Sony Direct PS5 restock may restock next. What time? To find out when there are PS5 restock events, follow the account below to get alerts.

  • When? Follow @mattswider, our PS5 restock Twitter tracker for notifications about when the next PS5 restock is live at all US stores. It's the fastest way to get real-time updates. 
  • Do not buy directly off Twitter users – which are all scams – only to the websites Matt points you to.

Here's an example of the instant PS5 restock alerts you'll get by following Matt Swider when both the Disc and PS5 Digital Edition are back in stock.

When will PS5 restock in the US?

The next PS5 restock date is today, April 15, with Sony Direct offering the console to select customers (an email invite went out Tuesday, so be sure to check your inbox). The restock time is 3pm EDT for those lucky people. However, Sony Direct has in the past opened it up to the general public afterward. That has happened just after 5pm EDT during prior restocks, so look for the same virtual queue again later today.

Antonline is also due to have a PS5 restock. The store promises a next-gen console restock every week, and we're expecting something today in bundle form. So if you missed out of the GameStop restock yesterday, this will be a good substitute.

Finally, we're waiting for the Walmart PS5 restock confirmation. It usually happens at 3pm EDT in several waves. However, TechRadar is always able to secure a head-up ahead of time – usually just after 12pm EDT. We'll update this news story when we hear about the potential Walmart PS5 restock for today.

Walmart PS5 restock date and time

There's a chance that the next Walmart PS5 restock date and time is today, April 15 at 3pm EDT. At least that's the retailer's pattern: launching consoles every other Thursday for a month, and then taking an entire month off. The last time we saw the Sony PS5 back in stock at Walmart, it was the Thursday, March 18 restock at 3pm EDT. Prepare for waves of orders today if the pattern stays consistent.

We'll know for sure just after 12pm EDT, when Walmart usually sends TechRadar and other media outlets an announcement.

Sony Direct PS5 restock date: April 15

There's a Sony Direct PS5 restock planned for tomorrow, Thursday, April 14, at 3pm EDT. Like the last PS5 drop from Sony's official store for the PlayStation brand, this console supply is limited to select people (probably picked at random) who received an email invite. The good news is that the last two times Sony did this exclusive PS5 restock, it opened things up to the general public at 5pm EDT, and like last time, our PS5 restock Twitter tracker will tweet when that happens.

Here's what our Sony Direct PS5 restock alert looked like last time (April 13 example shown):

Antonline PS5 restock date

The next Antonline PS5 restock is likely today. Antonline promises weekly drops of the next-gen console and it last launched a PS5 bundle last week. We're due. These are always in the form of loaded PS5 bundles, so the price is higher, but it's easy to snag the console that way.

Even with bundles, Antonline normally sells out of PS5 in three minutes, but when it goes on sale, there are no waves or in stock/out of stock funny business with the add to cart button. And this American retailer ships fast. Basically it's the opposite of a Walmart PS5 restock.

Here's what our Antonline restock alerts look like:

Best Buy PS5 restock date and time

The Best Buy restock date is expected to be tomorrow, April 16 at 12pm EDT / 11am CDT / 10am MDT / 9am PDT, according to the big-box retailer's past patterns. It had two rare misses over the last two Fridays, and the last PS5 restock before that was limited to PS5 Disc for $499. There was no inventory of the PS5 Digital for $399.

Best Buy has a Friday launch window of 12pm EDT to 3:15pm EDT (we haven't seen it later than that) and has never done a PS5 restock over the weekend in 2021. Our Twitter tracker has always picked up on when the 'add to cart' button goes live. In fact, we were able to run an exclusive report ahead of the official time thanks to sources at Best Buy warehouses regarding inventory.

Here's our PS5 restock tracker alert from Friday March 26:

Target PS5 restock date and time

The rumored Target PS5 restock doesn't look plausible because we haven't seen any inventory of the console from our reliable PS5 inventory sources. There's a better chance of an Xbox Series X restock this week than a PS5 restock (but expect it to all happen next week). Plus, we usually know ahead of time thanks to Jake Randall. In other words, there was no reason to wake up for the brutal 7:40am EDT / 4:40am PT PS5 drop time at Target unless we tweet about it in advance.

