It seems that it’s been close to impossible to find a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series X|S since preorders became available a few months ago (and even then, only for the lucky few who didn’t find a crashed Target or Best Buy website.) Many gamers, friends of mine as well, have been striking out left and right, but have kept some hope alive that units will be available on launch day through retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, and some have even talked of standing in line outside the store the night before opening, a-la so many past midnight releases. Sadly, it looks like even this option has faded into non-existence, as we have heard reports that both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S availability at retailers will be non-existent on day one.
PlayStation 5 Availability
Sony announced today that there will be no PlayStation 5 Availability at retail locations on day one in order to keep gamers, retailers, and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. As many gamers know, hitting the store the day before and standing in line for a midnight release/launch “party” can be an incredibly fun and frustrating experience. This time out though, that’s just not in the cards. Sony has asked its gamer-customers to not plan on camping out or ling up at your local retailer and to “Be safe, stay home, and place your order online.” This will not affect those who have pre-ordered for pickup, and those buyers can expect to pick-up or take delivery of their consoles at launch… Just be sure you check with your local retailer where you plan to pick-up on their safety protocols.
Xbox Series X|S Availability – Best Buy
Additionally, Best Buy confirmed that they would not have any retail stock available for the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X|S on day 1, nor to they plan to have any inventory throughout the holiday season to buy in-store. Instead, staff writer Katie Huggins of the Best Buy blog went on to state that the only way to obtain a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S is to order through BestBuy.com.
COVID-19 and stock levels are wreaking havoc on retail availability of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, just like it has affected the Nintendo Switch throughout the year. There are plenty of gamers that have gotten lucky and secured a console order, so its worth it to keep trying. As always, make sure to choose online retailers wisely, and be very cautious of eBay and other social media marketplaces, which come with a risk of buyers getting scammed as it is difficult to vette the reliability and legitimacy of sellers through these platforms.