PS5 & Xbox Series X Restock Coming to Target Next Week Reveals Insider - April 2021


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When is the Xbox series X restocking?

Best Buy Xbox Series X restock April 16 at 12pm EDT / 11am CDT / 10am MDT / 9am PDT is when to look for the console. We've seen Best Buy restock as late as 3:15pm EDT, but it's usually earlier with the three-hour time frame. TechRadarXbox Series X restock: GameStop, Best Buy and Walmart – when to buy it

Why are ps5 sold out?

Update: April 14th, 2021 3:04PM ET: Bundles for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are now sold out at GameStop. Due to the global electronic component shortage, it has been extremely difficult to buy any next-gen hardware. The VergePS5 and Xbox Series X bundles are in stock at GameStop [UPDATE: Sold Out]

Top 10 Video Game Releases In Spring 2021

Attack of the Fanboy 17 April, 2021 - 07:10pm

2020 almost felt like there was a big new game coming out every single week, but early 2021 has definitely slowed things down a bit. Whether this is due to COVID delays or just game release schedules in general, the first few months of the year were definitely pretty lackluster. Spring is now here though and with it come a number of new game releases that will be keeping players busy in the next few months. As a result, we’ve gathered a list of the top 15 video game releases coming in spring 2021. This is not the end all be all list, as games on this list could be delayed, new games could be announced for release in the spring, or we may just have forgotten one of your favorites. For now though, this is our Top 15 Video Game Releases Coming In Spring 2021.

Spring has sprung and with that meant the start of the Major League Baseball season. This of course also means that the latest MLB The Show game is also releasing soon, but there are some special things about this year’s iteration. First of all, this is the first game in the series that will not be exclusive to PlayStation platforms, as it will be branching out to Xbox as well. On top of that, it will be coming to Game Pass on day one as well, which is a major win for Microsoft. MLB The Show 21 is also the first entry in the series on the new current generation consoles, meaning you can experience the game on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. This series is also one of the best visual showpieces out there, so it will be great to see it look better than ever.

NieR Replicant is one of the more interesting games on this list due to its history. Many will think this is a brand new game, but this is actually a remaster of the original NieR game that released. However, the Western version of the game replaced the young boy protagonist with an old man, who is trying to protect his daughter rather than his sister. This new release is based on the original one that came out in Japan, now with additional content to make it even more worthwhile. The original became a cult classic and then NieR Automata really put the series on the map, so this one should definitely have a lot more eyeballs on it than the original had.

Pokemon Snap originally released back on the Nintendo 64 and garnered a major following as a very unique spinoff of the series. You should make almost anything Pokemon related and it be successful then, but there was something more to Pokemon Snap. Fans have been asking for a sequel for years and we are finally getting it with New Pokemon Snap. There is much more to this game than the original and we can’t wait to unlock all the secrets found within upon its release.

This PS5 exclusive may turn out to be one of the most unique games on this list, as it’s an interesting twist on the traditional shmup genre. These shooters are usually old school style, but Returnal is a third-person bullet hell shooter. This is one of those that we hope turns out well, but we’ll really have to actually try it out for ourselves before we can truly judge that.

The Resident Evil franchise has been on fire as of late, even if it cooled down a little bit with Resident Evil 3 last year for some people. Following a couple remakes, Capcom is ready to take the franchise forward yet again with the latest in the mainline franchise. This serves as a direct follow-up to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, with you playing as Ethan once again. This is definitely at the top or near the top of spring game releases for this year at the very least.

Mass Effect was on top of the world a decade ago following the critically acclaimed first two games and the hype for the conclusion to the trilogy being incredibly high. The third game’s ending did cause some issues, but the game itself was still fantastic as a whole. The release of Mass Effect Andromeda in 2017 nearly killed the series though, which has been pretty quiet over the last few years as a result. Not only are we getting a new Mass Effect in the future now though, but also the much asked for remaster as Mass Effect Legendary Edition. While it is not getting an actual current-gen console release, these upgrades have us excited to jump back into the franchise once again.

