The retailer plans to make fresh PS5, PS5 Digital Edition, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S stock available to purchase “sometime after 8 a.m. Central Time”.
The consoles should be available to purchase through the following Best Buy links when they’re available:
- PlayStation 5 console – $499.99
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console – $399.99
- Xbox Series X console – $499.99
- Xbox Series S console – $299.99
UPDATE 15/12/20: Walmart will also be selling more PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles on December 15. The retailer will have limited quantities of the new systems available to purchase online today beginning at 3pm ET/12pm PT.
You’ll be able to buy the consoles through the following Walmart links while supplies last:
- PlayStation 5 console – $499
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console – $399
- Xbox Series X console – $499
- Xbox Series S console – $299
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: In a statement published last month, Sony suggested PS5 had enjoyed the biggest console launch in history after beating PS4’s record.
PlayStation 5 at retail
In a statement published last month, Sony suggested PS5 had enjoyed the biggest console launch in history after beating PS4’s record.
“We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever,” it said. “Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year – please stay in touch with your local retailers.”
Xbox Series X/S also broke Microsoft’s own 24-hour launch record of over one million sales, according to the platform holder.
As with PS5, demand for Microsoft’s console is expected to outstrip supply for the foreseeable future, with Xbox head Phil Spencer recently suggesting Xbox Series X/S shortages will continue into spring 2021.
“The biggest disappointment for me in this launch — but I’m also happy with it — is people love the product,” Spencer told The Verge. “The demand is high, such that when you’re going to see product hit the shelf, it goes very quickly. If you want one, I sound like a salesman now, but I’d recommend picking one up when you see it.”
It’s been claimed that PS5 and Xbox Series X/S shortages are being partly driven by scalper groups using software to automatically buy consoles as they come in stock.
One such group, CrepChiefNotify, claims to have obtained over 5,000 next-gen consoles to resell for profit over the past month.
Xbox Series X/S at retail
- Buy Xbox Series X at Walmart (US)
- Buy Xbox Series S at Walmart (US)
- Buy Xbox Series X/S at Best Buy (US)
In a statement issued in November, it defended its actions and claimed that many of its members who were struggling financially could now “put food on the table” thanks to profits made from flipping consoles.
UK retailers including Argos and Smyths have said they now don’t expect to receive any more PS5 stock until 2021, although they’re hopefully of getting more Xbox Series X/S consoles this month.