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PS5 restock update: Track on Twitter, Best Buy, GameStop and more

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A note on PS5 restocks

PS5 restock is incredibly difficult to pin down. Despite our best efforts to bring you timely updates, Tom's Guide can't guarantee you'll be able to purchase a console. Nevertheless, we are committed to bringing you up-to-the-minute information on all restocks as soon as they happen. 

Listen up! A lot of PS5 restock is on its way. An in-store GameStop PS5 restock is set for Sept. 30. Meanwhile, another Walmart PS5 restock is being planned after today's website crash. (It'll also include Xbox Series X Halo Edition restock as well). 

We're also watching Twitter for other news of any PS5 restock this week. As such, do bookmark this page and keep it regularly refreshed. Also we have some PS5 restock tips and tricks, gleaned from our year-long tracking of the PS5 restock situation. 

Where to buy PS5: Check PS5 restock now

As of September 23 at 12:40 p.m. ET, there is no PS5 restock available. Today's Walmart PS5 restock was plagued with website glitches and will be rescheduled. We'll provide an update once a new date is confirmed.

PS5: check stock @ Amazon
Sony's flagship gaming machine, the PS5 is one of the most in-demand tech products currently available. For good reason: this powerful console boasts 4K visuals, an innovative DualSense controller, and a 4K Blu-ray drive. It's out of stock today.View Deal

PS5 Digital: check stock @ Amazon
The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, it's slightly thinner than its counterpart. It also sells for $399 ($100 less) and includes a PS5 DualSense controller. It's currently out of stock. It's out of stock today.View Deal

PS5 restock tracker — stores to check

PS5 restock — latest news and rumors 

It's been a busy week for PS5 restocks. Sony Direct has held two restocks this week, and Amazon held a much-delayed drop on Tuesday (September 21), this was the first drop from the retailer that was exclusive to Prime members as well. We expect future Amazon PS5 restocks to also include priority access for Prime members, so you might want to get signed up ahead of time. 

Today (September 23) there will be an in-store PS5 restock at Best Buy. Queues are already forming at Best Buy locations across the country, so you'll want to get down to yours as quickly as possible. Just make sure to check your local store is included in this restock on the Best Buy website.  

Elsewhere, there is the possibility that Target could restock soon as it hasn't restocked in nearly two weeks, but nothing is confirmed yet. Walmart is another retailer that is long overdue for a drop, so is worth keeping an eye on this week. 

In more positive restock-related news it's been reported that the average resale price of the PS5 has dropped by 30%. This is significant as it could deter scalpers from buying the console in large quantities which would leave more stock available for actual gamers. Which is a massive win in our books. 

Amazon PS5 restock date 

No one knows when Amazon will release its PS5 consoles for sale — or if it even has any. However, it's surprise PS5 restock on Prime Day is a sign anything can happen. In fact, Amazon PS5 restocks are the most unpredictable and they tend to occur overnight. Another thing to keep in mind — Amazon restocks tend to sell out in seconds. So you'll want to try this Amazon trick to increase your chances of getting a console.

Best Buy PS5 restock date 

Best Buy used to offer PS5 restocks on Friday afternoons, but the retailer has been known to restock on Thursdays and even on Mondays. In other words, it no longer follows a set pattern. A few things to keep in mind: Best Buy's drops always occur on afternoons (between 12pm ET and 3pm ET) and they always offer the consoles at list price: $499 for the PS5 and $399 for the PS5 Digital. 

Target PS5 restock date

Target PS5 restock dates have been hard to nail down. That's because the retailer tends to drop inventory in certain regions. For instance, someone in Chicago could see PS5 inventory at their local store, whereas a New Yorker might not see any inventory whatsoever. In addition, Target tends to do early morning restocks that occur around 8 a.m. ET. That said, their last restock sold out in minutes. 

PS5 restock — Track on Twitter

One of the best ways to find out when PS5 restock hits online retailers is by following the Sony Twitter account. We also recommend following Twitter accounts such as @PS5StockAlerts, @GYXdeals, @mattswider, @PS5Drop and @Wario64, which are often first to have the latest updates on availability. 

Keep in mind that PS5 restock availability can also be regional and limited to select stores. Either way, make sure to keep this page bookmarked and to check the retailer listings regularly.

PS5 restock — Check for stock at these retailers

PS5 at Walmart

PS5: $499 @ Walmart
The flagship PS5 console includes a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, the design is slightly fuller than the all-digital model. It sells for $499 and includes a PS5 DualSense controller. Walmart's restocks tend to last for at least an hour. They're out of stock right now.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Walmart
The PS5 Digital console lacks a 4K UDH Blu-ray disc drive. As a result, it's slightly thinner than its counterpart. It also sells for $399 ($100 less) and includes a PS5 DualSense controller. They're out of stock right now.View Deal

PS5 at Amazon

PS5: $499 @ Amazon
Amazon sells the base PS5, but it has no stock at the time of this writing. Amazon PS5 restocks sell out in seconds. View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Amazon
Amazon also sells the PS5 Digital Edition, but it has also sold out of this PS5 version. View Deal

