PS5 restock Twitter tracker: dates for Best Buy, Target Walmart and Sony Direct
PS5 restock news is slow this week, but if you follow our 24/7 PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider – and turn on notifications after following – he’ll send you an alert when PlayStation 5 is in stock. Matt is tracking over a dozen stores in the US, including Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Sony Direct and, as of today, his Twitter alerts helped over 70,000 people find a next-gen console. That’s why we’re tracking both the $499 PS5 Disc and $399 PS5 Digital console for sale for MSRP or in a bundle (you have a better shot with a PS5 bundle) if it’s face value for everything included.
Here’s when you can expect the next PS5 restock, and how to follow our Twitter tracker.
Instructions: Click on this screenshot of a PS5 restock alert from Twitter tracker Matt Swider and turn on notifications (that little bell icon in the profile) for instant alerts. This is what you’ll see when there’s the PS5 is in stock.
PS5 restock news for today, August 10
Update: There was a minor Target PS5 restock this morning, August 10, but it’s not one to get excited about. The store basically burned off consoles at select stores if they weren’t picked up from a week-and-a-half ago. In New York City, for example, there were no consoles and only one nearby in New Jersey (and it wasn’t cartable).
The last time there was truly a PlayStation 5 restock was Thursday, August 5 at Walmart and then GameStop on the prior Tuesday, both with nationwide stock of PS5 Disc and Digital. Walmart has them at MSRP, while GameStop offered easier-to-buy bundles. A week-and-a-half ago, we saw a PS5 Disc console restock at Target at the retail price of $499, without PS5 Digital going into stock on a Friday.
This means three of five major retailers have had PS5 consoles in stock in August or late July. Who’s missing? We haven’t seen a Best Buy PS5 restock nor has there been an Amazon PS5 restock, but we do know that both retailers have been getting in console inventory and are either due or overdue for putting that add-to-cart button live.
PS5 restock Twitter tracker for Best Buy
Next PS5 restock date at Best Buy: Could be this week – it’s overdueLast PS5 restock date at Best Buy: July 23, 2021 at 11:38am EDTBuying/Pickup method: Online-only (not in stores), in-store pickup 3-5 days laterHow to buy PS5 from Best Buy: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
We haven’t seen a PS5 restock on our Twitter tracker in over two weeks, and that’s uncommon for the electronic retailer that has been slinging consoles every week or every other week. Uncommon, but not unheard of as Best Buy didn’t have any PS5 stock for the entire month of April, so it seems to have PlayStation 5 sales for several weeks in a row, and then takes large chunks of time off.
The PS5 restock time at this retailer is always a mystery, but it’s always been within work hours in 2021: anywhere from 9:35am EDT to 5:05pm EDT. The most popular time is around 3:30pm EDT and Best Buy often favors Thursday and Friday restocks. That said, they’ve done Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before, but rarely.
The Best Buy PS5 restock is always online-only, with an in-store pickup 3-5 days later. Consoles are stored in regional warehouses when you order them and shipped to your local store a few days later. This means, when you’re in the process of buying a PS5 from Best Buy, you’re battling it out with your neighbors for that scarce inventory.
That’s why having someone like PS5 restock Twitter tracker becomes essential.
PS5 restock Twitter tracker at Target
Next PS5 restock date at Target: Likely the end of next weekLast PS5 restock date at Target : July 30, 2021 at 7:38am EDTBuying/Shipping method: Online-only, same-day pickup in storesHow to buy PS5 from Target: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
Update: Our PS5 restock Twitter tracker did pick up on a small batch of PS5 stock today, August 10, at around 7:50am EDT. But we also detected that these consoles were too few to be a real drop – and many who ordered had theirs canceled. Why? Because it been a week-and-a-half since the last PS5 restock at the store; anyone who didn’t pick up their console by now had it rerouted into inventory for someone else. From our tracking, it was only at a few stores with even fewer consoles.
We used to have exclusive news on our Twitter tracker feed regarding Target PS5 restock dates. Now Target likes to surprise everyone without passing around internal memos that get leaked. But we still have sources at individual Target stores telling us when they receive inventory, and they typically have enough Sony PS5 consoles ‘consistent with a restock’ every three weeks.
Target has recently switched to launching restocks on Fridays, having previously only used Wednesday or Thursday restock dates for much of 2021. The restock dates are unpredictable now, but the actual time is consistent: it’s always been 7am EDT and 8am EDT, with the most popular time being within a few minutes of 7:40am EDT (the last PS5 restock time was 7:38am EDT, for example).
