After a slow start, last week ended up being fairly active in terms of PS5 restocks. Both Walmart and Best Buy took new orders of Sony’s in-demand console on Thursday (May 6), however, Target sat last week out and now hasn’t dropped any stock since April 28.
Target had been tipped for a restock later this week, however, it would seem that is no longer the case. The red retailer appears to be holding back its next drop of the next-gen PlayStation until next week at the earliest. While we can’t say for certain a drop won’t occur this week, the likelihood of a Target PS5 restock before the weekend has dropped considerably.
PS5 restock at Target (check stock)
PS5: $499 @ Target
Sony’s PS5 is one of the most in-demand products in the world right now. For good reason. Packing the ability to play games in 4K at 60 fps it’s a true next-gen experience. Target isn’t expected to have a PS5 restock until next week. View Deal
PS5 Digital Edition: $399 @ Target
The PS5 Digital edition features the same powerful specs as the regular PS5, just minus the 4K Blu-ray drive. It’s ideal for those who can’t stand disc swapping. Target hasn’t had any stock of the Digital Edition for over a month, but could restock next week. View Deal
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The idea that Target would restock this week stemmed from Jake Randall, a YouTuber and full-time PS5 stock tracker. He released a video on Monday (May 10) where he suggested that the retailer has been building up its allocation of PS5s for over a week now. Randall did however state that he was unsure if a restock would take place this week, or if it would be moved to a later date.
The situation appears to have become a little clearer now, and it’s not good news for anyone still trying to get hold of a PS5. Based on Randall’s latest information we can almost certainly rule out a drop this week as no corporate email has been doing the rounds, which usually happens around 48 hours before a restock.
🎯 Target Update🎯 Looks like no drop this week as I have received no email from corporate and they usually send it 48 hours ahead off time.HOWEVER I did get this email that they will no longer sell any trading cards (including Pokemon) in their stores starting Friday May 14. pic.twitter.com/f3gmRvPRyCMay 12, 2021
When Target does restock it typically does so between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET, so keep an eye on the retailer’s site during those hours next week. The console is likely to sell out in minutes so you’ll need to be fast and have a slice of good fortune on your side as well. Consult the buying advice below for some handy tips that could tip the odds in your favor.
It’s unknown whether the next Target drop will contain any stock of the PS5 Digital Edition. The all-digital model of the PS5 is even harder to get hold of than the standard version right now, with several recent restocks at major retailers solely containing the PS5 Disc Edition.
It’s worth remembering that this is ultimately all just speculation and shouldn’t be taken as official confirmation of a PS5 restock next week. Target could still surprise us with a drop this week (though we wouldn’t bet on it), and it may not take fresh orders of the console next week either. When it comes to PS5 restocks there are frustrating few guarantees.
To make sure you don’t miss out on the stock drop, we’re tracking PS5 restocks not just at Target, but every major retailer. Make sure to bookmark our where to buy a PS5 guide for the latest stock information as we get it.
How to buy a PS5 at Target
Firstly, ensure you have an account set up with your payment and address details stored. This is a vital step if you want to secure a PS5 during a restock. Getting stock in your basket is only half the battle, you don’t want the console to sell out while you’re entering your details. Make sure it’s all pre-saved so you can checkout in seconds.
Target is known for releasing stock in waves, typically going first with the PS5 standard edition and then following it up with a restock of the PS5 Digital edition. So even if you get on the retailer and the PS5 is already sold out, it’s worth sparing the extra time to see if you can catch a second wave.
Jake Randall also suggests using alternative payment methods such as PayPal, Apple Pay, or RedCard if possible. The advantage with these is that they use a separate payment portal which bypasses Target’s own servers which have in the past collapsed under the strain of thousands of people all trying to secure that coveted order confirmation email.
Target also has an app that can be used to try and secure a PS5. A good trick is to try and checkout during a restock on both a desktop and a mobile device. It’s recommended that if you manage to add the PS5 to your cart on one, you switch over to the other to complete checkout. So long as you’re logged in it’ll keep track of the content of your cart.
Finally, at checkout, you can edit your location to select a store that has PS5 in stock if your local is sold out. Occasionally doing this might stop you from progressing further through the checkout process, but if you encounter this issue just clear your browser cookies and give it a second try.