PS5 restock: Walmart, Target and Best Buy – here's when to buy the PS5

Target and Walmart PS5 restock update: The next date and time to buy PS5 is as soon as today, April 22, according to PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider. However, the usual Target PS5 restock time of 7:30am EDT, and Walmart restock time of 3pm EDT, is far from confirmed due to the fact that both retailers struggled to get PS5 in stock, according to our sources. We often see more $499 PS5 Disc consoles than $399 PS5 Digital Edition consoles, and that's remained unchanged in April 2021. Similarly, the Best Buy PS5 restock that could happen tomorrow is still up in the air. There's no official announcement from GameStop or Amazon yet.

Antonline, on the other hand, promises a next-gen console restock once a week (and it has two days to make that happen), while Sony Direct may be today, so Matt will send you a PS5 restock alert – if you follow his Twitter account.

  • When? Follow @mattswider, our PS5 restock Twitter tracker for notifications about when the a restock is live at all US stores. It's the fastest way to get real-time updates.
  • Do not buy directly off Twitter users – which are all scams – only to the websites Matt points you to.

Click on this example of the instant PS5 restock alert you'll get when following Matt Swider. It was when the $399 PS5 Disc and $499 PS5 Digital Edition were in stock at Walmart. The PS5 Walmart restock may be tomorrow, April 22.

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When will PS5 restock in the US?

The PS5 restock news for today, April 22, has all eyes on Target and Walmart, though there's no official confirmation that either retailer will carry PS5 stock. We'll know for sure soon, as the Target PS5 restock time is usually around 7:30am EDT / 6:30am CDT / 5:30am MDT / 4:30am PDT. We don't suggest waking up that early because the chances of a restock are slim.

You'll have a small, but better chance at finding a Walmart PS5 restock at 3pm EDT. We already saw the retailer have a limited number of consoles last week, but just two waves at 3pm and 3:10pm, so that could also mean next week is its restock.

Other US retailers are more likely today: Antonline promises one next-gen restock every week and, it being Thursday today, that increases the chances (although sometimes it's an Xbox Series X restock instead). Newegg has been offering a lottery for a PS5 bundle through its Newegg Shuffle, and Kohl's surprised us with PS5 bundles for the first time in months.

Target PS5 restock date and time

The Target PS5 restock date has a very small chance of happening today, but since we haven't heard anything from our usual sources and Jake Randall, we're putting the chances at 10%. If it happens it'll be a very limited restock because we know that several stores throughout the US had very little console inventory going into today.

Don't expect a Target PS5 drop until our Twitter tracker mentions it. It may not be until next week. In other words, there's no reason to wake up for the brutal Target PS5 drop time unless we tweet about it in advance.

Here's what our Target PS5 restock alert looked like last time (March 31 example shown):

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Walmart PS5 restock date and time

There's a chance that the next Walmart PS5 restock date will be today, April 22 at 3pm EDT, according to the big retailer's unflappable Thursday-only restock patterns. It all comes down to how much inventory the store has on hand, and recently it's been light. So while Walmart does a PS5 console restock every other Thursday then takes a month off, last week's stock only happened in two waves over 20 minutes – not the usual 12 waves over the course of two hours. So we might see another Walmart PS5 restock date later today. 

Matt Swider usually gets a Walmart press release at 12pm EDT, three hours ahead of a Walmart PS5 restock. So look for that official announcement soon – if today is the date.

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Sony Direct PS5 restock date and time

The Sony Direct PS5 restock date could be today. Here's the thinking of PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider. Sony Direct happened twice last week on a Tuesday and Thursday, and – so far – once this week on Tuesday. Sony also issued an email invite for select customers last week, and then later those same days for everyone else in a much harder to get lottery system. It was just a public queue this time around – no Sony Direct email invites so far. 

We will alert you if there's another restock for the general public, April 22, and if the Sony Direct email invites are sent to people again. It's not confirmed, but Sony Direct PS5 restock dates could become a Tuesday and Thursday thing. So far that theory we foresaw last week is panning out as of today.