There’s a lot to like about buying from Target, as Matt Swider’s PS5 restock Twitter tracker posts become filled with replies of people showing off their console-in-hand photos, as Target allows for same-day pickup of online orders. Like all retailers, if you go to the store, employees will refuse to sell you one in person.
PS5 restock Twitter tracker for Amazon
Next PS5 restock date at Amazon: Coming up in AugustLast PS5 restock date at Amazon : July 21, 2021 at 10:10am EDTBuying/Shipping method: Online-only, ships in 1-3 daysHow to buy PS5 from Amazon: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
Our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider is ready for the next Amazon restock, as the No. 1 online retailer is due to launch console orders for August – it usually has a PlayStation 5 restock once a month and we haven’t seen PS5 in stock since late July.
Amazon is so popular that whenever it has a PS5 restock, its checkout pages usually crash with many people seeing 404 errors (with cute photos of dogs). The trick to buying the PS5 from Amazon is to select ‘Add to list’ whenever the normal add-to-cart button doesn’t work. From there, a pop-up window comes up and you can select ‘View list’ and add it to your cart from there, away from the main product page that’s being hammered by traffic.
Amazon usually picks one of two times for a restock: either in the morning (between 10am and 11am EDT) or in the middle of the night (just after 3am EDT). There was one special circumstance in which Amazon chose 12am EDT for its nighttime PS5 restock to tie into the last three hours of Amazon Prime Day.
Two important things: Going from the back-and-forth PS5 restock date and time patterns, we may be in for a late-night restock of the PS5 in August, but our Twitter tracker will be ready for it. Also, for every other restock, Amazon has PS5 Disc and Digital, and then just Digital the next time. This next cycle should have both versions of the console.
PS5 restock Twitter tracker for Walmart
Next PS5 restock date at Walmart: Usually on Thursdays, but just had a restockLast PS5 restock date at Walmart : August 5, 2021 at 3:00pm EDTBuying/Shipping method: Online-only, ships from one week to one monthHow to buy PS5 from Walmart: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
Walmart is known for two things: having massive PS5 restocks on Thursdays (but not every Thursday) and letting people buy consoles the retailer may or may not actually have in stock. This explains why it can take anywhere from one week to one month to get a paid-for PS5 console from Walmart.
And sure enough, our Twitter tracker knew hours ahead of time that Walmart would have the PS5 for sale last Thursday, and the delivery dates are now marked for mid-September. It may be a while before Walmart has a proper PS5 restock (though it’s not unheard of for the online store to sell small PlayStation 5 inventory despite the fact that some customers are still waiting).
PS5 restock Twitter tracker for GameStop
Next PS5 restock date at GameStop: Could be this week (every 7-15 days)Last PS5 restock date at GameStop: August 3, 2021 at 11:00am EDTBuying/Shipping method: Online-only, ships in 3-5 daysHow to buy PS5 from GameStop: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
Our GameStop PS5 restock exclusive news has been on-point for the past two weeks and we have tracked down a pattern: the retailer has PS5 in stock every 7 to 15 days, according to past PlayStation 5 drops. It’s always been with a bundle recently, and to make things harder for resellers, GameStop is requiring consoles to be purchased while logged into a PowerUp Rewards Pro account.
The $15 annual membership is means that resellers can’t profit off of purchasing a PS5 console, and that has translated into more true gamers being able to buy it from GameStop than Walmart or Best Buy. In fact, the last GameStop Twitter tracker was a large reason why 3,700 people got the console through our alerts last week.
More PS5 retailers being tracked on Twitter
These are just five of the retailers in the US that we’re constantly tracking on Twitter when it comes to PS5 stock, but far from the full list. We’re also monitoring restock dates at Newegg, Costco, Antonline, and Sam’s Club. Sony PlayStation Direct, the official store for the PlayStation 5 brand, is also due for a restock, but has slowed down offering inventory tremendously.
There are places in the US that you shouldn’t buy a PS5. Sears and QVC are offering “bundles” but the accessories they are charging hundreds of dollars for actually cost $35 at Target.
Online stores like Silicon Nerd haven’t delivered consoles to any of our followers, so you shouldn’t buy there until further notice (and maybe try to get your money back). We’ll continue to update this list so you have the best chance to get a PS5 console before that looming October deadline to buy PS5.