The PS5 pre-order situation has so far been a bit of a mess, and Walmart’s fresh batch of consoles at 6PM PT / 9PM ET on Thursday night did nothing to change that. They were gone in about a minute.
I was able to get a Digital Edition in my cart, but I didn’t pull the trigger because I already secured a preorder yesterday. My editor said the Digital Editions were showing as out of stock for him about 10 seconds later, though, so who knows if I would have actually been able to make the purchase. And shortly after, a few of us at The Verge were seeing that preorders were no longer available.
And we weren’t the only ones:
SO… @Walmart opened pre-orders for #PS5 at 6:00pm PT this evening.
Me and friends were waiting with accounts all set up.
At 6:00 we all added to cart, had to refresh a few times, I got to the Confirm Delivery Address stage.
Errored out, “Out of Stock.” Two minutes.
— Rus McLaughlin (@rusmclaughlin) September 18, 2020
The new Walmart PS5 pre-orders went live at 6:00pm PT. The digital edition was completely sold out within 10 seconds. You just can’t compete with scalpers and their bots.
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) September 18, 2020
Mark the time. PS5 pre-orders at Walmart were sold out in under *2 minutes* (no I wasn’t 2 minutes late. That’s how long it took to TRY to check out). pic.twitter.com/vdIvsXosCw
— Matt Swider (@mattswider) September 18, 2020
Now, if you navigate to the pages for the $499.99 PS5 that comes with a disc drive or the $399.99 Digital Edition, you’ll see this cheery, though unhelpful, message.
Hopefully, Walmart will stock preorders again sometime before the console’s November 12th release date. If you want a chance to snag one next go-round, be logged in and make sure your payment info and address are up to date in Walmart’s systems, as the seconds spent typing those in once preorders are live could make the difference between you securing your preorder or not. And as we saw tonight, it’s not unusual for a console to be snagged right out of your digital shopping cart.
Here’s our collection of links to other retailers stocking the PS5 — perhaps they’ll do a restock as well. And here’s Microsoft’s full, worldwide guidance on when Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S preorders will begin. Good luck on the hunt.
Update September 17th, 6:22PM ET: We’ve updated this article chronicling tonight’s preorder saga.