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

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PS5 restock made big comeback last week. Sony Direct, GameStop, and Walmart all offered PS5 consoles. While there's no PS5 restock at the moment, Amazon could be the next retailer with a drop as it hasn't restocked yet for 2022. 

Additionally, Sony Direct is still accepting registrations for its invite-only PS5 restocks. Do note, registering doesn't guarantee that you'll be invited to their invite-only drops, but it's a great way to get your e-mail on Sony's radar, boosting your chances of getting a PS5. 

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 12:20 p.m. ET on January 16, there is no PS5 restock available. PSA: If you do manage to get a PS5, may we advise you stay the heck away from jailbreaking exploits.

PS5 restock tracker — stores to check

PS5 restock — latest news and rumors 

It's been a packed week of PS5 restocks. Yesterday featured a Sony Direct invite-only drop followed by a Walmart PS5 restock for Walmart Plus members, and there was also a smaller Antoline restock earlier in the week.  

If you didn't manage to score a console in these drops, GameStop has confirmed it will be holding an in-store PS5 restock today (January 14). You can see which stores are participating on the GameStop website, and you will need to be a PowerUp Reward Pro member in order to buy a console in this restock. 

Meanwhile, if you want to increase your odds of getting hold of a PS5, then make sure to sign up for Sony's invite-only PS5 restock registration. You won't be guaranteed a console, but it's a great way to get your email into the mix and potentially be selected to participate in future Sony Direct drops.

An interesting restock-related tidbit has been uncovered recently. It looks like US lawmakers are once again attempting to ban the use of scalper bots. This could have a seriously positive impact on the availability of PS5 restocks, although pushes for similar laws in the past have ultimately been unfruitful. Hopefully, this time it sticks and scalpers ruining restocks becomes a problem of the past.   

Plus, Sony is looking to resolve the ongoing PS5 stock shortage partially by producing more PS4 consoles. This will reportedly make PS5 production run smoother as Sony can negotiate better deals with its manufacturing partners. Which sounds like good news! 

In other news, a new patent application filed by PlayStation designers hints that the PS5 will someday be able to run PS1, PS2 and PS3 games — giving you even more reason to pick up a PS5.

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 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 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. 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 at Amazon

PS5 at Best Buy

PS5 at GameStop

PS5 at Target

PS5 at B&H

PS5 at Sony Direct

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. 

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. 

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.

  • 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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