PS5 restock update: Track on Twitter, GameStop, Target and more

Sony PS5 restock
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PS5 restock is enjoying a period of increased availability right now. The Sony store has listing pages for a Call of Duty bundle as well as standalone PS5 consoles, and stock is regularly going live. (You'll need to sign into your account to check stock of the bundle). If you want a PS5 for the holidays, you'll need to get restock hunting as soon as possible. 

If you're looking for consoles, you can register for an invitation at Amazon for its next invite-only drop. Likewise, you can still register for Sony Direct invite-only restocks. Do note, registering at either retailer doesn't guarantee that you'll be invited to their invite-only drops. That said, Sony appears to have PS5 restocks on a regular basis these days with no virtual queues required. 

We're also watching Twitter for news of any PS5 restock this week. For that reason, bookmark this page and keep it regularly refreshed as we bring you the latest restock news. 

As of  7:07 a.m. ET on December 2, there doesn't appear to be consistent PS5 restock available at any retailer. However, we've seen recent drops at Walmart, and Sony Direct is also taking fresh orders on a regular basis. 

Sony God of War Ragnarök PS5 Bundle:  $559 @ Sony Direct (opens in new tab)

Sony God of War Ragnarök PS5 Bundle: $559 @ Sony Direct (opens in new tab)
The God of War Ragnarök PS5 bundle comes with a PS5 console, a digital voucher for God of War Ragnarök, and a PS5 DualSense controller. You'll need a PSN ID in order to order this bundle from PlayStation Direct. 

PS5 Disc w/ Horizon Forbidden West: for $549 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

PS5 Disc w/ Horizon Forbidden West: for $549 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
This bundle includes the PS5 Disc console and Horizon Forbidden West. In our Horizon Forbidden West review (opens in new tab), We called the Editor's Choice game an excellent sequel that delivers a thrilling open-world experience to fans of the original game. You can now register to buy this bundle. 

PS5 : register for invite-only drops @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

PS5 : register for invite-only drops @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon is now letting shoppers register for invite-only PS5 restocks. Just click the link above, request an invite, and if accepted you'll get an email with a link that's valid for 72 hours. Amazon doesn't guarantee you'll get invited immediately, but this should increase your chances of getting a console going forward. 

PS5 Digital: $399 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)

PS5 Digital: $399 @ Amazon (opens in new tab) (check stock)
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. 

PS5 restock tracker — stores to check

PS5 restock — latest news and rumors 

Getting your hands on a PS5 restock has been significantly easier in recent weeks, but we expect stock levels to be stretched as we enter the holiday season. The good news is that Amazon is now accepting registrations for invite-only PS5 restocks

Similarly, Target has confirmed a massive change to how it handles selling PS5 consoles which could offer hope to gamers still after a next-gen console. The retailer will no longer be holding restock events but will instead allow individual stores to sell stock as they get it, so make sure to check your nearest location. Whilst you're at it, check our Target promo codes to see if we can save you a few extra dollars on those local store orders.

In some positive restock news, Sony has recently told investors that one of its top priorities is getting more PS5s into the hands of consumers. To achieve Sony plans to boost PS5 manufacturing to levels "never achieved before" over the coming months. This PS5 production boost could see restocks becoming significantly more common.

Amazon PS5 restock date 

No one knows when Amazon will release its PS5 consoles for sale — or if it even has any. In fact, Amazon PS5 restocks are the most unpredictable. 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. Although now that Amazon is doing invite-only restocks, your chances of scoring a console should be better. 

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 during the afternoon hours (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 (opens in new tab). We also recommend following Twitter accounts such as @PS5StockAlerts (opens in new tab), @GYXdeals (opens in new tab), @mattswider (opens in new tab), @PS5Drop (opens in new tab) and @Wario64 (opens in new tab), 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

Sony PlayStation 5 (opens in new tab)

PS5: $499 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
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.

Sony PlayStation 5 (opens in new tab)

PS5: $499 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
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.

Sony Playstation 5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
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.

PS5 at Amazon

Sony PlayStation 5 (opens in new tab)

PS5: $499 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon sells the base PS5, but it has no stock at the time of this writing. Amazon PS5 restocks sell out in seconds. 

Sony Playstation 5 Digital Edition (opens in new tab)

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon also sells the PS5 Digital Edition, but it has also sold out of this PS5 version. 

