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By 26 November 2021
GameStop is celebrating Thanksgiving with a console restock
Update: GameStop is now sold out of consoles. However, a Walmart PS5 restock has been confirmed for Cyber Monday. Make sure to follow our PS5 restock and Xbox Series X hubs for news on the next update. Also, follow our Cyber Monday deals coverage for any surprise restocks.
GameStop has been offering a wide range of Black Friday deals this week, but it’s saved its best promotion for Thanksgiving day. While it’s not technically a deal, GameStop is hosting a PS5 restock and Xbox Series X restock in-store today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This in-store drop was confirmed via Twitter and comes after a not-so cryptic post earlier in the week that teased next-gen console drops would be taking place this week. We had originally expected these restocks to be held on Black Friday itself, but it seems that GameStop has decided the ideal Thanksgiving treat is the chance to queue up outside a physical retail store.
Select GameStop stores will be opening later today AND will have a limited number of PS5, Xbox Series X, and Switch console bundles in stock. Find a participating store near you: https://t.co/bCcE24aYrz pic.twitter.com/Bs9pwumLcsNovember 25, 2021
GameStop has confirmed that this drop will only be held in “select stores” only, and you can use its website tool to locate your nearest store with stock. It appears that both the PS5 restock and Xbox Series X restock will be held simultaneously with stock being handed out from 5 p.m. ET. The restock will last until 9 p.m. ET, although we expect that the retailer’s allocation will be snapped up long before then.
If the chance to PS5 or Xbox Series X wasn’t enough, GameStop will also have limited stock of the Nintendo Switch Black Friday Bundle. This $299 package comes with a Switch console, a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of Nintendo Switch Online. This bundle was previously available online at the likes of Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon but has since sold out.
GameStop’s latest opportunity to buy a next-gen console comes at the perfect time. Right now there’s an enticing range of Black Friday PS5 deals, Black Friday Xbox Series X deals and Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals running across multiple retailers. These offers give you the chance to get a whole range of games and accessories for these in-demand consoles at significantly reduced prices.
If you don’t manage to secure a next-gen console in today’s GameStop restock, make sure to bookmark our PS5 restock and Xbox Series X restock hubs for the latest updates throughout the holiday season. We can’t guarantee they’ll get you a machine, but they will certainly make the job of tracking down a restock much easier.
Rory is a staff writer at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics including tech news, deals, gaming, streaming and more. When he’s not writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found watching a borderline unhealthy amount of movies and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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