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When will PS Plus August games be available?

The new PS Plus games have an August 3 release date and a 11am BST launch time in the UK. August's free games include Tennis World Tour 2 and Plants vs Zombies Battle for Neighborville for PS4, as well as Hunter's Arena Legends for PS5. The August games will be available to download until September 7. FortnitePS Plus August FREE PS4 and PS5 games release time, last chance warning, PlayStation DEALS

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Push Square 03 August, 2021 - 11:20am

Hunter's Arena! Plants vs. Zombies! Tennis World Tour!

Based on the results to our recent poll, there’ll be little interest in this news, but just as a heads up: August 2021’s free PS Plus games are available to download now. The selection has been largely panned by subscribers, despite Hunter’s Arena: Legends being a brand new title and both Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Tennis World Tour 2 attracting reasonable reviews.

In our poll, a whopping 62 per cent of you said the August 2021 PS Plus line-up was a “crap selection”, with a further 71 per cent of you saying you weren’t looking forward to playing any of the titles being offered. Ouch.

The games will be available to download until 7th September, 2021, so you’ve got plenty of time to add them to your library. Will you be giving the trio a try, or are you still irked by the selection? We recommend you check out this month’s PS Now line-up if you’re still irate over the PS Plus offering.

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@ankehuber May as well, right?

@ankehuber hunter and collector syndrome it is called

I bet everyone who was crying last week about the “trash” selection will downloaded or add to library.

Plenty of time to not add them to my account then..

I know PvZ is written off by many as yet an other online only piece of turd. But trust me, it's not ehat you think. I HATE online games, never got the appeal of games like COD, numerous Battle Royale games or anything else like that, but this game is so light hearted and enjoyable when you play in split screen that sets it apart. Fot the record there's a fairly big offline world to go around and complete tasks in co-op.

They should add them to their library. Whether they like the games or not, they paid for them. I add every game to my library every month even if I know I'll never play the game.

@Resurrected-X460 completely agree. I bought it months ago for my kids and we love playing it together via split screen.

BFN is a good game that EA just abused, no more major updates or anything. The game’s only over 1 year old!

I'lll be taking a hard pass on all of these.

I'm sorry, I don't get the whole "add the titles no matter what to your library even if you know you'll never play them" thing. Two commenters above said they do this. Is this a Podcast Beyond thing? Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty would always say this when they hosted the show and I know Colin still says it on Sacred Symbols. It drives me nuts. I'd say this is the definition of digital hoarding.

meh, might give hunters arena a go.

@drk not adding them to avoid cluttering up my library with junk. I know I will never play them even if I do add them.

No thanks. I'd rather keep my game library crap-free. I've got way too many games to play as it is and not enough time so I've become very selective with what I play.

@Jacko11 Not on your nelly.

I’m just gonna sit here and wait on the September announcement

@Gilvin similar to the one here “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”

Very mediocre selection. I might jump into Arena Legends for 5 minutes but other than that, hard pass.

As for Tennis World Tour, well, if it ain't Virtua Tennis or Top Spin (or even Mario Tennis) it ain't worth your time.

@ORO_ERICIUS Or “digital hoarding” maybe. 😅 And I’m completely guilty of it too. I have hundreds of PS Plus games in my library that I’ll never play, such as Laser Disco Defenders, Gunhouse, and Mighty No. 9. I think I have a problem.

Guess they aren’t live in the US yet.

@drk this sounds so dumb tbh mate 😂 just add them and move along

@awp69 yeah we are always significantly behind unfortunately

I cant remember when the last time I actually played, never mind downloaded, a PS+ game on my system. I barely play games online either, just once in a while with a few select friends. Even the reduction in sale prices are non existent anymore. I am on the verge of dropping Plus because it adds no value to me. $70/year rental fee is no longer a good value.

@JB_Whiting if you haven't played them how can you judge them?

Usually add to library even of I don't think I'll play them. I'm absolutely not doing that this month.

Hoping for a much better offering from Sony for next month.

Might try the tennis game.... maybe

I would have been happier if the Tennis game was the PS5 version as well as PS4 version...

