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PS5 restock: Best Buy PS5 in stock today, GameStop may have it tomorrow

TechRadar 14 July, 2021 - 10:53pm

If you missed the Best Buy PS5 restock today because you're not following our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider, then there's good news coming from GameStop and Sony Direct.

PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider has helped 56,00 people buy a next-gen console in 2021 with his tireless 24/7 tracking, in-stock Twitter alerts and exclusive restock reporting.

The PS5 restock at Best Buy today is unlikely to be the last time we see the console in stock this week, according to our 24/7 PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider, who will send you an alert when PS5 is in stock – if you follow his account and turn on notifications. While Best Buy had the $399 PS5 Digital and $499 PS5 Disc for sale today, July 14, and quickly sold out, hundreds of Matt's Twitter followers were able to finally buy the Sony console. And, Matt will soon tweet out if GameStop is indeed on Thursday and the Sony Direct virtual queue opens up to everyone on Friday.

When? Follow our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider and turn on notifications for live restock news. It's the fastest way to get PS5 restock updates.

Don't buy from other Twitter users – which are all scams. Only buy from the US stores Matt alerts you about. No one will legitimate sell a PS5 for just $550.

Click on this last major restock date (not counting Antonline today) from Friday of last week, when Target had the $499 PS5 Disc and $399 PS5 Digital in stock.

The PS5 restock at Best Buy today was the first major console drop this week. We did also see Antonline restock a PS5 bundle this morning, but that sold out in under two minutes, and it wasn't for everyone given the fact that the price was $800+ (though everything was at face value and MSRP for the game and accessory kit included).

Best Buy had both PS5 Digital and Disc for sale with the PS5 console by itself, but as always, this online order confused some people because they needed to buy it by selecting your local store (there's no shipment option and no, you can't buy PS5 in stores yet). This means not every location has inventory and not all of Matt Swider's followers were able to get the console today.

The good news is that there are at least two more PS5 restock opportunities that are being hinted at by major retailers in the US, with GameStop and Sony Direct leading the charge for the remainder of the week, and Walmart a possibility.

The GameStop restock date is likely tomorrow, July 15, according to emails sent to our PS5 restock expert Matt Swider. The retailer is hyping up its Power Rewards Pro membership, which is now being required if you want 'early access' to ordering the console (how long that access lasts is completely unknown). There may also be an Xbox Series X restock tomorrow also featuring bundles.

Specifically, the retailer mentioned that you'll need a sign-up for its Pro membership ($15 a year) by midnight tonight in order for it to count for the console stock. It didn't specify when this next restock will happen, but it's safe to assume, given that deadline, that we'll see GameStop restock PS5 bundles tomorrow. And if it does happen, we'll be there with a tweet telling you in advance and a PS5 restock live stream.

On Friday, July 16, it'll be exactly one month since the last Sony Direct PS5 restock – well, the last restock everyone was invited to participate in. The Sony Direct virtual queue doesn't always open up to everyone (see: the June 23 restock that was limited to people with that Sony Direct email invite and left everyone else hanging).

While everyone who got the email invite today in advance of the Friday restock at Sony Direct has been asked to click a link in their email (one time use) at 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT, Sony usually opens up a second virtual queue at 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT – if there are leftover consoles. Given the fact we've seen hundreds of people buy a PS5 from this open-to-everyone queue, there's a good chance it'll happen at 5pm EDT.

Here's the Sony Direct PS5 restock Twitter alert to look out for.

The next likely Walmart PS5 restock date is July 15, as we haven't seen major stock from the retailer since June 17. With more people having received their orders from the prior PS5 restock (yes, Walmart takes this long to ship to some customers), we're likely going to finally see another round at 3pm this upcoming Thursday.  

The good news is that Matt Swider often gets advance notice if there's going to be a Walmart PS5 restock, citing a press release that the retailer issues to TechRadar. The official word comes almost three hours in advance of the restock at 12pm EDT.

You may have missed this or have forgotten about it after the overshadowing Best Buy PS5 restock today, but Antonline also had the PlayStation 5 in stock with a mega bundle. It included two games (Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls), along with a 12-month membership to PlayStation Plus, two DualSense controllers and a PlayStation camera. The PS5 price is $829.94, and with sales tax in most US states, you'll pay close to $900.

