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PS5 restock: Walmart is a bust, GameStop was a boom – when to get the PS5 next

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Update: The Walmart PS5 restock today was so short-lived, we didn't see it in stock for more than a second. The opposite was true of this GameStop PS5 restock this morning, where many of our followers got the alert and were able to check out.

How? Our 24/7 PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider will send you a Twitter alert when the console is in stock in the US – if you follow his account and turn on notifications. He will also coach you through the entire process through a PS5 restock live stream. The big catch for today, July 1? You needed to be a GameStop Power Reward Pro member to buy the PS5 at first, and refresh the page a lot.

  • When? Follow our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider for notifications and live restock news. It's the fastest way to get real-time PS5 restock updates.
  • Don't buy from Twitter users – which are all scams. Only buy from the US stores Matt alerts you about. No legitimate person will sell a PS5 for just $550.

Trust and credibility: Matt Swider has helped over 55,000 people buy a next-gen console in recent weeks from stores in the US when PS5 restock opportunities last just a few minutes. How? With his tireless 24/7 tracking, in-stock Twitter alerts and exclusive restock reporting.

Click on this example of a prior GameStop PS5 restock to follow Matt Swider and turn on notifications (the little bell icon). 

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PS5 restock news: GameStop is ready to restock today


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The GameStop PS5 restock makes up for the fact that there was no Target PS5 restock this week, including this morning, July 1.

This may be the easiest PS5 restock yet if GameStop has enough inventory (it's been 13 days since its last PS5 restock, so that's a decent amount of time for the store to gain PS5 console stock). The reason? It become easier and easier to buy a PS5 and GameStop offers bundles.

Not everyone cares for PS5 bundles – it does drive up the price (though everything remains at face value) and some games aren't for everyone – and this means that there will be fewer consumers vying for the GameStop PS5 restock today.

What time is the GameStop PS5 restock?

There's an error in the official GameStop PS5 restock email from GameStop, which cites the time at 10am CST. It likely really means 10am CDT (we're in daylight savings time, after all), and that converts to 11am EDT.

So in a few minutes, we should see GameStop add-to-cart buttons go live and the PS5 bundles begin to populate the retailer's website. At first you'll get messages that claim the inventory is unavailable but keep trying.

We'll be on hand to dispense tips on Twitter and our PS5 restock YouTube channel.

GameStop restock guide: how to get the console

GameStop makes it rather difficult to buy the PS5, with many pitfalls. Based on our expertise involving PS5 restock retailers, here's what you need to know in order to have a better shot at getting the Sony console today.

  • Try to add to cart. If denied, refresh or toggle the warranty on and off
  • But don't over-refresh as GameStop will assume you're a bot and ban you. Wait for the alert from Matt Swider and then start to refresh it every 30 minutes
  • It's bundles only, but that only increases your chances.
  • It always happens in waves. The people who lose out are the ones who assume it's out of stock within the first few minutes.
  • Initially it's for GameStop Pro members ($15 a year), but people have had luck using Apple Pay without a membership (they may have patched this) 

We'll keep this PS5 restock news updated as the console becomes available at GameStop today.

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