Famicom Detective Club is a very interesting release for those outside of Japan not only for the game series itself, but just the fact it has Famicom in the title. For those that don’t know, the Famicom was the Japanese name for the Nintendo Entertainment System and it had a series of games known as the Famicom Detective Club. These couple of adventure style games have now been remade for the Nintendo Switch and are releasing outside of Japan for the first time as Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir and Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind. In fact, these remakes are releasing worldwide on the same day, so we’ll have to see how they hold up today overall.

The Nintendo Switch is definitely relying on some remakes and remasters to get through part of 2021, with games like Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury already releasing and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD coming in July. While not on the scale of those games, the remaster of the 3DS game Miitopia is still an exciting one. Miitopia originally released back in 2017 for the 3DS and is an RPG that utilizes your various Miis as you play through it. The game may not have garnered the highest reviews, but this one is coming with some additional features and likely will find new life on the Nintendo Switch.

Biomutant had to be on this list for the fact that it seems to actually be coming out finally. First revealed back in 2017, people were intrigued by this unique action role-playing game in an open world setting where you play as a customizable animal that can be upgraded with tech as you play through the game and face off against mutated creatures. This game has felt like it’s been pushed back again and again to the point that some thought it might be canceled, so we are glad to see that is is finally releasing very soon.

While fans have been anxiously awaiting the release or even just more info about Shin Megami Tensei V, Atlus surprised us with the announcement of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster during the Nintendo Direct Mini Partners’ Showcase last year. Coming to PS4 and PC as well, this fan favorite in the series is coming with a new difficulty to make it more approachable than before for newcomers. This also serves well as an introduction to the franchise for people that have never played, but were interested in the Shin Megami Tensei V trailers.

This entry on the list is sort of a two in one, as it’s the next expansion release for The Elder Scrolls Online with Blackwood, but also the debut of the game on the new generation consoles. On June 1, the Blackwood expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online will hit PC and Stadia. Then on June 8, The Elder Scrolls Online will release for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S along with the Blackwood expansion, which will also release for PS4 and Xbox One on the same day. As one of the biggest MMORPGs in the game, a new expansion is a big deal, so there was no way we couldn’t include it on this list.

This next entry on the list is also a bit of an interesting one, while also being a bit confusing. Final Fantasy VII Remake will be getting its free upgrade to PS5 on this date, as long as it’s not from the PS Plus version, making the game even better. Those who do not own the game already can buy it as a standalone known as Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade on PS5, which includes a new episode titled INTERmission that follows Yuffie. For those that already have the non-PS Plus version of the game, you can instead just pay to get the INTERmission episode after you get the free upgrade. Either way, there will be new Final Fantasy VII Remake content on June 10 and we are very excited.

This game is one of the few games on this list we hesitated on due to some more recent information. Rather than including Ninja Gaiden Black and Ninja Gaiden II alongside Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Team Ninja revealed that the source code for the original two were not available, so this collection has Ninja Gaiden Sigma 1 and 2 instead, which were “upgraded” and really different games in a lot of ways. However, even while not the versions most people wanted, these games are still very enjoyable and it will be fun to be able to play through them again. We also hope this may lead to a new entry in the franchise, which is sounds like is dependent on the success of this collection.

One of the first PS5 exclusives ever show off, if not the very first, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart looks absolutely phenomenal. While the 2016 reimagining was a great game in of itself, fans have been wanting a brand new Ratchet and Clank game for years now and Rift Apart looks like it’s going to deliver. There is little doubt that Insomniac Games is going to take full advantage of the PS5’s capabilities with the dimensional rifts and everything to make this one a real contender for one of the best PS5 games yet.

Arc System Works has truly become one of the best developers in the industry over the last number of years, with the Guilty Gear series playing a large part in that. Seen as one of the best fighting series in the genre, Guilty Gear Strive is the seventh mainline entry in the series, which is the first new game in the series since 2017’s updated Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2. With this being the first release on PS5, we are really excited to see truly how fluid this series will look when it releases in a couple months.