The good thing about the Antonline PS5 restock is that everything is at face value, so you're not paying a premium for just the console like you would a reseller. The retail site doesn't mess around with the add-to-cart button (meaning once orders open, the checkout process is first-come, first-serve) and Antonline ships the PS5 quickly. It just lasts two minutes in stock, so you'll need our alerts.

🚨🚨🚨PS5 restock! 🐜 ANTonline 🐜 in the US has it right now.♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradar for instant Xbox & PlayStation 5 updatesAll PS5 bundle options https://t.co/rzlZN7Zdm5Pro tip: bundles are higher in $, yes, but they remain in stock longer.July 14, 2021

The Target PS5 restock just happened last Friday, so we don't expect there to be another for a week or two. Target went three weeks without a restock of the PlayStation 5, so it's safe to assume it needs way more than a single week to move inventory through its warehouses and to individual stores. There have been a few Target PS5 Digital restocks on Monday and Tuesday, the theory being it's at stores that got late shipments of the restock last week.

In 2021, the Target PS5 restock date has always been on a Wednesday or Thursday – except for this past week in which is happened on a Friday (maybe because of the 4th of July holiday). It's also usually at 7:40am EDT, but the PS5 Disc went on sale at 7:07am EDT, which is why we always advise checking for our alert during the 7am EDT hour. Again, no PS5 restock date is expected from Target this week.

The true Newegg PS5 restock is part of its Newegg Shuffle, not the individual console product pages where the prices are well beyond MSRP care of third-party resellers. Newegg Shuffle is the retailer's popular products lottery in which is raffles the ability to purchase GPU, CPU and console items daily – often in bundle form.

The PS5 console doesn't always make it into the selection. In fact, we've been seeing it as part of the Newegg Shuffle every other week. We'll send out an alert daily before the two-hour window in which the Newegg Shuffle period is open for new entries (usually the time is from 11am EDT to 1pm EDT).

The next Sam's Club PS5 restock date is likely next month, as we've already seen the Sony console in stock at the Walmart-owned club store in July, specifically the date was July 1. We don't see Sam's Club offer many PS5 bundles week-to-week, but the benefit to this store, as opposed to Costco, for example, is that you don't have to be a member – you can pay a small fee to buy the console and checkout as a guest.

With Sam's Club restock dates being so rare, we don't advise staying up until 1am EDT every night in order to snag the PS5. However, that's been the most popular time from Sam's Club since launch and we'll send out an alert via our Twitter tracker like the one you see below.

Costco doesn't restock PS5 often – maybe once a month – and it's limited to Costco members, which is actually a good thing if you're a paid member. Even then, it sells out of its bundles just as quickly as Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart. This is due to the fact that its bundles are at face value for the games and accessories. You'll have less than three minutes on most Costco PS5 restock dates to get the console.

Our PS5 restock alerts for Costco, like the one below, is a good reason to tracker the PlayStation 5 with us on Twitter. It can crop up at any moment. 

Monday, July 12, could be slow, as are always Monday restock events. But we're still tracking  PS5 24/7 at a dozen retailers in the US. We're working overtime to help out the 750,000 followers of Matt Swider, all trying to buy the PS5. It's actually gotten easier to find PS5 in stock during the summer months (it's still not what we'd consider easy), but we don't expect that to last. By the end of September, every parent will want PS5 for the kid during Christmas, so we suggest trying to get it before Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

We'll continue to update PS5 restock news at more retailers gain inventory of the Sony console. Of the main retailers in the US, GameStop has become the easiest to buy the console from thanks to its bundles that turn off resellers. Even then, it sells out consistently without everyone being able to buy it, accordingly to the vocal followers of PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider. We'll keep checking tonight as well as tomorrow, July 15.

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How to Stop Your Gaming Console From Jacking up Your Energy Bill

Lifehacker 14 July, 2021 - 10:53pm

To be fair to Microsoft and Sony, the Xbox Series X|S and the PS5 are more power efficient when you’re streaming movies or performing less intensive tasks as compared to older consoles. However, it’s best to review your power settings on these consoles to avoid draining your wallet and wasting energy.

Here’s a look at how much power your consoles consume, and what you can do to reduce energy bills.