I do appreciate there being something for the kids to play. All too often, PSN games are unsuitable.

@SilentS Yeah man, sounds like you have to think about why you even have a subscription at this point. For me, I've played all these games in the last calendar year given away on Plus: WWE Battlegrounds (100%), Wreckfest (Plat), Control UE (Plat), Fall Guys (86%), Concrete Genie (Plat), Destruction AllStars (plat), Maneater (Plat), Bugsnax (Plat). I feel like I've got my money's worth. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

Not happy would be putting a positive spin on it. Shocked at how bad the lineup is would be more accurate

@ViolentEntity Oh my bad I should've clarified that I have played PvZ and Tennis 2.

I'll add these to my library because why not but I know for a fine fact that I'm never, ever, ever going to play a single one of these games so I guess that's why not.

I didn't think it was a brilliant month. But then I didn't think last month was a brilliant month either except for Plague Tale, yet I managed to have some goofy fun with the WWE game with my two sons (9 and 11 years old). I'd never have bought that game in a million years but being subscribed to PS plus meant we at least have it a try - and while I still wouldn't go and buy it or anything it was a bit of fun.

(Plague tale was the stand out game for me last month, but I've been busy finishing off Days Gone and starting Dark Souls, so haven't got round to playing that yet)

We'll probably give the tennis and plants Vs zombies games a go this month - because while there are some fantastic games out there that I'd love to see on PS plus, many of them don't really do couch co-op so any game that does is worth a try, even if it's not one I'd be interested in buying otherwise

No way haha, I bought the PS5 version of Tennis World tour 2 the day before they announced the PS+ games. Even the PS5 doesn't help this game, absolutely boring with no atmosphere, even the crowd seem bored to be there 😴

@Logonogo oh come on, you're "significantly behind" because of time zones - the rationale is reasonable but if you disagree at least you only have to wait a few hours. It's not exactly the situation we had in the 90s when Europe got games months after they released in the US - a few hours is barely "significant" in comparison

I'm going to at least try them.

@danlk1ng its all relative, I wasn't that upset about it though, was just pointing it out

@get2sammyb Hunter's Arena: Legends isn't a 'new' game, as its been ported for PS4/PS5. It isn't great either. Tried a Solo BR & a couple of Tag Battles and I was expecting this to play like Soul Calibur (seeing as almost everything else in the game has been ripped-off from it), but no, the movement is painfully slow and the control scheme is awful.

Lasted 5 mins in BR before being 3rd partied (no thanks, have to deal with that kind of rubbish in Warzone on a daily basis) and bizarrely, the Tag Battles don't do anything, except let the other player win, again due to the slow movement. It's just another game trying to extorte money out of gamers (like Genshin Impact).

@Mergatro1d I play it with my wife and it's a joyful experience.

That tennis game is absolutely bloody awful. I honestly have idea how your reviewer gave it a 7. I don't care how little competition there is in the genre, a terrible game is a terrible game.

Edit: it was you Sammy! You must have been in a really generous mood or dying for a tennis game to play. I feel you on the last one. At this point I'd pay good money for a Top Spin remake.

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PS Plus Games for August 2021 Available to Download on PS5, PS4 Now

Tom's Guide 03 August, 2021 - 11:20am

Hunter's Arena! Plants vs. Zombies! Tennis World Tour!

Based on the results to our recent poll, there’ll be little interest in this news, but just as a heads up: August 2021’s free PS Plus games are available to download now. The selection has been largely panned by subscribers, despite Hunter’s Arena: Legends being a brand new title and both Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville and Tennis World Tour 2 attracting reasonable reviews.

In our poll, a whopping 62 per cent of you said the August 2021 PS Plus line-up was a “crap selection”, with a further 71 per cent of you saying you weren’t looking forward to playing any of the titles being offered. Ouch.

The games will be available to download until 7th September, 2021, so you’ve got plenty of time to add them to your library. Will you be giving the trio a try, or are you still irked by the selection? We recommend you check out this month’s PS Now line-up if you’re still irate over the PS Plus offering.

About Sammy Barker

A true PlayStation veteran, Sammy's covered the world of PS gaming for years, with an enormous Trophy count to prove it. He also likes tennis games way more than you.

