Even though people are trawling through the after-Christmas sales looking for where to buy PS5 consoles, we’ve heard very little about incoming PS5 stock… until now.
We’ll delve into what’s being reported in more depth below, but here’s the gist: Target is reportedly receiving units into its warehouses around the US this weekend, the first drop is likely to be in the early hours of Monday morning (December 28) and stores will have low numbers of stock in each location – although precisely when remains to be seen and could be subject to . This is the Target page you’ll need to check to find out if it’s live.
While PS5 stock is rare and severely limited, here’s where else to check when it does land:
Let’s get into this story in more depth: Target is tipped to have PS5 restock shipments incoming, with December 27-29 the expected time for the PS5 consoles to land, according to video game site Spiel Times, which is citing ‘Someone of higher designation’ as the source of Target PS5 restock info.
The stock is apparently heading to stores now, but the key thing people are waiting to know is when it’ll actually appear online to buy – nothing is showing on the Target page right now.
Whether the Spiel TImes’ source is accurate or not remains to be seen, but the detail in the report is strong: specific regions are likely to get more than others and Monday is more likely that Sunday. The Midwest is the main location, but others around the country are being tipped as well, so it’ll be something to find out on the day.
What’s tricky, in terms of working out when this will happen, is that Target often puts its PS5 restocks out in the very early hours of the morning – many PS5 stock trackers have woken up to hear that a drop has happened while they slept. So if these rumors are true, then you could need to be awake in the middle of the night to find them – that could be Sunday, Monday or Tuesday morning.
When will it appear?
The only good news is that retailers are offering the stock in waves to stop their sites crashing under heavy loads at certain times – that could also explain why Target is doing drops in the early hours. Spiel Times is suggesting that 3-7AM is the key time for PS5 stock to land, and that’s something we’ve experienced in the past.
Equally, Target has often put stock out later in the week, so it’s not a given that it will happen Sunday-Tuesday, although the Christmas period will often change the schedules of retailers quite dramatically.
This previous Tweet from Spiel Times earlier in December is also worth remembering:
[TARGET INFO]Keep in mind Target is keeping a close watch on Twitter accounts and info floating around social media. So, there could be rescheduling or delays.More Info – https://t.co/wcLOvYVIYN https://t.co/rACRFX5XFODecember 17, 2020
The report is also saying that the PS5 stock drop will be in-store pickup only – no walk-in orders (thankfully, to avoid the Covid-tempting stampedes at the news of a PS5 console) – so you’ll order online and get them in store at a specific time.
We’ve not heard word whether home delivery will be offered in this wave of stock drops. Our advice: make sure you’ve had a ‘dry run’ of how to check out at Target, sign up for any schemes to help make the process smoother / adding your payment details, and hope.
The key thing with these PS5 restock drops is making the checkout process as smooth as possible – you’ll often be able to add to cart, but every second and click after that reduces your chance of actually getting one dramatically
Should you buy a PS5?
The PS5 comes with a revolutionary new DualSense controller, and is capable of 4K gaming at 120fps. It’s also backwards compatible with all the best PS4 games, so you can revisit some classic titles and take your existing library with you.
What’s more, the PS5’s selection of games is already shaping up nicely. Games such as Demon’s Souls and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales are must-haves, and continue Sony’s legacy of creating compelling exclusives you won’t find anywhere else.
Via: Tom’s Guide