The Xbox Series X|S ships with Instant On power mode enabled in most regions. This allows the console to let you stream games to your smartphone, and update and install games when the console is in standby mode. However, the Xbox Series X|S consumes 10-13W of energy when it’s in Instant On mode— versus 0.4-0.5W when you enable the Energy Saving power mode.

If you haven’t already purchased the console, and power saving is an important factor, then the Series S has an advantage. Even when you’re playing games, the Series S (74W) draws half as much power as the Series X (153W), according to Microsoft. Of course, no one buys a console solely with power savings in mind, and there are other factors to consider.

No matter which version of Microsoft’s latest gaming consoles you have, a simple tweak in power settings will go a long way toward helping you save money. Go to Settings on your Xbox and navigate to General > Power mode & startup.

Of course, you can go to “Power mode & startup” in Settings and select Full Shutdown to turn off your Xbox completely. Once you’ve done that, you can unplug it to be absolutely sure that it’s not wasting electricity.

On the PlayStation 5, you can reduce the console’s power consumption by opening Settings and heading over to System > Power Saving. Similarly, on the PlayStation 4, these options can be found by going to Settings > Power Save Settings.

Both the PS4 and PS5 have a menu called Set Time Until PS5 (or PS4) Enters Rest Mode. By default, this is set to put your console in rest mode after one hour of inactivity while gaming, and four hours of inactivity when you’re streaming movies. You can reduce the time to lower power consumption.

Both Sony consoles also have an option called Features Available in Rest Mode. Here you can select if you want to allow the console to charge your controllers using the USB ports when you’ve kept the PS5 in rest mode. You can also decide whether you want the console to be able to connect to the internet when it’s in rest mode. If you disable internet access, it won’t be able to download games or updates when not in use.

The PS5 allows you to Set Time Until PlayStation Controllers Turn Off. You can quickly select how long you want to wait before the DualSense controller is turned off. Reducing the time here will prolong your controller’s battery life.

Finally, you can shut down the PS5 by pressing the PS button on the controller once, and selecting Power > Turn Off PS5. The corresponding option on a PS4 can be accessed by pressing and holding the PS button on the controller and then selecting Turn Off PS4. That will initiate a full shut down, unlike Rest Mode, which puts the console in a low-power state that still draws a small amount of electricity.

At $0.13/kWh, that’s about $17/yr. $1.50 per month isn’t exactly what I’d call jacking up my power bill.

PS5 Restock Tracker: Latest Updates For GameStop, Best Buy, Target, And More

GameSpot 14 July, 2021 - 10:53pm

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Get the latest PS5 restock updates and check inventory here.

After a Wednesday afternoon restock at Best Buy, the PS5 and PS5 Digital are once again sold out. It's been a slower period for PS5 restocks, but things are starting to pick back up this week, which also saw a restock at Target on Monday and a PS5 bundle available at Antonline on Wednesday. There's a chance we could see a GameStop restock on Thursday, as there are reports of some people getting emails teasing a Pro member-exclusive restock--if GameStop does have a PS5 drop on Thursday, it'll almost certainly feature bundles, not standalone consoles.

Despite all of the challenges, buying a PS5 in 2021 isn't impossible, but rather a game of persistence and knowing where to look. PS5 restocks at GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and other stores happen most weeks, but you have to be ready at all times. At this point, you're probably familiar with the Twitter culture that has sprung up around PS5 restocks--as frustrating as it can be to click through only to find the console already sold out, this still remains one of the best ways to successfully buy a PS5, especially if you have notifications turned on. Checking the store listings every day is a good idea as well, as you'll sometimes see the PS5 pop up without notice at Walmart or Best Buy. In the meantime, you can check availability at major retailers here, and read on for the latest PS5 updates for specific stores, our best tips for securing a PS5, and more.

We're continuing to update this guide as PS5 units go on sale--you can check out the direct retail listings and last restock info at major retailers below. You'll want to keep in mind whether you're willing to buy a pricey bundle or pay above MSRP for the PS5 itself, as third-party sellers like StockX are options as well. However, we do recommend waiting to buy the PS5 at MSRP (and not hundreds above list price).

PlayStation Direct regularly opens up a queue for shoppers to buy the PS5 (and anything else on the first-party site), but it's often over an hour wait and unclear if the PS5 is even available. Still, it's worth checking PS Direct often, as it's the only store still releasing the PS5 on a somewhat regular basis. However, the queues appear to also be somewhat random.

