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PS5, Xbox Series X restock goes live at Best Buy, Walmart

PS5 DualSense, Xbox Series X Controller
PS5 DualSense, Xbox Series X Controller (Image credit: Windows Central)

Update: Walmart has confirmed it will have stock online starting at 3 p.m. ET. Like other restocks, you'll want to act fast to secure a console. You can find PlayStation 5 (opens in new tab) and Xbox Series X (opens in new tab) listings at Walmart now.

U.S. retailer Best Buy opened orders for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S this Tuesday, with an early restock providing the latest opportunity to purchase the coveted gaming consoles. It looks to be one of the final chances to buy the devices ahead of the holidays, as record demand sees stock shortages worldwide. Orders went live at 9 AM ET / 8 AM CT / 6 AM PT, exclusively online via the Best Buy website.

The restock included both versions of PS5, with the standard console costing $499, while its disc-free Digital Edition console targets a lower $399 RRP. The Xbox Series X also costs $499, with the affordable Xbox Series S delivering next-gen from just $299. Various bundles were also available, including accessories and games. But with short supply across all the latest consoles, you need to check out on the hour for any chance of success.

With high demand, Best Buy may exhibit some issues throughout the order window.

New PS5 and Xbox Series X restocks have hit the market in recent weeks, both through Sony and Microsoft themselves, as well as third-party stores like Walmart and GameStop. But that hasn't made them easier to find, with new consoles notoriously hard to purchase, only amplified by current world events. While the first round of preorders opened back in September, the stock isn't expected to be freely available until midway through 2021, with Xbox CFO Tim Stuart recently stating Xbox shortages are expected through April.

The PS5 is the latest flagship console from Sony, while the Xbox Series X is an equally capable device from Microsoft. They both launch with the promise of 4K resolution gaming, coupled with support for up to 120 frames-per-second (FPS) across select titles. New features like ray tracing and ultra-short loading times also debut, shaping up as compelling devices for the years ahead.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

9 Comments
  • Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for my Xbox series s, that I ordered on November 18th, to ship from the Microsoft store...
  • Don't worry, you're still better off than most. Either Best Buy decided who got them or the bots got them all again. I was on the website at 8:30 AM EST and I consistently refreshed both the PS5 & Xbox Series X pages every few seconds from 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM and not once did I see either even in stock with an option to add to cart. It was consistently "coming soon" for both until both eventually changed to "sold out" at the exact same time.
  • I think that the best way to make it fair and give everyone a chance to get one is to just put them on the store-shelves without announcing availability. That way whoever comes into has an opportunity to get one. I miss the good old days of just going into a store and picking up the product. Nowadays, they are available locked up back in a storage room and the only way that you can buy one is to purchase it online. Stupid
  • Okay good then it wasn't just me. I refreshed for nearly 30 minutes having gotten on the site 10 minutes prior and not once ever saw a nice yellow add to cart button.
  • you ordered one and it never shipped?
  • Yes I received a message that stated that due to high demand I may not receive it until after Christmas. The annoying part is that they charged my card immediately, when they said that it wouldn't be charged until it shipped.
  • Yup. I too tried to get one of these and ne're once saw a yellow button. I'm a bit of a d*ck, though, as I have already scored both a Series X and S. The X I somehow miraculously got from Best Buy the last time Stock Informer posted that they had them (or was it Hot Stock...), and the S I got from GameStop, though I had to get a bunch of crap with it that I didn't want. My brother (who literally works for MS) wasn't even able to get one, so I'm selling him the S. I only got it as a backup in case I couldn't get the X.
  • Got the X from Walmart. Was able to get it in my cart the last time they restocked. Walmart left there listed as out of stock. This time I was able to just refresh the cart until it showed as available. Then I was able to complete the purchase. I hope this helps someone
  • I lucked out twice on both websites