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PS5 restock update today — track now on Twitter, Walmart, Best Buy and more

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Rumors of fresh PS5 restock are circling the internet. Retailers from Target to Best Buy are expected to have PS5 restock before the end of this week. That's in addition to the regular suspects like GameStop. 

So we're here to help you secure PS5 stock when inventory returns. We're tracking rumored PS5 restocks on Twitter and keeping an eye out for surprise PS5 drops from dozens of retailers. We've also pulled together a list of the top U.S. retailers that sell the PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often for the latest updates on all things PS5 as we track restocks in real-time. 

Where to buy PS5: Check PS5 restock now

As of April 21 at 5:30 p.m. ET, there is no PS5 restock available. Kohl's briefly had restock, but rapidly sold out. However, a Target PS5 drop is rumored for Thursday. To help with your PS5 search, below you'll find our PS5 restock tracker along with links on where to buy the PS5. 

PS5: $499 @ Amazon
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.
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PS5 Digital: $399 @ 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.
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PS5 restock - latest news and rumors 

PS5 restocks seem to be getting less frequent in recent weeks, after a March full of stock so far April has been a quieter month much to the frustration of the thousands of gamers still desperate to secure Sony’s next-gen machine. 

Jake Randall, YouTuber and full-time PS5 stock tracker, is suggesting that Target may have a restock of the console this week. Based on past drops, this restock would likely take place on Thursday, April 22. Furthermore, Jake's sources have indicated that a drop today (April 21) would be unlikely.

Otherwise, we’re looking at a potential Best Buy drop this week, as the retailer has now gone three weeks in a row without restocks. We’re hoping that streak isn't extended into a full month. If the electronics retailer does restock this week, it’ll almost certainly be on Friday (April 23).   

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 been quite some time since their last PS5 restock. One 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 has been dropping PS5 inventory every Friday for the past few weeks. Best Buy doesn't give any notice, the PS5 just magically appears in-stock. Best Buy's drops always occur on Friday afternoons and they always offer the consoles at list price: $499 for the PS5 and $399 for the PS5 Digital. That said, they did miss one Friday, so their pattern isn't always 100%. But Friday restocks from Best Buy are otherwise reliable.

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 — Track the retailers

PS5 at Walmart

PS5: $499 @ Walmart
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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.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Walmart
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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.View Deal

PS5 at Amazon

PS5: $499 @ Amazon
Amazon has started selling the base PS5, but stock has sold out at the time of writing.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 has started selling the PS5, complete with optional 2-year accident protection and several cardmember financing options. When we last checked however, there weren't any consoles available.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Best Buy
Best Buy also has the PS5 Digital Edition, but it's also proving hard to find in stock.View Deal

PS5 at GameStop

PS5: $499 @ GameStop
GameStop is offering the PS5, complete with product replacement options and payment plan options that start at $124.99. However, the product is currently listed as out of stock.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ GameStop
GameStop also has the PS5 Digital Edition; as of Friday morning (Apr. 2), we saw some of these in stock.View Deal

PS5 at Target

PS5: $499 @ Target
Target restocked the PS5 today, but like during the previous restocks it sold out in minutes. The retailer also offers a 2 year protection plan starting at $63.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Target
Target restocked the PS5 Digital Edition earlier today but has since sold out of the console. Protection plans start at $47 for the discless console.
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PS5 at B&H

PS5: $499 @ B&H
The standard PS5 is being sold at B&H Photo with a free expedited shipping option. There's no stock right now, but you can sign up for notifications.View Deal

PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ B&H
The PS5 Digital Edition is also currently unavailable, but B&H is offering free expedited shipping and will notify you when it has more stock via email if you wish.
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PS5 at Sony Direct

PS5: $499 @ Sony Direct
The Sony Direct Store is expected to have PS5 restock soon. You'll need to form an online queue for your chance to get the console for $499.View Deal

PS5 Digital: $399 @ Sony Direct

The Sony Direct Store is expected to have PS5 restock soon. You'll need to form an online queue for your chance to get the console for $399.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. 

You can also make it a habit of checking Slickdeals, the online collection of deals that run the gamut from household appliances to gaming consoles like the PS5. The website has a few specific forum threads for everything PS5 that users continue to update. If you follow the thread, head to the last page and keep refreshing to keep up with all the latest news.

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.