Note that finding a queue on PS Direct doesn't necessarily mean the PS5 is in stock; it simply indicates high traffic to the store. It never hurts to jump in and wait if you find the queue and you'll be at your computer for a while, but know there's no guarantee it'll be in stock by the time you get through.

GameStop had PS5 bundles in stock on July 1, but the latest restock was exclusive to PowerUp Rewards Pro members. GameStop's restocks nearly always feature bundles nowadays instead of standalone consoles, usually throwing in a game, extra controller, and/or PlayStation Plus with the PS5 itself. The next GameStop PS5 restock may be on July 15 for Pro members, according to reports from people who received an email from GameStop.

Walmart last had the PS5 in stock on June 17; it sold out almost instantly. Oftentimes, Walmart PS5 restocks are announced with a few hours' notice and usually happen at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET, with more stock releasing every 10 minutes over a little less than an hour.

Best Buy's last online PS5 restock was on July 14, and both the PS5 and PS5 Digital were available. Best Buy's restocks usually happen in the latter half of the week (often on Thursday or Friday), but this isn't always the case.

Target's most recent restock was on July 12, though availability varied based on your local store. Though Target didn't have any PS5 availability for months after the console's launch, we've seen several restocks from the retailer recently--usually for in-store pickup only.

Amazon has been the least reliable retailer when it comes to PS5 restocks--we've barely seen the next-gen console in stock there since launch. Amazon PS5 restocks tend to sell out even quicker than other major retailers, which makes securing the console quite a challenge.

Unfortunately, PS5 shortages will likely continue through 2022. According to Bloomberg, Sony recently informed analysts that PS5 demand is outpacing supply. "I don't think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn't be able to catch up with demand," CFO Hiroki Totoki reportedly said during a meeting with analysts.

However, Sony does plan to ramp up PS5 production over the summer and into the second half of 2021, so you may have a better shot at buying one before this holiday season. In an interview with Wired, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said they're working hard to improve the PS5 stock situation. "We see production ramping up over the summer and certainly into the second half of the year, and we would hope to see some sort of return to normality in terms of the balance between supply and demand during that period," Ryan said.

PS5 stock issues have stemmed in part from a global chip shortage, which has reached a "crisis point." The widespread semiconductor shortage has affected console production and graphics cards as well as numerous other industries, including the auto industry.

Being able to buy a PS5 is largely a matter of luck and timing, but there are ways to boost your chances of actually securing Sony's new console.

Follow restock accounts on Twitter and turn on notifications: Accounts like Wario64, Spiel Times, PS5 Restock Alert, and PS5 Stock Alerts will tweet when PlayStation Direct and other stores have PS5 stock, and turning on notifications will ensure you don't miss any news (however, note that accounts like Wario64 tweet about deals and non-PS5 news as well). Of course, we tweet PS5 restock information on our own account, GameSpot Deals, as well.

Follow a Twitch bot tracking console restocks in real time: Twitch user killercam1020 has a 24/7 stream that uses a bot to track restocks for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S at major retailers. The constantly moving wall of text usually shows "Out of Stock" at all stores, but when the bot detects the PS5 being in stock somewhere, you'll be one of the first to know, if you're monitoring the stream. You can also follow Cameron Ritz, who runs the stream, on Twitter for updates.

Don't buy a PS5 from other Twitter users: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. PS5 restock scams are still a thing on Twitter; some of these accounts are even verified and may appear to be affiliated with PlayStation. No one will sell you a PS5 at only a slight markup. Avoid buying from anyone on Twitter that you don't know; stay vigilant and buy from legitimate retail sites.

Update your Sony account: Log into your Sony account and make sure it's up to date with all notification options turned on, as Sony occasionally emails users inviting them to buy the PS5 at PlayStation Direct. Even if you're not selected, a public PlayStation Direct queue usually opens up afterward on these days.

Stay logged in at major retailers and ensure info is up to date: You don't want to get to checkout and have to update your address or payment information--in that time, the PS5 could sell out. Make sure your shipping and billing information is up to date at all major retailers, and stay logged in if possible.

