Walmart has outlined plans to restock Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, providing another opportunity to secure the two next-generation consoles in the U.S. It comes amid shortages for both gaming flagships, with high demand and limited supply leaving these hard to find almost four months after their initial November launches. The latest shipment is once again available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so you’ll need to check out fast to succeed.
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the first hitting virtual shelves, launching at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT on March 4. The former represents the most-coveted flagship, promising up to 4K resolution and 120 frames-per-second (FPS) gaming, coupled with a high-speed solid-state drive (SSD) for storage. Microsoft also has its more affordable Xbox Series S, which shares various benefits, but scaled down to target 1080p visuals. The Xbox Series X costs $499, while Xbox Series S retails for $299 in the U.S.
Walmart is also set to stock another wave of PlayStation 5 consoles, with both its regular and disc-free digital editions scheduled for 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT online availability. The PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition deliver the same high-performance gaming capabilities, one cutting the disc drive for additional savings. PlayStation 5 retails for $499, while the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition costs $399.
Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 consoles remain hard to find in March 2021, as expected with any new console generation. Current world events have only worsened availability, with social distancing driving interest in gaming as an at-home activity. With ongoing chip shortages impacting both Microsoft and Sony, the companies have warned of tight stock until later this year.
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