I still don’t know quite how I managed to get a PS5 pre-order in at WalMart as chaos reigned the other night, but somehow, through sheer luck, I have earned the ability to give two large companies a bunch of money in exchange for a product I want. Many s weren’t so lucky, however, and pre-orders sold out in a matter of moments for both the standard, disc-drive PS5 and the much-rarer all-digital version. It’s led people to wonder when they’ll get another chance to put a pre-order, and we’ve got some information on that front.
This comes to us from Digital Trends, which called Walmart in the aftermath of pre-ordering. The company told them that it will have more pre-orders available on September 22, but that they wouldn’t be available online. To put in that order, you will need to go to a physical store.
If you do decide to go into a physical WalMart to pre-order a PS5, I have some advice:
- Wear a mask
- Wear a mask
- If you do not want to wear a mask, you have no business participating in a society sufficiently complex enough to produce a PS5
The benefit of in-store pre-orders is that there’s no competition from bots, for what should be pretty obvious reasons (they make the cashiers uncomfortable). So if you want one of these, I’d highly recommend placing an order when you can. If not, don’t worry: there isn’t really a compelling reason to get one of these at launch besides the shine of a new console, and you won’t be missing out on any major releases if you wait a few months.
I assume that we’ll get some more of these notifications, restocks and that sort of thing before these consoles release in November. Already, pent-up demand indicates that both Sony and Microsoft will probably be able to sell as many of these things as they can make during the launch window, and I would expect stock to be hard to find throughout the holiday season. We’ll do our best to keep you posted on when you can get one, and where.