Be ready at exact restock times when announced beforehand: Walmart and GameStop have a history of announcing PS5 restocks ahead of time, anywhere from days beforehand to one hour prior. While this is convenient for hopeful buyers, it also gives scalpers time to prepare as well, so they can be the most frustrating restocks to deal with. That said, plenty of people do still have luck with these pre-announced restocks, so you'll want to be ready at your computer at the set time with payment information on hand.

Don't give up too quickly: Some major retailers like Best Buy release PS5 stock in waves every few minutes. When you get notified that a restock is happening, don't give up as soon as you see that "unavailable" or "out of stock" button; keep refreshing as there's a chance more stock will be available shortly.

Keep an eye on smaller retailers: Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy aren't the only retailers selling the PS5. If you're a Costco member, we've seen the PS5 pop up there, and the Exchange store sometimes has consoles available for members of the military. We've also seen the PS5 at Kohl's, Meijer, Newegg, and more, so don't think that you're limited to the big stores.

Know whether you're willing to buy a bundle: Stores like GameStop and Antonline have been selling the PS5 bundled with an extra controller and other accessories and games for higher prices. While these bundles tend to be priced at the exact value of everything included, some of these bundles have items you may not actually want, so you'll have to determine whether the price is worth it for you. For what it's worth, we suggest waiting to buy the console at MSRP if possible, but if you're willing to buy a pricey bundle, you may have an easier time getting the PS5.

While the Pulse 3D wireless headset was extremely difficult to buy for a few months, stock for Sony's first-party headset has now stabilized at most retailers. However, there are some fantastic third-party PS5 headsets worth considering too. Our personal favorite is the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro wireless headset; other great options include the versatile SteelSeries Arctis 1 and the high-end Astro A50. Any of your existing PS4 headsets should work, too.

Other official PS5 accessories, like the media remote and DualSense charging station, are now much easier to find in stock as well.

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PS5 restock sold out at Best Buy — where to find stock next

Tom's Guide 14 July, 2021 - 10:53pm

Best Buy is having a surprise PS5 restock

Best Buy has PS5 restock right now. The retailer has the standard disc-based PS5 for $499 available as well as the PS5 Digital for $399

A Tuesday PS5 restock is quite rare for Best Buy. The retailer tends to restock on Thursdays or Fridays. However, the restock world has changed and retailers are offering PS5 consoles as they're ready. 

As with most retailers, setting up a Best Buy account ahead of time should be your first priority. You want to make sure that your payment details and address information is pre-saved, in order to shave precious time off your checkout; that could be the difference between securing a PS5 and being left empty-handed. 

It’s also important to note that Best Buy is not currently delivering PS5 consoles — though the order process takes place online, you must opt for in-store pick-up. So, if you don’t have a local Best Buy, or don’t have the ability to get to your local store, then Best Buy may not be the PS5 retailer for you. 

Once you’re able to add to cart, you might see a message telling you the PS5 is no longer in stock. Should that happen, you need to change your location to one that has the system in stock. Randall recommends that if the PS5 is showing as out of stock everywhere, leave the page as it is and open a new one. Repeat the process outlined above until the “add to cart” button appears again, then go back to the original page you had open and try again to choose a location. 

Best Buy, like several other retailers, is releasing its PS5 stock in waves, so hang around even if the site initially reads sold out during a restock window, as another opportunity to get a PS5 may appear. Investing some time into the process could pay off as other people may give up and lose patience.

The retailer will also ask you to enter a supplied code during the purchasing process, and you have the option for this to be sent via text or email. Always opt for text, as it’ll come through almost instantly. Email codes can take a while to come through or get lost in a spam filter, and by the time you’ve recovered it, the console will likely be out of stock again. 

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. That means price checking against multiple retailers and searching 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.

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PS5 restock: Best Buy had it for sale today – GameStop, Sony Direct dates are next

TechRadar 14 July, 2021 - 07:48pm

If you missed the Best Buy PS5 restock today because you're not following our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider, then there's good news coming from GameStop and Sony Direct.

PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider has helped 56,00 people buy a next-gen console in 2021 with his tireless 24/7 tracking, in-stock Twitter alerts and exclusive restock reporting.

The PS5 restock at Best Buy today is unlikely to be the last time we see the console in stock this week, according to our 24/7 PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider, who will send you an alert when PS5 is in stock – if you follow his account and turn on notifications. While Best Buy had the $399 PS5 Digital and $499 PS5 Disc for sale today, July 14, and quickly sold out, hundreds of Matt's Twitter followers were able to finally buy the Sony console. And, Matt will soon tweet out if GameStop is indeed on Thursday and the Sony Direct virtual queue opens up to everyone on Friday.