Comments (43)

Now, now, don't all rush at once...

@ankehuber May as well, right?

@ankehuber hunter and collector syndrome it is called

I bet everyone who was crying last week about the “trash” selection will downloaded or add to library.

Plenty of time to not add them to my account then..

I know PvZ is written off by many as yet an other online only piece of turd. But trust me, it's not ehat you think. I HATE online games, never got the appeal of games like COD, numerous Battle Royale games or anything else like that, but this game is so light hearted and enjoyable when you play in split screen that sets it apart. Fot the record there's a fairly big offline world to go around and complete tasks in co-op.

They should add them to their library. Whether they like the games or not, they paid for them. I add every game to my library every month even if I know I'll never play the game.

@Resurrected-X460 completely agree. I bought it months ago for my kids and we love playing it together via split screen.

BFN is a good game that EA just abused, no more major updates or anything. The game’s only over 1 year old!

I'lll be taking a hard pass on all of these.

I'm sorry, I don't get the whole "add the titles no matter what to your library even if you know you'll never play them" thing. Two commenters above said they do this. Is this a Podcast Beyond thing? Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty would always say this when they hosted the show and I know Colin still says it on Sacred Symbols. It drives me nuts. I'd say this is the definition of digital hoarding.

meh, might give hunters arena a go.

@drk not adding them to avoid cluttering up my library with junk. I know I will never play them even if I do add them.

No thanks. I'd rather keep my game library crap-free. I've got way too many games to play as it is and not enough time so I've become very selective with what I play.

@Jacko11 Not on your nelly.

I’m just gonna sit here and wait on the September announcement

@Gilvin similar to the one here “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”

Very mediocre selection. I might jump into Arena Legends for 5 minutes but other than that, hard pass.

As for Tennis World Tour, well, if it ain't Virtua Tennis or Top Spin (or even Mario Tennis) it ain't worth your time.

@ORO_ERICIUS Or “digital hoarding” maybe. 😅 And I’m completely guilty of it too. I have hundreds of PS Plus games in my library that I’ll never play, such as Laser Disco Defenders, Gunhouse, and Mighty No. 9. I think I have a problem.

Guess they aren’t live in the US yet.

@drk this sounds so dumb tbh mate 😂 just add them and move along

@awp69 yeah we are always significantly behind unfortunately

I cant remember when the last time I actually played, never mind downloaded, a PS+ game on my system. I barely play games online either, just once in a while with a few select friends. Even the reduction in sale prices are non existent anymore. I am on the verge of dropping Plus because it adds no value to me. $70/year rental fee is no longer a good value.

@JB_Whiting if you haven't played them how can you judge them?

Usually add to library even of I don't think I'll play them. I'm absolutely not doing that this month.

Hoping for a much better offering from Sony for next month.

Might try the tennis game.... maybe

I would have been happier if the Tennis game was the PS5 version as well as PS4 version...

I do appreciate there being something for the kids to play. All too often, PSN games are unsuitable.

@SilentS Yeah man, sounds like you have to think about why you even have a subscription at this point. For me, I've played all these games in the last calendar year given away on Plus: WWE Battlegrounds (100%), Wreckfest (Plat), Control UE (Plat), Fall Guys (86%), Concrete Genie (Plat), Destruction AllStars (plat), Maneater (Plat), Bugsnax (Plat). I feel like I've got my money's worth. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

Not happy would be putting a positive spin on it. Shocked at how bad the lineup is would be more accurate

@ViolentEntity Oh my bad I should've clarified that I have played PvZ and Tennis 2.

I'll add these to my library because why not but I know for a fine fact that I'm never, ever, ever going to play a single one of these games so I guess that's why not.

I didn't think it was a brilliant month. But then I didn't think last month was a brilliant month either except for Plague Tale, yet I managed to have some goofy fun with the WWE game with my two sons (9 and 11 years old). I'd never have bought that game in a million years but being subscribed to PS plus meant we at least have it a try - and while I still wouldn't go and buy it or anything it was a bit of fun.

