If you missed out on getting a PlayStation 5 console for Christmas, there could be another chance to grab one very soon – with Target rumored to be offering limited quantities of PS5 stock from tomorrow.
New rumors had suggested that Target would receive units in its warehouses around the US today, but they sadly didn’t materialize. Still, given that multiple sources have tipped Target as the next source of PS5 stock somewhere between December 27-29, we still expect limited quantities to drop there soon, possibly tomorrow morning.
Even though people are trawling through the after-Christmas sales looking for places to buy PS5 consoles, we’ve heard very little about incoming PS5 stock, until recently. This is the Target page you’ll need to check to find out if it’s live. (It’s not available as of this update, but keep checking!)
While PS5 stock is rare and severely limited, here’s where else to check when it does land:
Let’s get into this story in more depth: Target has been tipped to have PS5 restock shipments incoming. The expected time frame was December 27-29, according to video game site Spiel Times, which cited ‘Someone of higher designation’ as the source of Target PS5 restock info. This means the window has been narrowed down to tomorrow.
The stock is apparently heading to stores now, but the key thing people are waiting to know is when it’ll actually appear online to buy – nothing is showing on the Target page right now. Our guess is that we could see units on sale tomorrow from 3am to 5am ET, based on when previous drops went live in the past, but right now it’s anyone’s guess.
Whether the Spiel Times’ source is accurate or not remains to be seen, but the detail in the report is strong: specific regions are likely to get more than others and Monday is more likely that Sunday. The Midwest is the main location, but others around the country are being tipped as well, so it’ll be something to find out on the day.
What’s tricky, in terms of working out when this will happen, is that Target often puts its PS5 restocks out in the very early hours of the morning – many PS5 stock trackers have woken up to hear that a drop has happened while they slept. So if these rumors are true, then you could need to be awake in the middle of the night on Tuesday morning.
When will it appear?
The only good news is that retailers are offering the stock in waves to stop their sites crashing under heavy loads at certain times – that could also explain why Target is doing drops in the early hours.
Spiel Times is suggesting that 3am-7am is the key time for PS5 stock to land, and that’s something we’ve experienced in the past, though this was the predicted window for Monday (which didn’t materialize), rather than Tuesday.
Equally, Target has often put stock out later in the week, so it’s not a given that it will happen tomorrow, although the Christmas period will often change the schedules of retailers quite dramatically.
This previous Tweet from Spiel Times earlier in December is also worth remembering:
[TARGET INFO]Keep in mind Target is keeping a close watch on Twitter accounts and info floating around social media. So, there could be rescheduling or delays.More Info – https://t.co/wcLOvYVIYN https://t.co/rACRFX5XFODecember 17, 2020
The report is also saying that the PS5 stock drop will be in-store pickup only with no walk-in orders (thankfully, to avoid the Covid-tempting stampedes at the news of a PS5 console) – so you’ll order online and get them in store at a specific time.
We’ve not heard word whether home delivery will be offered in this wave of stock drops. Our advice: make sure you’ve had a ‘dry run’ of how to check out at Target, sign up for any schemes to help make the process smoother / adding your payment details, and hope.
The key thing with these PS5 restock drops is making the checkout process as smooth as possible – you’ll often be able to add to cart, but every second and click after that reduces your chance of actually getting one dramatically.
Should you buy a PS5?
The PS5 comes with a revolutionary new DualSense controller, and is capable of 4K gaming at 120fps. It’s also backwards compatible with all the best PS4 games, so you can revisit some classic titles and take your existing library with you.
What’s more, the PS5’s selection of games is already shaping up nicely. Games such as Demon’s Souls and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales are must-haves, and continue Sony’s legacy of creating compelling exclusives you won’t find anywhere else.
Via: Tom’s Guide