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PS5 restock update: rare Walmart restock skip, but Best Buy had it – for 11 minutes

Walmart PS5 restock date
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We were right to say be on the lookout for a PS5 restock at Best Buy today, and we were also the first to report that Walmart wouldn't have PS5 in stock this afternoon. Miss either restock update? Then follow the account of PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider. The short week has produced very little PS5 restock news in the US, so every update counts.

Technically, there was a very small Walmart PS5 Digital restock at about 3:10am this morning, June 3. However, almost no one was able to get it (less than 10 people, according to our estimates). This means that this was a non-scheduled drop; either a mistake by Walmart, or the US retailer wanted to burn off inventory when no one was looking. A majority of people saw the add-to-cart button go live, but either weren't able to add the PS5 to their carts or, in our case when we tested it, couldn't check out.

While Walmart didn't have a PS5 restock at the usual 3pm EDT time today, it's often had inventory launch every other Thursday in 2021, so this was a rare skip – we're now two weeks without a PS5 drop (and next week will make it a three-week gap). The good news is that this means Walmart is building up inventory nationwide.

Walmart PS5 restock date

  • Rumored Walmart PS5 restocked date: Thursday, June 3 at 3pm EDT, though we're not expecting it to happen in the end
  • Last Walmart PS5 restock date and time: Monday, May 20 at 3:26pm EDT

The Walmart PS5 restock date wasn't today, June 3. We did see a few PS5 Digital consoles back in stock overnight at 3:10am (don't worry if you missed it – barely anyone got them).

Walmart usually has the most consoles on hand in the US and we haven't seen Walmart deviate from console restocks on Thursdays in 2021, though it doesn't have the PS5 every Thursday. It skipped today, for example.

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Best Buy PS5 restock date

  • Today's Best Buy PS5 restocked date: Happened this morning at 9:37am EDT
  • Previous Best Buy PS5 restock date and time: Monday, May 24 at 11:49am EDT

Best Buy PS5 restock was today, June 3, as we had suggested it could be earlier this morning. The electronics retailer was also selling RTX 3080 Ti GPU stock in person at stores starting today, but this Best Buy PS5 restock today was online-only and happened in two short waves starting at 9:37am EDT. Many followers of PS5 restock Twitter tracker got it, according to our reporting.

Truthfully, it's gotten harder to nail down when Best Buy will restock PS5 simply because it went from consistently launching orders at midday on Fridays (for seven weeks in a row), to opening up orders on Thursdays afternoons (for two weeks in a row), to having a restock on a Monday morning (we think that was meant for the latter half of the prior week, but Best Buy didn't have shipments in yet). Now we're back to Thursdays – but today was a Thursday afternoon.

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GameStop PS5 restock date

  • Rumored GameStop PS5 restocked date: End of this week or next week
  • Last GameStop PS5 restock date and time: Wednesday, May 26 at 2pm EDT

The GameStop PS5 restock has happened three Wednesdays in a row – until this week. It's a short week and the video game retailer is likely catching up on inventory (we were surprised it went 3-for-3 on Wednesdays without fail before). We're still tracking PS5 restock events here for the remainder of this week, and we know it's almost always at 2pm EDT (online-only not in stores). The good news is that, like Walmart, GameStop usually sends us the news in advance.

GameStop has bundles, and recently, the US retailer has stuck to packing in MLB The Show and Returnal. While many Matt Swider followers complain about being forced to buy games, accessories (like an extra controller) and a gift card, making the PS5 price on average $729, this tactic does deter resellers who scoop up the PS5 console at other stores and resell it for much higher prices.

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Target PS5 restock date

  • Rumored Target PS5 restocked date: Unknown but likely at 7:40am EDT
  • Last Target PS5 restock date and time: Thursday, May 27 at about 7:40am EDT

When is the next Target PS5 restock date? We usually have a good idea, and in 2021, it's always on a Wednesday or Thursday at around 7:40am EDT, according to past restocks. But while our sources at Target stores throughout the United States often tell us how much inventory they have on hand, it's too early to know the approximate date, even if we're confident of the Target restock time by now.

The next Thursday on the calendar is today, June 3, but since the last Target PS5 restock was on Thursday, May 27 at about 7:40am EDT and all of our Twitter replies (mostly from people who missed out) note inventory seemed light – it went fast. In other words, it may be some time before Target is able to have a PS5 restock. We'll let you know soon, but we'd guess Wednesday, June 9 or Thursday, June 10.

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Sony Direct PS5 restock date

  • Rumored Sony Direct PS5 restocked date: Random weekdays at 5pm EDT
  • Last Sony Direct PS5 restock date and time: Thursday, May 20 at 5pm EDT

The Sony Direct PS5 restock was two weeks ago today, and we've known that it was going to be the last one for some time simply because our Twitter replies indicated that many of the lucky PS5 buyers received 'delayed shipment' notices. This usually means that Sony Direct will halt PS5 sales for the foreseeable future. And here were are two weeks later without another PS5 drop from Sony Direct.  

It's nearly time for Sony's official store for the PlayStation brand to sell PS5 consoles again, judging from previous instances in which a shipment delay put the retailer on hiatus. The good news about Sony Direct PS5 restocks are they're usually fairer than other stores thanks to a virtual queue that randomizes who gets to buy the PS5.

There's no indication of a Sony Direct PS5 restock this week (hence why it's at the bottom of the list)

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Amazon PS5 restock date

  • Rumored Amazon PS5 restocked date: Could happen any time due to glitch
  • Last Amazon PS5 restock date and time: Wednesday, May 26 at 10am EDT

The next Amazon PS5 restock is the most controversial of them all simply because it nearly had two restocks in as many days. We saw thousands of people get a PS5 from our restock alert on Wednesday, May 26, yet no one was able to get it the next day when there was a supposed second PS5 restock (the add-to-cart button was turned on for about 30 minutes).

That means one of two things: Amazon does have PS5 inventory and it'll probably have another restock soon after Memorial Day, or it was a wider Amazon.com glitch and the add-to-cart button was never meant to go live (as in they didn't actually have consoles to begin with). We're tracking Amazon just in case it's the former. But we also know Amazon has waited between 15 and 52 days between restocks, so there's no telling when PS5 will be back in stock at Amazon. 

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