(Plague tale was the stand out game for me last month, but I've been busy finishing off Days Gone and starting Dark Souls, so haven't got round to playing that yet)

We'll probably give the tennis and plants Vs zombies games a go this month - because while there are some fantastic games out there that I'd love to see on PS plus, many of them don't really do couch co-op so any game that does is worth a try, even if it's not one I'd be interested in buying otherwise

No way haha, I bought the PS5 version of Tennis World tour 2 the day before they announced the PS+ games. Even the PS5 doesn't help this game, absolutely boring with no atmosphere, even the crowd seem bored to be there 😴

@Logonogo oh come on, you're "significantly behind" because of time zones - the rationale is reasonable but if you disagree at least you only have to wait a few hours. It's not exactly the situation we had in the 90s when Europe got games months after they released in the US - a few hours is barely "significant" in comparison

I'm going to at least try them.

@danlk1ng its all relative, I wasn't that upset about it though, was just pointing it out

@get2sammyb Hunter's Arena: Legends isn't a 'new' game, as its been ported for PS4/PS5. It isn't great either. Tried a Solo BR & a couple of Tag Battles and I was expecting this to play like Soul Calibur (seeing as almost everything else in the game has been ripped-off from it), but no, the movement is painfully slow and the control scheme is awful.

Lasted 5 mins in BR before being 3rd partied (no thanks, have to deal with that kind of rubbish in Warzone on a daily basis) and bizarrely, the Tag Battles don't do anything, except let the other player win, again due to the slow movement. It's just another game trying to extorte money out of gamers (like Genshin Impact).

@Mergatro1d I play it with my wife and it's a joyful experience.

That tennis game is absolutely bloody awful. I honestly have idea how your reviewer gave it a 7. I don't care how little competition there is in the genre, a terrible game is a terrible game.

Edit: it was you Sammy! You must have been in a really generous mood or dying for a tennis game to play. I feel you on the last one. At this point I'd pay good money for a Top Spin remake.

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Best PlayStation Keyboard And Mouse 2021: How To Use With PS4 And PS5

GameSpot 03 August, 2021 - 10:35am

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If you want to make the switch to a keyboard and mouse for either PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, here's what you should know.

When it comes to gaming on a PlayStation console, be it a PS4 or PS5, it might not cross your mind to use a keyboard and mouse. However, both consoles support the traditional PC input scheme, which might make some games more comfortable to play or just easier to manage if you're choosing to play on a desk. Better yet, the range of supported keyboards and mice is rather wide, with both the PS4 and PS5 supporting a range of wired, wireless, and Bluetooth peripherals.

Where you might not find the best support is with games, as developers must explicitly allow keyboard and mouse as an input if you want to use them natively (there are tools that let you trick consoles into thinking you're using a controller, but we won't be covering those here). Right now, there aren't any PS5-only titles that support keyboard and mouse input, but many PS4 titles do (and these are playable via backwards compatibility on PS5), including but not limited to:

Connecting your keyboard and mouse to a PlayStation console is straightforward, too. For wired peripherals, you simply plug them into a USB-A on the console. Wireless peripherals that use 2.4GHz dongles are plug-and-play too, with both the PS4 and PS5 recognizing most when the dongle is simply plugged into the console. Bluetooth devices, on the other hand, require you to pair them through the console's setting's menu, and this might be the most hit-or-miss option depending on how good the Bluetooth support is on your respective keyboard or mouse. They're not the best options for gaming, anyway, given Bluetooth's inherent latency compared to both wired and 2.4GHz connections.

There are several caveats you should consider before making the switch to mouse and keyboard on PlayStation. For multiplayer games, like Fortnite or Overwatch, you will automatically be matched against PC players when using a keyboard and mouse, or console players who have opened matchmaking to other PC players. This is to keep things fair online, as using a keyboard and mouse can offer a significant advantage to most controller-based players. Another thing to consider is some game-specific features that might make use of unique aspects of a controller for immersion, especially in single-player titles. Although there are no PS5 games out right now with keyboard and mouse support, using these peripherals in the future will exclude you from features such as the DualSense's adaptive triggers, which can add be very beneficial to specific games.