Here's what our Target PS5 restock alert looked like last time (March 31 example shown):

Sam's Club PS5 restock

  • Possible restock date: Happens randomly on weekdays (any time)
  • Last restock date: Tuesday, March 23 at 1am EDT
  • Wait time: Online orders, average one week shipping
  • Follow our Twitter tracker to get alerts

Sam's Club is overdue for a PS5 restock – the last time was a surprise at 1am EDT on March 23. That off-putting time made it stay in stock way longer than normal: a whole four minutes. That's a lifetime in the console restock world. 

Sam's Club, unlike Best Buy and Walmart, doesn't do frequent restocks or stick to a time schedule. So it's important to follow our PS5 restock tracker for this store. While you don't have to be a member of Sam's Club to buy PS5, you will get charged a fee or need to use a temporary membership to purchase the Sony console.

Here's what our Sam's Club PS5 restock alert looked like last time (March 23):

GameStop PS5 bundle restock date

The next GameStop PS5 restock date is likely to be late next week or the week after. We usually have to wait one week to one-and-a-half weeks for a GameStop PS5 drop consisting of bundles. And the last date was April 14, with a 45-minute wave of new Sony PS5 Disc and Digital console stock – in bundle form. 

GameStop made this restock easier than it was before; two weeks ago, most people who tried were met with error messages when clicking the add to cart button.

Amazon PS5 restock

This is the $499 question: when will PS5 restock at Amazon? The retailer was said to be ready to go live with 46,000 consoles in its inventory on March 18, according to our sources at its warehouses. However, we haven't seen the retailer update its PS5 Disc and PS5 Digital Edition pages beyond what third-party resellers are offering at outrageous prices, and theories are running rampant – including whether or not it's saving the mystery PS5 stock for Amazon Prime Day

New: We're told that the Xbox may drop sooner than the PS5, even though Amazon just had a small round of Microsoft consoles for sale three weeks ago.

Costco PS5 restock date

The PS5 restock at Costco goes quickly, even though the retailer only offers the new console to its members. That really tells you how strong demand is for PS5. It often has reasonably priced PS5 bundles, so it's no wonder it sells out in four minutes, according to our PS5 restock tracker. The good news is that Costco is overdue for a Sony console restock.

Here's what our Costco PS5 restock alert looked like last time (March 9):

TechRadar will continue to report on PS5 restock information as the news breaks. We'll keep this page updated with the most relevant data regarding Sony's console and when it's back in stock. Time is always a factor, so knowing when PS5 will be in stock at Best Buy and other retailers give you a better chance to buy it in April, rather than having to wait until the summer of 2021 – or even later this year.

Look for our Walmart PS5 restock alert

The Walmart PS5 restock is the big get when it happens, even though the retailer has recently been very slow to ship. It has offered more inventory than any other store in the US, so securing the Sony console can be easier – if you know how to tap that add to cart button relentlessly and turn on notifications for our Twitter tracker. You may not get the secret PS5 discount from Walmart, but you also probably don't want one if you're going to have to wait on the console to be delivered in late May.

The Walmart PS5 price discount explained

Walmart is offering anywhere from $50 to $100 off stuck-in-transit orders of the new Sony console, according to several Twitter replies sent to Matt Swider, as he tracks PS5 restock everyday. PS5-less customers have mixed emotions about this naturally. It should be noted that other customers saw their order cancelled.

The last Walmart PS5 restock, on Thursday, March 18, apparently sold more than the inventory the US retailer had on hand. We previously reported that it went through waves of stock every 10 minutes for two hours. Given the fact that PS5 demand is so strong, it makes sense that most orders were actually PS5 pre-orders.

With the promised delivery date of April 9 passed, Walmart began to issue emails notifying customers of a delay last week. Those who have been up-in-arms seem over the matter are getting something back for their trouble: a meaningful PS5 discount of up to $100. But it's only come to those who asked, according to their feedback.

Walmart hasn't been able to fulfill orders as fast as Antonline, GameStop, Costco and Sam's Club which take a week or less ship orders. Sony Direct can ship in two days if you have PlayStation Plus. Best Buy offers pick-up for online purchases anywhere from three days to one week after the order date, and Target is the reigning champ: same-day pickup from your local store after securing the PS5 console online.

However, not every Walmart customer has their console in limbo. During the most recent Walmart Xbox Series X restock last Wednesday, April 7, we saw the Microsoft console ship to customers almost immediately. For good reason, there wasn't a PS5 restock that day. But the retailer taking a breath is a sign that it's speeding things up and only having a console restock when it has inventory.

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