Walmart will restock the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 today. The consoles are difficult to find these days, so any heads up for stock increases can help give you the edge to finding a console to purchase.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S hit virtual shelves at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT on March 18. The PS5 drops a half hour later at 3 PM ET / 12 AM PT. The consoles are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to have your browser ready and to start refreshing right as they get back in stock.
All of these consoles represent the next generation of gaming, but they differ in key areas. Make sure to check out our guide on the Xbox Series X vs. Xbox Series S if you need help deciding between the latest Xbox consoles. We also have a spec breakdown of Xbox Series X vs. PlayStation 5.
Xbox Series X
Xbox Series X is Microsoft's new flagship, as its most powerful console with over 12TF GPU performance and a custom SSD. It boasts up to 4K resolution and 120 FPS, full backward compatibility across four generations, and ray-tracing support.
Xbox Series S
Microsoft serves the next-generation for less with its budget-friendly Xbox Series S. The console packs the same high-performance CPU and SSD technology as Xbox Series X, while scaling back the GPU and removing the disc drive.
Sony has debuted its next-generation PlayStation 5, with unprecedented demand across the globe. The new gaming console pushes 4K resolution gaming up to 120 frames-per-second (FPS) delivering the best experiences across a blockbuster exclusive lineup.
Finding a console in stock is still incredibly difficult in March 2021 due to chip shortages and other factors. If you want a new console, you'll need to cross your fingers, hit refresh on your browser repeatedly, and hope that you get lucky.
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it's like an online casino trying to get these. the new consoles are basically loot boxes...
will be nice once they are just on shelves in stores.
Bots will snatch them up
Such a joke of a website. Honest people trying to hope they get through the fifteen security checks and then bam, the item is out of stock. So retardedly frustrating. "This item will be back in stock at 2:40ET" at 2:39. Then less than 1 minute later, "this item was not added to your cart, it is out of stock."
I gave up trying to get one of these. I can't compete with bots. Hopefully they will be fully available soon and the scalpers will get screwed.
Got a Series S! Got lucky. Still trying for RTX 3080. Zero luck on that one. The Series S was available until 20 minutes after when it was supposed to be to be. Still a huge pain for sure
Yes, I don't really understand why they don't put the purchases behind a CAPTCHA wall -- it's not like MS is making extra money from the high demand. Only the scalpers are profiting from the shortages and at the expense of Microsoft's goodwill with customers, who generally blame MS for the problems. Seems like a near trivial solution, unless they have contracts with their resellers that prevent them placing any requirements on the sales. If I were MS, I would say that until there is a regularly available inventory, all Xbox resellers must do at least one of the following: 1) prevent adding Xbox to cart or checking out without going through a manual CAPTCHA (or some other mechanism that MS approves as ensuring no mass purchasing by bots), 2) not sell on their website and only sell in their physical stores.
This also means a bunch of Xbox Series X and S units are just sitting as inventory in a handful of scalper basements. That's bad for MS, because it means that many fewer customers eager to buy new games or GamePass subscriptions. Full Disclosure: I bought my Series X from a scalper, so I confess that I paid more than $499 for mine (paid about $100 premium), but I would like to spare any other customers that fate.
Yes, software and service sales are affected by the fact these consoles are not in the hands of individual consumers, but Microsoft, at this point, is satisfied with sell through rates. Don't get it twisted - sold is sold! The only people who are going to stop this foolishness are the consumers. Don't buy from scalpers, period. That's not going to happen because people in 2021 are impatient by default - everything is currently at our fingertips. They will pay the extra money - I won't.
Because capthas don't stop bots
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