If you are looking to make a switch in your PlayStation setup, you have loads of options to choose from. Below, we've rounded up some great keyboard-and-mouse bundles that offer great value, as well as separate keyboards and mice that offer great support for all their features without needing to interface with PC software that won't be available on a console (software for controlling RBG and macros, for example). There are also lapboards you can buy that make it much easier to game with a mouse and keyboard from the comfort of your couch, offering the best of both worlds if you're willing to pay the premium.

If you're planning to play with a mouse and keyboard but not give up the comfort of your couch, then you're going to want a lapboard. Razer makes probably the best one out there in the Razer Turret. Don't be put off by the Xbox branding--this wireless keyboard-and-mouse combo works just fine on PlayStation consoles with its 2.4GHz dongle. The price is a little steep at $250, but this is an all-in-one package with a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard, a retractable, magnetic mousepad, and a mouse with a profile very similar to Razer's DeathAdder. It comes with a docking station for charging and very comfortable padding on the bottom for long gaming sessions, making it an ideal fit if a controller just isn't doing it for you anymore.

Another option if you're interested in what Razer has to offer is the company's All-Star Gaming Bundle, which includes a keyboard, mouse, and headset again. This time you get the Razer Ornata V2 RGB, which is a membrane keyboard with some slim clicking elements to replicate the feel of a true mechanical keyboard. The Razer Viper ambidextrous mouse is included along with the excellent Blackshark V2, which is one of the most comfortable headsets around. You'll also get a large Gigantus V2 XXL mousepad, which might be perfect if you're planning to play PlayStation on a desk.

Corsair offers a great combo deal on the K55 keyboard with the Harpoon RGB gaming mouse, both in wired variants. The K55 is a membrane keyboard with three-zone lighting, which makes it a little less robust in the RGB department. But with a detachable wrist rest and media controls, it has everything you need for good, comfortable gaming sessions. The Harpoon mouse is also a great choice, with up to 60 hours of playtime on a charge, six programmable buttons, a lightweight 99g build, and a 6000 DPI sensor for great tracking. At this price, you'll struggle to find a better bundle.

Since pretty much every wired keyboard will work with both PS4 and PS5, you have a large range of great gaming keyboards to choose from. But many of these require PC software to get the best out of them, which makes the HyperX Alloy Origins Core a great compromise. It features lovely mechanical switches, including HyperX's own tactile aqua switches, as well as on-board memory that allows you to flick through programable profiles without needing to be linked to proprietary software. This means you can set up three different lighting or macro profiles on a PC and have those transfer over for your use on PlayStation. At $90, it's also a great price for a solid keyboard, although you will need to be fine with a tenkeyless design.

On the front of great wireless keyboard options, the Logitech G613 ticks many of the boxes. Firstly, it's wireless with two connection options, both 2.4GHz and Bluetooth, which gives you flexibility when it comes to using it for both PlayStation gaming and work. It features Logitech's Romer-G mechanical switches, which are somewhere between a traditional tactile and clicky switch. There's no backlighting to speak of, but you do get a solid (albeit plastic) build that will stand the test of time and a built-in wrist rest for comfort. Two AA batteries are all you'll need to get going--according to Logitech, that should provide around 18 months of use.

The Razer DeathAdder is as timeless as it gets when it comes to gaming mice, with Razer's most popular design having endured for over a decade. This latest version brings several improvements, including a new sensor, faster mechanical switch, eight programmable buttons, and Razer's SpeedFlex cable that will make it feel wireless while offering the response times of being wired. It's as low fuss as a reliable gaming mouse can get, making it a perfect choice for long play sessions on PlayStation.

If you aren't looking to spend close to $100 for just a mouse and don't want any wires, then this budget Corsair wireless gaming mouse might be perfect. It uses a 2.4GHz dongle for strong and seamless wireless connections, weighs just 96g, and works off a single AA battery that is rated to last over 135 hours of playtime. It also features Bluetooth connectivity, so when latency isn't an issue, you could even use the Katar Pro Wireless for work on the go or at your desktop.

