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PS5 And Xbox Series X Won't Be In Best Buy Stores Until 2021

The retailer also wouldn't confirm that consoles will be available online during Black Friday as its ad implies.

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We're just days away from the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but unless you've already preordered the next-gen console of your choice, don't count on being able to purchase it at Best Buy in the near future. In a blog post today, Best Buy confirmed it will not have the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S in retail stores on launch day or during the holidays. Instead, the consoles could be restocked on BestBuy.com, but Best Buy gave no indication of when that might be.

"If you haven’t preordered a new console yet, you still might be able to get your hands on one--but only on BestBuy.com," Best Buy representative Katie Huggins wrote in the blog post. "While our stores won’t have devices for purchase on launch day or throughout the holiday season, keep an eye on BestBuy.com, where they’ll be available for purchase as soon as we have them available."

This statement means it's now unclear whether Best Buy will have the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S available online during Black Friday as previously reported. Best Buy's Black Friday 2020 ad shows both the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S and advertises them as being available online-only in limited quantities, and their inclusion in the ad implies they'll be available during Best Buy's Black Friday sale, which the retailer has still not shared start dates and times for.

However, when GameSpot asked Best Buy specifically about Black Friday availability, the spokesperson only reiterated that consoles would not be available in stores throughout the holiday season and that consoles would be "available on BestBuy.com as we have inventory available."

So here's what we know now: Best Buy's website will probably restock the PS5 and Xbox Series X sometime in the near future, but we won't get any advance notice, and it may or may not occur around Black Friday. Best Buy stores will not have either console in stock until 2021.

People who have already preordered the PS5 or Xbox Series X/S and selected in-store pickup will still be able to do so on launch day when stores open early at 9 AM local time (or at your confirmed appointment time).

Meanwhile, Walmart today announced its launch day restock times for the next-gen consoles next week. The Xbox Series X and Series S will be available on Walmart.com at 12 PM ET on Tuesday, while the PS5 will have four different time slots for hopeful buyers on Thursday: 12 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM, and 9 PM ET.

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