PS5 and Xbox Series X restock hits Best Buy after 9 a.m. ET today

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Today may be your last, best chance to score a PS5 or Xbox before Christmas. Best Buy has next-gen consoles for sale today, Tuesday, Dec. 15 — but we expect inventory to be limited, as usual. The sale will “go live sometime after 8 a.m. Central Time” (9 a.m. ET, 6 a.m. PT) the company writes in a blog post. Those PS5 and Xbox consoles will be sold online only, though they can be picked up at a Best Buy store using the retailer’s curbside pickup option. 

Here are the links to the company’s pages for all four consoles.


Picking up the disc drive version of the PS5 may cost more in the beginning, but it does allow you access to cheaper games at retail.


If you prefer the convenience of digital games, the PS5 Digital Edition is the way to go.


It’s missing the grunt of the Xbox Series X, but this console is cheaper and looks much nicer. Great as a secondary console, or for folks who just want to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass.

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On paper, the Xbox Series X is the most powerful of all the next-gen consoles.

Despite going on sale over a month ago, the new PlayStations and Xboxes remain incredibly difficult to find. Best Buy’s tweet announcing that it will have more stock on Tuesday was retweeted over 1,600 times within 50 minutes of going out. 

It wasn’t immediately clear how much stock of either system would be available or if Best Buy would be placing those interested in a virtual queue similar to Sony’s approach for…

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