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Target PS5 restock is sold out — here's when to expect the next drop

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There was a time when we’d have to wait weeks, maybe even a month, between PS5 restocks. No more, as retailers are finally starting to replenish stock of the console at a regular pace. 

Last week Target dropped a PS5 restock on us, much to the delight of gamers still eager to get their hands on Sony’s next-gen machine. And earlier today the retailer released yet more PS5 restock, giving more customers a shot at securing the in-demand console. 

PS5: $499 @ Target
Sony's PS5 is one of the most in-demand products in the world right now. For good reason. Packing the ability to play games in 4K at 60 fps it's a true next-gen experience. Target is currently sold out of the console. View Deal

PS5 Digital edition: $399 @ Target
The PS5 Digital edition features the same powerful specs as the regular PS5, just minus the 4K Blu-ray drive. It's ideal for those who can't stand disc swapping. Target is currently sold out of this version fo the console. View Deal

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The news of this latest restock came from YouTuber Jake Randall, who has become quite a prominent figure in the PS5 stock tracking game, who claimed that Target will be dropping PS5 stock for the second week in a row and the drop could come as early as today (March 31). This proved to be very much the case. 

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His contact has also revealed that this would be a smaller restock than we typically expect from Target, which is disappointing especially as earlier in the week it was rumored the retailer would have a "big" drop of PS5 consoles. This latest restock came and went in a matter of seconds, so there definitely seemed to be fewer consoles up for grabs than normal. 

Looking at previous Target PS5 restocks we would have guessed that this latest drop would have taken place Thursday, April 1 — we promise, that’s not an April Fools. However, the retailer went a day earlier and instead dropped PS5 stock today.

It's extremely unlikely we'll see any PS5 stock at Target again this week. Although the retailer didn't drop PS5 Digital Edition stock today so there is a small chance that could be coming in the next few days, but we wouldn't count on it. 

Target has now had PS5 stock for the last two weeks in a row, and with PS5 restocks seemingly becoming more frequent with each passing week there is a solid chance that we'll see the streak extended to three weeks.  

If you miss out on this latest restock, we’re tracking PS5 restocks not just at Target, but every major retailer. Make sure to bookmark our where to buy a PS5 guide for the latest stock information as we get it.

How to buy a PS5 at Target

Firstly, ensure you have an account set up with your payment and address details stored. This is a vital step if you want to secure a PS5 during a restock. Getting stock in your basket is only half the battle, you don’t want the console to sell out while you’re entering your details. Make sure it’s all pre-saved so you can checkout in seconds. 

Target is known for releasing stock in waves, typically going first with the PS5 standard edition and then following it up with a restock of the PS5 Digital edition. So even if you get on the retailer and the PS5 is already sold out, it’s worth sparing the extra time to see if you can catch a second wave. 

Jake Randall also suggests using alternative payment methods such as PayPal, Apple Pay, or RedCard if possible. The advantage with these is that they use a separate payment portal which bypasses Target’s own servers which have in the past collapsed under the strain of thousands of people all trying to secure that coveted order confirmation email. 

Target also has an app that can be used to try and secure a PS5. A good trick is to try and checkout during a restock on both a desktop and a mobile device. It’s recommended that if you manage to add the PS5 to your cart on one, you switch over to the other to complete checkout. So long as you’re logged in it’ll keep track of the content of your cart.

Finally, at checkout, you can edit your location to select a store that has PS5 in stock if your local is sold out. Occasionally doing this might stop you from progressing further through the checkout process, but if you encounter this issue just clear your browser cookies and give it a second try.