As you can see from the above list of 15 games, there is plenty of gaming in the coming few months after a lull to start the year. The good news is that they are pretty well spread out across the couple months as well outside of the last few on the list coming within a day or two of one another. Are there any major games we forgot or maybe some under the radar games you are excited for? Make sure to let us know in the comments below.

PS5 restock tracker: Best Buy, Walmart and Target – where to find it back in stock

TechRadar 17 April, 2021 - 11:31am

Our PS5 restock Twitter tracker, Matt Swider, knows where to find the Sony console in stock. Follow his account for more.

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.

Our PS5 tracker in the US knows that April 17 will be a quiet one, however, multiple stores across America will open up online-only orders of the PlayStation 5 console.

Specifically, we're tracking a Target PS5 restock date for an unconfirmed Wednesday, April 21, looking out for Walmart stock on Thursday, April 22, and keeping tabs on a possible Best Buy PS5 restock on April 23. Target does have inventory, according to Jake Randall, and it's overdue for a restock. The same can be said about Best Buy.

Walmart, meanwhile, had a restock of the Sony PS5 console – both Disc and Digital, but only in two waves at the usual 3pm EDT time last Thursday. We're also tracking GameStop, Antonline and Sony Direct, the latter of which sent out exclusive email invites so that people could buy PS5 more easily.

The Best Buy PS5 restock date is April 23, according to the latest rumors and based on the retailer's past patterns of having new console stock on a Friday. That can't be confirmed, and anyone who has been keeping track of PS5 will know that Best Buy hasn't released its PS5 inventory in three 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? 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 By restock until Friday, April 23.

🚨🚨🚨PS5 restock! 🏷 BEST BUY 🏷 ♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradarPS5 Disc ($499) it fast!March 26, 2021

The next Walmart PS5 restock date may be April 22 at 3pm EDT, according to the big retailer's unflappable late Thursday restock patterns. It all comes down to how much inventory the store has on hand, and recently it's been pretty 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. It's usually 12 waves over the course of two hours. So we might see another Walmart PS5 restock date on April 22.  

Know that you know where to buy PS5, here's what time we'll actually know: Matt Swider usually gets a press release from the retailer at 12pm EDT, three hours ahead of a PS5 restock. So look for that official announcement on April 22 – if that's the date.

🚨Walmart PS5 & Xbox restock starts in 45 mins 2:30pmXbox Series S ($299) Series X ($499) Digital ($399) Disc ($499) this for help: 18, 2021

The rumored Target PS5 is Wednesday, April 21 or Thursday, April 22, although this has not been confirmed just yet. But there is inventory of the Sony console coming through the Target warehouses, according to sources via Jake Randall. But don't expect to see a Target PS5 drop until our Twitter tracker mentions it. In other words, there's no reason to wake up for the brutal 7:40am EDT / 4:40am PT PS5 drop time at Target unless we tweet about it in advance.

🎯 TARGET 🎯 rumor from @Jake_Randall_YT was right!♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradar PS5 Disc ($499) 31, 2021

The Sony Direct PS5 restock happened twice this past week – and in two different ways: on Tuesday and Thursday with an email invite for select customers, and then later those same days for everyone else in a much harder to get lottery system. 

We will alert you if there's another restock for the general public, April 20, 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.

🚨🚨🚨 And like that, we're back to PS5 restock💿 SONY DIRECT 💿 virtual queue is open right now!♻️RT this + follow @mattswider & @techradarPS5 Disc ($499) Digital ($399) 23, 2021

The next Antonline PS5 restock may be next week. Antonline promises weekly drops of the next-gen console and it already launched a PS5 bundle 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.

Important: Antonline sells out of PS5 in three minutes, but when PS5 in 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.

🚨🚨🚨PS5 restock! 🐜 ANTonline 🐜 in the US has it right now.♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradarAll PS5 bundle options tip: bundles are higher in $, yes, but they remain in stock longer.March 30, 2021

The next GameStop PS5 restock date is likely to be late next week or the week after. We usually have to wait one week to one-and-a-half week wait for a GameStop PS5 drop consisting of bundles. And the last date was April 14, with a 45-minute wave of new Sony PS5 Disc and Digital console 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.