When? Follow our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider and turn on notifications for live restock news. It's the fastest way to get PS5 restock updates.

Don't buy from other Twitter users – which are all scams. Only buy from the US stores Matt alerts you about. No one will legitimate sell a PS5 for just $550.

Click on this last major restock date (not counting Antonline today) from Friday of last week, when Target had the $499 PS5 Disc and $399 PS5 Digital in stock.

The PS5 restock at Best Buy today was the first major console drop this week. We did also see Antonline restock a PS5 bundle this morning, but that sold out in under two minutes, and it wasn't for everyone given the fact that the price was $800+ (though everything was at face value and MSRP for the game and accessory kit included).

Best Buy had both PS5 Digital and Disc for sale with the PS5 console by itself, but as always, this online order confused some people because they needed to buy it by selecting your local store (there's no shipment option and no, you can't buy PS5 in stores yet). This means not every location has inventory and not all of Matt Swider's followers were able to get the console today.

The good news is that there are at least two more PS5 restock opportunities that are being hinted at by major retailers in the US, with GameStop and Sony Direct leading the charge for the remainder of the week, and Walmart a possibility.

The GameStop restock date is likely tomorrow, July 15, according to emails sent to our PS5 restock expert Matt Swider. The retailer is hyping up its Power Rewards Pro membership, which is now being required if you want 'early access' to ordering the console (how long that access lasts is completely unknown). There may also be an Xbox Series X restock tomorrow also featuring bundles.

Specifically, the retailer mentioned that you'll need a sign-up for its Pro membership ($15 a year) by midnight tonight in order for it to count for the console stock. It didn't specify when this next restock will happen, but it's safe to assume, given that deadline, that we'll see GameStop restock PS5 bundles tomorrow. And if it does happen, we'll be there with a tweet telling you in advance and a PS5 restock live stream.

On Friday, July 16, it'll be exactly one month since the last Sony Direct PS5 restock – well, the last restock everyone was invited to participate in. The Sony Direct virtual queue doesn't always open up to everyone (see: the June 23 restock that was limited to people with that Sony Direct email invite and left everyone else hanging).

While everyone who got the email invite today in advance of the Friday restock at Sony Direct has been asked to click a link in their email (one time use) at 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT, Sony usually opens up a second virtual queue at 5pm EDT / 2pm PDT – if there are leftover consoles. Given the fact we've seen hundreds of people buy a PS5 from this open-to-everyone queue, there's a good chance it'll happen at 5pm EDT.

Here's the Sony Direct PS5 restock Twitter alert to look out for.

The next likely Walmart PS5 restock date is July 15, as we haven't seen major stock from the retailer since June 17. With more people having received their orders from the prior PS5 restock (yes, Walmart takes this long to ship to some customers), we're likely going to finally see another round at 3pm this upcoming Thursday.  

The good news is that Matt Swider often gets advance notice if there's going to be a Walmart PS5 restock, citing a press release that the retailer issues to TechRadar. The official word comes almost three hours in advance of the restock at 12pm EDT.

You may have missed this or have forgotten about it after the overshadowing Best Buy PS5 restock today, but Antonline also had the PlayStation 5 in stock with a mega bundle. It included two games (Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls), along with a 12-month membership to PlayStation Plus, two DualSense controllers and a PlayStation camera. The PS5 price is $829.94, and with sales tax in most US states, you'll pay close to $900.

The good thing about the Antonline PS5 restock is that everything is at face value, so you're not paying a premium for just the console like you would a reseller. The retail site doesn't mess around with the add-to-cart button (meaning once orders open, the checkout process is first-come, first-serve) and Antonline ships the PS5 quickly. It just lasts two minutes in stock, so you'll need our alerts.

🚨🚨🚨PS5 restock! 🐜 ANTonline 🐜 in the US has it right now.♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradar for instant Xbox & PlayStation 5 updatesAll PS5 bundle options https://t.co/rzlZN7Zdm5Pro tip: bundles are higher in $, yes, but they remain in stock longer.July 14, 2021

The Target PS5 restock just happened last Friday, so we don't expect there to be another for a week or two. Target went three weeks without a restock of the PlayStation 5, so it's safe to assume it needs way more than a single week to move inventory through its warehouses and to individual stores. There have been a few Target PS5 Digital restocks on Monday and Tuesday, the theory being it's at stores that got late shipments of the restock last week.

