Retail giant Walmart sold out its PlayStation 5 pre-orders in record time, and the consoles sold out in just a minute online.
The highly anticipated game console is expected to hit store shelves on November 12, but gamers in the U.S. are struggling to freeze a pre-order after running out of inventory without a clear indication of when they will be available again.
Walmart also announced it would not conduct in-person pre-order transactions, citing coronavirus safety concerns as the reason.
The previously claimed branch business was secured in store on September 22nd, but quickly reversed the decision.
“Walmart has decided not to proceed with the planned pre-order of the store in order to control business traffic and keep our customers safe and socially distant,”
“Customers can still get the console on November 12th when it is released. Sorry for the confusion. “
If gaming fans want to buy the PS5 at Walmart and haven’t been able to pre-order a console online, the only way to get it is by buying it from the store on launch day.
Other US retailers, including GameStop, continue to offer in-store pre-orders.
Australian retailers Harvey Norman, Big W, Target, JB HiFi and EB Games are offering online pre-orders for the PS5.
At the time of writing, EB Games was sold out of its first shipment and Harvey Norman had sold out his pre-orders and was waiting for delivery on November 12th.
The PlayStation 5 console costs A $ 749 and the digital edition costs A $ 599.