Here's what our Sony Direct PS5 restock alert looked (April 20 example shown):

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Best Buy PS5 restock date time

  • Rumored PS5 Best Buy restock date: tomorrow, Friday, April 23
  • Rumored PS5 Best Buy restock time: maybe 12pm EDT
  • Last Best Buy restock date: three weeks ago – Friday, March 26
  • When it's in stock: Best Buy PS5 Disc | Best Buy PS5 Digital
  • Wait time: Online orders, in-store pick up 3-5 days later 
  • Get alerts: Follow our Twitter tracker

The Best Buy PS5 restock date is tomorrow, April 23, according to the latest rumors and based on the retailer's past patterns of having new console stock on a Friday. The date isn't confirmed just yet (look for a Best Buy PS5 restock update soon), and anyone who has been keeping track of PS5 will know that Best Buy hasn't released its inventory in nearly four weeks. In fact, it's been longer than that for PS5 Digital. The last time there was a PS5 restock at Best Buy, it was limited to PS5 Disc.

What time will Best Buy restock PS5 – if it happens? 12pm EDT to 3:15pm EDT has been the US store's launch window in the past. And it has never done a PS5 restock over the weekend in 2021, so we might not see a Best Buy restock until Friday, April 23.

Here's our PS5 restock tracker alert from Friday March 26:

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Antonline PS5 restock date

The next Antonline PS5 restock may be today April 22. Antonline promises weekly drops of the next-gen console and it already launched a small PS5 bundle last week, but nothing this week. These are always in the form of loaded PS5 bundles, so the price is higher, but it's easy to snag the console that way. We're also overdue for a PS5 Digital Edition from this store, so we expect that version during one of these restock cycles.

Important: Antonline sells out of PS5 in three minutes, but when PS5 is on sale at this retailer, there are no waves or in-stock/out-of-stock funny business with the add-to-cart button. And this American retailer ships fast. Basically, it's the opposite of a Walmart PS5 restock.

Here's what our Antonline restock alerts look like:

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GameStop PS5 bundle restock date

The next GameStop PS5 restock date is likely to be late this week or early the week after. We usually have a one-week to one-and-a-half-week wait for a GameStop PS5 drop consisting of bundles. The Xbox Series X restock alerts Matt Swider offers have detected that GameStop will have the rival console today, April 21, but no word on PS5 console just yet. The last PS5 restock date was April 14, with a 45-minute wave of new Sony PS5 Disc and Digital Edition bundle stock (a lot of people got it, so this is where to buy PS5 if you want to get it easily).

GameStop made this restock easier than it was before; two weeks ago, most people who tried were met with error messages when clicking the add to cart button.

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Amazon PS5 restock

When will Amazon restock PS5? That's the $499 question right now, and it's one we don't have an answer to just yet. Unsubstantiated rumors claim we'll see the console in the next few days (TechRadar hasn't been able to confirm that hearsay), while other theories suggest the Amazon PS5 restock will coincide with Amazon Prime Day (but that's expected to be more than two months away).

Amazon is the most tight-lipped of the US stores, so we're in wait-and-see mode.

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Costco PS5 restock date

  • Next restock date: Happens randomly on weekdays
  • Last restock date: April 20, and March 9 before that
  • Wait time: Online orders, average one week for shipping  
  • Follow our Twitter tracker to get alerts

The Costco PS5 restock was overdue and we got one that quickly went out of stock on April 20, even though the retailer only offers the new console to its members. That really tells you how strong demand is for PS5. It often has reasonably priced PS5 bundles, so it's no wonder it sells out in four minutes, according to our PS5 restock tracker. The good news is that Costco is overdue for a Sony console restock.

Here's what our Costco PS5 restock alert looked like last time (April 20):

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Sam's Club PS5 restock

  • Possible restock date: Happens randomly on weekdays (any time)
  • Last restock date: Tuesday, March 23 at 1am EDT
  • Wait time: Online orders, average one week shipping
  • Follow our Twitter tracker to get alerts

Sam's Club is overdue for a PS5 restock – the last time was a surprise at 1am EDT on March 23. That off-putting time made it stay in stock way longer than normal: a whole four minutes. That's a lifetime in the console restock world. 

Sam's Club, unlike Best Buy and Walmart, doesn't do frequent restocks or stick to a time schedule. So it's important to follow our PS5 restock tracker for this store. While you don't have to be a member of Sam's Club to buy PS5, you will get charged a fee or need to use a temporary membership to purchase the Sony console.

Here's what our Sam's Club PS5 restock alert looked like last time (March 23):

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TechRadar will continue to report on PS5 restock information as the news breaks. We'll update this page with the most relevant data regarding Sony's console and when it's back in stock. Time is always a factor, so knowing when PS5 will be in stock at Best Buy and other retailers give you a better chance to buy it in April, rather than having to wait until the summer of 2021 – or even later this year.

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