Walmart PS5 Restock Leaves Gamers Angry as Sony Console Sells Out During Black Friday Sales

The PlayStation 5 has sold out at Walmart during the console's restock ahead of Thanksgiving.

Walmart released limited numbers of the PlayStation 5 the night before Thanksgiving but, just as they did on release day, the consoles appeared to sell out immediately.

Walmart said the PS5 and the Xbox Series X consoles would be available on its website at 9 p.m. ET on November 25. They were only available online and would not be in stores on Thanksgiving, when Walmart is closed, nor on Black Friday.

This was gamers' third chance to get their hands on the elusive consoles, following pre-orders in September and the launch day earlier this month. While some were lucky this time, others took to social media to express their frustration at missing out yet again.

Ben on Twitter joked about taking a different route to get hold of a console: "Why [does] everybody keep saying Walmart out of PS5s I got mine in the cart right now"—with an image of a cart containing a gun holster, a ski mask and sneakers.

Why everybody keep saying Walmart out of PS5s I got mine in the cart right now

— Benjamin Tyler Black Lives Matter Stan (@BenTyler777) November 26, 2020

Another Twitter user shared the Spider-Man "Noooo" meme in which the hero tries to touch a clone of his girlfriend Mary-Jane as she turns into steam: "Me Trying To Buy A PS5 At Walmart But Was Sold Out A Second Later..."

Me Trying To Buy A #PS5 At Walmart But Was Sold Out A Second Later...

— Benphire (@Benphire) November 26, 2020

Some claimed they had been able to add the PS5 to their cart, but found that it was sold out before they could check out.

The speed at which the consoles sold out at Walmart has some gamers speculating that they have been bought up by bots mobilized by resellers who will try to sell the PS5 at a profit. Others simply point to the extremely high demand and limited stock.

Gamers had a similar experience at GameStop, which made PS5 bundles costing $854.99 available online on Tuesday. Some Twitter users who tried to buy from GameStop said the console was sold out as soon as it was made available, while others had issues when trying to add it to their cart.

However, unlucky gamers should not lose hope. Walmart told Newsweek on Thursday: "We have seen strong demand from our customers for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and will be restocking the items for additional release of inventory throughout the holidays."

Additionally, on Wednesday, PlayStation posted on Twitter: "We want to thank gamers everywhere for making the PS5 launch our biggest console launch ever.

"Demand for PS5 is unprecedented, so we wanted to confirm that more PS5 inventory will be coming to retailers before the end of the year—please stay in touch with your local retailers."

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Sony's PlayStation 5. The console has sold out at Walmart after being restocked on November 25. Getty/Charly Triballeau