Update: The Walmart PS5 restock is likely to be today at 3pm EDT, according to our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider. He’ll send you an alert – if you follow his Twitter account and turn on notifications. We often see a PS5 restock at Walmart every two weeks at or around this specific if it has enough next-gen console inventory. It seems like Walmart will have enough PS5 consoles for a small restock. After that, there’s an outside chance of a Best Buy restock, but a confirmed Sony Direct restock – the official PlayStation store will have the Sony console today.
Has it happened yet? How can you get instant alerts? Follow along below.
When? Follow Matt Swider, our PS5 restock Twitter tracker for notifications about when the next PS5 restock is live. It’s the fastest way to get real-time updates.Caution: Do not buy directly off Twitter users – which are all scams. Only to the websites that Matt points you to.
Click on this example of a PS5 restock alert (the last massive Target restock is illustrated) to follow PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider.
(Image credit: Future)When will PS5 restock next in the US?
Today, Thursday, May 20 could begin with a Target PS5 restock – we give it a 40/60 chance of happening. Here’s the deal: we know that several Target stores have gotten or are getting the console into their local back rooms, and it’s just a matter of time before the company turns on that add-to-cart button. Like all retailers, it’s online-only to purchase the console, but in this case of Target you can pick it up in-store (the same day!) once you secure an order.
We’ll know about the Walmart PS5 restock by mid-afternoon. Matt Swider usually gets word just after 12pm if there’s a massive PS5 restock to happen later in the day – almost always it’s at 3pm EDT, with a brief Xbox Series X restock 30 minutes before.
The Best Buy has been happening right after the Walmart restock at 3:40pm, almost playing hero for the people who missed out on the Walmart PS5 restock moments before. There’s no guarantee that these two big-box American retailers will have the PS5 console in stock, but Thursdsays have become their natural launch times. We’re going to be tracking both of them on Twitter.
Matt is also tracking the Sony Direct restock that’s bound to happen today. We’ve received confirmation from our readers that there will be an opportunity to buy the PS5 in an exclusive virtual queue (if you don’t have the email, then you’re not part of this special group – and no one knows for sure how to opt-in). The good news is that the Sony Direct PS5 restock usually opens up to everyone later in the afternoon.
We saw a GameStop PS5 restock of two different bundles yesterday, while Newegg Shuffle offered its own tempting bundle for those with good luck (it’s a lottery). Sam’s Club, after almost two months of staying silent, gave us something to tweet about with a restock on Sunday night. So count those three retailers out for this week. We haven’t heard much from Costco since the end of April, and await Antonline to launch its own bundles – hopefully being the overdue PS5 Disc.
Walmart PS5 restock date and timeChance of it happening: A good 90% chanceNext Walmart PS5 restock date? Maybe today¸ Thursday, May 20 at 3pm EDTLast Walmart date? Thursday, May 6 at 3:30pm EDTLink for when it’s in stock: Walmart PS5 Disc | Walmart PS5 DigitalWait time: One week to one month, according to our followersGet alerts: Follow our Twitter tracker
We may see a Walmart PS5 restock today, May 20 at 3pm EDT, and if that does happen alongside a Target PS5 restock in the morning and Best Buy PS5 restock in the late afternoon, it’ll make for one of the largest PlayStation opportunities in a single day since the PS5 launch date of November 15, 2020. Of course, none of these three American stores are guaranteed to turn on that add-to-cart button.
We saw two small waves of the PS5 console on May 6 and April 15, but we’re hoping for another multi-wave restock marathon.
Here’s the last massive Walmart PS5 restock on March 18:
🚨Walmart PS5 & Xbox restock starts in 45 mins 2:30pmXbox Series S ($299) https://t.co/wU69mKu7OiXbox Series X ($499) https://t.co/rDu9ZnRy1i3pmPS5 Digital ($399) https://t.co/znn5fqVNI1PS5 Disc ($499) https://t.co/fOQxCworacRead this for help:https://t.co/ZewrQUKwkBMarch 18, 2021
Best Buy PS5 restock date and timeChance of it happening: A good 15% chanceRumored PS5 Best Buy restock date: Tracking for Thursday, May 20 at 3:40pm EDTLast Best Buy restock date: Thursday, May 13 at 3:40pm EDTHow to buy PS5 from Best Buy: Best Buy PS5 Disc | Best Buy PS5 DigitalHow long does it take to get it?: Online orders, in-store pick up 3-5 days later Get alerts: Follow our Twitter tracker
There’s an outside chance of a Best Buy PS5 restock today, Thursday, May 20, according to the patterns exhibited by the largest electronics retailer in the US. It’s not confirmed, and enough Best Buy stores may not have enough stock, according to our sources. For the past two weeks, Best Buy has launched new inventory on a Thursday afternoon, with the exact time being the same each week: 3:40pm EDT. Again, this is an online-only order with in-store pickup three to five days later.
There’s reason to follow our Twitter alerts and turn on notifications for this one. We have seen the Best Buy PS5 restock date switch from Friday to Thursday, so anything goes when it comes to launching new inventory at the American retailer.
Here’s our Best Buy PS5 restock tracker alert from Thursday, May 13:
🚨🚨🚨PS5 restock 🏷BEST BUY🏷♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradarPS5 Digital ($399) https://t.co/zBCWLFWVVPPS5 Disc ($499) https://t.co/AjQJ37QctFMay 13, 2021
Sony Direct PS5 restock confirmedConfirmed Sony Direct PS5 restock date: Today, May 20 (via email invite) and maybe open to everyone else later in the afternoon Last Sony Direct PS5 restock date: Wednesday, May 12 at 5pm EDTShuffleHow to buy PS5 from Best Buy: Best Buy PS5 Disc | Best Buy PS5 DigitalHow long does it take to get it?: One week wait time, according to Matt’s Twitter followersGet alerts: Follow our Twitter tracker
We haven’t seen a Sony Direct PS5 restock in over a week, and before that it was April 20, so one whole month prior as of today. What we like about this particular restock is that Sony keeps things pretty fair: it has engineered a virtual queue (after a brief waiting room) that randomly gives everyone a fair shot. It’s like a lottery, and like a real lottery, millions are trying with only a few thousand consoles on hand.