The Couchmaster Cycon 2 doesn't come with a keyboard and mouse. Instead, it's an ultra-comfortable docking station, providing a USB hub for your keyboard and mouse and then connecting wirelessly to your PlayStation. It offers a lot of space for you to nestle into on your couch, giving you armrests that are omitted on many other lapboard options. For that, it's priced considerably higher at $180, while still requiring you to provide your own peripherals as well. But it's a great option if comfort is as paramount to your gaming as your choice of input device.

PS5 Bundles Available at GameStop Today for PowerUp Rewards Pro Members

Game Rant 03 August, 2021 - 09:58am

GameStop PowerUp Rewards Pro members will soon have their next shot at buying a PlayStation 5 console bundle for themselves, starting at 10:00am CT today. There will be three PS5 bundles available to purchase. The first costs $769.95 and comes with a PS5 Disc Edition console, a 12-month PlayStation Plus membership, a white DualSense controller, a black DualSense controllerSpider-Man: Miles Morales, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. The second bundle is priced the same and comes with all of the same stuff, except it includes two white DualSense controllers instead of a black one.

The other bundle is a little cheaper, with GameStop selling it for $604.97. It includes a PS5 Digital Edition console, a white DualSense controller, a red DualSense controller, a $50 PlayStation Store gift card, a $20 GameStop gift card, and a 12-month PlayStation Plus membership.

For those who may not be familiar with the differences between the two versions of the PS5, power-wise, they are the same. They play the exact same games at the exact same performance. However, the key difference is that the PS5 Digital Edition does not have a disc drive. This obviously limits one's ability to use physical game discs, but beyond that, it also makes it so users can't play any physical PS4 games they happen to have lying around.

The PS5 is backward compatible with PS4, so nearly all physical PS4 games work with the new console. If someone has a library of PS4 games that mostly consists of digital titles, then it's not nearly as big of a deal, but those who have a sizable collection of PS4 games may want to consider forking over the extra cash for the PS5 Disc Edition so they can get the most out of their next-generation console.

In the meantime, GameStop will almost certainly have more opportunities for PowerUp Rewards Pro members to secure a PS5 for themselves. It's one of the easier ways to get a PS5, so it doesn't hurt for those interested to give it a shot.

GameStop PS5 Restock Dropping Imminently - August 3

Gaming INTEL 03 August, 2021 - 08:55am

If you’re still looking for your next-gen console, look no further than today’s August 3 restock at GameStop. Lately, GameStop is fast becoming one of our favorite retailers to buy a PS5 from.

Sony is already reporting that the PS5 is now the fastest-selling console of all time, with 10 million units shipped! But it’s hard to believe that so many next-gen devices are out there when many gamers are still yet to see one.

We were right on the money with our predictions about this week’s GameStop restock. However, the company is certainly trying to push users to sign up for its membership scheme.

In the the last GameStop restock, only PowerUp Rewards Pro members got a shot at the PS5 supply. Signing up for GameStop’s membership scheme will grant you a far better chance at nabbing a PS5, but it’s not the only option.

After all, if there’s too many consoles to go around, GameStop often opens up the remaining units to all sellers. You’ll still have a shot at buying a PS5 even without paying for the PowerUp membership.

Also, we recently heard that PS5 consoles are also coming to GameStop in-store in August. If this is true, we’d advise gamers to check their local stores!

As one final note, LordOfRestocks on Twitter reports that using Apple Pay at GameStop will lead to the easiest possible checkout of a PS5. Be sure to set it up early for the best results!

Not only that but Walmart also has PS5s for in-store purchases in some areas! Could this be the end of the PS5 stock shortage that Sony promised?

Exclusive: GameStop PS5 restock to take place for tomorrow – when it'll happen - Times News Express

Times News Express 02 August, 2021 - 08:59pm

PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider has helped 63,200 people in the US buy a next-gen console in 2021 with his tireless 24/7 tracking, in-stock Twitter alerts and exclusive restock reporting.

