Black Friday: Walmart’s PS5 and Xbox Console Drops Are Live

UPDATE November 22 4:38 ET: The first batch of consoles has sold out.
Walmart+ members can get access to PS5 and Xbox consoles right now as part of Walmart's Black Friday kick-off. If you haven't yet signed up, Walmart+ membership is $12.95 a month and gets you access to Walmart's deals earlier than everyone else, including on its Black Friday PS5 and Xbox console drops. Having that membership will help you enormously, and here's everything you need to know to maximize your chances to get a PS5 or Xbox at Walmart today.

Stock Up on Black Friday Game Deals

If you're lucky enough to have picked up a console, you're going to need some games to go with it. Here are the best Black Friday deals on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X games so far.

Black Friday PS5 Game Deals

Black Friday Xbox Game Deals

How to Get a PS5 or Xbox at Walmart for Black Friday

The PS5 and Xbox drops began at 4PM ET today (Monday, November 22). To gain access to them, paid Walmart+ members get a jumpstart, not only on the consoles but on ALL the Black Friday deals. In other words, if you want to increase your chances, you need to sign up for a month of Walmart+ membership.

Full membership is $12.95, and you can't get early access to Walmart's Black Friday deals with a trial membership. In other words, if you want to increase your chances of getting a PS5 this Black Friday, you need to sign up.Note: you don't get early access with a trial membership. If you want to get your hands on a PS5 or Xbox when they go live on Walmart's website, you pretty much need to have a Walmart+ membership.

When to Get a PS5 and Xbox at Walmart for Black Friday

The PS5 and Xbox console drops begin at 4 PM ET today for Walmart+ members and will ONLY be available online.

Even if you don't sign up for Walmart+ membership, I definitely recommend creating a Walmart account ahead of Black Friday if you want to save a bit of time. When you sign up for an account you enter in all your relevant info: shipping and billing address, credit card info, and name. When the consoles DO become available, the few seconds you save by not having to re-enter in all your info could mean the difference between bringing home a PS5 or getting a dreaded "sorry, this item is no longer available" message.

…if you want to increase your chances of getting a PS5 this Black Friday, you need to sign up for Walmart+.

You can also try bookmarking the item pages listed above, but this method isn't foolproof, as often Walmart and other retailers shake up the URLs for the new consoles to ward off bots. Also, the item pages often get taken over by third-party sellers when the consoles aren't available from Walmart, so you get some crazy high prices.

Can I Get a PS5 or Xbox at my Local Walmart?

This is an easy one: no. The PS5 will not be at physical locations, nor will the Xbox. If you want a PS5 for Black Friday you have to order one online. Same if you want an Xbox Series X or S. It's just the reality we live in now.

Will the PS5 or Xbox Be on Sale for Black Friday?

lol, no.

What Other Black Friday Deals Does Walmart Have?

The official kick-off to Black Friday at Walmart is today, which, yes, makes no sense at all. However, Best Buy's Black Friday deals are live now and started on November 19, and Amazon is matching Black Friday prices at its competitors. Couple that with Nintendo Black Friday deals starting yesterday on Sunday, November 21 and there's a whole lot of shopping going on far ahead of the actual Black Friday date.

Basically, Black Friday is here and we're following all the best Walmart Black Friday deals as they happen.

All the Best Black Friday Deals and Sales

Seth Macy is Executive Editor, IGN Commerce, and just wants to be your friend. You can find him hosting the Nintendo Voice Chat podcast.

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