High demand and supply constraints have made finding a next-gen console difficult so far. Here's when you might be able to get your hands on PS5 or Xbox Series X stock.
It's not unusual for new consoles to be hard to find at launch. An ongoing pandemic has only made matters worse as well.
New consoles have been pretty much selling out since pre-orders went live months ago, and things don't seem like they'll change anytime soon. Nevertheless, here's a guide on when you might be able to find an Xbox Series X or PS5 in the near future.
When Can You Find PS5 and Xbox Series X Stock in the US?
We already know that Walmart will have PS5s and Xbox Series Xs on the week of Black Friday. To be more specific, stock will be going live on November 25 at 7 PM ET. These, of course, will be made available in an online-only capacity.
On November 27, Best Buy will have both Sony's and Microsoft's consoles available according to their Black Friday ad. These are online-only as well.
GameStop will also have some available, but those will only be available in-store starting at 7 AM. They also revealed that their stores would have a minimum of two PS5s and Xbox Series X consoles.
Curacao is also offering a "daily" chance to buy a PS5, but there's a catch. Not only is the price far more than you'd want to pay for a PlayStation, but you'll also get a range of accessories that you don't need.
However, if you're desperate to get hold of a next-gen console and you could use a new gaming chair, we suppose it's not the worst way to spend your money. Bear in mind, however, that in a few months, the PS5 will be readily available, and you might regret being so quick to pull the trigger on this one.
What about PS5 and Xbox Series X Stock in the UK?
Both new consoles are officially out in the UK, and it looks like the PS5's recent UK launch was worse than its US one. That doesn't bode well for the future, and stock information for the UK is currently harder to come by.
Curry's PC World doesn't have any specific information on when they'll have more PS5 stock after a disastrous launch. Yesterday, the retailer canceled its PS5 launch at the last minute, after some fans found a way to access the consoles early.
GAME also doesn't have much more information, but it's worth noting that yesterday's online sales were all due to be released on December 10. The retailer also appears only to be selling consoles as part of a bundle when it has stock.
All we know for now is that UK retailers will be receiving more stock in the coming weeks, according to VideoGamesChronicle. To be more specific, VGC stated that UK retailers would be getting Xbox Series X consoles on November 21 and November 27.
There was no specific date for PS5s, however.
What's the Outlook Heading Forward?
Microsoft recently stated that their new machines would be hard to find until April 2021.
Sony, on the other hand, hasn't been as specific about the issue. It's probably safe to assume, however, that the PS5 would have a similar outlook.
There were reports that Sony would have to cut production by 4 million units because of issues making their custom system-on-a-chip. However, Sony would later deny those claims.
As far as the here and now, there are some restock times that are scheduled. But a lot of the restocks so far have happened without warning. PlayStation Direct, Microsoft's Store, and Amazon, in particular, seem to strike at random times.
Because of this, we recommend following Wario64 on Twitter and turning on tweet notifications, so you know exactly when the stock goes live.