Another GameStop PS5 restock is scheduled for tomorrow, August 2, according to our exclusive sources, and if you’re wondering what time it’ll happen, simply follow our 24/7 PS5 restock tracker Matt Swider, who will send you an alert when it’s in stock – if you follow Matt Swider’s Twitter account and turn on notifications. This confirmed restock – exclusive to GameStop PowerUp Rewards members – comes just seven days after the last GameStop restock for PS5 Disc and PS5 Digital bundles, and we’ll be doing another PS5 restock live stream to help you through the process of buying the Sony console.

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

Don’t buy from other Twitter users – ever. They’re all scams. Only buy from the US stores Matt alerts you about. No one will sell a PS5 for just $550.

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Directions: Click on this image of an example of a GameStop PS5 restock alert from Matt Swider and turn on notifications (that little bell icon) for instant alerts.

Our exclusive news reporting nailed the GameStop PS5 restock last week, and we’re back doing it again having knowledge of the retailer’s PlayStation 5 in-stock dates.

It’s scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, and GameStop rarely delays restock dates once they’re picked. It does cycle through times, however, most recently favoring 11am EDT (if that’s the time picked, an email will go out 90 minutes ahead of time saying ’10am CDT,’ since GameStop is based on the Central Time Zone of the United States). 

Will another time be picked? Only once did GameStop has a true nighttime PS5 restock – at 9:40pm EDT back on February 23, 2021 – and only once did it have a true early morning restock – at 9am EDT back on April 2. Nearly every other restock time in 2021 at GameStop has been at either 11am EDT or 2pm EDT.

Because this information hasn’t been nailed down yet, we’ll send a live alert to our followers when we know the GameStop PS5 restock time.

Yes, the GameStop language in its forthcoming email suggests that only PS5 console bundles will be available to purchase on August 3. This usually means the PS5 Disc and PS5 Digital Editions are going to be in stock.

Here’s why this is a good thing: reseller-controlled bots are always scooping up the standalone PlayStation 5 inventory from stores like Amazon and Walmart, but it’s much harder for the same resellers to profit off of bundles. The games, accessories and gift cards included are intended for gamers.

Yes, GameStop is requiring anyone seeking to buy a PS5 console bundle to have its PowerUp Reward Pro membership, which costs $15 a year (or $20 if you want the print edition of the magazine Game Informer). This membership gives you access to a ‘Welcome certificate’ worth $5, a month reward certificate ($5 per month for a $60 annual value) and a 10% bonus on trade-ins.

Of course, the most important perk right now is “early access” to next-gen consoles, including the PS5. GameStop has been putting up this barrier to entry as another way to prevent resellers from buying and profiting from console purchases.

Important note: While the forthcoming GameStop email suggests that you need to have been a PowerUp Rewards Pro member before 12:59am EDT / 11:59pm CDT / 9:59pm PDT, we’ve confirmed that customers have been able to buy a PS5 console bundle after this time. Obviously, don’t take that chance if you have time to buy it, but if the deadline has passed, you still have a shot.

No, GameStop’s language is less clear, but you’re going to need a PowerUp Rewards membership that costs $15 annually. The August 2 restock suggests that it’s only needed for “early access” but the PS5 console inventory almost always runs out before it ever opens up to the public. Only one time did it open up to everyone when a glitch happened, allowing non-members to check out through Apple Pay. That glitch has since been plugged.

In other words, if you really want to buy a PS5 and don’t mind spending extra on a bundle (in which everything is at face value), then the $15 is a decent offer.

No, there’s no in-store GameStop restock, with all orders taking place online and all of the consoles bundles bought tomorrow scheduled to ship to customers.

You won’t have to wait long. GameStop often delivers PS5 orders in 3-5 days, according to our analysis. That’s faster than StockX or eBay, which have next-gen consoles costing more than $800 without games, taking up to several weeks to get to you.

We’re hours from the GameStop PS5 restock, and that means we’ll have more helpful tips happening on Twitter and YouTube. If you’re eager to buy the console, you’ll want to stay tuned for those updates that walk you through the process of buying the system as quickly as possible. We’re also tracking a potential Best Buy PS5 restock for later this week.

With over 60,000 people having gotten a next-gen console through our Twitter alerts, it’s only a matter of time before everyone has it. Of course, come October, it’s going to be much harder to buy a PS5, so you should make your best effort today.

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