PS5 restock: when will Best Buy restock the console? Date and time update

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The Best Buy PS5 restock for today April 9 is uncertain, despite the fact that the US retailer usually has new Sony console inventory on Fridays. Several Best Buy warehouses have told TechRadar that they have zero PS5 consoles back in stock today, according to the exclusive reporting of Matt Swider, our PS5 restock Twitter track who tweets live restock updates.

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What does this mean? When is the next PS5 restock? Best Buy may see a restock today, or it’s going to be limited. Best Buy missed a PS5 restock last week for the first time in seven weeks, and before that has only had PS5 Disc consoles, no PS5 Digital Edition inventory. We will still be tracking other stores in the US, including Sony Direct, Amazon, Costco and Sam’s Club, all overdue for a PS5 restock in April.

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.

An example of what our PS5 restock alert looks like (from the Walmart PS5 drop on March 18). Click through to follow the account.

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When will PS5 restock in the US?

We see a new PS5 restock at multiple stores every week, and  

New PS5 restock dates happen every week, and we issued alerts on April 6 for stores in the US: GameStop, Antonline and Newegg. Our PS5 Twitter tracker also let people know that there was no PS5 Target restock happening this week. 

A Best Buy restock could happen tomorrow, April 9, although even this date isn’t confirmed yet. Where else? Sony Direct hasn’t had a restock in over two weeks; the official PlayStation store never shows signs of when it’ll restock, whereas Walmart always gives us a heads-up.

That’s why we set up our PS5 restock Twitter tracker – it’s only getting harder today.

Best Buy PS5 restock date and time

  • Best Buy PS5 restock date: Could be Friday, April 9 just after 12pm EDT (but we’re hearing it won’t happen or will be limited)
  • Last Best Buy restock date: two weeks ago – Friday, March 26
  • When it’s in stock: Best Buy PS5 Disc | Best Buy PS5 Digital
  • Wait time: Online orders, in-store pick up 3-5 days later 
  • Get alerts: Follow our Twitter tracker

We had been expecting a grand Best Buy PS5 restock on Friday, April 9 at 12pm EDT / 11am CDT / 10am MDT / 9am PDT, according to the big-box retailer’s past patterns. However, Best Buy had a rare miss this last Friday and some of its warehouses still don’t have PS5 consoles. Two weeks ago, Best Buy only had PS5 Disc for $499, 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. But our sources aren’t optimistic; expect no restock or a very limited restock today.

Here’s our PS5 restock tracker alert from Friday March 26:

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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):

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Sony Direct date and time

The Sony Direct PS5 restock can happen any time this week, usually in the afternoon. But Sony Direct hasn’t had the PS5 in stock since Tuesday, March 23 at 5pm EDT – it took all last week off and most of this week. That’s a sign of how dire its inventory has been – when the official 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):

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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):

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GameStop PS5 bundle restock date

There was a surprise GameStop PS5 restock on Tuesday, April 6, with a 45-minute wave of new Sony console stock. It wasn’t an easy get; most people who tried to find it were met with error messages. We saw an easier restock on the morning of Friday, April 2 – maybe these were leftover consoles? 

GameStop usually does a restock every week to week-and-a-half, so you won’t have a new restock this week. Hold out for next week or the week after. You may dislike the higher price of GameStop bundles, but the retailer offering everything at face value and the bundles slow down resellers who have a harder time profiting from extras.

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Walmart PS5 restock date

The next Walmart PS5 restock date could 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.

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Antonline PS5 restock date

The next PS5 restock at Antonline may be next week, with the retailer promising to do weekly drops of next-gen consoles. 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.

Here’s what our Antonline restock alerts look like:

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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.

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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):

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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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