In 2021, the Target PS5 restock date has always been on a Wednesday or Thursday – except for this past week in which is happened on a Friday (maybe because of the 4th of July holiday). It's also usually at 7:40am EDT, but the PS5 Disc went on sale at 7:07am EDT, which is why we always advise checking for our alert during the 7am EDT hour. Again, no PS5 restock date is expected from Target this week.

The true Newegg PS5 restock is part of its Newegg Shuffle, not the individual console product pages where the prices are well beyond MSRP care of third-party resellers. Newegg Shuffle is the retailer's popular products lottery in which is raffles the ability to purchase GPU, CPU and console items daily – often in bundle form.

The PS5 console doesn't always make it into the selection. In fact, we've been seeing it as part of the Newegg Shuffle every other week. We'll send out an alert daily before the two-hour window in which the Newegg Shuffle period is open for new entries (usually the time is from 11am EDT to 1pm EDT).

The next Sam's Club PS5 restock date is likely next month, as we've already seen the Sony console in stock at the Walmart-owned club store in July, specifically the date was July 1. We don't see Sam's Club offer many PS5 bundles week-to-week, but the benefit to this store, as opposed to Costco, for example, is that you don't have to be a member – you can pay a small fee to buy the console and checkout as a guest.

With Sam's Club restock dates being so rare, we don't advise staying up until 1am EDT every night in order to snag the PS5. However, that's been the most popular time from Sam's Club since launch and we'll send out an alert via our Twitter tracker like the one you see below.

Costco doesn't restock PS5 often – maybe once a month – and it's limited to Costco members, which is actually a good thing if you're a paid member. Even then, it sells out of its bundles just as quickly as Best Buy, GameStop and Walmart. This is due to the fact that its bundles are at face value for the games and accessories. You'll have less than three minutes on most Costco PS5 restock dates to get the console.

Our PS5 restock alerts for Costco, like the one below, is a good reason to tracker the PlayStation 5 with us on Twitter. It can crop up at any moment. 

Monday, July 12, could be slow, as are always Monday restock events. But we're still tracking  PS5 24/7 at a dozen retailers in the US. We're working overtime to help out the 750,000 followers of Matt Swider, all trying to buy the PS5. It's actually gotten easier to find PS5 in stock during the summer months (it's still not what we'd consider easy), but we don't expect that to last. By the end of September, every parent will want PS5 for the kid during Christmas, so we suggest trying to get it before Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

We'll continue to update PS5 restock news at more retailers gain inventory of the Sony console. Of the main retailers in the US, GameStop has become the easiest to buy the console from thanks to its bundles that turn off resellers. Even then, it sells out consistently without everyone being able to buy it, accordingly to the vocal followers of PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider. We'll keep checking tonight as well as tomorrow, July 15.

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PS5 consoles coming to Sony Direct July 16 — everything you need to know

Tom's Guide 14 July, 2021 - 04:43pm

PS5 restock returns to Sony Direct on Friday

You'll be able to get the PS5 for $499 via this link or the PS5 Digital for $399 via this link. Today's restock news was first reported by PS5 tracker Wario64.

In order to get exclusive invites from Sony Direct, you'll want to have an active Sony Direct account and make sure you have notifications set to "yes." Creating a Sony Direct account is easy. You can sign up via this link here. Once you've set up an account, you'll want to add your address and billing info. Having this info on file will make things easier should you manage to get a PS5 console in your cart. 

To turn on notifications from Sony Direct, you'll want to sign into your account, click on "My Profile," and then click the "edit" button from your profile page. You'll then be redirected to a new account settings page. From within that page, choose "notifications" from the left column and then make sure you opt-in to receive news and special offers from Sony. 

Keep in mind this trick doesn't guarantee you'll get an invite in time for Thursday's PS5 drop, but it should increase your chances for the next exclusive Sony Direct PS5 restock event. 