PS5 at Best Buy

PS5: $499 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

PS5: $499 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
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. 

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The PS5 Digital Edition is sold out at Best Buy. However, when they do have stock, they sell it at list price. 

PS5 at GameStop

PS5: $499 @ GameStop (opens in new tab)

PS5: $499 @ GameStop (opens in new tab)
GameStop PS5 restock tends to come in bundles. The bundles offer everything from an extra controller to a $20 GameStop gift card. Make sure you check our GameStop promo codes (opens in new tab) page for discounts and coupons. 

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ GameStop (opens in new tab)

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ GameStop (opens in new tab)
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. 

PS5 at Target

PS5: $499 @ Target (opens in new tab)

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

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Target (opens in new tab)

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Target (opens in new tab)
Target has no stock of the PS5 Digital Edition. However, when stock returns they offer it at list price. 

PS5 at B&H

PS5: $499 @ B&H (opens in new tab)

PS5: $499 @ B&H (opens in new tab)
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. 

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ B&H (opens in new tab)

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ B&H (opens in new tab)
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. 

PS5 at Sony Direct

PS5: $499 @ Sony Direct (opens in new tab)

PS5: $499 @ Sony Direct (opens in new tab)
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. 

PS5 Digital: $399 @ Sony Direct (opens in new tab)

PS5 Digital: $399 @ Sony Direct (opens in new tab)

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

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 (opens in new tab), BJ's Wholesale Club (opens in new tab), and Costco (opens in new tab). 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 (opens in new tab) 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. 

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. 

Rory Mellon
Deals Editor

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.  

  • brianseabury2
    . the only thing I can say without helping scalpers get more ps5s is that if you do manage to get in an online line at www.walmart.com that you want to make sure to click the reserve my space in line button and not wait on the main page.

    hopefully a button will show up in the minimized window that appears when youve clicked reserved my space in line. in that window hopefully an option to purchase or add to cart should appear.(you only have 10 minutes to purchase when that button shows up) I also probably shouldnt say this because it could help scalpers get even better at scalping but you shouldnt constantly refresh the page.

    you want to make sure youre on the page exactly when the system comes out. If you refresh constantly, you may not see the page until the systems already have sold out. make sure your windows clock is timed exactly the same as the clock on the world clock website if its not you could lose the system. for the digital edition seconds definetly matter.

    the digital edition only makes up 10 percent of the stock sold in japan. I assume its like that here too. If you want to make sure sony doesnt go bankrupt because no one is buying games due to all the scalping. buy the disc version and buy more games than you would normally buy with the system. ratchet and clank is a great choice. miles morales spiderman is okay, but still the ps5 version has no loading times and they did improve the assets.
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  • Aaron M. Litz
    I signed up with Sony for the PS5-purchase invites on Monday; incredibly, I got an email from Sony today (Wednesday) with the link to purchase one within a 5-hour window... and with just an hour left in that window! (And yes, I quadruple-checked to make sure it was real and not some scammer.)

    I now have a PlayStation 5 set to arrive on Sunday for a (somewhat) reasonable price. After just two days of waiting. Pretty great!
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  • Redcoyote12
    Are you guys updating this article anymore?? You've been saying Sony has PS5 in stock, however I've been looking at their site for a week, haven't seen anything. I don't understand what site you're referring to.
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  • PlayStationKid
    You say that PlayStation Direct has stock, but I've been checking for the last week (logged in to my PSN account) and it says sold out for all systems. Where are you getting your information from?
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  • Redcoyote12
    I'm with you, this site isn't keeping up with current restocking, obviously. I've given up and moved to other websites. Try this one:

    https://www.nowinstock.net/videogaming/consoles/sonyps5/
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  • Redcoyote12
    Today you write: "The Sony store has listing pages for a Call of Duty bundle as well as standalone PS5 consoles"

    When was this?? I've checked their store page all day long, every day, for MONTHS.... they NEVER had standalones for sale.
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  • rgd1101
    try the link?
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  • Redcoyote12
    rgd1101 said:
    try the link?
    I assume you mean the links to Sony's store? Yes. Did you?

    Out of stock on COD bundle
    Out of stock on Disc standalone
    Out of stock on Digital standalone
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  • rgd1101
    couldn't try it. block at work
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