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Walmart Walks Back PS5 Preorder Plans “To Keep Customers Safe”

PlayStation 5 preorders went live earlier than expected, and many eager gamers are running into difficulties getting one from various retailers, including Walmart. The company, which previously said PS5 preorders would be available in its stores on September 22, has now changed these plans.

Though online preorders at the retailer started yesterday, the new way for gamers to get their hands on a PlayStation 5 in time for its November 12 launch date from Walmart is to wait until the console drops on November 12. Previously, Walmart planned to take PS5 preorders, with people able to choose between the Digital and Standard editions. Now, Walmart’s site states the PlayStation 5 is “coming soon,” with no option to preorder available.

This change was likely put in place to follow CDC guidelines on maintaining social distance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as well as to keep steady control over in-store traffic.

“Walmart has decided not to proceed with the planned store pre-order to control store traffic and keep our customers safe and socially distanced,” a company spokesperson told GameSpot over email. “Customers can still get the console on November 12 when it’s released. Apologies for any confusion.”

The PlayStation 5 retails for $400 for the Digital edition and $500 for the Standard edition when it arrives this November. We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about Sony’s upcoming next gen system, including where to preorder and what its launch games are.

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