PS5 before Black Friday? Check for restocks at Walmart, Amazon, GameStop and Target – CNET

Sony’s PlayStation 5 officially dropped in the US on Nov. 12, but thanks to presales and huge anticipation among the nation’s gamers, it sold out immediately. Along with the new Xbox and the not as new (but just as excellent) Nintendo Switch, game consoles are must-have gifts for the holiday season that will be among the hardest to get your hands on. The PS5 has two versions: a $400 digital-only version and a $500 model with Blu-ray. If you have good broadband and don’t have a need for optical discs — for Blu-ray movies, used games or old PS4 games — we recommend you go with the $400 one.

But if you haven’t already preordered a console, don’t expect to be able to walk into Best Buy and take one off the shelf. The launch was online-only, and we expect limited inventories through the rest of the year. But there’s at least one place that we know will have inventory, albeit limited. Walmart has been surprisingly transparent about when it’s going to have inventory. For example, we know that Walmart will have an online “availability window” for the sold-out Nintendo Switch Black Friday bundle on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET).  

And just a couple of hours later, the PS5, the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S are scheduled to be available online for purchase as well. Specifically, the next wave of consoles will be for sale online at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. Best Buy and GameStop are also teasing the PS5 and Xbox for Black Friday week, but without the specifics that Walmart is mentioning.

Good luck with Walmart. And if you would like to spin the roulette wheel with any of the other retailers as well, we’ve pulled together a list of retailers that might restock the PS5 throughout the rest of the year.   

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