Update: The PS5 restock today is actually a PS5 GameStop restock in-store event and if you follow our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider – follow and turn on notifications for alerts – you'll know when PS5 is in stock in the US. Matt is not only tracking GameStop, but also Target (potentially this Friday), Walmart and Best Buy. Why get alerts? Because there's a chip shortage; consoles sell out in minutes; Our PS5 restock Twitter tracker sent out alerts for the GameStop and Sony Direct online restock this week, and it won't be the last notifications we send them if we indeed see a Target PS5 restock on Friday.
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PS5 restock news today, Thursday, September 30
The big PS5 restock news today revolves around GameStop having an in-store restock of the PlayStation 5 console. Today, Thursday, September 30 is your day at GameStop, but get there early, according to our time-tested advice. And be prepared to spend more than $499 MSRP as GameStop's in-store restock will force you to buy a bundle, but at least everything is at face value.
We went to go visit our local GameStop and the PS5 Disc bundle will cost $705 with all of the extras included.
Thursday is usually the most active day. Walmart usually restocks on a Thursday, though not every Thursday and it's back-ordered, while Antonline, a little-known retailer with good customer service and fast shipping, has guaranteed weekly restocks of next-gen consoles (so it could be an Xbox Series X restock on some weeks).
Target prefers Friday restocks and it's due this week or next. We'll be tracking it every day in case they switch up the day, but the Target PS5 restock always happening in the morning, pretty much between 7am EDT and 8am EDT. In fact, there's been PS5 stock only at that time (except once) in 2021.
There hasn't been much news at club retailers in the United States. Costo and Sam's Club haven't had been good sources of PS5 stock in several months and may be holding back until Christmas 2021, which makes sense.
That's why PS5 restock opportunities dried up in some cases. We can confirm that some retailers are purposely holding back consoles until closer to the holidays: think early November to meet ongoing demand and tie into early Black Friday deals. So you should find a console soon enough – if you keep up with the PS5 restock news and alerts.
When is the next PS5 restock?
Learn from our GameStop PS5 restock live stream
PS5 restock tutorials on YouTube are the best way to figure out how to checkout at each store in the US, and they're all different. We went through the step-by-step instructions on how to buy a PS5 at GameStop with a YouTube live stream.
You can actually see Matt 'cart' (almost checkout with) a PS5 Digital console bundle (he didn't because he doesn't need another PS5 console).
GameStop PS5 restock today
- First in-store GameStop PS5 restock date for 2021: Thursday, September 30 at opening
- Last online GameStop PS5 restock date: Tuesday, September 28 at 11am EDT
- How to buy PS5 from GameStop: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
The next GameStop PS5 restock happens in stores today, Thursday, September 30, and as long as you are fine with buying the console bundled with a game and waiting in line on Thursday morning (or even sooner), you'll have a chance to buy the console after spending $705, according to our local GameStop in NYC.
However, Tuesday demonstrated that GameStop isn't giving up on online restocks. It sold four PS5 bundles through its website: two PS5 Disc bundles and two PS5 Digital bundles. Again, these included extras and you needed to be a PowerUp Pro Rewards member ($15 a year), but that cuts down on resellers scooping up the PS5 for MSRP and profiting off of the very console you're trying to buy.
Best Buy PS5 restock: pivot between online and in-store
- Last Best Buy PS5 restock date: Thursday, Septemebr 23 at 7:30am local time
- How to buy PS5 from Best Buy: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
Best Buy had an in-store restock on September 23, 2021 (the first of any major retailer in 2021), after it failed to have the console online for more than a month. It was odd because Best Buy stocked the PlayStation 5 almost weekly before that, so clearly it was changing up its strategy.
This doesn't mean the retailer will continue to have in-store restocks of the PS5 from here on out. It may do what it does with the GPU restocks: alternating between online restocks through its website and in-store restocks on select Thursday mornings. In fact, we saw an Xbox Series X restock on Monday, September 27, so there's some precedent for online console restock dates to continue.
Best Buy restock time online: The date is harder to nail down outside of the fact that it's never in stock during the weekends or evenings. But the official restock time always falls between 9:37am EDT and 5:05am EDT, so destined for working hours in the US Eastern time zone. It's a big window, sure, but one we can easily track on Twitter.
Target PS5 restock: look out for consoles Friday
- Last Target PS5 restock date: Friday, October 1 between 7am and 8am EDT
- Last Target PS5 restock date: Friday, September 10 at 7:37am EDT
- How to buy PS5 from Target: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
The last Target PS5 restock was Friday, September 10 at 7:37am EDT, and if you missed it, you're not alone. It was a small inventory drop, and only a few of our followers got it, as you're buying online, but selecting a local store when making the purchase for a later in-store pickup.