🚨🚨🚨PS5 / Xbox restock! 🛑 GAMESTOP 🛑♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradarPS5 bundle options Series X / Series S bundles 23, 2021

When will Amazon restock PS5? That's the $499 question right now, and one we 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).

We're told that the Amazon Xbox Series X restock may drop sooner than a PS5 restock, even though Amazon had a small round of Microsoft consoles for sale in late March. Amazon is the most tight lipped of the US stores, so we're in wait and see mode.

You didn't miss it. Amazon PS5 restock was scheduled for today 14:00 UTC (10am ET). Could drop any time – it's up to Amazon. Best Buy last Fri was 3hrs late on me. Everyone doubted then too.The good news? Amazon has a 46,000 PS5 inventory–just waiting. I'll ping u. Info is free 18, 2021

The Costco PS5 restock is overdue, and, shockingly it goes quickly, 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.

🚨🚨🚨PS5 restock! 🏬 COSTCO 🏬 in the US has it right now.MEMBERS ONLY♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradar for instant Xbox & PlayStation 5 updatesPS5 Disc bundle tip: bundles are higher in $, yes, but they remain in stock longer.March 9, 2021

TechRadar will continue to report on PS5 restock information as the news breaks. We'll keep this page updated 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.

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.

🚨🚨🚨PS5 restock! 🔷 Sam’s Club 🔷 in the US has it right now.♻️RT this + follow @mattswider + @techradarPS5 bundle options tip: bundles are higher in $, yes, but they remain in stock longer.March 23, 2021

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Xbox Series X restock date: Friday means Best Buy is a strong possibility

Gamesradar 16 April, 2021 - 09:25am

The week is nearly out but another Friday means another potential Xbox Series X restock drop at Best Buy...

What's more, it's been painfully quiet on the Xbox Series X restock front, generally - even for the current state of affairs where we're scratching around a bit anyway.  In fact, where patterns have been forming before, we're at such a dry period now that even those regular patterns and stock drops might be losing their magic or regularity. However, there's always hope to cling to, and every day brings the possibility of another retailer dropping stock - pattern or no pattern.

However, let's try and be positive: as it's a Friday, Best Buy is our latest, strongest candidate for Xbox Series X restock drops. While not a totally foolproof pattern, the retailer giant has regularly had new-gen stock every Friday, and often drops in the afternoon - post 12pm ET, usually. This is where we'd put some hypothetical chips on a hypothetical stock drop today.

And even though the week is nearly done, it's always worth keeping an eye on the likes of Walmart and Target. Both these retailers have previous form in dropping stock at the end of the week. Disappointingly though, Amazon, has been very dry of Xbox Series X restock in the past weeks and months. Of all the stores in the US, you would think Amazon would be barging its way to the front of the queue and hoovering up all the Xbox Series X restocks to sell to us shoppers, but it just hasn't happened. Always worth a look though!

As a last aside, stock could well be improving globally as UK retailer Currys do currently have a live product page. However, this might be only for those who have received a special purchase code as folks on social media are reporting very mixed results in getting through to and past checkout.

It might feel futile sometimes, and certainly an extraordinary amount of effort just to buy a nice thing, but we're here to help. We've herded up a host of the best Xbox Series X and S retailers below, including those above, which will still prove your best bets for checking Xbox Series X restocks.

As is now customary, Fridays mean Best Buy could very well drop an Xbox Series X restock today. This usually happens between 12pm (ish) and 3pm (ish) ET. But be vigilant and ready beforehand and after too. Here are the pertinent links to get you going:

Unfortunately, not all the go-to Xbox Series X restock stores have, or will have, reliable or predictable patterns. This means it's certainly worth trying your luck whenever you have an opportunity to visit the sites - as much as the patterns help we have heard of random success stories at almost every time of day and place imaginable.

