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PS5 restock Twitter: Best Buy, Walmart and Target – when and where to get it

TechRadar logo TechRadar 4/10/2021 Matt Swider
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Update: No PS5 restock this weekend, however, our Twitter track already knows when and where to get the Sony console when it's back in stock.

The PS5 restock date for Best Buy, Walmart, Target and other retailers in the US is coming up, and we already know when and where you can buy the PlayStation 5, according to Matt Swider, our PS5 restock Twitter tracker. He'll even send you a notification when it's live, although today, April 10, won't see the PS5 back in stock. American retailers don't have weekend restock times. That shouldn't stop you from following our prolific PS5 console restock tracker, who has helped 14,000 people get a PS5.

To get advance notice, follow Matt Swider as he tracks the PS5 console on Twitter:

  • When? Follow @mattswider, our PS5 restock Twitter tracker for notifications 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 what our PS5 restock alert looks like (from the Walmart PS5 drop on March 18). Click through to follow the account.

When will PS5 restock in the US?

There was no Best Buy PS5 restock yesterday, but like there wasn't a Walmart and Target restock the day before. This isn't a surprise if you've been reading up on our daily PS5 restock updates. TechRadar exclusively reported that 'April is looking dire' according to key retailers who wished to remain anonymous.

The good news is that next week looks a lot brighter: Antonline, Target, Walmart and. Best Buy are all expected to have the PS5 console. There hasn't been a Sony Direct restock in over two weeks (the date will be three weeks come Tuesday). We're also still waiting on an Amazon PS5 restock, Costco and Sam's Club.

Best Buy PS5 restock date and time

The Best Buy restock date is expected to be next week, Friday, 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 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 hasn't done a PS5 restock over the weekend in 2021. Our Twitter tracker has always picked up on when they '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 next Target PS5 restock date is Wednesday, April 14. We'll actually be able to narrow down the time and date next week, but Target's off-schedule Wednesday drop last week doesn't seem to be a one-time thing. There wasn't to be a Target restock this week, according to our sources and the fact that YouTuber Jake Randall hasn't geared up a live stream for the event. 

We checked with Target stores and warehouses sources to see if there was a chance of a PS5 restock for Thursday, April 8. No, there's not enough inventory on hand, at least at those stores and regional distribution centers. In other words, there was no reason to wake up for the brutal 7:40am EDT / 4:40am PT PS5 drop time at Target. 

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

Antonline PS5 restock date

The next Antonline PS5 restock is likely to be next week – and they may be the first with the console back in stock. Antonline promises weekly drops of the next-gen console. 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.

Antonline sell 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 the American retailer ships fast. Basically it's the opposite of a Walmart PS5 restock.

Here's what our Antonline restock alerts look like:

Sony Direct date and time

The Sony Direct PS5 restock won't have happened for nearly three weeks by the time the next in stock date comes around. The last time you could by a PlayStation 5 from the official Sony store was Tuesday, March 23 at 5pm EDT. That's a sign of how dire its inventory has been – when the PlayStation store can't get PS5 back in stock.

Sony Direct is overdue for a restock, and when it does come back in stock, there's good news: Sony requires a PSN account and restricts orders to one console per address, limiting resellers. You have a good shot at winning this lottery of sorts.

Here's what our Sony Direct PS5 restock alert looked like last time (March 23 example shown):

Sam's Club PS5 restock

Sam's Club just had a Microsoft restock this week and the last time we saw one for Sony, it was a surprise PS5 restock 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 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 early 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 Tuesday, April 6, with a 45-minute wave of new Sony console stock. 

GameStop didn't make its last restock very easy; most people who tried were met with error messages when clicking the add to cart button. We saw an easier restock on the morning of Friday, April 2 – maybe these were leftover consoles? Look for a bigger restock next to rectify all of those complaints earlier this week.

Walmart PS5 restock date

Our PS5 restock Tracker gets a heads-up on every Walmart PS5 restock, and the date for Walmart may be as late as Thursday, April 15, according to the retailer's pattern of 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 Thursday, March 18 at 3pm EDT and we know Walmart is behind of shipping out current orders, so while we could see it sooner, we think this is a solid date to start looking again.

When is the 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, 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. 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 two weeks ago.

Costco

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.

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