Walmart will be offering PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles for sale online this Thursday, November 19.
You’ll be able to purchase the consoles through the following links from 3pm ET/12 PT “while supplies last.”
- PlayStation 5 console – $499
- PlayStation 5 Digital Edition console – $399
- Xbox Series X console – $499
- Xbox Series S console – $299
UPDATE: The retailer will also be selling limited quantities of the new consoles beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT on November 25.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: A flyer advertising its Black Friday deals confirms that Walmart stores will be closed on Thanksgiving (November 26), with more offers available online and in stores on Black Friday (November 27).
GameStop’s Black Friday advert recently confirmed it will have limited PS5 and Xbox Series X/S stock available in-stores only on November 27.
Amazon will be taking new PS5 orders in Europe tomorrow, as will Game and Currys in the UK.
According to an internal email from a major retailer forwarded to VGC, UK retailers expect to receive further PS5 stock from Sony next week.
Xbox Series X stock is also expected to be made available to purchase online at UK retailers on November 21 and November 27, followed by Xbox Series S stock on November 30.
Some UK pre-order customers faced potential disappointment on release day, with retailer Game contacting those who had ordered a PS5 to warn them that their consoles might not arrive on release day as planned.
In an email sent to customers on Wednesday, Game had claimed that some PS5 pre-order customers might not receive their console on Thursday because delivery firm Yodel had informed it of last-minute capacity issues.
However, in a statement issued to VGC, Yodel disputed the suggestion it had informed Game of logistical issues at the last minute and claimed that it had been “consistently clear” with the retailer on its order volumes.
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A spokesperson for the company said it was “deeply disappointing” that its name had been “incorrectly used” in an email sent to Game customers and insisted there were no delays within its network.
Another retailer, Argos, also contacted some customers previously promised release day delivery to notify them of shipping delays, e-mails seen by VGC indicate.
Prior to launch, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said PS5 demand “has been very considerable”, with the company taking as many pre-orders in the first 12 hours in the US as it did in the first 12 weeks for PS4.
Ryan said Sony was “working as hard as we ever can” to meet demand before adding, in something of an understatement: “it may well be that not everybody who wants to buy a PS5 on launch day will be able to find one.”
Xbox chief financial officer Tim Stuart has said Microsoft expects Xbox Series X/S supply shortages to continue until April 2021.
Xbox Series X and PS5 scalpers are currently seeking to cash in on heavy demand for the new consoles by selling them at extortionate prices on marketplaces like eBay.