Best Buy announces it will be restocking the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 for Black Friday. Both next-gen consoles will be launching next month, ending a very tedious development period and advertising which was extremely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
A chance like this to get one’s hand on the new consoles is a huge deal, especially since Xbox boss Phil Spencer believes that demand for the new machines will significantly surpass supply for months after their launch.
It’s easy to see why the Xbox head has this opinion. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X were sold out just about anywhere on the internet not long after the preorder times began. The preorders for the PlayStation 5 in specific were chaotic as a number of sellers jumped the gun and offered their preorders earlier than scheduled, resulting in absolute mayhem, crashing website servers, and canceled preorders as Sony was having a hard time keeping up.
On the other hand, Xbox Series X preorders were a bit better but didn’t last that long. As of writing, eBay scalpers are the only way for fans to get their hands on the next-gen consoles.
Luckily, Best Buy revealed its plan to ease the shortage during Black Friday, as pointed out by its online advertisement. Both next-gen consoles, along with the budget-friendly Xbox Series S, are listed notably in the advertisement, implying that Best Buy has plans to restock in mind.
The next-gen consoles are listed as online-only, which is great news for social distancing protocols and will be helpful in avoiding a stampede. Best Buy also mentioned that both consoles will have limited stocks, and since there’s no telling when specifically the items will become available again, there will certainly be a lot of players camping out on their website when the Black Friday deals roll out.
There’s a lot to be hyped about with regards to both next-gen consoles. Sony and Xbox have both guaranteed huge technical enhancements, significant visual overhauls, and a considerable reduction in load times.
Every gamer has a different next-gen console they are looking forward to, and as preorders become more immensely difficult to come by, it is understandable that fans are becoming worried. There are a lot of interesting games releasing alongside the new systems, and no gamer wants to be left out just because they weren’t fortunate enough to click a button before someone else did.
If Phil Spencer is correct, it could take a really long time before everyone who wants an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 can get one. There will always be a big sales rush when a new console generation starts, but with the coronavirus plaguing the world, it’s more difficult than ever to guarantee a seamless supply process.
Best Buy’s Black Friday sale will be a great opportunity for a lot of fans to finally get their hands on an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5.