PS5 at Best Buy

PS5: $499 @ Best Buy
Best Buy tends to offer restocks in the afternoon. They restock on Thursdays and Fridays, although they've also offered restock on a Monday. They're sold out now, but tend to offer restocks that last an hour. View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Best Buy
The PS5 Digital Edition is sold out at Best Buy. However, when they do have stock, they sell it at list price. View Deal

PS5 at GameStop

PS5: $499 @ GameStop
GameStop PS5 restock tends to come in bundles. The bundles offer everything from an extra controller to a $20 GameStop gift card. View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ GameStop
GameStop PS5 Digital restocks also come in bundles. Oftentimes, they include everything from an extra controller to a $20 GameStop gift card. They're out of stock now. View Deal

PS5 at Target

PS5: $499 @ Target
Target PS5 restock happens in the early mornings (ET time). They're out of stock at this moment.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Target
Target has no stock of the PS5 Digital Edition. However, when stock returns they offer it at list price. View Deal

PS5 at B&H

PS5: $499 @ B&H
It's been awhile since we've seen B&H Photo PS5 restock. However, it's a retailer we recommend checking should they offer a surprise restock. View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ B&H
The PS5 Digital Edition is also currently unavailable, but B&H could offer a surprise restock so it's worth keeping an eye on them. View Deal

PS5 at Sony Direct

PS5: $499 @ Sony Direct
The Sony Direct Store hold invite only restocks as well as general public restocks. For the latter, you'll need to form an online queue for your chance to get the console for $499. They're out of stock at this moment. View Deal

PS5 Digital: $399 @ Sony Direct

The Sony Direct Store also offers the PS5 Digital, but it's out of stock at this moment. View Deal

How to buy PS5: Essential tips 

Multiple sources have reported an Amazon trick that improves your chances of scoring a PS5. We tested this trick four times and each time we succeeded in getting a next-gen console into our cart. (We tested it with an Xbox Series X, but there's no reason why it shouldn't work with a PS5). Other PS5 retailer tips to follow include: 

Get prepared: Make sure you have all the right payment card details and two-factor authentication available and to hand when you find a PS5 ready to buy. Units can go so fast that if you’re fiddling around trying to find your credit card you could miss your chance to secure a PS5 order.

Select a retailer: As you can see from our list above, there are plenty of retailers to choose from, which can actually make the whole process of buying a PS5 a bit complicated. We suggest you select a couple of major retailers like Walmart and Amazon, and keep an eye on their PS5 landing pages.

Sign up for stock alerts: Plenty of retailers offer to alert you to when they have PS5 restock. We suggest you sign up to those services for the retailers that are offering them.

Find the right product page: It might sound obvious, but make sure you’re on the actual buying page for the PS5 or the PS5 Digital Edition. If you’re on a landing page, you might end up missing the moment new stock arrives.

Sign in to retailers: Make sure you sign in to any retailers you might already have an account with. This will make things a lot faster when buying a PS5 if you spot one on sale. And speed is of the essence today.

Keep refreshing and don't give up: It can be a little demoralizing trying to find PS5 restock when everywhere looks sold out. But regularly refresh product pages to see what pops up; you might get lucky. And also keep checking back here for any PS5 stock updates. 

It's also a good idea to check a few of the subscription-based wholesaler retailers like Sam's Club, BJ's Wholesale Club, and Costco. You do need a paid membership to shop at these retailers, but that means reduced competition to snag a unit there. You may need to pay extra for a bundle, but it's worth checking out these locations either way. Currently, there are no online listings for these retailers to check, but it may be worth heading to each brick-and-mortar store to try your luck at this point. 

It's been a fairly difficult process during this console generation to lock in any sort of next-gen purchase. But as we near the holidays, it's highly likely there will be additional PS5s available for purchase at some point as Sony catches up with those looking to buy PS5s.

PS5 restocks: Accounts to follow

PS5 restock — price and discounts

The PS5 with disc costs $499, whereas the PS5 Digital Edition costs $399. Unfortunately, it's gonna be a long time before we see any discounts on the consoles. However, we have noted some sales on PS5 accessories. Make sure to follow our PS5 deals coverage for deals on everything related to the PS5. 

Where to buy PS5: Avoid the PS5 scalpers

Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for the shortage of PS5 consoles is due to scalpers. These opportunistic people have been using bots to scan retailers for PS5 stock when it becomes available and buy as many of the consoles as they can in one go. 

Once they have the highly-desirable console, they will then sell them for extortionate prices, often for thousands of dollars. Business Insider reported one reseller managed to get hold of 200 PS5 consoles and managed to sell them for more than $40,000. 

While this isn’t illegal, it’s not exactly the most morally sound thing to do. But at least it’s not as bad as some people who’ve been pretending to sell PS5 consoles on eBay by simply posting photos of the console and scamming people to bid for them when there was no PS5 on offer.  

It might seem absurd to buy a PS5 for over $1,000, especially as its launch game lineup isn’t particularly profound. But with the coronavirus pandemic seeing more people staying at home, some PlayStation fans are clearly desperate to get their hands on a new console to keep them entertained. 

We advise you avoid buying from such resellers, fake or otherwise. At $499 the PS5 is still quite an expensive console and it currently doesn't have a huge library of games. So if you can wait until later this year, you’re likely to have a lot more PS5 games to choose from and Sony should have more consoles available.