The Sony Direct time is always in the afternoon (it used to be various times, but now it’s between 5:00pm and 6:30pm EDT). And the great thing is you don’t have to be there on minute one to snag a PS5 console. Just get into that waiting room before the countdown expires and the virtual queue bar begins to progress along.
1st in weeks: 🚨🚨🚨 PS5 restock at 💿 SONY DIRECT 💿 right now!♻️RT this + follow @mattswider for updatesPS5 Disc ($499) https://t.co/A1lBmISfKWPS5 Digital ($399) https://t.co/AI5byJh4KOMay 12, 2021
Antonline PS5 restock date
Update: Antonline had an Xbox Series X restock instead of a PS5 restock, so we may not actually see PS5 Disc in stock from them this week.
Antonline hasn’t had a PS5 Disc restock in ages it feels like, as its last two Sony console drops have been for PS5 Digital restock (on May 6 and April 24). Both times the PS5 bundles sold out immediately – within seconds. The good news is that the US retailer has next-gen console restocks every week, and while it’s focused on the Xbox the last few weeks, a PS5 Disc bundle feels overdue.
Important: Antonline sells out of PS5 in three minutes or less, but when PS5 is on sale at this retailer, 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:
🚨🚨🚨PS5 restock! 🐜 ANTonline 🐜 in the US has it right now.♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradarAll PS5 bundle options https://t.co/rzlZN7Zdm5Pro tip: bundles are higher in $, yes, but they remain in stock longer.March 30, 2021
Newegg PS5 restock date and timeLast Newegg PS5 restock date: Yesterday, May 19 as part of the Newegg ShuffleHow to buy PS5 from Newegg: Newegg ShuffleHow long does it take to get it?: One week wait time, according to Matt’s Twitter followersGet alerts: Follow our Twitter tracker
We finally saw the PS5 as part of the Newegg Shuffle yesterday, May 19, and that was good news if you’re the lucky type. Newegg’s lottery system means you enter for a chance to be able to buy PS5 from the computer-components-focused US retailer. This ‘Newegg Shuffle’ happens nearly every weekday (and sometimes Saturdays) for GPU and CPU restock, and a few times a month Newegg has the PS5 as part of the ‘Shuffle’ selection. Today just happens to be a rare day in which the PS5 is in stock as part of the Newegg Shuffle.
Here’s the Newegg PS5 restock Twitter alert Matt Swider sent on April 26.
🎲PS5 restock part of Newegg Shuffle lottery w/ GPU + CPU stock✅PS5 bundle $699✅Xbox Series S bundle✅RTX 3070 x3✅RX 6700 x5✅Ryzen 9 5950X✅Ryzen 9 5900X👉Enter the lottery: https://t.co/lsGtFwPF2U 👇PS5 dateshttps://t.co/hadsb9gbTZMay 19, 2021
Costco PS5 restock dateNext PS5 restock date: Happens randomly on weekdaysLast restock date: Thursday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 20. Before that March 9 before that (so long gaps)When it’s in stock: Costco PS5 bundleWait time: Online orders, average one week for shipping Follow our Twitter tracker to get alerts
The next Costco PS5 restock is something no one can predict, but it usually happens once a month – and it’s only for Costco members every time yet still sells out in about four minutes, according to Matt Swider. That really tells you how strong the demand is for PS5. It often has reasonably priced PS5 bundles, so it’s no wonder it sells out so quickly. The glimmer of a PS5 restock on Thursday, April 22 didn’t last long enough to purchase for many consumers – the theory was that a few PS5 consoles from the prior restock two days before that were up for grabs.
We’re now tracking the next Costco PS5 restock for May, although for this one it’s anyone’s guess as to when it’ll happen. We’ll tweet out the moment it comes online.
Here’s what our Costco PS5 restock alert looked like last time (April 22):
🚨🚨🚨PS5 restock! 🏬 COSTCO 🏬 in the US has it right now.♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradar for instant Xbox & PlayStation 5 updatesPS5 Disc bundle https://t.co/uv9kUfFKngPro tip: bundles are higher in $, yes, but they remain in stock longer.April 22, 2021
Amazon PS5 restockNext Amazon PS5 restock date: Truly random – between 15 and 52 days in the pastLast Amazon PS5 restock date: Saturday, April 24 at 3:15am EDTWhen it’s in stock: Amazon PS5 Disc | Amazon PS5 DigitalWait time: Online orders, obviously, ship fast unless backorderedGet alerts: Follow our Twitter tracker
The next Amazon PS5 restock is unpredictable simply because the online retailer has waited anywhere from 15 days to 52 days to restock the Sony console. Today, May 5, it’s been 26 days since the last Amazon restock. We saw a surprise restock Saturday, April 24 at 3:15am, according to the many Twitter replies received by PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider. It seems like thousands of people were finally able to buy PS5, but console inventory numbers are unknown.
While we don’t know when the next Amazon PS5 restock date will be, it could drive major hype to the Amazon Prime Day date that’s confirmed to be happening in June. That would be a clever way to draw attention to the sales marathon. If it’s a stretch and Amazon can’t wait that long, maybe it’ll go live with another PS5 drop when it announces the specific Amazon Prime Day date, theorizes Matt Swider.
(Image credit: Matt Swider)