Target usually takes long breaks to build up inventory (although this month seemed like it didn't have enough consoles like it usually does), and we often see it in stock every three weeks. That could mean we see a Target PS5 restock this week or next week – three weeks from the last restock date.
Target PS5 restock time: While Target has shifted its PlayStation 5 restock day of the week previously, the time is consistent: in 2021, it's always been 7am EDT to 8am EDT, with one exception: last week was a little outside that window at 8:14am EDT. Don't pass up PS5 Disc, which is almost always in-stock first for PS5 Digital, which often goes in stock second, as PS5 Digital stock is extremely low.
Sony Direct PS5 restocks happening more often
- Last Sony Direct PS5 restock date: Tuesday, September 28 at 6pm EDT
- How to buy PS5 from Sony Direct: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
Sony PlayStation Direct is changing things up, with a PS5 restock dates happening more often, both with email invites to select (randomly picked PSN users) and wider virtual queues where anyone with a PSN account has a chance to buy the PS5.
It's still difficult to get beyond 'more than an hour wait' time, but as more and more people get their Sony PS5 console of choice (they're both on sale for MSRP through Sony Direct, thankfully), it'll get easier.
We'll continue to send out PS5 restock alerts from Sony Direct since they've been among the most successful. This Sony company must know someone who makes PS5.
Antonline PS5 restock – one next-gen bundle a week
- Last Antonline PS5 restock date: Thursday, September 16 at 10:12am EDT
- How to buy PS5 from Antonline: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
Antonline has been consistent with its PS5 restocks, promising – and mostly fulfilling – a next-gen console restock once per week. We say mostly because sometimes it has the Xbox Series S in there, which isn't as difficult to find in stock compared to the PS5. Anyway, because Antonline had a PS5 Digital bundle last week, there's no guarantee it'll pick a Sony console this time, but it's a next-gen console to be sure.
Keep in mind: Antonline PS5 bundles will look pricey at first, but they're at face value for all of the games and accessories included. While consoles still sell out in about three minutes (or less), the bundles slow down resellers, who can't easily profit off of the extras. So it's a benefit to real gamers who want to play the bundled games.
Walmart PS5 restock dates on Thursdays
- Last Walmart PS5 restock date: Thursday, September 23 at 9pm EDT
- How to buy PS5 from Walmart: Follow PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider
Will the PS5 restock at Walmart this upcoming week? We're always checking with our sources (we usually know a little bit in advance), but we know two things: it favors Thursdays (every Walmart PS5 restock has been on a Thursday except for one in 2021), and we know for a fact that its severely back-ordered PlayStation 5 shipments are making their way to US consumers sooner than the slated October dates (yes, not everyone has seen their 'order processing' status hasten, but a lot of people have).
Walmart takes a long time to ship, and if it continues to offer the console with dates in October like it did in August (a two-month gap), by the time October rolls around, it's going to have to be promising consoles in 2022, and no one wants to see that on Black Friday. It needed to slow down the pace a bit. That's why we giving Walmart a 50/50 shot every Thursday, and we know it's usually at specific times: 12pm EDT, 3pm EDT or 9pm EDT.
Amazon PS5 restock date
The Amazon PS5 restock dates has become easier to predict not because of sources in this case – Amazon seems to have shut down leaks – but because the online retail giant has been stocking new PS5 consoles around the 21st of every month, give or take a few days.
Specifically, we saw PS5 in stock at Amazon on September 21, August 25, July 21, June 23, May 26 and April 21 this year. That's a pretty consistent restock track record, thought here are instances in which PS5 Digital didn't show up alongside PS5 Disc (there's always less PS5 Digital inventory at stores) or got shoehorned in on a different date (like September 2) without PS5 Disc accompanying it.
The Amazon PS5 restock time was fluctuating between late mornings (10:10am EDT to 11:05am EDT with the one-off Amazon Treasure Truck drop happening at 12pm EDT) and late nights (12:03am EDT to 3:18am EDT). But we haven't seen a middle of the night PS5 drop since Amazon Prime Day, so neither we're overdue for one in October or Amazon is sticking to those late morning restocks.
It hasn't gotten any easier to buy the PS5 on Amazon when a restock happens. This is despite the fact that their latest restock date, September 21 at 11:03am EDT, did give Amazon Prime members priority access to buying the Sony console. We'll see if it gets any easier on or around October 21, 2021.
- How to buy PS5 today: Follow our PS5 restock Twitter account