Walmart has previous form with going live with Xbox Series X restocks on Thursday afternoons (ET) so watch out for this one tomorrow. The retailer helpfully updates the listings to confirm this too, which is something we wish others would follow suit on. However, there's often a small handful of waves of the stock so all is not lost if the first batch gets hoovered up quickly.

Sign in early: Don't forget to sign in to any accounts beforehand - or just permanently. I often do this when I'm chasing something, particularly at the beginning of each day. You'll then be ready to go if and when an Xbox Series X restock happens.

Get your payment details ready: There certainly have been a few horror stories over the past months of folks having items removed or become unavailable just because they couldn't check out fast enough. It seems very harsh, but it still happens. To avoid a disaster like that, have your payment details on-hand or logged in with the website or your account already.

Use multiple devices: Not necessarily always possible, but we have heard of success stories here - particularly when moving from one to the other. First, by using multiple devices, you boost the odds in your favor by checking websites with multiple devices, but some people have had luck adding an Xbox Series X console into their basket from a retailer's app, the switching to desktop to finish the purchase. We'll take anything.

Know the price: Seems obvious but in the rush, some folks can gloss over this. The Xbox Series X costs $499.99, while Xbox Series S will set you back $299.99. If you see any offers that are more expensive than that for just the console then don't buy them - they're either scalping or scamming you.

Keep refreshing the page: Preparing yourself for a drop? An Xbox Series X restock won't let you add the console to your basket ahead of time, so refresh the page ahead of the drop to grab it as soon as possible.

Bundles sell out slower: They'll set you back a bit more, but that's why Xbox Series X restock bundles are worth considering: fewer people seem to go after the bundles if a solo console is available, so they don't sell out as fast. Our vote goes to any bundle with an extra controller - this will pay itself off in a blink of an eye and ensure you're always playing with a charged pad.

Watch out for Twitter trends: Keeping an eye on trends and stock accounts isn't a bad idea - they're a good early warning system for an Xbox Series X restock.

Here are those retailer links once again. Good luck!

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Xbox Series S is now in stock at Microsoft's store

CNET 16 April, 2021 - 08:52am

The Xbox Series S has returned to Microsoft's online store

The hard-to-get $300 next-gen console appeared on Friday morning and was in stock as of 6:51 a.m. PT (9:51 a.m. ET). In addition to the Series S, the software giant was also offering $10 discounts on its Xbox wireless controllers. The more powerful Xbox Series X is not available.

First released late last year, the Series S is the cheaper of Microsoft's two next-generation Xboxes. While not as powerful as the larger Series X, it is capable of playing all of the console's new video games and shares many of the same features, including faster load times, improved graphics and support for 120 frames-per-second gameplay (if you have a compatible screen). 

Next-gen consoles have been in short supply since last November, so those looking to grab a new Xbox may want to act quickly.

Read more: Where to buy the Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S restock: Xbox Series S stock is available from the Microsoft Store

TechRadar 16 April, 2021 - 03:44am

Xbox Series S stock is now available at the Microsoft Store

Microsoft's cheaper Xbox has been popping up at a few more retailers in recent weeks, but usually with add-ons included. This is a great chance to get the console on its own, then, and save on a new controller in the process. 

The Xbox Series S is the smallest, sleekest Xbox ever, and a whopping 60% smaller than the Xbox Series X. You still get the speed and performance of next-gen, but it's digital only and targets a lower resolution of 1440p in most games. Remember, though, that this is a digital only device - there's no disc drive on this model. 

The cheaper Xbox Series S allows for next-gen gaming at 1440p resolution and up to 120fps thanks to its modern GPU and powerful CPU. It's a great entry level system if you're new to the Xbox ecosystem, and far more powerful than the Xbox One S.

We've cast our verdict on  the Xbox Series S in our Xbox Series S review and we were impressed by Microsoft's cheaper albeit less powerful machine. 

Not in the US? Head to our where to buy Xbox Series S page, or check out the latest deals on accessories and controllers below:

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