Best Buy rumored to sell PS5 & Xbox Series X in stores this week

Best Buy may have the new consoles on physical shelves for the first time this week.

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It’s been nearly a year since the Xbox Series X and PS5 first released, and it’s arguably still just as difficult to find one. Launching during a pandemic and an ongoing chip shortage has meant that most prospective buyers have taken on digital stores to try and score a new console. Best Buy has been one of the primary sources of acquiring new hardware, though the company has exclusively sold them through its website. This may be changing in the near future, as new rumors state that the company will begin selling the Xbox Series X and PS5 in stores starting this week.

Rumors about Best Buy selling Xbox Series X and PS5 began to surface this week, and gained a lot of credibility after TechRadar published a report in which it stated several sources have confirmed the company’s plans. According to the report, the new gaming consoles will begin to appear on shelves at Best Buy stores starting on September 23, 2021. That’s only a handful of days away at the time of this article’s writing, so it won’t be long before we learn if these rumors are true or not.

TechRadar shared images that they obtained, which show inventory for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X, stating that over 50 of each are available to sell in-store. For security purposes, the location is obscured, so we don’t know exactly which Best Buy location this information is from.

If you’ve been inside of a Best Buy over the past year, you may have noticed a complete absence of Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles. This isn’t due to a supply shortage, but the fact that Best Buy has opted to only distribute the consoles online up to this point. If the rumors prove true, you will slowly begin to see PS5 and Xbox Series X systems pop on shelves at physical Best Buy locations.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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    September 20, 2021 1:10 PM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Best Buy rumored to sell PS5 & Xbox Series X in stores this week

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      September 20, 2021 1:10 PM

      week day hour minute

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      September 20, 2021 1:13 PM

      I'm just gonna call bullshit on this right now

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      September 20, 2021 1:24 PM

      Best Buy rumored to be out of PS5s.

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      September 20, 2021 2:40 PM

      ......aaaand they're gone

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        September 20, 2021 3:44 PM

        Should've read my cortrex article right above your post.

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      September 20, 2021 6:51 PM

      It's rumored that I'm the President

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      September 21, 2021 4:27 AM

      It makes sense that MS would make a big push to have enough inventory to get these on shelves ahead of the holidays.

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      September 21, 2021 5:54 AM

      Has there been a console gen that’s been this hard to get for so long after release? Remember PS2 and 360 being super hard to get, but I don’t remember how long that lasted for

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        September 21, 2021 6:05 AM

        Not that I can remember. Even the really hard ones were generally highly available after six or eight months.

        Switch was very difficult to get at launch but I remember just walking into Best Buy in September (five months from launch) and picking one up. They even had the neon and gray to choose from.

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        September 21, 2021 6:27 AM

        The Wii was pretty bad trying to get one. Xbox 360 and PS3 were tough the first year but not nearly as bad with scalping. The 360 with its RROD made it worse since so many were being warrantied.

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