Walmart PS5 Preorders Are Doing Some Weird Things

No, you probably aren't getting a $377 discount on your brand-new PS5.

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PlayStation 5 preorders recently began, and they were a bit of a mess. A new complication has now appeared with the retailer Walmart, one of the first to offer preorders, with users being alerted to wild price drops.

Several GameSpot staff have received emails alerting them to a price drop due to a "competitive price match." These have ranged anywhere from $50 to a whopping $377, the latter of which brought the total price of the all-digital console down to a cool twenty bucks. The error also appears to be applying to accessories and games, as emails went out promising discounts on an extra DualSense controller and the PS5 remake of Demon's Souls.

For obvious reasons, this seems like a mistake, and these prices won't ultimately be honored. As the console doesn't release until November, the retailer has plenty of time to fix the glitch. It is possible that Walmart will end up price-matching another retailer for preorders at some point, but not at these prices. GameSpot has contacted Walmart regarding the error.

This isn't the only hiccup Walmart has suffered regarding PS5 preorders. The chain had previously planned to host in-person preorders at retail stores, but canceled those plans anticipating crowds that would make it difficult to maintain social distancing guidelines.

Meanwhile, Sony has apologized for its messy rollout of PS5 preorders and promised both more stock and more information to come. It also promised it will continue to put consoles on store shelves through the end of the year.

The PS5 releases on November 12. If you're still in the market for one, keep an eye on our PS5 preorder guide, which is being regularly updated as retailers make more units available. Or if you're looking for its competition, check out our Xbox Series X/S preorder guide, as those preorders start tomorrow.

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And this is why I never preorder anything from walmart.

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I used to work with these guys before. Walmart is ran so embarrassingly bad, you would think it is a comedy skit. And its website is coded so poorly. You would think a monkey with a coding book, dipped in coffee made it.

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Hello everyone ! Good news PS5 lovers, Sony will be restocking the pre- orders

For the PS5 tomorrow Friday the 25.

BUT MICROSOFT won't be following suit. 🤬 I guess they don't LOVE their customers as much as SONY does.

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@whitewarriar75: You're a special type of dumb; companies love your money. Get it straight, YOU mean NOTHING to them.

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@blissrevisited: Well hello to you too. I take it as you a special kind of person that has no clue what a grade school word such as funny/ or sarcastic means. I was being like that, as I was being a smart ass as I want a 2nd chance too pre order for the XBOX SERIES S,X.

I know game companies could care less of their buyers, so I was just stating a reply meaning that Sony must care a lot about their customers/orders/company to make/establish another pre-order.

But microsoft has other ways of thinking. Again if I made you think otherwise, my mistake or MY BAD. GOOD NIGHT !

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One would assume that, by now, online retailers would have figured this whole "electronic marketplace" thing out.

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Imagine getting a PS5 for $25. I'd sell that thing so quick and keep the profit for when I wanted one lmao.

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Well I'm curious what they are going to do on launch day and for in store pickups(which I believe was an option on the pre order) Even if they try and do the ticket system, people are all going to pile up to get the ticket.

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By law they should have to honor those prices.

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@batman90: I think you're right, in Australia anyway, a retailer must sell their goods for the advertised price. However I think there's an allowance for prices that are clearly advertised at an incorrect amount.

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@batman90: lol there is no law governing that I'm afraid.

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@batman90: By what law exactly?

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I still enjoying Atari here, not interested in today's consoles, will wait for next gen.

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@Crazy_sahara: What percentage of trolls would you say are sociopaths?

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@id0ntkn0w7: %0 I have a freaking Atari for gawds sake.

Plus how would I know.

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Not surprise anything regarding 4k or 8k gaming or playing 4k movies with hdmi 2.1 support and ssd and all that good stuff is great great things for ps5 and the new xbox systems i expect xbox series x to sell way more then the xbox one did and the xbox series s will sell great to but ill be getting ps5 which is what i was able to pre-order and happy that both for pre-orders are selling out great things to come for microsoft and playstation.

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i skipped ps4. imma skip this gen also. my ps3 is doing just fine.

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@gmale: You're living in the past man!

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@5tu88sy: nah they just keep recycling the same games with a small touch of face lift.

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@gmale: You literally just described almost every consumer product in existence. :-P

All joking aside, I would LOVE a Heavenly Sword 4k remaster, or a sequel, or both. It was one of my faves on PS3.

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"The chain had previously planned to host in-person preorders at retail stores, but canceled those plans anticipating crowds that would make it difficult to maintain social distancing guidelines."

So why can’t they just do what they plan to during launch day? Since that’s obviously gonna be totally different and dramatically safer, right? Or….maybe there’s a reason why so many people view Walmart as a ghetto piece of shit and a last resort.

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@tingtong: "maybe there’s a reason why so many people view Walmart as a ghetto piece of shit and a last resort."

This is why I didn't jump on a preorder with Walmart. I think I was on the site in time as I was able to add it to my cart and go to check out but I hesitated because I just don't fully trust Walmart.

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For the love of...

C'mon people. After Microsoft's latest news I hope Sony can do something to get gamers just as excited. Production woes and preorder issues aren't exactly striking the same chords.

Not saying this latest news in any way is Sony's fault by the way.

-WIN US OVER SONY! NINJA APPROVED-

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@videogameninja: I'm excited for the GTX3090 and that's about it

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@videogameninja: This is all I need to be excited:

First Year Lineup:

God of War

Horizon

Demon Souls

Gran Turismo

Ratchet And Clank

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@durantftw: You really believe that God of War Ragnorok will release in 2021? lol They only showed a symbol and date, and a few voices.. They we're goading people into pre ordering, they'll delay it.

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@videogameninja: Microsoft buying Bethesda doesn't exactly get me excited. So now a bunch of games I would have been able to play on any console might be exclusive to Xbox + PC? Instead of me jumping for joy to get a Series X I'm more like "oh great now I really might need to get both consoles now."

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@sparent180: I'm kind of in the same boat...though I would be surprised if major releases in the Fallout or Elder Scrolls series didn't come out for PS as well. I just think they stand to make too much money on both platforms. Maybe that's just me naively trying to will it into existence...

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@videogameninja: I wouldn't pin hopes on MS. They've bought studios in the past, and don't have a good tack record with it. 10th time's the charm, right?

But in all seriousness, I doubt any games Bethesda makes will be Xbox exclusive. The only good thing about this news is that MS may be able to force Sony's hand to accept universal online platform play.

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