Usually after an invite-only PS5 restock, Sony tends to open its virtual queue to the general public. However, that's not always a guarantee. (Last month the retailer completely sold out). If there are extra consoles, a restock for the general public will likely occur minutes after the invite-only event wraps up. (Usually an hour or two after the start of the original drop). Of course, you can bookmark our page and we'll keep you updated on the latest PS5 restock news from Sony Direct and all major U.S. retailers. 

Once you're on the virtual queue, you'll be given an estimated wait time. All wait times vary, and there's a good chance you'll have "more than an hour" wait. If that's the case, don't despair. Your status can rapidly change and you may have a shorter wait time than estimated. (For instance, after waiting 20 minutes on a previous PS5 restock event, our time was cut from "more than an hour" to just 15 minutes). 

Additionally, you may be required to solve a captcha. (A simple challenge/question to ensure you're not a bot). It usually requires that you select a radio box. As a result, you'll want to make sure your browser tab remains prominent, because if it's not you might miss your captcha challenge and you could forfeit your place in line. 

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PS5 restock update for Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Newegg, Walmart, Newegg, and more

Newsweek 13 July, 2021 - 11:43am

Below is a breakdown of the latest PS5 restock information.

On Friday, July 9, you had the opportunity to buy a disc edition PS5 from individual Target stores.

To clarify, the retailer was not shipping the next-gen consoles nationwide. Instead, you had to search by region on their website to check if any nearby stores had supplies and, if they did, then you could physically go in and collect one.

While everywhere did sell out on Friday, consoles are still intermittently popping up in certain locations. Speaking of which, reputable tracker account @GYXdeals has tweeted that you can currently order the PS5's cheaper digital-only model in a few select stores.

Select locations PS5 digital https://t.co/C18bLfTSdM

As we pointed out last week, it is hard to discern how many units are available right now without surveying every individual location. As such, the best thing you can do is periodically revisit the Target website to see if your local stores have the PS5 in stock.

Best Buy is a promising candidate for a PS5 restock this week, as it is approaching a fortnight since they were last selling the console. If they do replenish their inventory soon, it is expected to occur on Thursday. After all, this is when the outlet typically releases new units.

GameStop could also be selling new PS5s this Thursday, as that would mark two weeks since their last restock. For context, GameStop tends to replenish its inventory on a fortnightly basis.

Of course, this is not a hard and fast rule and dependable tracker Matt Swider has reported that new units could be arriving a little earlier on this occasion, potentially around Wednesday, July 14.

Either way, it will definitely be worth keeping an eye on GameStop's social media channels over the coming days.

You can order a PlayStation from Walmart at the time of writing, but it will be at a very steep price.

This is because the merchant allows independent users to trade on its website, giving console resellers a platform to charge as much as they want. For example, you can quite easily find a PS5 at Walmart if you do a little browsing, but it will set you back $955. For context, that is nearly double the recommended manufacture price of $499.

As such, it is probably advisable to wait for the next official Walmart drop so that you can get a fairer price. Industry analysts are forecasting that this might even happen on Thursday, July 15, meaning that you will not have to wait too long.

"Newegg Shuffles" opened for both the disc and digital editions of the PS5 on Friday, July 9, but these are now closed.

In case you are not aware, "shuffles" are basically Newegg's version of lottery draws, which the merchant uses to offload its more in-demand items. As such, you are not guaranteed a PS5 by simply entering one of these, because the system is governed by random chance (as opposed to a first-come-first-served approach).

To be alerted when the next Newegg shuffle is open, follow the likes of @Wario64 and @GYXdeals on Twitter.

Sony's official storefront is long overdue for a PS5 restock, as their virtual queue has not reopened since Thursday, June 24, when it was only accessible to a handful of (pre-selected) customers anyway.

As such, there is a good chance that they will be getting more units in shortly.

Antonline was selling an $800 PS5 bundle last week, which included an extra controller and four games. Since then, they have not restocked with any additional units.

Amazon has not replenished its PS5 inventory since it sold out in June. Occasionally, you will stumble across a few resellers offering the next-gen hardware but, as with Walmart, these are always incredibly overpriced.

For timely updates on the next official Amazon restock, follow @Wario64 and @GYXdeals on Twitter.

You are still unable to purchase either version of the PS5 from Costco.

If the situation changes in the near future, dedicated trackers like @Wario64 and @GYXdeals will broadcast an update to their followers.

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